Largely, middle mile logistics hasn’t gotten the same amount of attention that first or last mile has in supply chain planning. Unlike its younger and older siblings, first and last mile, middle mile operations are consistent and repetitive – not a problem child. Middle mile routes typically have steady volumes and lanes with less fluctuation.
But the very attributes that make middle mile freight “easy” are the ones that can generate the most potential for automation and cost savings. The repetition that is common for middle mile creates opportunities for automation of routine tasks like load tendering, carrier compliance, freight settlements, and document management.
Similarly, the lesser fluctuations in middle mile volumes and lanes make those shipments attractive to carriers and brokers. This creates a more competitive environment when coupled with new technologies like digital freight matching and reverse brokerage auctions, ultimately leading to possible cost savings.