How Last Mile Technology is Shaping the Future of Delivery

by | Jul 14, 2022 | Blog, Routing & Dispatch

How Last Mile Technology is Shaping the Future of Delivery

Last mile delivery is the last stretch before a product reaches a consumer. The last mile is the most crucial aspect of the delivery process due to direct effects to consumers. Companies know the importance of efficient last mile delivery and use last mile technology when delivering goods to customers. Last mile technology helps organize, schedule, track, and manage last mile deliveries. 

In this post, we’ll discuss how last mile technology is shaping the future of delivery.

1. Automated, Optimized Route Planning and Real-time Route Updating

Elite EXTRA’s Routing and Dispatch technology uses an optimization engine that follows your guidelines to streamline the route planning process and enhance your last mile. Elite EXTRA’s route planning software has an algorithm that takes into account the unique characteristics of a user’s city. The intelligent route planning software will analyze local maps and the various modes of transportation available to produce the best delivery route possible based on efficiency, customer preferences, time windows, and much more. 

The software uses GPS to track the weather and traffic to design the ideal dispatch route. The program will notify interested parties, including the customer, about the delivery status, for maximum transparency. Additionally, it assists in making real-time changes and informing the driver of those changes.

2. Mobile and External Integration.

Last mile technology should have a mobile integration feature that allows you to access it from a computer and your mobile device. With the EXTRA Driver mobile app, drivers can be walked through the entire fulfillment process, from route dispatching with driving instructions to capturing proof of delivery.

Furthermore, our dispatch and routing software seamlessly integrates with other systems such as ERP, POS, and e-commerce. This helps our customers by reducing the burden of dealing with too many independent applications. 

3. Automated Scheduling

Elite EXTRA’s routing and dispatch software automates driver scheduling and work assignment. This last mile technology uses advanced routing and GPS tracking to aid in on-time delivery.

4. Real-time Tracking

Last mile technology features real time tracking of all ongoing deliveries. This technology is important to help keep communication with consumers to be able to satisfy needs and maintain an organization delivery process. You may view your shippers’ precise locations and expected arrival times using software like Elite EXTRA’s dispatch and routing software. This feature promotes client communication ultimately improving customer satisfaction in the last mile. Most significantly, real-time tracking can notify you if a fleet member deviates from the intended path or makes an excessive number of stops at gas stations.

5. Comprehensive Reporting

Elite EXTRA’s routing and dispatch software automatically creates professional reports from saved records. If you used the traditional method of manually documenting deliveries, you would likely need to manually enter every piece of information from each trip into a spreadsheet and spend time putting it together to create a visually appealing report. Once you have decided to let last mile technology handle the primary responsibility of handling deliveries, you can naturally anticipate that it will also serve as a digital log of all your deliveries.

Streamline Your Last Mile Delivery

Elite EXTRA’s last mile technology can help you simplify and streamline your logistics. Elite EXTRA’s modern-day routing and dispatching platform helps optimize last mile deliveries while enhancing your business operations. Contact us today to discover how Elite EXTRA can help streamline your last mile deliveries.

Mallorie Barabas

Mallorie Barabas

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Mallorie is the Marketing Strategist at Elite EXTRA; if you ask her about her job, she will immediately tell you to follow @EliteEXTRA on LinkedIn (that is your cue;) When she isn't at the office, you can catch her teaching aerial yoga, swimming, or just generally enjoying the outdoors.

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