Scheduling and Dispatching the Last Mile

Finding An Efficient Logistics Solution

Pallet being loaded for final delivery
Trailer loaded for last mile delivery
Trucks loading for delivery

A Faster Solution

One part of an efficient logistics solution for service technician or product delivery is reducing the time needed to develop the schedule.

  • Process automation allows many possible assignment combinations to be evaluated.
  • There is no one best solution, but multiple very good solutions can be found in a very short time.
  • With multiple very good solutions, the route planner can choose the starting point for manual changes, as needed.

A Better Solution

The other part of an efficient logistics solution is a schedule that maximizes work time while minimizing drive time.

  • Artificial intellegence is used to evaluate a very large number of possible scheduling solutuions.
  • Each possible solution is evaluated to determine the driving time and distance, which determines the overall cost.
  • Each solution also must pass non-cost tests, such as volume contraints and time windows.

Blog Posts

From the Walzik blog...

  • The Last Mile

    Last mile puzzle In Wikipedia, the definition of the last mile is "Last mile is a term used in supply chain management and transportation planning to describe the movement of people and goods from a transportation hub to a final destination in the home."

  • Does Your Last Mile Routing and Scheduling Application Offer Only One Solution?

    Thinking man 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.