Delivery Logistics Industry
Thought and Leadership
Well, it's that time of year again. The holiday shopping season is quickly coming up and shippers are again scrambling to make sure that they are prepared for the incredible spike in deliveries. It didn't always used to be this way, but with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and online retail in general, the strain on shippers has grown exponentially.
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One of the things in the world of supply chain management right now is the concept of the supply chain as a retail channel. As you know the newest buzzword in retail is Omnichannel, but that misses the mark, because you've got a connection with the supply chain across between consumers and retailers that are bringing more players into this retail industry.
Driverless trucks, drones, fully automated warehouses - these things were once the fantasies of science fiction. Now, however, the incorporation of these technologies into last mile logistics seems inevitable. First of all, let's take a look at last mile logistics; particularly, the "Last Mile Problem."
We're seeing incredible growth in the eCommerce space. A by-product of that growth is the greater pressure on shipping companies to not only ship greater quantities of goods, but to do so in shorter periods of time and providing a better experience to the end-customer. Last mile deliveries today require greater investments in time, resources and technology than ever before.
We've written extensively about Amazon and their ever-more-obvious plan to phase out reliance on third party partners to do last mile shipping. Most recently, The Wall Street Journal took a deeper look at Amazon's shipping and logistics operations and found that, due in large part to massive growth in building of warehouses all over the US, the company now does its own deliveries in at least 21 states.