Final mile deliveries are the most critical part of the transportation process since it ensures the packages arrive at their intended destination. Therefore, understanding the important aspects of B2B deliveries, challenges, and how a 3PL provider can provide fast and efficient delivery is essential to understanding what final mile delivery means for B2B shipments.  

B2B and B2C Final Mile Deliveries

Business-to-consumer (B2C) deliveries are common, as are business-to-business (B2B) final mile deliveries. It’s important to note that B2B deliveries can include shipments to retail locations, other businesses, or wholesalers. With B2C and B2B deliveries, the end-user wants the delivery experience to include tracking with real-time visibility, shipment alerts, and accurate delivery arrivals. 

The most significant difference between the two types of final mile logistic deliveries is the size and quantity of the B2B packages. Typically, B2B packages will vary in size but almost always include a high volume of packages. 

B2B Final Mile Delivery Challenges

Businesses continue to ship higher quantities of goods to commercial locations, so utilizing high-quality delivery methods is even more valuable. Previous delivery methods of shipping in-house are more challenging than before since businesses must adapt to shipping demands. 

  • Reroute packages at the last-minute 
  • Accommodate delivery changes 
  • Provide accurate tracking details

Accommodating these shipping demands while keeping delivery costs low can be challenging. That’s when working with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider can help. 

Partnering with a 3PL Provider 

A 3PL provider is a company that uses third-party businesses to outsource transportation, warehousing, and other logistic services. They do the work and find the most reputable and reliable companies for the service, so you don’t have to worry about it. 

By outsourcing these services, a 3PL provider has complete flexibility to provide you with:

  • The best rates available 
  • Accommodate last minute requests or changes
  • Scaling your services to meet demands (higher shipment months and lower shipment months)
  • Stay up to date on the latest tracking technology 

What Does Final Mile Delivery Mean for B2B?

Now that you understand more about B2C and B2B deliveries, what does final mile delivery mean for B2B shipments? Here’s how the delivery process works for B2B, retailers, or wholesalers shipments. 

  1. The business has a large-sized order ready to ship
  2. They contact their 3PL provider 
  3. They provide details on the shipment and its final destination location(s)
  4. Orders are sent to the transportation hub 
  5. Orders are sorted and segmented on accurate trucks 
  6. Orders are successfully delivered 
  7. 3PL providers provide on-time delivery

Partner with a Superior Logistics Company 

Beitler Logistics Services, Inc. (BLS) moves beyond just meeting your needs. Instead, the BLS team holds themselves to the highest levels of professionalism, honor, and honesty. As a result, our team will exceed your expectations and become an extension of your logistics and transportation departments. 

Contact a BLS team member to learn about our immense network of partners that allows us to provide transportation to virtually any market in the United States or Canada.