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Last Mile Delivery compared to Ordinary Cargo

This article is intended for those who still cannot distinguish between last mile shipments and general cargo shipments. The contents of this article can also be a matter of debate because the content of the material only comes from the author's personal perspective.

The last mile term has become a hot topic term in the supply chain world, starting from the rise of e-commerce growth, when people begin to shopping in internet, they will need a form of shipping channels that can carry the product in units and not bulky. Actually this form has long been known as the express post package, but as the term supply chain replaces the logistics term in the past, the last mile term starts to be used more frequently among practitioners. Previously, last mile refers to the term in the telecommunications world, but now in the Cambridge dictionary, we can find the term supply chain with meaning;  

"the last stage in process, especially of a customer buying goods"

The main difference between last mile and regular cargo shipments is;

  1. Last mile is a shipment of one point to many points, or even multi points to multi points, while ordinary cargo is a shipment of one point to one point, even though sometimes there are also have multi drop shipment.
  2. The last mile focuses on end customer shipments while ordinary cargo generally focuses on business to business shipments.
  3. Last mile shipments are usually in pieces, while ordinary cargo is in bulky form.
  4. Last mile items tend to be time sensitive compared to ordinary cargo shipments.
  5. In the point of operational view, the last mile focuses on managing the network, while ordinary cargo is more focused on managing the transportation.
  6. Last mile tend to focus on city courier, and ordinary cargo tend to focus on domestic or even international shipment.

Thus, those who are still unfamiliar with the term last mile, through this article can provide a fairly clear picture.



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Last Mile Delivery compared to Ordinary Cargo