A Shorter ‘Last Mile’ in Distribution

by Mike Hunter

eDEMANDProgistics Distribution, a leading “last mile” distribution and logistics company, has launched eDEMAND, a Web app that enables Progistics Distribution to tap into its network of over 700 professional drivers, connecting them via their mobile devices to enable communication between businesses, drivers and brokers.

eDEMAND, powered by Progistics, provides an interface that “shortens” the last mile — optimizing the process of planning and routing of operations (such as time constraints, vehicle constraints, driver rules, and customer requirements). With eDEMAND, Progistics can provide superior same-day and on-demand deliveries to retail, ecommerce, small package and bulk shipment companies anywhere within a 200-mile radius of the major metro areas it serves.

“People don’t realize how challenging logistics really is and how complex the process of last mile delivery should be when done right,” says Joel Ritch, CEO of Progistics Distribution. “That’s why we are seeing so many failing delivery startups. The tech venture capitalists and startup companies underestimated the resources needed in building a successful logistics-driven business from the ground up.”

According to The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, as much as 28 percent of all transportation costs occur in the last mile. The eDEMAND solution helps reduce the expense and complexity of last mile deliveries — making the connection between professional drivers and those in need of same-day delivery services more efficient. Additional eDEMAND features include real-time order tracking, live customer support, digital signature capture and delivery verification.

eDEMAND services are now available to businesses in Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

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