Over the past several years, there has been major disruptions in the supply chain and more often than not, it could be traced back to shipping or delivery. While much of that in recent years was due to a global pandemic, other factors contributed to delays such as the growth in e-Commerce. As a result, a huge number of delivery service startups have cropped up all over the country and like any other industry, they are also greatly reliant on technology. However, exactly what technology does a delivery service need? That’s a very good question.
GIS Mapping Platform
This particular technology is vital on at least two very important levels. GIS mapping is a geographic information system that not only creates and maps data of all kinds, but it then analyzes and manages that data. Since there is a huge amount of information being collected, analyzed, and mapped, it should be noted here that you will obviously need a GIS Workstation Laptop Computer with high-speed CPUs, so that the system doesn’t hang up. With that said, the GIS map can outline boundaries within which the startup can handle deliveries and can also define perimeters within which to market that service. For a startup service such as deliveries, setting those boundaries is essential.
An Online Portal
Often called a ‘Last Mile’ delivery service, the concept is taking the last step of shipping to the actual delivery stage. When consumers place an order online, they are often promised 2nd or 3rd day delivery. This can realistically be the amount of time the order takes to be shipped from the supplier to the local airport or shipping terminal, for example, but that doesn’t account for the time needed to place goods on a smaller delivery truck or van to be delivered to local destinations. Last Mile delivery services set up an online portal to receive delivery orders and then check them as completed once delivered. It’s a great concept, but the one downfall is that it is expensive and a cost the shipper needs to eat. Consumers are unwilling to pay more for shipping and often shop because they are offered free shipping. In any case, a portal is needed to receive and complete local delivery orders.
Fleet of EVs
One of the main reasons why the cost is as high as it is for Last Mile type delivery services is the cost of fuel. Within the past year the cost of gas has risen faster and higher than at any time in the past and another reason why shipping is often delayed. With a fleet of Electric Vehicles that can go for at least 200 miles and some even as many as 300 miles before needing a charge, these are perfect for local delivery services. With the GIS mapping system mentioned above to keep deliveries within that range of mileage, the cost can be significantly lowered. This one bit of technology can put your startup delivery service miles ahead of the competition – no pun intended. Although the leading cause of disruption in the supply chain is often shipping and delivery, the only way local delivery services will be cost-effective is by using technology to market and fulfill delivery orders. If you are a delivery service startup, this is the bare minimum of technology you will need to make a success of your company at a profit that is acceptable. The bottom line is an acceptable ROI and once you have the technology to ensure that, the sky is the limit.