All about final mile delivery service
Transporting cargo over exceedingly long distances isn’t easy. Making sure that things like the timing, safety and specific needs of a particular delivery are met takes a ton of coordination and skill to make sure things are done as efficiently as possible.
One of the best tools at your disposal is a thing called ‘Final mile delivery.’ Today’s blog is going to explain what that service is, why it’s useful and when you should consider using it. Let’s jump right in!
What is it?
Final mile, also commonly known as ‘last-mile delivery’ is exactly what it sounds like it is. It takes whatever you’re shipping directly to an end destination. This includes only the last leg of a journey for a package or cargo. It’s particularly useful when you’re dealing with larger parcels or deliveries that have highly specialized needs.
What are the benefits?
Perhaps the most common use of final mile delivery is when you’re delivering something that will need to be installed or even received directly/exchanged. A great example of this is a home appliance like a stove or dishwasher. The new appliance will have to be installed upon arrival – and the old one will have to be taken away to wherever it will be headed to.
There are other instances where the cargo is extremely valuable or needs to be brought to a specific place – and by specific – we mean like a specific space in a room. This is also referred to as white glove service. This is for extremely valuable shipments.
What should you prioritize when you’re hiring a final mile carrier?
There will almost certainly be some things that you’ll have to consider when determining whether you want to use final mile delivery. Here are some of the most important questions you’ll want to ask:
- Do you need your delivery dropped off at a front door or will it require white glove service?
- Do you need help unpacking and installing the contents of a particular delivery?
- Is the cost of final mile delivery factored into your budget?
- How familiar is your final mile carrier with your local area?
How your potential carrier answers these questions will determine whether or not final mile delivery is the right service for your delivery.
If you’d like to learn more about what final mile delivery can do for you or whether it’s a viable option for your next delivery, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then, remember these tips and hopefully you’ll find a carrier that can help meet your needs. Good luck!