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Uber Acquires Postmates’ Food Delivery Business for $2.65 Billion

Uber Acquires Postmates’ Food Delivery Business for $2.65 Billion

Uber marks its territory in US food delivery market, brands could see competition rise. Know how tech-based logistics help to earn last-mile efficiencies.

Amazon acquires Zoox, makes entry into the autonomous vehicles market

Amazon acquires Zoox, makes entry into the autonomous vehicles market

Amazon entered into the autonomous vehicle market by acquiring an autonomous self-driving start-up Zoox who is working on ride-hailing services. Read More!

Amazon Big Style Sale: A Sigh of Relief for Fashion Retail Brands

Amazon Big Style Sale: A Sigh of Relief for Fashion Retail Brands

Amazon Big Style Sale, a chance for Fashion Retail Brands to unload the merchandise & an eventful online shopping year ahead for US shopaholics. Read More!

Walmart Partners with Shopify to Launch Walmart Marketplace for Online Sellers

Walmart Partners with Shopify to Launch Walmart Marketplace for Online Sellers

Shopify sellers will now be able to integrate their online stores with Walmart Marketplace and increase their product visibility significantly.

US E-commerce sales to jump 18% this year

US E-commerce sales to jump 18% this year

US e-Commerce retail sales will jump by 18% this year due to the COVID-19 impact, according to an eMarketer forecast report. Know the role of logistics in e-commerce

US Army Researcher Says a COVID-19 Vaccine Could be Ready by Year-End

US Army Researcher Says a COVID-19 Vaccine Could be Ready by Year-End

A US Army Researcher told officials that a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by this year-end. Maintaining a continuous cold supply chain and delivering the vaccine to billions worldwide will be crucial in the future.

Apple to Reopen 100 More Stores in the US with Curbside Services

Apple to Reopen 100 More Stores in the US with Curbside Services

Apple Inc. has announced that it will be opening at least a hundred more of its retail outlets in different parts of the United States, with curbside and storefront services.

E-commerce sales skyrocket in America

E-commerce sales skyrocket in America

Walmart sees a 74% boost in the online groceries sales during Covid-19. Omnichannel is the way to go for retailers to fulfill customer demands. Check Now!

New Zealand wins the COVID-19 Battle: PM Relaxes Lockdown to Level-2

New Zealand wins the COVID-19 Battle: PM Relaxes Lockdown to Level-2

New Zealand announces Level 2 of lockdown, lifting most of the lockdown rules while maintaining social distancing. Changing shopping trends could reshape supply chains post the pandemic.

E-commerce deliveries resume in Green and Orange Zones

E-commerce deliveries resume in Green and Orange Zones

Ecommerce deliveries resume non-essentials in Green & Orange Zones. Check how efficient zone-based route planning for last-mile deliveries will be critical.

Vietnam reopens after three weeks of lockdown - Things crawling back to normalcy

Vietnam reopens after three weeks of lockdown - Things crawling back to normalcy

Vietnam has been astonishingly resilient to the COVID-19 outbreak. The lockdown, in fact, pushed retailers to step up their game with omnichannel distribution.

“Green Recovery” to combat coronavirus, says UN chief

“Green Recovery” to combat coronavirus, says UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged governments around the world to take steps to protect the world from both the virus and climate disruption.

Indonesia declares COVID-19 as a ‘National Disaster’. Is a food crisis likely to follow?

Indonesia declares COVID-19 as a ‘National Disaster’. Is a food crisis likely to follow?

Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo has signed a presidential decree declaring COVID-19 as a ‘non-natural national disaster’ on Monday, April 13.

America’s food supply chain standing strong amidst the Coronavirus crisis?

America’s food supply chain standing strong amidst the Coronavirus crisis?

America is now the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic with the highest number of positive cases. But officials are confident that there are plenty of food supplies for the whole nation; transporting them is the bigger challenge.

How India is dealing with essential deliveries during a lockdown

How India is dealing with essential deliveries during a lockdown

India's lockdown has disrupted deliveries of e-commerce and e-grocery firms. How is India dealing with essential deliveries amidst a lockdown? Know More!

Covid-19 Could be the Shot in the Arm for e-Commerce Companies Worldwide

Covid-19 Could be the Shot in the Arm for e-Commerce Companies Worldwide

Ecommerce shopping is becoming the new normal as social distancing is imperative. Logistics can make or break customer satisfaction in this phase. Read Now!

India's Industrial & Logistics leasing hits a high of 33 Million sq.ft

India's Industrial & Logistics leasing hits a high of 33 Million sq.ft

Cities like Bangalore, NCR, & Mumbai dominated the leasing activities, with sectors like 3PL, E-commerce, and retail leading the way. Read to know more!

India’s Food Delivery Market about to get Amazoned

India’s Food Delivery Market about to get Amazoned

The Indian food delivery market now has a new entrant who is looking to shake things up and break the duopoly of Swiggy and Zomato in the hyperlocal food delivery market. Welcome, Amazon!

Coronavirus could damage global economic growth says IMF

Coronavirus could damage global economic growth says IMF

The coronavirus, now named Covid-19, could damage global economic growth this year, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Alibaba offers a helping hand to combat Coronavirus in China with Green Logistics

Alibaba offers a helping hand to combat Coronavirus in China with Green Logistics

Alibaba, China’s leading e-commerce player, has stepped up to fight the deadly epidemic with green logistics. The company has launched an e-commerce platform to connect medical suppliers worldwide with thousands of Coronavirus victims in China.

Zomato's UberEats acquisition to heat up India's foodtech battle

Zomato's UberEats acquisition to heat up India's foodtech battle

India’s leading food delivery firm Zomato recently acquired UberEats India, Uber’s food delivery offering, in an all-stock deal.

