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Smarter Logistics: The Need of the Hour for Smarter Working
Businesses are facing the dilemma of the ever-increasing volume and frequency of deliveries in the building, against the compromising state of the facility to handle those deliveries efficiently. The solution for strategically evolving firms is to collaborate with third-party delivery experts, maintaining the delivery efficiency, performance, and integrity.
A pioneering solution is the utilization of the delivery provider’s warehouse premises, generally established beyond city limits with congestion and low-emission zones. Warehouses become additional hubs for the company with dedicated space and resources for receiving deliveries, storage and onward delivery of goods produced to and from the city center offices and other addresses.
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By Daniel Gagnon, VP of Marketing, Global Logistics & Distribution, UPS
Recently, the mayor of London announced that from 8 April 2019, the most polluting private vehicles would have to pay £12.50 to drive through central London, while buses, coaches, and HGVs will pay £100, for London’s new ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ)
City Hall believes that this implementation will result in a 50 percent drop in emissions by 2020. Such legislation will undoubtedly place firms under further pressure to adapt business processes. However, there are challenges ahead for many businesses around delivery logistics and changing work patterns. Various business pressures such as the cost of permanent office space and the trend towards more fluid and flexible working have resulted in businesses moving to shared sites where several enterprises occupy one premise.
There is a real focus on space—making every square foot count and eliminating redundant ‘ghost desks’ or areas that are under-utilized. While this model provides a more cost-effective footprint, it also means a disruption of delivery practices. These unique challenges such as ULEZ as well as the evolving market demand that businesses re-assess their delivery model and find solutions that fit.
Many companies will not have the bandwidth or specific expertise in-house to enable them to assess the delivery landscape and re-engineer workflows. Instead, working with expert partners can result in dynamic solutions such as the offsite warehouse hub model, which not only satisfies changing business demands but also adds value.
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