An overwhelming 90 percent of online shoppers track the status of their orders and prefer delivery patterns that fit in with their busy lifestyles, according to Accenture. This statistic is especially significant in the age of “instant gratification” e-commerce shopping. Every minute between customer order and final delivery matters.
Now that online retail is a $2.8 trillion market, according to Accenture, the route to increased revenue and customer satisfaction is through ensuring a smooth delivery process all the way to the last mile. This process includes configuring logistics to track assets efficiently and ensure proof of delivery (POD). Both B2B and B2C companies need accuracy and speed in last-mile transactions — and mobile devices deliver just that.
Last-Mile Logistics and POD
Accenture predicts that the courier, express and parcel (CEP) market is expected to increase at a compounded annual growth rate of 5.8 percent and hit $343 billion by 2020. Consumer demands for speedy delivery are likely to grow with the market. However, omnichannel shopping (e.g., buy online and pick up in store, or BOPIS) also complicates logistics.
The growth in the CEP industry and customer expectations mean companies must track assets accurately and quickly to ensure POD. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of companies are not equipped to seamlessly meet this demand. Most of the market still uses pen and paper to document omnichannel transactions, which can lead to POD glitches when companies track assets.
Pen-and-paper solutions present a number of complications in ensuring POD. Digitization of end processes using mobile devices can solve these challenges in several ways.
1. Increase Logistics Accuracy
Recording transactions with pen and paper can increase documentation inaccuracies and present a misleading picture to all parties that need to track assets. The worker also has to enter the same transaction records manually into the enterprise software at a later date. This two-step process decreases employee productivity and increases labor spend. Using a rugged mobile device such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 or Tab Active Pro ensures immediate and accurate registration of transactions so all parties receive accurate and timely POD.
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2. Facilitate Greater Transparency
Recording POD manually on paper forms increases room for disputes when multiple parties track assets. If companies digitize processes to obtain signatures from customers and scan items on delivery, all parties can access irrefutable proof that the package is truly where it says it is. Employees who scan packages using a mobile device such as a Galaxy Tab Active2 or Tab Active Pro outfitted with a Scandit scanner can deliver accurate and speedy POD. Use of mobile devices in POD logistics increases transparency as everyone accesses a single source of truth.
3. Deliver Better Customer Service
Pen-and-paper POD solutions miss opportunities to increase the number of customer touchpoints. Given that so many customers track their orders online, they might appreciate being updated on the status of their packages. Digitization of POD solutions with a Tab Active Pro or a Galaxy Note10 helps companies deliver automatic customer alerts about package pickup, shipment, and point and time of arrival. Automated processes also empower customer service representatives who can track packages and order status without having to make additional phone calls to receive necessary updates.
4. Deliver More Thorough Documentation
Customers report that nearly a quarter of large delivery items arrive damaged, according to Retail Dive. Replacing them can be a customer service and logistics challenge. Relying solely on pen and paper during the last mile means the courier has to scribble down any problems and hope that the description is detailed enough for dispute resolution down the line.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active2, Tab Active Pro and Note10 all have powerful cameras that can take pictures of damaged goods and allow the courier to attach the image to the digital record. Using the attached S Pen, the employee can also telestrate or highlight the problem more clearly on the digital image. Such comprehensive information potentially leads to faster and smoother conflict resolution.
As B2B and B2C consumer demands complicate last-mile logistics, companies need a seamless digitized solution to track assets. They need transparent and real-time sharing of data. A range of Samsung devices facilitates powerful electronic processing of goods as they move from warehouse to point of delivery. Barcode scanning via the device’s camera, photos of the asset at its destination and signature collection via touchscreen all add to the capabilities that mobile devices provide.
Mobility improves efficiencies in the last mile, while helping companies deliver stellar customer service and improve inventory management. Mobile devices are key to digitizing customer touchpoints so every interaction furthers brand loyalty and customer satisfaction.
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