Reliance now set to disrupt Indian E-commerce

Reliance now set to disrupt Indian E-commerce

Reliance launches its much-awaited e-commerce venture, JioMart, India’s newest online supermarket. Will it do to e-commerce what it did to telecom?

High logistics costs curb eCommerce growth in India

High logistics costs curb eCommerce growth in India

The World Bank states that high logistics costs are slowing down the growth of eCommerce in India

Indonesian retailers must now seek a permit to sell online

Indonesian retailers must now seek a permit to sell online

Indonesian e-commerce vendors flustered as the law now requires sellers to seek a permit to sell goods online.

Vietnam tops the chart of the world’s fastest-growing economies

Vietnam tops the chart of the world’s fastest-growing economies

A recent GDP growth statistics report states that Vietnam is the fastest growing world economy with a growth rate of 7.31%. This implies a higher demand for cost-effective and efficient logistics services in the country.

Milk Delivery startups struggling to grow?

Milk Delivery startups struggling to grow?

Hyperlocal milk delivery companies are facing the funding crunch. Can technology save the day?

Will E-Commerce shake hands with small retailers and Kirana stores?

Will E-Commerce shake hands with small retailers and Kirana stores?

The Indian government has approached e-commerce companies asking them to send plans to work with small retailers. Will e-commerce team up with small retailers and Kirana stores making room for mutual growth?

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Top 10 Trends in the On-Demand Home Services Market in 2020

Top 10 Trends in the On-Demand Home Services Market in 2020

On-demand home service, once a luxury is now turning into a necessity in the United States. Check out the top ten trends in America’s home services industry, as the Coronavirus cloud continues to hover around.

Top 10 Trends that are Shaking Up USA’s Grocery Market in 2020

Top 10 Trends that are Shaking Up USA’s Grocery Market in 2020

Grocery markets are rapidly changing, as the pandemic has transformed the way groceries are bought and sold traditionally. Here are America’s top 10 grocery market trends since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Top 12 COVID-19 Trends in the Consumer Goods Supply Chain

Top 12 COVID-19 Trends in the Consumer Goods Supply Chain

As the United States becomes the new epicenter of COVID-19, here’s a closer look at the country’s consumer goods supply chain and how the pandemic is changing shopping patterns among consumers.

How Route Optimization Software improves last-mile delivery in Southeast Asia

How Route Optimization Software improves last-mile delivery in Southeast Asia

There are a lot of factors that make last-mile delivery a complex challenge in Southeast Asia. Read this infographic to understand how Route Optimization improves logistics performance in the region.

Looking for a Route Optimization Software? Here's what to consider.

Looking for a Route Optimization Software? Here's what to consider.

A Route-Optimization software can optimize your logistics operations phenomenally. What out for these 11 features while selecting a solution for your business.

Introducing FADR

Introducing FADR

What is First Attempt Delivery Rate, and how does it affect your business? Learn in our latest infographic.

Why Locus Dispatcher is the solution to all your Route Optimization issues

Why Locus Dispatcher is the solution to all your Route Optimization issues

The exclusive feature of Locus dispatcher differentiates it from all the other Route optimization solutions available in the market. To know more, read this exclusive infographic.

Route Optimization Software: Benefits to different business segments

Route Optimization Software: Benefits to different business segments

Different sectors need Route Optimization to serve different purposes. From omnichannel presence to managing customer expectations, optimized sales beat plans and visibility of resources; Automated delivery route planner can help different industries in different ways. View the infographic to know more.

Why businesses need Route Optimization?

Why businesses need Route Optimization?

How consumer trends are creating new demands? And how can Route Optimization fill these demands? View our latest infographic to know more.

Route Optimization Simplified

Route Optimization Simplified

How is Route Optimization different from finding the shortest route? What real-life constraints need to be considered for creating an optimal route? Read our infographic to know more...

Blogs
What's new @ Locus - Enterprise SSO, Locus 2.0, Homebase clubbing, and more...

What's new @ Locus - Enterprise SSO, Locus 2.0, Homebase clubbing, and more...

The first half of 2020 has definitely tested the robustness of the health of both people and processes in supply chains. Together we have faced changing regulations, demand, and disruptions to our supply chain. And Locus is fully committed to ensuring that you get the best route plans, live tracking of deliveries, and operation analytics even in these trying times.

Why are Last Mile Delivery Services Important in the Post-Coronavirus World?

Why are Last Mile Delivery Services Important in the Post-Coronavirus World?

There will be a 20% growth in online retail share by 2023, and there will be a 10% increase in instant delivery. – Future of last-mile interventions Due to COVID-19, customers have become accustomed to online shopping. This change in their shopping habits is making the logistics industry refocus on last mile delivery services.

How Artificial Intelligence can Optimize the Online Fashion Supply Chain

How Artificial Intelligence can Optimize the Online Fashion Supply Chain

AI in Fashion Supply Chain: The world of fashion has changed drastically since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic. The first blow to the industry was the shutting down of the world’s largest textile producing and exporting country in the world, China.

The Role of AI in Ensuring Excellent Home Diagnostics Services in Times of COVID-19

The Role of AI in Ensuring Excellent Home Diagnostics Services in Times of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has confined people to their homes, restricting travel, and non-essential outdoor activities for months. Recent surveys show that the demand for home diagnostic services is increasing as people across the United States shelter in place due to the pandemic. People who wouldn’t have dreamed of tackling a home appliance repair are now fixing their freezers, refrigerators, washers, and dryers.

