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These 5 Issues Affect Your Last-Mile Delivery

The logistics industry continues to flourish, and the demand for faster and effective services has made the last-mile delivery one of the most crucial supply chain components. The last-mile delivery is the process where items from the warehouse are transported to the customer’s address. The US Department of Commerce reports that consumers spent $601.75 billion online shopping with the US-based merchants in 2019 alone, an increase of 14.9% from the previous year. This increase has been consistent for years, and e-commerce is set to overtake physical retail. This is understandable because there has been an increase in the number of people accessing the internet and the surge in the convenience of e-commerce platforms which makes shopping a matter of clicking a few buttons to order an item. However, there are still some challenges that affect the process of last-mile delivery, as shown below.


Can You Work Around Supply Chain Problems?

Labor shortage, transportation and commodities remain the biggest challenges for supply chains. In response to these challenges, suppliers and retailers are adopting new methods to move goods in different ways, such as cargo liners, trains, and trucks provided by the competitors. Although these are just a few ways you can solve the problems in supply chains, there are other options that you may need to enforce complex solutions for the existing challenges. Lack of a concrete strategy to avail the products in the market at the right time will cause problems.


Taxis are Returning to Combat Ridesharing Price Hikes

Taxi cabs are seeing an influx of business due to rising costs of ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft. Cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and New York has seen an increase in demand for taxis and a decline in Uber and Lyft rides.


Logistics Can Be Tackled

With the many responsibilities that vary from one company to another, we all agree that managing logistics is not easy. As a logistics manager, you have a crucial role in ensuring things run smoothly regardless of the possible challenges along the way. According to Capgemini, cutting transport costs tops the list of the things that most logistics managers would want to achieve. This is an obvious goal considering the importance of minimal operational costs to all companies. However, this is often easier said than done. It requires investment in things such as technology and innovation to achieve. One must also remain budget-conscious. Generally, logistic managers have a lot on their hands, and innovation alone might not solve all the problems and make you a superhero manager overnight. As a logistics manager who intends to be on top of the game, here are some secret success tips that will make you an office hero.


GPS is One Key to Supply Chain Visibility

In an era where the consumer-led supply chain is common, track and trace technology has never been of great importance. Logistics firms want to know the location of their fleet at any given time, while consumers want to follow the journey of their items as they move through the supply routes. This can only be made possible by technologies such as GPS, RFID, and EPOS, whose aim is to increase the efficiency of the supply chain throughout the product lifecycle. Here are some areas that GPS tracking technology that can help in the management of the supply chain.


Resolving fluidity challenges in today’s bottlenecked supply chain environment with technology

In today’s demanding supply chain environment, SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are facing unprecedented supply chain challenges much like larger companies and, as a result, have been investing in their own fleets due to the lack of equipment available in the marketplace.


Effective Use of Logistics Can Improve Your Supply Chain

Transportation is one of the critical components that require close attention. It involves delivering products from the source to the destination, which is the end of the supply chain. For effectiveness to be achieved in supply chains, transportation must be managed efficiently. This is never a mean task because it involves making sure the transport and logistics strategy is responsive to the market's needs and dynamics. Here are some uses of transportation in supply chain management.


Consumers Starting Holiday Shopping Early Amid Supply Chain Disruption

“A lot of the challenges that we have been experiencing this year will continue into next year,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg confessed while on CNN’s “State of the Union” about the ongoing supply chain constraints. Fortunately, Buttigieg explained, “there are both short-term and long-term steps that we can take to do something about it."


Tweak Your Supply Chain to Reduce Delivery Problems

Supply chain and logistics is a complex network that is often difficult to manage without a concrete strategy. It is a network that has many moving parts that can be overwhelming to handle. As the complexity of international supply chains keeps increasing, supply chain managers must look for means to remain on top of things. They can do so by implementing techniques, tools, and approaches that allow them to address everyday and long-term challenges. You can tweak your supply chain to reduce the delivery problems using the approaches shown below.


GrubHub, DoorDash, UberEats Sues NYC Over Capped Fees

Major food delivery services like UberEats, DoorDash and GrubHub are suing New York City after the city voted to cap delivery fees in August. The companies are suing for monetary damages, a jury trial, and are seeking an injunction which would prohibit the state from capping fees.


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