Faster, cheaper, better. That’s what retailers want when it comes to shipping methods because it’s what consumers demand. The partnership between logistics as a service and air cargo providers is making it happen. They can help retailers deliver goods more efficiently, faster, and more affordably.
By working together and integrating their supply chains and systems, LaaS and air cargo providers are able to enable full-scale visibility and track shipments throughout the whole order and delivery process while also optimizing routes. The result is a better delivery experience for customers and lower costs for retailers.
The retail landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, thanks in large part to the growth of e-commerce. Today, more and more consumers are shopping online, which has led to a corresponding increase in the number of retailers selling products online. This increase has had a major impact on the way goods are delivered from retailers to consumers.
In the past, most goods were delivered via ground transportation, which was slower and less reliable than air cargo. However, as e-commerce has grown, so too has the use of air cargo for transporting goods. Air cargo is faster than ground transportation, which means that retailers can get their products to customers more quickly.
But no matter where consumers shop, they expect an Amazon-like delivery experience.
Having better connectivity in the middle and final mile is essential to successfully meet customer expectations for rapid fulfillment and lower delivery costs. A reliable partnership between air cargo and logistics providers is the only way to accomplish this in today’s disrupted supply chain.
To meet consumer demands, more and more retailers are turning to air cargo shipments. But there are additional benefits to shipping by air aside from speed of delivery.
Of course, retailers can only benefit from air cargo shipping if they partner with the right providers. They need a partner that knows the ins and outs of the industry and the logistical operations of air freight. But there is no doubt that air cargo is playing an increasingly important role in the retail ecosystem and is helping retailers to improve middle mile and final mile delivery times.
An example of a solid partnership between logistics providers and air cargo is that of Fillogic and SmartKargo. Their combined retail logistics ecosystem exceeds expected delivery times while also decreasing fulfillment costs. It also provides retailers with greater insights, transparency, and clarity to manage supply chains.
Fillogic specializes in providing physical and online retailers with omnichannel solutions while SmartKargo utilizes airline partners for the middle mile to bring the speed of flight to ground rates. By connecting retailers to the Fillogic Delivery Marketplace, the partnership creates an end-to-end shipping solution for parcel packages with two-day service levels for items shipped up to 3,000 miles.
Fillogic and SmartKargo can seamlessly integrate with other logistics and commerce systems. With the integration, retailers can make instant decisions based on transparent pricing and reporting.
Other benefits of the partnership include:
SmartKargo and Fillogic were able to quickly integrate their solutions to provide detailed real-time information at each step of the delivery journey.
To learn more about how retail logistics providers are transforming the retail ecosystem by incorporating air cargo innovations, download our free guide, “A Flight Plan to Successfully Navigate Retail Logistics.”