Last Mile Customer Experience: It is no longer about reaching destinations, it is about reaching people

Last Mile Customer Experience: It is no longer about reaching destinations, it is about reaching people

73% of all people in the US point to last mile customer experience as an essential factor in their purchase decisions. – PwC, Future of Customer Experience report. Last mile delivery is the only chance where a brand has to actually meet the customer. This impression creates an image of your business and messing up in this stage could hurt your reputation. Hence, building a positive customer experience matters a lot in last-mile delivery.

Multi-stop route planning and why is it important?

Multi-stop route planning and why is it important?

Planning multiple routes manually is a burdensome and time-consuming affair. Fleet managers should factor in various route constraints while planning routes such as traffic congestion, roadblocks, and so on. There are likely chances of making mistakes, which can ultimately result in disappointed customers.

Early Signs of Activity: Locus On The Ground Report (May)

Early Signs of Activity: Locus On The Ground Report (May)

Lockdowns around the globe are slowly being lifted, and businesses are thus opening up. May saw some early signs of activity across sectors. The situation is nowhere near ‘normal’, but it is still a start. We hope that this ‘Locus On The Ground’ May Report will give a peek into what is now being called the ‘new normal’.

Why Geocoding matters and the tech behind it

Why Geocoding matters and the tech behind it

Team Locus Vittal Sirigiri, one of the top data scientists in Locus, has had quite the professional journey—investment banker, cofounder of a food business, self-taught coder, he’s worn many hats.

Why Retail Brands are Gunning for Direct-to-Consumer Sales During COVID-19

Why Retail Brands are Gunning for Direct-to-Consumer Sales During COVID-19

The Coronavirus apocalypse is perhaps the biggest blow to mankind in a long time. It has transformed societies, governments, healthcare systems, economies, and our lifestyles in unforeseen ways.

Vehicle Routing Problem Decoded: What, Why and How

Vehicle Routing Problem Decoded: What, Why and How

Vehicle Routing Problem is a constant in the last-mile delivery business. It happens due to the delivery and resource constraints planners face while coming up with minimum-cost vehicle routes.

How to choose Route Optimization Software for Small and Mid-Sized Fleet?

How to choose Route Optimization Software for Small and Mid-Sized Fleet?

The dispatch planning process has become quite complicated, with a varied mix of daily customer orders and multiple options for vehicles and routes. This complexity has made delivery companies search for good route optimization software for their small and mid-sized fleets.

What’s new @ Locus – Fleet Optimization, LOTR upgrades, and more…

What’s new @ Locus – Fleet Optimization, LOTR upgrades, and more…

We want to start this by saying a big thank you for being there with us and trusting Locus with building your supply chain strategies. We hope that you are reading this from a safe space along with your loved ones. We will all come out of this stronger.

Why Buy Online and Pick Up In-Store (BOPIS) is the need of the hour for retailers

Why Buy Online and Pick Up In-Store (BOPIS) is the need of the hour for retailers

By 2021, 90% of retailers will offer BOPIS, and 75% of them will be able to identify and customize their customers. – Retail Touchpoints Report

Hyperlocal Delivery Markets See a New Dawn in the US During COVID-19

Hyperlocal Delivery Markets See a New Dawn in the US During COVID-19

Halfway through the year of the pandemic, we’re living in a completely different world now. Novel Coronavirus has not just endangered human lives, it has hit the world economy hard and impacted several industries around the globe.

Why are Fleet Tracking and Route Optimization important for Food Delivery Companies in Southeast Asia?

Why are Fleet Tracking and Route Optimization important for Food Delivery Companies in Southeast Asia?

The food delivery market in Southeast Asia is estimated to grow up to US$8 billion by 2025 from US$2 billion IN 2018. – Google and Temasek (Singapore’s state investment arm) The surge in demand for food delivery has expanded the reach of delivery services.

How Pop-Up Distribution Centers can solve COVID-19 Warehousing Challenges

How Pop-Up Distribution Centers can solve COVID-19 Warehousing Challenges

COVID-19 has brought some unprecedented challenges for America’s supply chain businesses. Restrictions on imports, shortage of ground resources, and limited manufacturing operations are causing stiffness in supply chain movement.

Omnichannel is the way forward for non-essential retail

Omnichannel is the way forward for non-essential retail

Retailers whose livelihoods are dependent on physical stores are feeling the heat due to the coronavirus pandemic. Footfalls have gone down, the future looks bleak, especially if you are selling non-essential goods.

Tackling Restaurant Supply Chain Challenges with Delivery Optimization Software

Tackling Restaurant Supply Chain Challenges with Delivery Optimization Software

The online food delivery market is growing at an explosive pace in Southeast Asia. Rapidly increasing disposable income, a growing population of tech-savvy millennials, and a convenience-driven consumer lifestyle are the major factors influencing the rise of the online food delivery industry in the region.

Using AI and Data Science to combat Covid-19

Using AI and Data Science to combat Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic makes Shantanu Bhattacharyya, Locus’ Chief Data Scientist, remember his days as a computational biologist working on the HIV vaccines at The Scripps Research Institute. He fondly remembers how he spent days and days in the lab researching, coming up with new ideas, looking at data to interpret patterns.

Minimize your Delivery Complexities using Logistics Automation

Minimize your Delivery Complexities using Logistics Automation

Last-mile deliveries are becoming more complicated with each passing day. On one side, customer expectations are increasing, and on the other , delivery companies are struggling with rising distribution costs and pressures to maintain profitability.

