Home deliveries and last mile deliveries have skyrocketed over the past couple of years. As per Gartner, 60% of the global population will be living in cities by 2030 and last mile delivery demand is expected to grow by 78% in this decade. But alongside the growth in eCommerce, there is also a corresponding increase in carbon emissions because of the delivery vehicles riding to the end customers to deliver goods. On this Nature Conservation Day, we bring to you tips on how home delivery brands create an impact by reducing their carbon footprint.
Deliver through the most eco-friendly routes
Until recently, most brands used to manage home deliveries manually. What this means is that operations managers would manually assign deliveries to drivers and they would deliver as per their best estimates. But modern AI based technology can now consider several parameters like traffic congestion, weather patterns, vehicle condition and such to come up with the most eco-friendly routes through which drivers should deliver. Even consumers are expecting brands to have an option where they can prioritize sustainability over price or speed of delivery.
Use of Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles are getting mainstream adoption and especially in the home delivery segment, brands are including EV fleets to reduce GHG emissions. Recently, Walmart was in the news for purchasing 4500 EVs for last mile deliveries and enterprises across the globe are including more EVs in their last mile delivery fleet. For any brand looking to make their logistics operations more sustainable, having electric vehicles in the scheme of things is essential.
Advanced Route Optimization
Any delivery automation platform has route optimization as a core feature. Perfecting the Traveling Salesman Problem, route optimization is basically a way to deliver an item in the most optimal manner between two points. Google Maps is the most basic way of optimizing routes, but when the number of stops runs into tens or hundreds, advanced route optimization is required.
Better Carrier Management
There are several inefficiencies in the last mile logistics domain and managing carriers is one such area. In the case of trucks or vans, there is a lot of time wasted during loading or unloading or improper matching. With technology and automation, carriers can be managed in a way that more goods are delivered in a single run which means fuel can be saved and adds up to mathematics of making deliveries greener.
Carbon Footprint Measurement, Fuel efficiency analysis
Another key element that many enterprises miss out on is accurate measurement and analysis. Modern technology like a logistics automation platform gives detailed insights on where the inefficiencies lie. Granular level analysis like which vehicle needs servicing to improve mileage to suggest changes in the way a driver gives smaller improvements which result in a reducing GHG emission.
Overall, technology and automation go a long way in helping home delivery companies achieve their sustainability goals. The biggest benefit of using a logistics automation platform is the efficiency gains it brings in and results in more sustainable operations along with achieving business goals.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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