The Importance of Last-Mile Facilities in the Supply Chain

ANDREW CHUNG | December 19, 2018

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This year's explosive growth of online purchasing and competition among online retailers has resulted in a race to reach consumers. Whether it’s one-day, same-day or one-hour, how can sellers fulfill delivery promises?The answer is getting the last mile right.Twenty years ago, brick-and-mortar was king. Online and catalog sales existed, but shipping could take six to eight weeks. Today, consumers expect at least same-day delivery, if not faster. E-commerce sales and demand for quick delivery continue to increase every year. In 2019 alone, global e-commerce sales are expected to grow 21.5 percent, according to Statista.The retail industry is rapidly changing, and retailers are getting smarter about their last-mile solutions to compete with the biggest players. In 2018, Amazon took an impressive 41 percent of the U.S. retail market share, largely due to the attractiveness of Amazon Prime’s same-day and next-day delivery. As consumers increasingly turn to e-commerce for their shopping needs, faster delivery isn’t just an added plus; it’s the expectation of the online shopping experience. If retailers and their logistics partners want a shot at market share, faster delivery needs to be a priority.

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