The final mile (also called the last mile) refers to the last stretch of delivery when a product actually heads to a customer's address. While rarely literally a mile, it is a useful term when discussing how long it takes a product to get to a customer once it is in place and ready. This arguably makes the final mile delivery one of the most critical parts of a supply chain, since all delays translate directly to the customer. Today we're here to offer some tips to help make sure your final mile deliveries go as smoothly as they can. This in [...]
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Buying and selling is the most simple thing. You stock your products, and buyers pick what they want and pay for it. Trades such as those soon became brick and mortar stores and now in the age of technology things have quickly changed. Ecommerce is an industry that has no interest in slowing down. Entrepreneurs and retailers alike have a lot to learn about this budding industry and why it's fundamental in business today. There will be as many as 2.14 billion digital buyers worldwide by 2021. Any chance to reach a wider audience is important for businesses both big [...]
There are over 238,001 courier businesses in the United States. More businesses and individuals are relying on them every day to deliver things safely. But how do you know which one to trust with retail furniture home delivery? Oversized objects always tend to get damaged by rough delivery companies. Then, it quickly becomes a blame game between the retailer and the delivery company. With the number of questionable home delivery companies out there is it any wonder that 21% of oversized online purchases arrived damaged? If you’re a furniture business company, then you need a courier service that can handle [...]
You don't have a lot of stuff, but you know you need to take your things with you when you leave! You're planning to pack it all up in your car during your long-distance move. What are you supposed to do with the furniture? That's where a shipping service comes in! Shipping furniture is a little more involved than dropping a package off at the post office. We've put together this guide to teach you how to ship a single piece of furniture across the country. When Should You Ship Your Furniture? You can ship furniture for a few different reasons. [...]
Retail therapy has taken over the internet. This trend is great for sales but tough on order fulfillment. The issue isn't with products flying off the shelves of your warehouse but in customer expectations of shipping times. Fast delivery isn't up for negotiation. More than 60% of customers want products delivered in less than three days. The changing delivery landscape will have major effects on e-commerce retailers across all industries. Check out this overview of the future of last-mile logistics. Customers Over Everything Same-day and one-day delivery services led by Amazon leave small shops scrambling to keep customers happy. The trouble [...]
If your business has been growing and expanding over the years, you’ve probably realized that times are changing. One to two-week-long deliveries are no longer the default, accepted option when it comes to shipping speed. Consumers now want the items they purchase online as soon as possible. The growing expectation is that deliveries should be next or even same-day. Final mile delivery services are your answer to resolving this important customer need. Read on to learn all about final mile delivery and how this service can benefit your business for the longterm! What is Final Mile Delivery? Final or last-mile [...]
The Internet's been both a blessing and a curse for business owners. It's a blessing, as it opens our businesses up to a much wider audience than we would have otherwise. It's a curse in that customers have higher expectations than they've ever had before. They expect more service, higher quality, and they expect it faster than ever. 80% of consumers expect same-day delivery. This is especially true of millennial and younger generations who've grown up with eCommerce. If you want to remain competitive, you need to consider same-day delivery. That's where final mile services come in. Not every business [...]
Last-mile deliveries are a growing need for small business owners across the country. Retail giants like Amazon exponentially increase customer expectations. But your business can compete. With the right shipping strategy, you can profit in the age of instant gratification. Check out these 10 hacks to keep the pace of innovation for last-mile deliveries. 10 Strategies for Last-Mile Deliveries The rush to beat competitors can leave the quality of last-mile delivery services lacking. Here are ten ways to offer a great customer experience when your drivers are scrambling to beat the clock. 10. Update Routes Siri doesn't know everything. Always double check [...]
The e-commerce industry is expected to reach $735 billion by 2023 due to the fact that 42% of US consumers shop online. If you have a store online, then you need to keep track of e-commerce logistics trends. By staying on top of trends, you can ensure your business stays competitive. That way, your orders continue to grow, and your business builds. Do you know these eight trends that you should implement? 1. It's Time to Get Mobile Mobile internet browsing surpassed desktop usage back in 2016. So today, businesses that sell online need to make mobile optimization a priority. Not to [...]
There are 9.1 billion square feet of warehouse space in the United States. But all of that storage space is in high demand, which means renting warehouse space can get expensive. So it is imperative that you optimize the use of your warehouse — that way, your inventory storage is optimized for the most efficient process. When was the last time you evaluated how your warehouse and inventory storage? We have eight tips to help you manage your warehouse efficiently. 1. Reevaluate Your Warehouse Design Take a look at the layout of your warehouse. It should facilitate a smooth process and [...]