For quite a while already, Gurtam has been developing niche monitoring solutions for addressing specific tasks. Here we are talking about Hecterra, Fleetrun, NimBus, WiaTag, and some others. These tasks vary from personal monitoring and control of field works to passenger transportation monitoring and fleet maintenance.
We also have Logistics, the solution for delivery route planning and management. Many Wialon partners have been actively using it. However, due to different reasons, for a long time, we have been focusing on other solutions. Now, the situation has changed as the project got its own analyst. At Gurtam, it means that this app is currently among the company’s key projects.
In today’s article, Anton Voitenko will share the team’s plans for product development and talk about the changes that have happened to the app for the last several months.
Business Analysis Specialist
My career in the sphere of transportation started four years ago in the delivery service. Over this time, I worked my way from the account manager to the head of the logistics department. Also, I took part in the company’s establishment in the international market.
Right now, I am a business analysis specialist for the Logistics project, and I hope that my experience will help unlock the app’s potential and bring the solution to a whole new level so that it could bring even more value to the Wialon partners’ businesses.
Now, the delivery companies have to solve many tasks. They need to take into account the delivery time interval, warehouses’ working hours, the vehicles’ carrying capacity, the cargo’s weight and dimensions characteristics. The traffic situation is also to be considered. It’s hard for a human to keep track of all these parameters, and it’s where various automated systems step in. They plan routes and offer optimal solutions.
As a result of certain global changes, the world is facing the growing popularity of logistics arrangement solutions that not only tend to the new delivery market but also save the transportation market suffering from the pandemic. The Logistics app was designed to solve the tasks related to shipping arrangements, transport processes optimization, and cutting costs throughout the supply chain.
To support the solution that has to exist within the new external conditions, our team is actively developing it starting the second quarter of 2020. We closely follow the trends in the delivery sphere to release up-to-date functionality. Here are some of the latest developments and improvements:
Plan/actual route comparison in Logistics
Find more details on the new functionality in the product update articles (use the tag Logistics).
The new developments described above are just the beginning. In the future, we are going to:
While talking about plans, let’s focus more on the route optimization algorithm and elaborate on why the companies need it and what tasks it solves.
The optimization algorithm is the heart of any automated route planning service. In logistics, it is capable of taking into consideration multiple parameters such as the order location, delivery intervals, warehouse working hours, vehicles’ carrying capacity, cargo’s weight and dimensions characteristics, and building an optimal route.
Different companies have different business processes, and this algorithm should know how to adapt to them and offer optimal solutions:
We analyzed the users’ work in Logistics and found out that routes are distributed individually for each vehicle. The user knows beforehand which vehicle will be assigned to the route and what orders will be within this route. In other words, Logistics is used to get the sequence of points.
However, for the offered solution to be optimal (minimal total mileage, the route and time lags duration), the algorithm should be capable of solving two tasks:
Watch the webinar recording on all the route control options available in Wialon
Right now, we are working on making the Logistics optimization algorithm more flexible. It will allow the user to choose the necessary optimization strategy at any given time: provision of the most quality service or cutting costs. To do so, we thoroughly examine different delivery processes, apply new approaches to the route optimization tasks, and interact with the partner community.
Eventually, we will define and add the essential modes that our system lacks. They will let Logistics solve even more complex problems such as defining the optimal number of vehicles taking into account their characteristics and use value. It means that the system will consider various business needs and offer the best possible solutions. The maximum cost saving or the 30-minute delivery interval without time lags? You are the one to decide, and we will be happy to assist you on the way!
Test the already implemented features and leave your feedback on the Gurtam forum. Also, write about the functionality that you want to have in Logistics to its product manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, if you have a challenging Logistics-based project, we can’t wait to get it at email@example.com to publish it in our use cases library.