The first mile challenge for a successful delivery
In the supply chain, last mile management is a key factor in optimizing urban delivery and customer satisfaction. As the last point of contact with the customer, the last kilometer carries great stakes and must be irreproachable.
Less known than last mile delivery management, the first kilometer logic is nevertheless important and must be taken into account, especially because it is the first element and a basis of the logistics chain. It is a first condition for the smooth running of the rest of the process.
In fact, it is obvious that poor management of the first mile makes the actions implemented for the last mile less relevant.
When the customer places an order, we can consider that the first mile stage and its operations are set up until the order is handed over to the carrier for delivery to the customer.
Before being handed over to the carrier (click&collect, Drive, shared Drive, etc.) - which defines the first operation of the last mile stage - the order can make several trips between warehouses and transit zones in the logic of the first mile.
Depending on the sector, handling is different :
First-mile deliveries are therefore generally voluminous (e.g. palletization and consolidation processes), while last-mile deliveries are more complex because they are customized to best meet customer expectations.
Here are some examples of first mile operations :
A good management of the first mile is a guarantee of a good realization of the logistic process until the arrival of the product or service in the hands of the customer. But it is also necessary to know how to make it competitive and profitable.
To do this, as soon as the order is placed no time must be wasted in transmitting information. A warehouse management software capable of integrating your external platforms, such as your online store, is an excellent means of communication to start picking as soon when the order is placed.
In the same way, digitizing the exchanges between the warehouse and the carrier makes it possible to standardize delivery information, labels, order forms, etc. Thus, the shipping process is controlled and the last mile delivery is also optimized.