The rise of online shopping has resulted in a noticeable increase in the presence of delivery vehicles in towns and cities, and customers’ expectations for the shortest possible delivery times have added to the urgency with which those vehicles are driven.
The final leg of an online order is perhaps the most challenging, as delivery companies balance the need for speed, efficiency and cost control with the challenges of ever stricter congestion, pedestrianisation, emissions regulations and noise restrictions. Necessity is the mother of invention, and the challenge is spurring a wide range of innovative responses from logistics providers.
From zero emissions propulsion and the potential for autonomous drive technology to the use of robots and drones, all options are being considered, and this exclusive Automotive World report presents insight from the companies striving to make last mile delivery as efficient as possible.
In this report:
- Executive summary
- How technology is redefining the last mile ecosystem
- From 2-wheelers to 3rd dimension: last mile demands new angles
- Quick and widespread adoption of megatrends ideal for LCV segment
- Could electric scooters plug the last mile gap?
- Interview: Fabian Schmitt, Chief Technical Officer, StreetScooter
- Last mile’s long-term future to be shaped by short-term convenience
- Harnessing data is the key to optimising last mile delivery
- Demanding consumers and tight margins transform fleet operations
- Mobility innovation will help meet the e-commerce challenge
- Last mile logistics is changing – the delivery sector must react
‘Special report: The future of last mile delivery’ includes insight from a range of leading delivery stakeholders and experts, including:
- Phantom Auto
- XPO Logistics