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Covid-19 has changed the game for one too many businesses, and one of them is meal-kit delivery. This subscription-based business model depends on a steady supply of fresh foods, perfect portioning and packaging meals, and on-time delivery. The logistics part of it is what is tricky. Ingredients need to be sourced from various vendors in local and regional markets while ensuring timely delivery. The few challenges of meal-kit delivery include:
The entire business model of meal kits depends on making the delivery on time. Consumers are particular about their time-slots, which must be adhered to. This means overcoming traffic, road closures, vehicle breakdowns, among other deviations.
Fresh food is a perishable inventory, and so, any changes to delivery orders need to be accommodated quickly. Some clients may want urgent deliveries, while others may wish to postpone, making dealing with customized delivery requests tricky.
Delivery can be a tedious affair with increased costs in the last mile. Making room for last-minute changes and additional orders pile on fuel, maintenance, and idling costs.
Food consumerism is ever-evolving. So, keeping up with the taste, trend and season is vital to earn customer loyalty. For this, meal-kit delivery businesses need to be more adaptive and flexible. Partner suppliers and 3PL companies that are quick on their feet are just as important.
Locus’s last-mile solution brings efficiency and flexibility to deliveries. Changes in orders and additional orders are easily accommodated, and new routes are quickly reloaded without disturbing drivers’ delivery schedules.
Real-time visibility is a great plus for both meal-kit companies and prospective customers to keep track of their orders. In addition, notifications alert the customers about upcoming deliveries.
Our on-demand dispatch automation is based on parameters such as driver’s skill sets, preference, location, vehicle capacity, and availability. Effective resource allocation prevents any deviations while making the delivery but in the case there is any, can be tracked easily.
Locus’s geocoder converts all meal-kit delivery addresses, fuzzy or otherwise, into exact coordinates on the map in no time, leaving little to no room for error.
As the pandemic continues, people are forced to remain in the safety of their homes. Electronic Proof of Delivery eliminates unnecessary paperwork and completes delivery quickly with no physical contact.
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