COVID-19 : Time to Zone out

COVID-19 : Time to Zone out

Ever since the global community took note of the COVID-19 transforming into a pandemic, enforced social distancing or lockdowns have been a consistent reaction from every Government (barring rare exceptions like Sweden). The severity of the lockdown has varied from recommendations to stay indoors to military enforced mandatory restrictions on any movement deemed non-essential.

The role of AI in Supply Chain Transformation: Locus Webinar Takeaways

The role of AI in Supply Chain Transformation: Locus Webinar Takeaways

Supply chains around the globe are in absolute chaos today. COVID-19 and uncertain lockdowns have caused major disruptions in the way businesses operate. To define the emerging industry trends, and the role of Artificial Intelligence in modernizing the retail and FMCG supply chain, Locus recently hosted an exclusive live webinar.

Zone-based routing is the need of the hour

Zone-based routing is the need of the hour

Terms like Red, Amber, Green; Red, Orange, Green; phased opening; restrictions; have all become a crucial part of our lives in the last few weeks. With the world slowly opening up amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, supply chain and logistics is going to play a really crucial role in setting up the ‘new normal’.

Grocery is now everybody’s best friend

Grocery is now everybody’s best friend

US- Subway, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Panera BreadIndia- Zomato, Swiggy The UK- UberEats, Deliveroo Ride hailing companies Uber, Lyft. What connects these varied companies? Quite the zinger of a question, eh?

Locus On The Ground Report: The Ripple Effects of Lockdown

Locus On The Ground Report: The Ripple Effects of Lockdown

With countries across the world in various stages of lockdown, business sectors have been affected in different ways. While traditional FMCG is doing relatively well, other sectors have taken a hit.

Managing the Pharma Supply Chain smoothly amidst the COVID-19 chaos

Managing the Pharma Supply Chain smoothly amidst the COVID-19 chaos

We’re in the year of a devastating global pandemic that has put the entire mankind at risk. The COVID-19 outbreak has affected over 3.5 million people so far and is continuing to disrupt normal life and economies around the world. Over 100 vaccines are currently under pre-clinical tests, but healthcare experts are still not sure when a vaccine will be ready. Prevention is the only cure to the disease as of now.

Refrigerated Logistics becomes a mainstay in Grocery deliveries

Refrigerated Logistics becomes a mainstay in Grocery deliveries

In the next ten years, 70% of American consumers will regularly do grocery shopping online. – Food Marketing Institute. The sudden growth of online grocery sales has led to increased demand for cold-storage products.

Cost to Serve Study – The Holy Grail of Sustainability

Cost to Serve Study – The Holy Grail of Sustainability

We breathe in the age of disruption. Technology is transforming supply chains across industries and its digital twin is a lot more powerful, flexible and adaptable. The goal of any tech implementation / association in the supply chain is very simple

How PUDOs Can Redefine Delivery Efficiency and Convenience?

How PUDOs Can Redefine Delivery Efficiency and Convenience?

The biggest last-mile challenges facing the logistics industry are: failed deliveries and missed deliveries. 40 million deliveries fail on the first attempt in the UK.- UK Delivery Index Report, 2019.

The Rise of Hub and Spoke Distribution Model in Modern Supply Chains

The Rise of Hub and Spoke Distribution Model in Modern Supply Chains

Customer satisfaction is defined by speed and convenience more than anything else today. Enterprises across varied industries including food, groceries, pharma, retail, FMCG, 3PL, and E-commerce are now focusing on faster last-mile fulfillment methods to get an edge over competitors.

How advanced route planning software benefits fleet drivers?

How advanced route planning software benefits fleet drivers?

3.5 million truck drivers in the USA contribute to more than two-thirds of total freight tonnage moved nationally. They move more than ten billions of freight annually.- American trucking association.

Software as a Service (SaaS) in the Global Recession of 2020

Software as a Service (SaaS) in the Global Recession of 2020

Will SaaS reshape the future of logistics and supply chain management in the days to come? Despite strict lockdown policies implemented by governments around the world

How to build your business around a hyperlocal on-demand delivery model?

How to build your business around a hyperlocal on-demand delivery model?

Most consumers are stuck in their homes due to coronavirus pandemic and thus the demand for essential goods and services has made them turn to on-demand deliveries. Logistics businesses are attempting to build a hyperlocal on-demand delivery business model to fulfill this need.

FMCG + eCommerce + Modern Trade Supermarkets = Future

FMCG + eCommerce + Modern Trade Supermarkets = Future

In these COVID-19 times, it is no surprise that the FMCG sector is in the thick of the action. Across the globe, there is a huge demand for essential commodities ranging from food supplies, diapers, hand sanitizers, and beauty care, among other items.

The Business World is in a State of Flux

The Business World is in a State of Flux

The ripples of COVID-19 are being felt across industries. While some have seen a huge surge in growth, the others have seen a steep decline.

How businesses can manage peak delivery periods?

How businesses can manage peak delivery periods?

Holiday seasons contribute 13.4% sales compared to total holiday retail sales in the United States- Statista, 2019 Deliveries usually are at an all-time high when there is a festival or at the beginning of a new year.

How has the on-demand industry coped with the coronavirus?

How has the on-demand industry coped with the coronavirus?

With billions under lockdown due to the coronavirus, there is an acute need for basic services so as to survive and run daily lives

Locus and Highway Delite come together to help stranded drivers in India

Locus and Highway Delite come together to help stranded drivers in India

The country-wide lockdown in India has had an impact across industries, but at the heart of it all is logistics and supply chain. Drivers, who are the lifeline of this industry, have been deeply affected right now.

The impact of Panic Buying on the Retail Supply Chain

The impact of Panic Buying on the Retail Supply Chain

What started as a viral flu in China’s Wuhan a couple of months ago is now a global pandemic that is affecting millions across the globe. COVID-19 has spread to more than 199 countries and territories.

