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|| Solving the Last Mile Distribution Challenge: a Call to Action from the Global Distributors Collective
|| Practical Action
|| Emma Colenbrander, Charlie Miller
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|| December 2017
|| A range of products exists that is designed to meet the needs of poor consumers. These technologies and the markets needed to deliver them are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, businesses that build distribution channels for these technologies – called ‘last mile distributors’ – face enormous challenges on all fronts. The Global Distributors Collective is a new initiative spearheaded by Practical Action that aims to support last mile distributors to overcome these challenges and operate at scale.
This new report provides guidance and insight from the perspective of over 100 last mile distributors and 30 affiliated organisations. It captures the key opportunities and challenges in the last mile distribution sector, the rationale behind a collective approach to tackling last mile distribution, and the opportunity to achieve impact through the Global Distributors Collective. Above all, it calls upon the development ecosystem to ramp up support for last mile distribution, and to join the Global Distributors Collective in the design and delivery of critical services to the sector.
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