WHAT IS FINAL MILE SERVICE?
Freight services like final mile or last mile include additional service and equipment options like the use of smaller trucks for limited access roads, inside delivery, carrying upstairs, removing packaging materials, and installing the item. The terms may also be used to describe the last “leg” or mile before delivery is made.
One example is when using smaller trucks to make deliveries in residential neighborhoods or to locations with limited access roads (roads that are too narrow or fragile to withstand the weight and size of a standard 53′ dry van trailer).
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FINAL MILE DELIVERY AND WHITE GLOVE?
Final mile delivery may include white glove services such as professional installation and setup. When white glove services are requested, a team of professionals will install the shipped item after delivery is made. For example, when you buy a new stove or oven online or in-store, your shipment will likely include white glove delivery services.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIRST AND FINAL MILE LOGISTICS?
First and final mile have opposite meanings. While first mile includes services like inside pickup and packaging services, final mile services include inside delivery and unpackaging. Both services involve special handling that comes at an additional cost depending on the selected carrier.
IS LAST OR FINAL MILE SERVICE ONLY FOR RESIDENTIAL DELIVERY?
Last mile delivery is not restricted to residential deliveries. Businesses and agencies can use final mile services as well. There is a range of final mile solutions for scenarios such as:
Residential delivery of appliances and furniture
When consumers purchase heavy appliances and household items, the shipping typically includes installation and removal of the old item. For example, mattress retailers may include unpackaging, set up, and removal of your old mattress and box spring.
Deliveries to job sites for construction materials and flooring installation
Long and short-term construction projects may require perfectly timed deliveries or warehouse space until the job site is prepped or inspected. For example, a delivery of wood panels that requires expert installation may need to be stored until the cement foundation has been poured.
Business-to-business deliveries of professional equipment
Businesses receive inbound freight shipments for many reasons. When opening a new restaurant or upgrading office equipment, a business owner may need professional installation of heavy restaurant or medical equipment.
Warehousing and storage solutions
When supply chain logistics and order fulfillment become more than a simple project, FreightCenter can help businesses find alternatives to handling inbound deliveries from manufacturers and outbound deliveries to distributors or end customers.
Your FreightCenter Agent can guide you in the best direction when opting for final mile service. To get a freight quote that includes white glove delivery or special handling, please contact customer service or your agent for a detailed quote. Book all your shipments with FreightCenter and save time and money with our volume pricing and unbeatable customer satisfaction, call 800.716.7608
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