How Automated Dimensioning Can Help Optimize First-Mile Logistics

E-commerce rose by 15.6 percent between 2015 and 2016, and this incredible growth has spurred a growing demand for efficient delivery services. Customer expectations are also changing, with customers looking for greater options when it comes to delivery locations and windows. An online store can have the easiest and most hassle-free ordering process in the world, but the delivery is what customers will remember most. If the correct item doesn’t arrive right on time and in perfect condition, it will generate ill will toward the company that can be hard to undo.

While a lot of emphasis is placed on last-mile delivery, that first mile can be just as crucial. The surge in the number of parcels that are being shipped is causing carriers to exceed space constraints before going over their weight limits. This fact, combined with the rising prices of warehouse space, is driving the need for solid space optimization.

The Benefits of Automation

Dimensioning can make a big difference in this endeavor. Automated dimensioning can help firms to avoid many of the most common logistical challenges while also saving some money. For example, fulfillment center throughput can be increased thanks to the optimization of picking, building pallets, and loading.

In addition, proper dimensions can allow firms to plan the amount of space and number of vehicles they will need to get packages from the parcel locations to hubs. It can also help save money by avoiding the human errors in manual measurements that can lead to costly reconciliation time and chargebacks by third-party logistics providers.

Finally, it can help save time at retail counters by avoiding bottlenecks and boost productivity by eliminating the need to take measurements manually.

As customer demand continues to place tremendous pressure on businesses, companies that don’t want their reputation to take a hit can benefit by automating space optimization.

This blog post was based off of an article from Inbound Logistics. View the original here.

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