Even the most experienced climbers use a guide. They need help not only navigating the terrain but designing and implementing a plan to reach the summit. As ability and skill increase, the most challenging peaks become reachable but the complexity involved requires a more attuned plan, more resources and specialized support to optimize the skills and experience of the climber.

While logistics tech builders aren't summiting peaks, they are still approaching the lofty heights of the on-demand economy.  Building logistics technology in the on-demand economy requires a specialized plan - designed with the customer requirements, team capabilities and business requirements. Teams building infrastructure and apps for the on-demand economy need to make decisions about cloud spend and talent alignment in an ever changing environment. Companies focused on gig work, last mile delivery and field service are making these decisions while balancing the needs of their customers, gig workers and clients.

The Need for a Buyer’s Guide

Making decisions for logistics technology is not easy. As this $11T industry changes quickly, driven by new modes of work and customer expectations, technology must respond to new demands. The nuances of providing customers and customer teams real time data while measuring the efficiency of gig workers across multiple locations and device platforms can be daunting. Even though there are thousands of developers working on this (we estimate 1 million!), the range of choices can be overwhelming.

We see the same questions repeatedly, so we want to help simplify the terrain by publishing the Buyer’s Guide for Last Mile Logistics Technology. This guide is intended to assist your buying decision by providing a side-by-side comparison of three leading options for last mile logistics technology, covering Google Last Mile Fleet Solution, OnFleet, Locus, and HyperTrack.

It is designed for the person or team tasked with building last mile logistics technology for their organization. The frameworks and comparisons are relevant to a broad audience of logistics and operations professionals. In the course of our work supporting logistics innovators in a variety of companies, we notice that logistics tech builders at early stage startups and large enterprises have many of the same challenges.

What’s in the Guide?

This guide was developed with this community in mind and is designed to answer many of the questions we see as we help teams build the next generation of logistics technology.

In addition to a detailed description of the options for delivering last mile logistics, the guide discusses the three core components of last mile logistics technology: plan and assign orders, track orders and learn and improve the end-to-end fulfillment lifecycle; and answers the following key questions:

  • What are different ways of building or procuring last mile logistics tech?
  • What will be my investment in software, hardware, services, and ongoing solution maintenance?
  • What are the trade-offs regarding out-of-box functionality, flexibility, time-to-market, risk, initial investment, and ongoing cost of ownership?
  • How do we ensure that per-order costs are predictable as we iterate across mobile, cloud, and mapping optimizations?

After reading the guide we hope you will have insights and frameworks to inform your next steps toward building your logistics solution.  Like an experienced outdoor guide, we want to ensure that teams avoid any pitfalls along the path to success and help them reach their intended heights. Download the guide today!

About HyperTrack

HyperTrack is the #1 API platform for logistics tech builders who are developing technology for last mile fulfillment use cases. Our APIs for order planning, assignment, tracking, and verification learn from ground truth data to improve operational KPIs including job completion rate, workforce reliability, productivity and on-time delivery. Customers across all inhabited continents use HyperTrack’s comprehensive suite of APIs, SDKs, and webhooks. For more information, visit www.hypertrack.com.