Last-Mile Delivery Costs: Bringing Order to Chaos

Last-Mile Delivery Costs: Bringing Order to Chaos

Last-mile delivery costs consume over two-fifths of overall logistics costs.- Frost and Sullivan, 2018 It is no secret that customer expectations are really high these days.

Ensuring Contactless Food and Grocery Delivery in times of Social Distancing

Ensuring Contactless Food and Grocery Delivery in times of Social Distancing

As nations declare complete lockdowns and billions across the globe embrace social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, consumer buying behavior is changing dramatically.

Last-Mile Tracking and Why it matters for Businesses in 2020?

Last-Mile Tracking and Why it matters for Businesses in 2020?

Real-time visibility plays an active role in sustaining the excitement of buying a product until the product reaches you.

What is the perfect recipe for making same-day delivery a success in Southeast Asia?

What is the perfect recipe for making same-day delivery a success in Southeast Asia?

The internet economy in Southeast Asia is booming. Well, that is an accepted fact now. But, how booming is it really?

What’s new in the last-mile delivery for E-commerce?

What’s new in the last-mile delivery for E-commerce?

Fleet drivers, these days, are usually in the tense ‘eleventh-hour’ exam prep mode when they are set for delivery. With increasing complexities in last-mile deliveries, it is becoming challenging to fulfill deliveries on time. Insufficient technologies prevent E-commerce retailers from meeting fulfilment timelines.

Time-Slot Management: Are you ready to deliver at the customer’s command?

Time-Slot Management: Are you ready to deliver at the customer’s command?

Gone are the days when the customer would wait for weeks or days to get a parcel delivered. Speed is the new rule. The customer’s demand for faster and same-day deliveries is increasing by the day, and businesses are investing in smarter logistics solutions to fasten their delivery processes. But, fast delivery isn’t enough to satisfy the customer.

Route Planning Software: Fuel your inter-urban delivery routes business by saving on fuel costs

Route Planning Software: Fuel your inter-urban delivery routes business by saving on fuel costs

Ask any fleet driver if he/she prefers driving inside the city or outside, the usual answer is, “Outside, on the highways, anyday!”. Roadblocks, traffic congestion, or unexpected accidents make urban delivery routes really challenging.

The future of E-commerce lies in achieving same-day and slot-based deliveries

The future of E-commerce lies in achieving same-day and slot-based deliveries

Convenience. That’s the word of our times. With all the apps doing the rounds, everything happens in an instant. Have a thought that the world should know?

Traveling Salesman Problem: It’s more than cost-efficiency

Traveling Salesman Problem: It’s more than cost-efficiency

With a steep increase in on-demand deliveries, modern enterprises are obsessed with rising costs. Being cost efficient is essential, but it is not the only element that will differentiate you from your competition

Route Optimization for the Pharmaceutical Industry: Countering last-mile delivery challenges

Route Optimization for the Pharmaceutical Industry: Countering last-mile delivery challenges

Pharmaceutical organizations spend on average 6% of their revenue on logistics- World Health Organization and Parenteral Drug Association statistics (WHO and PDA)

Specialized Route Optimization Engine VS Google Maps: What’s the Difference?

Specialized Route Optimization Engine VS Google Maps: What’s the Difference?

With over one billion users, Google Maps is the most downloaded and widely used navigation application worldwide. How is Route Optimization different from Google Maps and why do you need it?

3PL operators: Making your Logistics Operations Economical

3PL operators: Making your Logistics Operations Economical

3PL companies deal with thousands of orders every day. Here’s how route optimization can solve the logistics problems in modern-day 3PL supply chains.

Why First Attempt Delivery Rate (FADR) is the future of retail?

Why First Attempt Delivery Rate (FADR) is the future of retail?

Retailers are trying hard to find a balance between customer expectations and profitability. Read how you can achieve a higher First Attempt Delivery Rate with AI in your supply chain.

Network Optimization is the way to go for Supply Chain Enterprises

Network Optimization is the way to go for Supply Chain Enterprises

Locus recently hosted the webinar ‘Unlocking the potential of Supply Chain Network’ in association with V-Guard. Check out the key takeaways from the webinar and understand how Network Optimization is the way to go for modern supply chain enterprises.

The Changing Logistics of Grocery Stores with Last Mile Delivery Route Optimization

The Changing Logistics of Grocery Stores with Last Mile Delivery Route Optimization

The caliber of delivering groceries on the same day has completely changed the landscape of grocery purchases. Read how Artificial Intelligence and Route Optimization are transforming the e-grocery industry in this blog.

White-Glove Service: Everything you need to know

White-Glove Service: Everything you need to know

White-glove service is a trending buzzword in logistics and transportation, but not everyone understands what this new service actually means. Here’s everything you need to know about this premium delivery service.

No Deal Brexit: A Nightmare for European Logistics?

No Deal Brexit: A Nightmare for European Logistics?

The much anticipated Brexit is scheduled to take place on 31st October 2019. How will a No Deal Brexit impact the EU logistics and supply chain? Read here.

What if the Oil Slipped?

What if the Oil Slipped?

What if Saudi Arabia couldn't recover from the recent oil attacks? What impact could such an attack have on world logistics? Read more!

e-Commerce disrupting the CPG landscape. How distributors can thrive in the changing scenario

e-Commerce disrupting the CPG landscape. How distributors can thrive in the changing scenario

The consumer goods industry is quickly changing in North America, owing to the rise of e-commerce players. Here’s how technology can help them stay ahead of the competition.

What’s in store for FMCG in 2025? We just found out from experts.

