THIS could be just the product SME van fleets are looking for: help in routing to the last mile delivery address. It’s called Last Mile Fleet Solution from the Google Maps Platform.
According to Google, the solution allows businesses to optimise the last mile delivery journey: capturing valid addresses, planning delivery routes, efficiently navigating drivers, tracking shipment progress, and analysing fleet performance.
Working with Google Maps, the platform is also scalable, so as your business grows, so can your business with “predictable pricing per delivery”.
Shalin Mantri, Group Product Manager, Google Maps Platform, said:
Every year, millions of packages go undelivered or missing, often due to a wrong address being entered or consumers not being home to receive them. These delivery failures are frustrating for consumers and costly for fleet operators. With Last Mile Fleet Solution, companies can improve their experiences with simplified address entry to help capture correct addresses. Shipment tracking and up-to-date arrival times allow consumers to be ready and available to receive their packages. And detailed delivery locations can help drivers drop packages off at the right place, every time.
A report by consultants PWC called The last mile – unpicking the trends affecting the last mile delivery sector, said:
Customer demands are changing and speed is of the essence to remain competitive. Volume continues to grow as shoppers move from the high street to online.
It said there were three key trends at work on the last mile delivery sector:
- Provision of fast, reliable and flexible delivery times to accommodate consumer wishes
- Investment in last mile tech solutions to meet this demand
- And an increased focus on environmental policies to reduce emissions.
The think tank Centre for London said the number of parcels delivered in London was expected to double by 2030, and the sector required a rethink to make deliveries and freight journeys more sustainable and efficient.