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Last Mile Delivery Software Solutions

Improving Last Mile Delivery Logistics

Companies need to increase productivity and reduce costs in their delivery operations to remain competitive. 

Last-mile deliveries - also known as final mile deliveries - are a big influence on all of the above.

For a business to thrive it must maximise efficiency for final mile deliveries.

Integrating Last Mile Delivery

Descartes routing and delivery scheduling software,  provides a host of last mile delivery optimisation solutions that can be integrated with online sales. 

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Last Mile Delivery Management Software Features

Auto route planning

Automated route scheduling

High density delivery routes are created, utilising the drivers and vehicles available to deliver more and reduce costs. Delivery routes can be based on the most efficient routes not just fastest routes. Automatically optimise final mile delivery routes to save fuel and money.

Timed delivery slots

Dynamic slot scheduling

Increased customer satisfaction and increased sales through self-selecting delivery times and days.

Route optimsiation always on

Continuous optimisation of routes

Later orders whose delivery addresses are close geographically to previous orders may be brought forward and combined, improving delivery times and customer satisfaction, and providing the most efficient route for the final mile.

Customer Notifications

Delivery notifications

Minimises missed deliveries and improves customer communications prior to delivery. 

Home Delivery

Improve the customers' buying and delivery experience, from booking a delivery slot through to receiving and acknowledging their delivery.

Optimise Final Mile Planning with Delivery Appointment Windows

Distributors, retailers, and delivery companies can offer various appointment window sizes and value-added services at the time of ordering goods thanks to the flexibility of Descartes' last mile solution. By offering appointment flexibility and the potential for the implementation of additional services such as the installation of white goods, help retailers in generating additional income. 

When the delivery scheduling is integrated with delivery route optimisation, precise delivery costs and capacity can be validated in real time across a number of days, and the information can then be used to improve delivery schedules and enhance service.


How to Improve Last Mile Delivery 

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Turn Last Mile Delivery into a Competitive Advantage

This has the effect of improving customer service while also increasing fleet delivery capacity and delivery density. Delivery slots can also be incentivised to drive delivery density with lower costs “green” slots when other local deliveries are taking place. 

When moving to a more automated approach with Descartes, customers typically see an 8-12% reduction in miles if customers can't be moved across multiple days and up to 15-20% reduction in miles when our customers have the flexibility to move consumers across days. 

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Last Mile Delivery and Proof of Delivery

The Descartes mobile applications enable customer notifications and real-time electronic collection for Proof of delivery. With information on location, time and data about deliveries being uploaded at the time of recording. The routing and scheduling software system is updated with the data, enabling deliveries further along the schedule to be improved and notified of expected delivery times.

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