Making Waves (Part 4): E-commerce Last Mile Delivery InnovatorsTech solutions for last mile delivery and e-commerce fulfillment
Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know by now that the supply chain logistics industry is changing. The huge increase in e-commerce sales, omnichannel retail and need for
Today we take a brief look at two companies that have developed technology solutions to aid in meeting these complex business challenges.
Companies that utilize traditional automation, often report that this requires them to trade flexibility for productivity.
Using state-of-the-art battery technology for rapid recharging, a single charge enables Chuck to for two shifts. A “work horse”, the device is capable of carrying a maximum payload of 160 pounds. Configurable slots and lighting help to support the tote and carton configurations specific to each operation.
Implementation of a solution ideal for your warehouse operation needs begins by creating a zone picking strategy that is designed to reduce walking in the warehouse. This enables Chuck to lead warehouse workers through their zones, displaying essential information regarding tasks ahead of time. By using this strategy, warehouse workers spend less time finding the correction location, item and quantity to complete each task.
As tasks are completed on one Chuck, another Chuck is already in position, ready to take over to keep the workers focused on task.
As businesses that are highly focused on
Routific solutions help businesses manage a fleet of multiple drivers and enables management of multiple stops in an efficient manner. Originally made available through an API, Routific is now available via a new web interface. The Routific solution starts with a list of drivers and delivery stops then plots on an optimized route in only seconds. Once the route has been created, it can be sent to each delivery driver so that it can be viewed on a mobile phone.
Routific route planning takes into account multiple factors including the type of vehicles, visit types, time windows, load capacities as well as traffic. The company reports that its routes are up to 40 % shorter and includes an algorithm “that can outperform even the best dispatchers”.
The Routific solution can be utilized to plan out delivery routes on a specific day or shift. If running an on-demand delivery service, the route can be updated in real time using incoming requests as well as the continually changing locations of the delivery fleet vehicles.
Routific solutions can be used anywhere in the world. The company works closely with a range of companies from startups and SMBs to Fortune 100 companies.
In short, Routific is a simple, easy to use tool that aids in saving transportation & logistics providers time, money and frustration. By utilizing the Routific vehicle routing solution, businesses are better able to provide better customer service and keep delivery costs down, resulting in higher levels of customer satisfaction and a competitive advantage in today’s challenging marketplace.
As the supply chain changes from a simple pallet in-pallet out model to goods shipped in tremendous volume directly to the homes of consumers, the industry must change. Being able to handle large volumes of transactions quickly, picking each item individually rather than by the pallet is a business necessity for 3PLs and warehouse and distribution center operators. With the shortage of supply chain labor resources, warehouse and third party logistics operators are turning to technology for help.
6 River Systems provides innovative technology solutions to enable flexible, highly productive operations by leading warehouse workers throughout their workday. This cost effective solution does not require new infrastructure and can produce measurable results in less than two years.
As the need for D2C last mile logistics soars along with the amount of traffic and transportation & logistics cost, supply chain businesses are turning to Routific, a vehicle routing solution for help. By optimizing routes for last mile delivery, companies are better positioned to provide an excellent customer experience, key to brand recognition and consumer approval.
We invite you to read more about other innovators in the supply chain and logistics industry in our previous blogs:
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