Last-Mile Delivery Debrief

Thanks to the rise of e-commerce players like Amazon, consumers now expect that all retailers, both online or offline, will meet baseline levels of speed and service when it comes to last-mile delivery, and retailers are struggling to keep up. This need for personalized delivery and fast shipping places enormous pressure on the rigidity of supply chain flow. High-tech dreams of drones that can bring goods anywhere or autonomous delivery pods may arise in a not-to-distant future, but today, retailers need to reroute their supply chain to be lean, agile and responsive to consumer shopping behavior.

PSFK’s Last-Mile Delivery Guide explores how innovative brands and retailers are eliminating time-consuming supply chain hierarchies, consolidating communication and inventory across channels and leveraging data-enabled technologies, to not only deliver more quickly, but also empower consumers with more flexible options and tailored service.

Published November 2018

The 30+ page report includes:

  • 6 trends defining the consumer-first supply chain and delivery model
  • 30+ examples of service-based initiatives helping to optimize anytime, anywhere shipping
  • Strategies that all retailers—on and offline—can pursue in order to enable seamless, fast and flexible deliveries
  • List of key vendors and partners across fulfillment, delivery and logistics
Additional content:

  • Summary presentation deck
  • Link to Last-Mile Delivery webinar recording

This report is part of a series that PSFK has published on innovation in in retail and along the customer experience journey. Our reports provide business ideas to corporate members of our research intelligence service. In addition, we provide talks and ideation workshops based on the contents of our surveys and guides. Contact our sales team at or +1 646 520 4672 for more information.


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Insights From Last-Mile Delivery Debrief

Analysis How Brands Like Merck Use Data To Enable More Efficient Delivery

As detailed in PSFK's Last-Mile Delivery Debrief, top brands are improving their delivery process by streamlining consumer and inventory data collection and analysis

Analysis How Retailers Like Amazon Are Optimizing DTC Service With In-Step Fulfillment

Leading retailers like Sweetgreen and Waitrose are enabling on-demand delivery by incorporating innovative options into their services, from offering couriers to personally deliver customers' items to placing packages directly in shoppers' car trunks

Analysis How Retailers Like Alibaba Are Leveraging Local Delivery Services For A Faster Last Mile

Retailers are tapping into communities, using local delivery agents and spaces to enable a more flexible and efficient process

Analysis How Brands Like eBay Enhance Home Delivery By Offering Extra Services & Support

Adding value to consumer purchases, top retailers like Walmart and Waitrose are ensuring frictionless product experiences by offering support like in-purchase installation scheduling grocery delivery straight to customers' fridges

Podcast Podcast: How Retailers Are Optimizing Last-Mile Delivery

In this episode, listen to PSFK share highlights from in-depth research on the last-mile delivery space, exploring a new ecosystem inspired by shoppers’ demands for quick, flexible delivery capabilities—and the retailers who are successfully meeting these needs.