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From Cyberspace to My Place: Logistics of Online Shopping

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment

E-commerce is a steadily growing part of the world’s economy.  The ease of sitting at my laptop while enjoying a latte at my local coffee shop and finishing up my last bit of Christmas shopping is becoming an increasing trend among holiday shoppers.  But just like a product that you order from your telephone, products in cyberspace have to be delivered physically to your home.

E-commerce employees last mile delivery to get your online purchases to you.  Why is E-commerce a perfect candidate for last mile delivery, because of the relatively small batches of products being shipped.  Individual customers usually don’t order enough items to justify a container ship pull up in their backyard.  However, the small orders that online shoppers make are perfectly handled by last mile delivery services such as 3PD Last Mile Delivery and Logistics  Solutions.

Having a presence in approximately 500 locations throughout the United States and Canada enables 3PD to meet nearly every U.S. and Canadian delivery need you might have, all with award-winning service levels.  When it comes to delivering high-value, heavy goods, 3PD’s North American solutions come made-to-order.

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Logistics: How do I get It There?

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

You finally did it. You came up with the greatest product on earth. Being the savvy business owner that you are, you went out and hand-picked the greatest marketing team ever assembled. In fact, your product solves so many of man kinds problems that Oprah even found time to mention it on her show. Now the orders are rolling in and we have a little problem. Your current delivery system just will not support your growth. So how do you get your products to the customers that demand them? Logistics; more specifically, “Last-Mile Focus”.

Long distance transportation tends to be serviced by high capacity modes such as container ships and trains. They operate on a system of economies of scale, unfortunately, as the product gets closer to the customer economies of scale decrease due to smaller batch sizes. The last-mile usually consist of truck deliveries, with less than a full load, taking place over short distances, in congested urban settings.

Many companies turn to 3rd party vendors such as 3PD to make sure their packages get to the final customer. These companies provide last mile delivery solutions for businesses. Offering services such as home delivery, business to business delivery, job site delivery and customized logistics services. Usually, these 3rd party vendors can provide a better value to businesses than expanding ones current delivery force. They concentrate on handling one aspect, the aspect of logistics, therefore they become extremely efficient at getting things delivered on time and to the right place.