I just got back from a trip to Taiwan and while travelling I gave some thought to how transportation is more efficient now than it was in the past.

Commercial aircraft are more efficient today. Although the cruising speed of a modern Boeing 777 is just about the same as a 1959 vintage Boeing 707, the 777 can move twice the number of passengers and can fly 8,000 miles non-stop, a big improvement over the 3,000 mile range of the 707.

The results, move more people, eliminate stops, and thus reduce the overall travel time.

Trains are also more efficient. I rode Taiwan High Speed Rail from Taipei to Kaohsiung and back. On occasion, the speed was displayed on the car’s information board showing a speed of 295 kilometers per hour, or just over 180 miles per hour. This is double the 90 miles per hour speed of the Illinois Central trains I took to college.

High speeds and frequent service are being used to move more people faster.

But when you get to rubber tires on pavement to move the goods for the last mile, bigger or faster delivery vehicles do not make much of a difference.

No one wants to deliver packages from the back of a 53 foot trailer, and no one expects that these trucks should be driving 50 miles per hour down a residential street.

Something else is needed.

Over the past few decades, efficiency in delivery could come in two ways: first, reducing the time needed to plan good routes; and second, having a set of routes that reduce the overall time and distance needed.

But today, there are other choices as well.

Is it less expensive to give a small shipment to a free lance driver than it is to use your own truck?

How much can be saved by comparing LTL and FTL costs for shipments and then choosing the best combination of carriers each day?

How much can be saved by shipping some, but not all, goods with an LTL carrier instead of your private fleet?

There are many ways to become more efficient and do more with less.

Visit us at Strategic Movements and see how Strategic Movements can reduce the cost of last mile route planning and the overall transportation costs, as well.

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