Last mile’s long-term future to be shaped by short-term convenience

With the AV still in its infancy, the future of last mile lies in a compromise between long-term benefits and short-term safety nets. By Jack Hunsley

Last mile delivery is quickly reaching a crossroads. Against a consumer market which has become accustomed to quicker delivery times on an ever-increasing range of products, those operating in last mile logistics are beginning to hedge to their bets on what the future of mobility will be. Predicting this correctly for many players could be a make or break or moment. In 2016, for example, McKinsey research found that the cost of global parcel delivery amounted to US$78.9bn. Clearly, choosing the right future will be a huge factor in the success of any logistics business.

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