Last Mile Delivery

March 2018, - Feature

What Do Final Mile Trends Mean for Equipment and Maintenance Managers?

Mercedes Benz vans has developed potential logistics concepts involving electric vans, robots, drones, and smart autonomous loading systems. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

By Deborah Lockridge

As urban centers increasingly battle problems with pollution and congestion while e-commerce grows by leaps and bounds, we’ll see changing technologies in last-mile logistics – and changing maintenance challenges.

Tags: TMC, Technician Training, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, UPS, Maintenance Management, Alternative Fuels

February 2018, - Department

Are Your Trucks Ready for Last-Mile Logistics?

As companies such as XPO Logistics go after the booming final-mile business triggered by e-commerce, they’re finding that liftgates are an important part of a truck or trailer spec for this application. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Ronnie Garrett

A liftgate is key for deliveries. Consider construction, power supply, and safety when readying a fleet for the last mile.

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Liftgates, Last Mile Delivery

February 2018, - How-To

4 Keys to Spec'ing the Right Liftgate for your Truck or Trailer

You need to understand your application and how it affects liftgate specs for your truck or trailer. Photo: Anthony Liftgates

By Ronnie Garrett, Contributing Editor

While the right liftgate can reduce operator fatigue and injuries, shorten delivery times and improve productivity, the wrong liftgate can open the door to a host of new problems.

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Maxon Lift Corp., Liftgates, Last Mile Delivery

December 2017, - Feature

Top 10 Feature Articles of 2017

Photo via ERoad

By HDT Staff

With 2017 in the rear view mirror, we look back at the most popular feature articles of the past year on

Tags: Compliance, Driver Health, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, ELDs, Big Data, Mobile Apps, Last Mile Delivery

April 2017, - Feature

The Big and Small of Last Mile Delivery

Final-mile delivery, like this one by XPO Last Mile, requires not only getting the product there in a specific time window, but often can involve getting it into the customers’ home and even setting it up. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Deborah Lockridge

E-commerce is driving a last-mile delivery boom, with everyone from startup drone makers to big less-than-truckload operations getting in on the business. Part four of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: E-commerce,, Delivery Fleets, Last Mile Delivery

February 2017, - Cover Story

How E-Commerce is Changing Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

In the second part of our Trucking in the 21st Century series, we examine the rise of e-commerce and how it is changing the trucking industry.

Tags: E-commerce,, Delivery Fleets, Last Mile Delivery

January 2017, - Cover Story

Trucking in the 21st Century

By Deborah Lockridge

How technology, from e-commerce to autonomous vehicles, is reshaping trucking and logistics.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles


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