What’s in store for FMCG in 2025? We just found out from experts.

Locus hosted industry experts and influencers in FMCG 2025. The panel discussed the changing trends and innovations driving the future of the industry.

Implementing incentive-based pay for delivery executives: Performance over Pressure

Implementing incentive-based pay for delivery executives: Performance over Pressure

Incentives are a great way to improve employee morale and enhance productivity of delivery executives. Here’s how you can implement a successful incentive-based payment system at your enterprise

The Journey of the Mango: How India’s favorite fruit reaches your plate

The Journey of the Mango: How India’s favorite fruit reaches your plate

From orchard to your house. How does a mango reaches your place. The blog discusses the complex logsitcs network involved in the whole process.

Only The Paranoid Survive

Only The Paranoid Survive

Locus was never meant to be a good company, not even a great one. Locus was intended to be perfect, which means that in this drive for perfection, we often forget to rejoice our achievements. Today as we secure 22M USD in our Series B funding from Falcon Edge, Tiger Global Management, Exfinity Technology Fund, and Blume Ventures Fund

Expanding with accountability: The Supply Chain Story of Bigbasket

Expanding with accountability: The Supply Chain Story of Bigbasket

As a growing venture, we understand the complexities of expansion first hand. More regions to serve, additional clients and unfamiliar avenues often lead to many unforeseen challenges. And even though every business dreams of growing big, only a few are ready for added responsibilities.

Locus’ 60-second Guide to Omnichannel Retail

Locus’ 60-second Guide to Omnichannel Retail

‘Omnichannel’ is the latest buzzword in the FMCG and Retail industry. Every retailer now wants different channels to deliver its goods, and all of a sudden, selling simply through the traditional brick and mortar shops is not good enough.

How Can Route Optimization Reduce Costs And Improve Last-mile Delivery In Southeast Asia

How Can Route Optimization Reduce Costs And Improve Last-mile Delivery In Southeast Asia

Hidayat is en-route to deliver the parcel to the customer he has been assigned. The address says: “Selular shop, Mall Kelapa Gading 3, Jakarta Utara”. Hidayat rechecks the address, looking for a street name or a house number. Nothing. Hidayat is confused. His delivery is going to be late.

We hosted the best supply chain brains under one roof, here is what they had to say

We hosted the best supply chain brains under one roof, here is what they had to say

Locus recently organized the first Supply Chain Meetup in India in collaboration with The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation. The event was hosted in Bangalore, with the best minds of supply chain from various industries joining the event.

What Are Consumer Companies Doing In Canada To Optimise Logistics And Why?

What Are Consumer Companies Doing In Canada To Optimise Logistics And Why?

Recently, 78 Canadian companies, 26 business associations and 12 Canadian academic institutions came together to form SCALE.AI, and the Government of Canada announced it had selected SCALE.AI as one of five winning industry-led proposals in its Innovation Super clusters Initiative.

4 Questions You Need To Answer About Your Supply Chain If You Are In Southeast Asia

4 Questions You Need To Answer About Your Supply Chain If You Are In Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is the emerging market everyone is focusing on. What supply chain questions you need to answer for being successful there?

The Curious Case of FMCG Sales Beats

The Curious Case of FMCG Sales Beats

An efficient distribution system, which reduces order to delivery & replenishment time becomes the key arrow in the arsenal of an FMCG company. The key element to this is "Sales Beat Planning".

Travelling Salesman Problem Is Not A Problem, It’s A Herculean Task.

Travelling Salesman Problem Is Not A Problem, It’s A Herculean Task.

TSP is no longer problem of the salesman of a company travelling to multiple cities in the least amount of time, using the least amount of money, while somehow travelling the shortest distance. It is about the world gearing towards Industry 4.0.

On-Time and In-Full Delivery: Why Balancing Both is Important for You

On-Time and In-Full Delivery: Why Balancing Both is Important for You

With logistics costs rising, increasing Full Truck Loads (trucks which are almost completely filled) has always been an area of emphasis for logistics managers, often to the point of compromising on the other half — On-Time. Being there on-time is as important as delivering to your customer in-full.

How Intelligent Retail Logistics Management Works

How Intelligent Retail Logistics Management Works

Companies are constantly looking for an easier way to move their products from either manufacturing hubs to retail outlets or to customer delivery points. However, in a country like India, this may not be as easy as it sounds. As an example to further explain this, lets refer to Urban Ladder

Logistics- The Key Differentiator Between eCommerce Players

Logistics- The Key Differentiator Between eCommerce Players

It is of vital importance for online retailers, logistics providers and courier companies to ensure that every delivery meets their customers’ expectations. It is now critical for businesses to adopt the right technology which can help them take predictive and actionable decisions that better serve the customer and give them an edge over their competitors.

8 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Route Optimization Software

8 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Route Optimization Software

With Route Optimization becoming the need of the hour for virtually every business operation, it becomes imperative that organisations choose their Route Optimization software with utmost care. Here are the factors to keep in mind for selecting the correct Route Optimization software for your business:

Videos
Automate Route Planning to Empower Drivers Performance | CARS24 Success Story

Automate Route Planning to Empower Drivers Performance | CARS24 Success Story

Cars are high-value assets and must be delivered to the end customer in good condition. Watch how Locus' solutions filled gaps in the logistics processes of CARS24, India's largest used car buying platform.

Delivering Customer Delight At The Doorstep: StarQuik Success Story

Delivering Customer Delight At The Doorstep: StarQuik Success Story

With online grocery shopping becoming a growing trend, efficient last-mile delivery is a crucial determinant for success. Watch how Locus optimizes every element of StarQuik’s omnichannel supply chain, right from delivery routing, to live-tracking, to vehicle utilization, and more.

