Utilizing Technology to Optimize Your Final Mile Deliveries
The relationship between today’s consumers and retailers looks vastly different than it did even just five or 10 years ago. Ecommerce is growing at a rapid pace and is expected to reach $591 billion by 2020, which will represent 15 percent of all retail sales.
This shift in the consumer-retail relationship affects the entire supply chain, putting pressure on manufacturers, distributors and transportation companies to move goods through the supply chain faster and more efficiently than ever.
The Final Mile represents the final leg of the supply chain, when the product or good gets into the hands of the end consumer. While this has always been the most complicated and expensive part of the supply chain the Final Mile has grown to account for over 50 percent of all distribution costs.
Implications of the Final Mile for Fleets
The trends impacting the Final Mile today are forcing supply chains to become dynamic, agile, interconnected and communal in operation.
Connectivity is critical from first mile to last. Getting it right minimizes costly credits and returns, streamlines driver activities to make the process faster and more efficient, and allows drivers to focus on safe vehicle operation without being distracted by record-keeping or mapping delivery locations.
With the complexities of the Final Mile in mind, Trimble recently debuted its SmartDelivery™ solution, which gives fleets the opportunity to:
- Reduce costs of delivery, increase delivery accuracy and provide real-time activity data
- Provide single sign-on capabilities to enable increased driver efficiency both inside and outside of the cab
- Give drivers a more seamless driver workflow via an Electronic Proof of Delivery (ePOD) solution
Streamlining the Delivery Process
Trimble SmartDelivery utilizes single sign-on capabilities to take drivers from start to finish on their routes. Trimble SmartDelivery provides daily route planning and tracking, Hours of Service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) compliance, out-of-cab workflows, loading/unloading and truck assignment, deviation reporting, automatic notifications such as estimated time of arrival, and ePOD capabilities.
Check out the video below to see how Trimble SmartDelivery can help fleets and drivers reach new levels of connectivity to improve delivery accuracy and reduce costs.
Curious to learn more about SmartDelivery and how you can utilize an ePOD solution in your fleet? Register now for our upcoming webinar below which will explore how this fully integrated solution can help you increase efficiencies and better serve your customers.