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  • Writer's pictureHeidi Bartella

Tackling Inflation's Impact on Egyptian Last-Mile Logistics

In the wake of the Egyptian Pound's devaluation and soaring inflation rates, the logistics landscape in Egypt has encountered substantial turbulence. According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), inflation surged to 8.1% in 2023, significantly impacting various industries, notably the logistics sector.

Inflation's Grasp on Last-Mile Operations

The inflationary wave has unleashed a series of challenges affecting the logistics sector in Egypt. Here are four prominent impacts that have reshaped the landscape of last-mile operations:

1. Escalating Operational Costs

As the Egyptian Pound depreciated, the cost of imported goods, fuel, and vehicle maintenance surged. These components constitute the backbone of last-mile operations, and the inflated prices have directly inflated operational costs. For logistics companies, this has meant tighter profit margins and the pressing need to reassess expenditure across the entire logistics chain.

2. Shrinking Profit Margins

With operational costs soaring, logistics companies are grappling with shrinking profit margins. The increased costs for fleet maintenance, labor, and fuel have eroded profitability, necessitating a strategic rethink in managing expenses without compromising service quality.

3. Technology Adoption Challenges

Inflation has imposed hurdles in the adoption of technology critical for optimizing last-mile logistics. Route optimization software, fleet tracking systems, and other technological solutions designed to enhance operational efficiency require substantial investment. However, the inflation-induced financial strain has made these advancements a luxury that many logistics companies operating in Egypt find hard to afford.

4. Compromised Operational Efficiency

The inability to embrace technology due to inflated costs directly impacts operational efficiency. Route optimization software, for instance, streamlines delivery routes, minimizes fuel consumption and enhances delivery accuracy. The unavailability or underutilization of such tools hampers the overall efficiency of last-mile operations, leading to delayed deliveries and subpar service.

Strategies to Navigate the Storm

Despite these challenges, there exist strategies to help logistics companies in Egypt weather the storm of inflationary pressures on last-mile operations:

1. Cost Optimization and Efficiency Measures

Implementing stringent cost optimization measures without compromising service quality is imperative. This involves reevaluating supply chain strategies, renegotiating contracts with suppliers, and exploring more fuel-efficient transportation options to offset rising fuel prices.

2. Collaborative Partnerships and Shared Resources

Collaborative partnerships within the logistics industry can foster shared resources, such as warehouses or delivery hubs, among multiple companies. This consolidation can significantly reduce operational costs and enhance efficiency for all involved parties.

3. Strategic Investment in Technology

While the cost of technology adoption might be high, strategic investment in essential technological solutions like route optimization software is pivotal. Companies must prioritize and allocate resources to these technologies, considering them as long-term assets that will eventually streamline operations and improve cost-efficiency.

4. Flexibility and Adaptability

In a volatile economic landscape, flexibility and adaptability are paramount. Businesses should continuously reassess and adapt their strategies to cope with the changing economic conditions, ensuring agility in responding to market fluctuations and inflationary pressures.

The challenges posed by inflation on last-mile operations in Egypt are formidable, yet not insurmountable. By implementing prudent strategies, embracing technological advancements, and fostering collaborative approaches, logistics companies can navigate these turbulent waters, ensuring sustained growth and operational resilience in the face of economic uncertainties.


Embracing Norma LIVE: A Dynamic Solution

Amidst these challenges, the beacon of hope emerges in the form of Norma LIVE—a dynamic route optimization solution poised to revolutionize last-mile logistics. This cutting-edge software promises unparalleled efficiency by dynamically optimizing delivery routes in real-time, circumventing the inflation-induced challenges of cost and efficiency.

For an in-depth exploration of strategies to combat inflation's impact on last-mile logistics and an exclusive insight into the transformative power of Norma LIVE, Read our blog ‘From Traditional to Cutting-Edge: How Norma LIVE Transforms Logistics Planning’



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