Challenges and Trends Driving Growth in 3PL

Challenges and Trends Driving Growth in 3PL

In a world where customer experience is everything, 3PL companies must evolve with changing industry trends like same day deliveries to stand out. Check out the emerging trends in the 3PL industry in 2020 now.

Locus in your supply chain

Locus in your supply chain

Are you ready to transform your supply chain digitally? Check out how Locus automates human decisions in the supply chain with AI-backed tech solutions, bringing efficiency, transparency, and consistency in operations.

How To Increase First Attempt Delivery Rate?

How To Increase First Attempt Delivery Rate?

Every time a delivery attempt fails, it adds extra cost of transportation, re-delivery time, additional storage time, etc. Watch how an improved First Attempt Delivery Rate is a win-win for your customer, delivery executive, and service provider. Fun fact: We coined the term FADR and are on a pursuit to help e-commerce and 3PL companies improve First Attempt Delivery Rate.

Key Steps For Optimizing Supply Chain: What Our Clients Have To Say About Us

Key Steps For Optimizing Supply Chain: What Our Clients Have To Say About Us

What makes our clients across e-commerce, 3PL, retail, FMCG and more trust in our partnership with them? Watch this video to learn how we bring efficiency, consistency, and transparency for our clients in several industries.

Bringing Smiles To Over 10 Mn E-grocery Buyers: Bigbasket Success Story

Bringing Smiles To Over 10 Mn E-grocery Buyers: Bigbasket Success Story

Buying groceries online is easy, but selling isn’t. The e-grocery industry faces severe competition and has to cater to dynamic customer demands. Watch how Locus helped Big Basket achieve 99.5% SLA adherence with smart logistics solutions.

YourStory Fabulous Workplaces Featuring Locus

YourStory Fabulous Workplaces Featuring Locus

Learning something new from each others diversity, enjoying flexibility and freedom on the job, and rearing pets in the office. Sounds too good to be true? To know what drives us to work every day, watch Locus in this exclusive YourStory video series called Fabulous Workplaces.

Locus Intelligent Logistics Solutions: Dashboard Tutorial

Locus Intelligent Logistics Solutions: Dashboard Tutorial

The Locus dashboard helps you plan, monitor and track your orders efficiently on the go. Watch this quick user manual to understand how Locus’ AI-enabled Dashboard works.

Track Riders To Increase SLA Adherence With Locus Enroute Analytics

Track Riders To Increase SLA Adherence With Locus Enroute Analytics

Watch this video to understand how Locus’ Enroute Analytics helps you track goods/riders in real-time. It helps identify any deviations from the planned route to ensure your rider is SLA compliant to enhance customer experience.

Avoid On-ground Frauds With Locus Predictive Alerts

Avoid On-ground Frauds With Locus Predictive Alerts

Watch how Locus’ Predictive Alerts allows you to keep track of your on-ground staff and get instant alerts via SMS in case of any deviation from the planned route or if an order is marked completed outside the prescribed geofence.

Live Tracking Of Orders With Locus

Live Tracking Of Orders With Locus

Locus’ Live Tracking feature enables you to share the live status of orders with your customers, bringing transparency in your transactions. Watch this video to know how.

Locus Geocoding And Location Intelligence

Locus Geocoding And Location Intelligence

Watch how Locus’ proprietary geocoding engine converts the fuzziest of the addresses into precise geographical coordinates, helping you plan your supply chain routes efficiently. To know more about our solutions, visit our website:

Get A Dispatch Overview Before On-ground Execution

Get A Dispatch Overview Before On-ground Execution

Now plan your daily dispatches with precision using Locus’ Dispatch Overview feature that allows you to visualize dispatch plans before your field executives hit the road. Watch this video to learn more.

Locus Proprietary Features | Locus Logistics Solution Features To Watch Out For In 2020

Locus Proprietary Features | Locus Logistics Solution Features To Watch Out For In 2020

Locus’ range of logistics optimization solutions bring efficiency, consistency, and transparency in your supply chain operations. Check out the proprietary features of our suite of solutions in this video.

Locus on the Road (LOTR Android App) User Manual

Locus on the Road (LOTR Android App) User Manual

Locus on the Road (LOTR) is an easy-to-use app that makes lives easier for drivers and on-ground professionals helping deliver packages on time with great efficiency. Check out how to use the LOTR application on your mobile and plan your pickups and deliveries on the go with Locus.

Optimizing retail logistics with AI: Croma success story

Optimizing retail logistics with AI: Croma success story

Efficient logistics is an essential element to succeed in retail. Watch how Locus solutions helped TATA Croma streamline logistics, with dynamic scheduling and planning, e-POD, and AI-backed strategic routing.

Geocoding simplified by Shantanu Bhattacharyya, Data Scientist @ Locus

Geocoding simplified by Shantanu Bhattacharyya, Data Scientist @ Locus

What is geocoding and how does it work? Watch Shantanu Bhattacharyya, Data Scientist at Locus simplify the concept of geocoding in this exclusive video.

Intelligent shipment sorting in 3PL: Blue Dart- DHL success story

Intelligent shipment sorting in 3PL: Blue Dart- DHL success story

Delivering thousands of packages every day is difficult for 3PL players with human intelligence alone. Watch how Locus’ IntelliSort automated shipment sorting for Blue Dart- DHL, reducing human errors and increasing operational efficiencies dramatically.

