Pedro Arantes

Last Mile Problem

The last mile is the last thing to do before finishing something else.
Zettelkasten, February 06, 2021.


  • The last mile is the last thing to do before finishing something else.
  • It's the most inefficient part of the delivery.
  • In the telecommunication field, the last mile problem appears when the signal cannot reach more distant places.
    • An optical fiber ring may exist in the dense part of a city but doesn't react edges of the town.
    • Cable branches must be installed so that the signal arrives in the edge.
  • On logistics, the products quickly arrive in metropolitan distribution centers, but it's more difficult to reach far or more inaccessible places.
    • These places may be small cities or rural areas.
    • Maybe there isn't good infrastructure to connect these places to the distribution centers, i.e., there is a river between them and needs a ship to deliver the goods.


  • How could you define the last mile problem to a 9 years old child?
  • Besides telecommunications and logistics, which fields also have the last mile problem?
  • Why last mile problem is the least efficient part?
  • Which companies do you know that overcome the last mile problem? Was it a competitive advantage?


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