A green shipping model that flexes and scales nationwide

Today, 250 million passenger vehicles will hit the road with more than four billion cubic feet of unused cargo space. What could happen if we put just a fraction of that wasted capacity to good use?

With record-setting consumer spending and climbing traffic congestion, investing in an eco-friendly distribution strategy enables companies to lessen the environmental impact of their supply chains.

Creating an on-the-way, green shipping model

The very nature of an on-the-way delivery platform makes sending with Roadie a more sustainable supply chain solution than traditional or on-demand platforms. By leveraging unused space in vehicles already on the road, Roadie creates a powerful new delivery workforce that helps retailers maintain a sustainable supply chain without hurting margins, scale, or speed.

The crowdsourced approach enables companies to tap into an existing fleet — employees, customers or drivers in the local community — to power same-day, last-mile delivery. In return, retailers gain an eco-friendly shipping solution that offers a scalable and variable cost delivery force. Despite crowdsourcing drivers, this sustainable logistics model still has the same reliability as a fixed cost delivery platform. 

Consolidating routes to build sustainable shipping lanes

Of course, the goal of any crowdsourced delivery platform is to maximize the value of a driver’s time, while also providing senders a faster, more efficient and more sustainable delivery platform. 

sustainable supply chain same day deliveryA huge part of green logistics includes consolidating routes or pairing multiple deliveries with one driver along one route for a more eco-friendly distribution model.

How does it work? Rather than taking three deliveries over 30 miles, drivers can take three deliveries over 10 miles or five deliveries over 15 miles — making last-mile delivery faster and more efficient.

In some ways, tapping into existing capacity already on the road could be considered one of the last “natural” resources that still exists. With someone always heading somewhere, the available delivery capacity for retailers is virtually endless — giving companies a more scalable, greener logistics platform.

Why use crowdsourcing to fuel green logistics

Scalability for any market

Tapping into a community-based delivery resource helps retailers create a sustainable supply chain that stretches across city lines and zip codes, so retailers can make deliveries in both major cities and small towns nationwide.

Flexibility to meet demand

By leveraging unused capacity, a crowdsourced model adds delivery resources in real-time and frees retailers of the costs and constraints of legacy shipping networks.

Wide range of vehicles

More and more customers are requesting same-day delivery for oversized, bulky items. With a crowdsourced fleet, retailers can utilize vehicles ranging from hatchbacks to cargo vans for one-off deliveries, rather than relying on LTL trucks.