As the world continues its rapid changes, we find that the solutions are arriving at essentially the same pace as the problems. It can be a confusing time, because there are so many changing procedures and best practices, it can be tiring to keep yourself in the loop. The good news is that some things just keep getting better and better, and if you are someone who depends on logistics and shipping, there has never been so many options. There was a time not long ago when, if you needed a product, you were expected to go and get it. It didn’t matter if it were big or small, unless it could come by mail. Now you can order something from your phone from anywhere in the world and it is possible to have it not only delivered, but setup and running for you too. Here are some of the new conveniences of modern shipping.
- Last Mile Delivery: Not long ago, it was common to have something delivered, but it would only come to a depot. From there it was your responsibility to get the item and bring it your house or business. It didn’t matter if you were 95 years old and didn’t have a vehicle. Now the trip from the warehouse or the final depot is a service of its own. Last mile delivery, is a specialty that considers the best way to get an item the rest of the way to its destination, in the most professional and efficient manner.
- Tracking: Another blessing of the age of technology is the introduction of tracking. Disappearing items used to be a real thing. There used to be a certain percentage of items that would vanish in shipping, and the consumer would be left fighting for a refund, that might never come. These days there is a paper trail, and you know essentially where your product is at all times. This is one way to help you be more competitive. Of course, the downside is that you might just obsess about getting that package, when it used to be, we were better at being patient
- White Glove Services: Another thing that is going the way of the dinosaurs is the problem of setup and installation. Perhaps a few decades ago, most people had a toolbox, and someone around the neighbourhood was considered handy. So, when something arrived and needed to be setup, you hired that guy to do it. But modern society isn’t nearly as handy as it used to be, and the products we buy are much more diverse and advanced. For this reason, delivery companies offer white glove services, which essentially is bringing the product into the location, unpacking it, and making sure it is functional.
The world is in a bit of flux these days, and we don’t always, even know how to say hello anymore. But some things have been getting better and better, the world of shipping and logistics is one of those areas that have gone from horse and buggy standards, to a marvel of modern technology. And the future looks bright, with more advancement soon to arrive, like same day drone and robot delivery systems.
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