In today’s fast-paced and competitive logistics industry, the ability to track and monitor shipments from the point of origin to the first stop in the supply chain has become increasingly critical. This process, known as first-mile tracking, involves real-time monitoring and visibility of goods as they leave the warehouse or manufacturing facility and reach the next destination. 

First-mile tracking provides logistics companies with valuable insights into the movement of goods, allowing for the following: 

  • Efficient management of operations
  • Shipment identification
  • Resolution of potential delays or issues
  • Improved customer service

In this post, we will explore first-mile tracking and how it compares to final-mile logistics services.

What Is First-Mile Delivery?

First-mile delivery, also known as the “kickoff” or “launch” phase of the logistics process, is where a shipment’s journey begins from the point of origin, such as a warehouse or a manufacturing facility, to its first stop in the supply chain.

This phase of logistics sets the stage for a smooth and efficient supply chain operation, as shipments are carefully tracked, managed, and monitored to ensure they get where they need to be. 

It’s the first leg of the logistics race and, with proper tracking and management, it sets the tone for successful and timely delivery to delight customers and keeps the supply chain moving like a well-oiled machine.

First-Mile Tracking

First-mile tracking keeps an eye on the starting line of the logistics race. It involves using cutting-edge technology, such as the following systems: 

  • GPS
  • RFID
  • Other tracking software

These tracking systems closely monitor shipments as they embark on their journey from the point of origin, be it a warehouse, a busy factory, or a bustling distribution center. 

First-mile tracking captures and transmits real-time information about the following: 

  • Package location
  • Status of delivery
  • Condition of shipments

This gives logistics companies a bird’s eye view of their operations, enabling them to proactively manage and optimize their logistics processes, identify and address potential delays or issues, and ensure a smooth and efficient start to the supply chain journey. 

First Mile Services Vs. Final Mile Services

If you are familiar with the logistics industry, you know the importance of final-mile logistics services. The main difference between first and final-mile services lies in their respective positions within the overall supply chain process.

First-mile logistics services refer to the initial stage in the supply chain, where goods are transported from the origin point to the next stop in the supply chain. It focuses on steps such as order fulfillment, transportation, and distribution of goods from the origin to the next stage of the supply chain.

On the other hand, final mile logistics services refer to the last stage of the supply chain, where goods are transported from the distribution center or fulfillment center to a Beitler Pool Point Facility to the consignees location.

The Goal of First-Mile Services

First-mile logistics services focus on efficiently moving goods from the point of origin to the next destination, often involving larger volumes of shipments and longer distances.

The Goal of Final-Mile Services

Final mile logistics services revolve around the timely and accurate delivery of goods to the end customer, often involving smaller volumes of shipments and shorter distances.

First-Mile Delivery Tracking at Beitler Logistics

At Beitler Logistics (BLS), first-mile tracking is a key component of our comprehensive logistics services. As a leading logistics provider committed to efficiency, reliability, and customer satisfaction, we understand the importance of real-time visibility and transparency in the first mile of the supply chain process.

Using state-of-the-art technology and advanced tracking systems, we ensure that shipments are carefully monitored and tracked from the point of origin, such as a warehouse or manufacturing facility, to the next stop in the supply chain. With our robust tracking capabilities, BLS can capture and transmit critical information about the location, status, and condition of shipments. 

We recognize the significance of first-mile tracking in the logistics industry and leverage cutting-edge technology to provide our customers with complete visibility and transparency in every stage of the supply chain process. 

Our commitment to the Beitler Advantage gives you reliable and efficient logistics services powered by first-mile tracking to meet your business’s needs.  

To learn more about Beitler Logistics, contact us today.