Updated: Dec 17, 2021
What does "last-mile" mean?
When you order something that package takes a long journey, making multiple stops at different warehouses and logistics centers along the way. The final part of the trip, when the packages travel from the distribution center to your home is called the "last mile". It literally refers to the last leg of the trip that your package has made until it reaches your doorstep.
How you can take advantage
Many companies are getting involved with last-mile transport as it is growing in popularity and there are a lot of ways to do so. You can obtain contracts with companies such as Amazon, in which you agree to deliver loads directly from one of their facilities to the delivery destinations. Since Last mile transport is newer, taking advantage of it may require some research into different companies that are utilizing the method. Last-mile logistics is a great option for those who are driving sprinter or cargo vans, small box trucks, or hotshots.
Since last mile transport deals largely with small, commercial packages you don’t even need a large hauling vehicle to participate. You can simply deliver in your car or SUV. This opens up a huge window of opportunity for people who want to get involved with the transportation industry but can’t yet afford the equipment.
While the "last-mile" transportation trend is on the newer side, it is booming! There are tons of opportunities available within last-mile transport that almost anyone can take advantage of. You can use your own car and take smaller loads while building up your business and brand as well as building relationships and rapport with different companies. So if you don’t have a truck or a motor carrier authority yet but still wish to be part of the transportation industry, Last-mile transport may just be for you!