There are many ways to get information about trends and possible opportunities in almost all fields. This morning, I was reading the October, 2020 issue of Trains magazine and found an article on intermodal opportunities. While Strategic Movements does not handle intermodal shipments, the article cited some interesting statistics on motor freight in general.
If you have a fleet where every vehicle is pretty much the same with the same capacities, features and fuel economy, choosing the ones to use every day is a simple matter. But if you have different types of vehicles available, the question is how to choose the best set of vehicles to minimize the number of vehicles used and simultaneously minimize the total miles driven.
As we move into a new decade, there is a lot of talk about process automation and what it can do. Let’s look at process automation in last mile logistics solutions that use some type of an AI driven assignment process.
Artificial intelligence is a very powerful thing. Using machine learning, an application that finds optimal solutions for last mile supply chain problems can produce a very cost effective set of routes in a very short time. The problem with many applications is that only the one “best” solution is offered to the user.
Today I saw that McDonald’s purchased an AI startup with the intention of using their voice recognition technology to improve their ordering process. With Artifical Intellegence everywhere, it may time for smaller distibution and delivery businesses to consider solutions that could improve their last mile processes.