Tech Stack Complexity Seen Undermining Last Mile Delivery Operations
January 16, 2023
State of Last Mile Delivery report survey highlights new findings from 500
managers within the retail and ecommerce landscape. The report provides critical
insights for simplifying the complexity around last mile delivery operations,
while focusing on reducing costs and enhancing the customer experience.
In 2022, we witnessed how the aftermath of COVID-19 affected both retailers and
consumers. Supply chain crises dominated the delivery industry, and consumer
expectations continued to evolve and put pressure on retailer’s delivery
operations. The economic instability and inflation forced both retailers and
consumers to focus on cost efficiency, posing a major challenge for businesses
to stay profitable, while still meeting consumer demands.
Bringg’s latest report shows that in order to stay competitive in 2023,
retailers will need to offer multiple flexible delivery options, which are
immensely impacting consumers purchasing decisions. It highlights that an
astounding 87% of survey respondents admit to issues with digital cart
abandonment, with lack of clarity about delivery options prior to check out as
the top reason (44%). In addition, it appears that many retailers aren’t
providing competitive enough delivery choices to satisfy their customers, with
35% citing a lack of delivery options as the reason for cart abandonment.
“The retail industry evolved at an unprecedented rate in 2022, and consumers
became accustomed to fast, same day delivery,” said Guy Bloch, CEO of Bringg.
“Ultimately, in 2023 the delivery experience frontier is moving towards new
elevated standards, where consumers expect convenience and control, demanding
flexible delivery options, transparent communications and all at an affordable
price. Retailers need to focus on investing in the right technologies and
leveraging relevant partners, to successfully compete in an increasingly
With 61% planning to offer self-scheduled delivery in 2023, and 56% including
subscription-based delivery, it is evident that these are important services for
encouraging repeat orders, while lowering the cost of delivery for consumers and
retailers alike. By automating delivery scheduling and allowing customers
greater control over the scheduling process, retailers will be able to offer the
convenience of receiving deliveries when and where consumers wish.
Additional survey findings include:
are struggling with their last mile delivery operations, with the top reason
being the complexity of their tech stack (37%). Accordingly, over 1 in 3
struggle to manage multiple fulfillment channels through disparate technologies.
Lack of flexibility is affecting both cost and capacity, with 49% of retailers
still lacking flexibility during peak seasons, and 37% unable to scale up or
down drivers as necessary, resulting in reduced profits.
32% of respondents claim that integration with third party carriers and fleets
is a growing challenge; causing lack of real-time delivery options which
negatively affects cart abandonment as well as customer loyalty and retention.
The report overall emphasizes the need for retailers to focus on profitability
and convenience in 2023. Providing transparency into delivery options during the
shopping process will require strong integrations between ecommerce point of
sale, delivery management solutions, and external providers. Managing these
integrations through a single platform and automating the last mile delivery
process will enable better visibility for consumers and cost efficiency for