Last mile distribution continues to gain importance in the world of transportation and business every year. While long-distance transportation may be more inconspicuous to the general public, the last mile is where we see vans and trucks through our cities and it becomes most apparent to us.
Its growing complexity is making it have to reinvent itself faster and faster, in order to meet the operational and legal needs to which it must adapt. We are going to review some of the fundamental trends for this type of transport and that will see their importance increase in 2022.
Last mile distribution trends for 2022
Logistics operators are constantly investing in the best of traceability. Transparency in traceability not only allows customers to know the status of their shipment in real time, but it is an essential tool for the good result -and measurement- of operations. Not only to locate a package at any given time, but to proceed and find out how our operations are working.
Leading parcel companies, such as the Tipsa network to which Transgesa belongs, already work with tools that automatically design delivery routes in search of their optimization. This field has a long history, and the optimization of routes allows, among other things, to inform the client in real time of the time forecasts for their arrival or the number of deliveries that remain until theirs.
Another common point when we talk about last-mile distribution is that of urban warehouses. The idea of expanding the use of these warehouses is to reduce the distance vehicles have to travel. Making that “last mile” as short as possible. Among the main problems of these warehouses is finding locations close enough, but without the costs of renting or buying those spaces as close as possible to urban centers to skyrocket.
Green logistics in last mile distribution
Like the rest of the companies and society as a whole, the supply chain sector has more in mind every day to be as sustainable and respectful of the environment as possible. This translates, for example, in the increasing presence of vehicles with cleaner fuels, in the reduction of their consumption thanks to technological advances, the optimization of routes to travel fewer kilometers empty, in traffic jams or in other situations that increase the carbon footprint.
Logistics operators, as a muscle for trade throughout the entire planet, are aware of our leading role in this regard, and how much we can contribute by achieving greener logistics.
These are some of the key points for last mile distribution. Not only in 2022, but also for the coming years. With the growth of electronic commerce, which seems to have no end, also blowing in your favor.