Healthcare labs reaching customer doorstep efficiently with Locus: Droplet Success Story

Healthcare labs reaching customer doorstep efficiently with Locus: Droplet Success Story

With on-demand services becoming a popular trend, customers are seeking at home diagnostics sample collection services. However, it is highly time-sensitive and must be done diligently. Watch how Locus improved operational efficiencies for Droplet with on-demand scheduling and accurate routing.

Nishith Rastogi, CEO, Locus at TEDx Bandra

Nishith Rastogi, CEO, Locus at TEDx Bandra

Watch Nishith Rastogi, co-founder and CEO of Locus speak at TEDx Bandra about the scope, importance, and advantages of technology like Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and IoT in logistics systems.

Mannequin Challenge Accepted: Locus HQ Shenanigans

Mannequin Challenge Accepted: Locus HQ Shenanigans

Swept by the latest internet craze, here is Locus' take on the Mannequin Challenge! Watch and like!

Locus’ Journey on ET NOW

Locus’ Journey on ET NOW

From a women’s safety app to becoming the algorithmic decision-making platform in logistics, watch Nishith Rastogi share the eventful journey of Locus on ET Now and learn how Locus solutions bring efficiency, consistency, and transparency in supply chains worldwide.

Now Travel Safe with RideSafe

Now Travel Safe with RideSafe

RideSafe is a real-time route deviation detection application for women’s safety. Watch the video and understand how RideSafe keeps women safe on the road with predictive alerts and real-time notifications.

In The News
Startup Street: Here’s how logistics sector is tackling the COVID-19 crisis

Startup Street: Here’s how logistics sector is tackling the COVID-19 crisis

Our CEO Nishith Rastogi talks about how the logistics sector in India is coping with COVID-19 and what Locus is doing to make the situation better on the ground.

The most innovative companies of 2020 in India

The most innovative companies of 2020 in India

Locus is one of India’s most innovative companies of 2020, according to Fast Company. Dive in to know exactly why!

The Changing Dynamics of Logistics in Southeast Asia

The Changing Dynamics of Logistics in Southeast Asia

There has been a significant development in the supply chain and logistics ecosystem in Southeast Asia. A number of factors are driving this dynamic transformation, reshaping the supply chain and logistics landscape in Southeast Asia. Learn more about it here.

Startup Watchlist: Indian Logistics Tech Startups To Watch Out For In 2020

Startup Watchlist: Indian Logistics Tech Startups To Watch Out For In 2020

Locus is a part of Inc42’s Startup Watchlist, an annual series which lists the top startups to watch out for in 2020 from varied industries.

Indian logistics sector in times of the Amazon effect and disruptive structural reforms

Indian logistics sector in times of the Amazon effect and disruptive structural reforms

Logistics in India has become more customer centric. Read to know how!

The top 2019 logistics trends shaping the sector’s growth in India

The top 2019 logistics trends shaping the sector’s growth in India

Logistics is India’s sunshine sector, poised to reach a size of $215 billion by 2020. Take a look at the top trends seen in the logistics space in 2019

New innovative report on Elastic Logistics Market Growth

New innovative report on Elastic Logistics Market Growth

The report titled, Global Elastic Logistics Market presents the current scenario of the industry also the factors that are anticipated to impact its futuristic growth. Read now.

Locus Launches In North America

Locus Launches In North America

Watch as Locus' CEO Nishith Rastogi joins Proactive Investors' Christine Corrado in the New York studio to announce the company's launch in North America.

Breaking down the last barrier

Breaking down the last barrier

Locus is using artificial intelligence to overcome last-mile logistics challenges in India.

Locus’ new offering FieldPro to help increase sales for FMCG/CPG

Locus’ new offering FieldPro to help increase sales for FMCG/CPG

Locus announced the launch of FieldPro that automates and optimises sales beat plans for mobile workforce leading to increased profitability, resource efficiency, and time savings especially for the FMCG/CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) sector.

India’s Locus raises $4M to expand its logistics management service worldwide

India’s Locus raises $4M to expand its logistics management service worldwide

Locus is focused on helping customers optimize the operational side of their logistics, whether that is moving people, goods or more at scale. Locus plans to use the funds to continue building its IP and international expansion.

Beenext-funded logistics automation startup Locus.sh expanding to Southeast Asia

Beenext-funded logistics automation startup Locus.sh expanding to Southeast Asia

Locus helps organisations automate and optimise their logistics, while they focus on customers. This results in reduced logistics cost, on-time deliveries and a better end-user experience. In Southeast Asia, Locus’s key strategy is to analyse the growth potential and challenges faced by the e-commerce and third-party logistics industry

This Bangalore-based startup promises to solve all inefficiencies for a logistics company

This Bangalore-based startup promises to solve all inefficiencies for a logistics company

Locus is a state-of-the-art decision-making platform which optimizes logistics operations to provide consistency, efficiency and transparency. Locus promises to solve any inefficiencies for a logistics company, offering them the entire tech stack needed for an operation.

Transforming The Future Of Logistics With Geocoding

Transforming The Future Of Logistics With Geocoding

Logistics has primarily been just a ‘pick, pack and ship’ process. In order to retain customers, most companies weave together a “temporary” solution by hiring more workforce instead of adopting technology. This is a failing formula that increases the cost to business without being sustainable on a longer term

How Locus Is Using AI To Enhance End Customer Experience And Logistics Management With ‘Uber For X’ Model

How Locus Is Using AI To Enhance End Customer Experience And Logistics Management With ‘Uber For X’ Model

Locus aims to deliver end-to-end automation from point of dispatch till the order reaches the end customer, with a competent end-user experience, with intelligent events & live tracking.

FMCG seeks start-up edge

FMCG seeks start-up edge

Experts believe FMCG brands benefit the most by leveraging the data and analytics might of their start-up partners.

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