How to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Last-Mile Deliveries

Source: iTechPost DAVID THOMPSON TECH 01.20.2022 15:JAN PM EST

The growing rise of e-commerce and package delivery worldwide necessitates the development of new solutions to meet customers’ demands for more and faster deliveries. Fresh driverless air and ground vehicles are being developed and tested to deliver goods and services in retail, grocery, and healthcare. 

Most importantly, setting clear sustainability targets that incorporate a more environmentally-friendly last mile is a vital step in combating climate change. Companies like Smartroutes promote sustainability through their delivery management software.

Last-mile is the ugliest part of the supply chain

Customer expectations regarding their delivery experiences have transformed the way firms approach their delivery and fulfillment operations. Customers want full visibility on their orders as they make their way to them, they want super-fast delivery and they want it for free. 

While meeting these expanding expectations is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses, improving route optimization and driving long-term, sustainable growth is critical.

What exactly is the last mile problem?

The primary concern in the final mile is the expense. Because the last mile accounts for 50% of overall transportation expenses, shipping companies must impose surcharges. Simultaneously, shippers must pass on some of the delivery costs to customers, a strategy that may jeopardize their appeal in the massive and competitive retail and eCommerce marketplaces.

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