LAST MILE LOGISTICS AND ON-TIME DELIVERY OF FRESH FRUIT AND
VEGETABLES IN DELTA STATE AND RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA
BAGSHAW, Karibo Benaiah
Department of Management, Faculty of Management Sciences,
Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Rivers Sate
OGWU, Kevwe Rita
Department of Business Administration, Delta State University,
Abraka, Delta State
This study examined the relationship between last mile logistics and on time delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables in Delta State and Rivers State. Primary data were sought through questionnaire from 200 respondents in selected firms in the business of fresh fruit and vegetable delivery in Delta State and Rivers State. Cross sectional survey research design was adopted; probability sampling was used in the administration of questionnaire to respondents. The descriptive statistics, linear regression and correlation analysis were the methods used for analysis of data. The study used stata version 13 as the statistical tool to test the hypotheses formulated. The study found that: location has significant positive effect on on-time delivery and that product delivery mode has significant positive effect on on-time delivery. The study recommends that fresh fruit and vegetables firms should use good location and suitable logistics activities to enhance effective last mile delivery and ensure on time delivery; and adopt alternate delivery metrics of products with short traveling distance to achieve on-time delivery.
Keywords: delivery mode, last-mile, location, logistics.