Logistics Tech Shorts

Logistics Tech Shorts are a series of 20-minute webinars on technology in the logistics industry. Designed to stimulate and challenge your thinking on how technology impacts logistics in the modern age, Logistic Tech Shorts deliver a blend of big picture thinking with practical ideas you can apply today. 


Machine Learning in Building Materials Logistics

Logistics in the cement, ready-mix, and aggregates industry is facing a major overhaul. Traditional tools and processes are being enhanced or replaced by Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). When it comes to automated decision-making in transport planning, algorithms are pushing and challenging long-established mindsets and practices.

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How to Run a Machine Learning Project

We’ve all heard the saying, “Data is the new oil.” Where we might differ is that we see it as lubricant for the innovation and improvement “engine” rather than Black Gold – a commodity. Data, more specifically Big Data, has empowered AI and Machine Learning (ML) such that we’re now seeing a sharp rise in practical, niche AI and ML solutions in almost every industry – terminal operations is no exception.

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LTL Optimization in Building Materials Logistics

From cement bags to drainage coils, from a heavy concrete manhole to a small pack of screws, and from hardwood to drywall – Less Than Truckload (LTL) planning in the building materials industry is a tough challenge. Whether you’re a wholesale distributor or a materials producer, being able to take fast turns in transport planning can mean the difference between winning or losing the daily race against the clock. And only on-time and in-full deliveries will be rewarded with applause by construction site managers.

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Artificial Intelligence & Resiliency

Terminals are looking to have more information gathered for their operations using AI, recognising patterns. It is key data that can be automated, and it is getting easier for industry to develop this so many organizations are investing heavily into this. With the use of AI-driven models’ users can look deeper into their operations and more accurately plan equipment deployment. AI provides improved situational awareness of port operations…

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Going Green With AI - An Innovative Look Into International Rail

Technology drives almost all business initiatives today. When it comes to driving environmental innovation in your terminal operations, technology too, can help to improve your green credentials. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), you can achieve green initiatives that not only improve your terminal’s environmental impact, but as well, deliver measurable value to your terminals efficiency and bottom line.

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RTP - Returnable but Not Sustainable?

Whether they’re made of plastic, wood, or metal - Returnable Transport Packaging (RTPs) are an integral part of many supply chains and industries, including food and automotive. Compared to traditional single-trip packaging, RTPs often provide significant long-term savings and have a positive impact on your environmental footprint. However, with raised awareness for sustainability and stricter regulations, the road to net-zero carbon emissions in the pooling cycle requires more efforts than just buying software to manage and control your assets.

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Better Grip - Optimized Aggregates Sourcing

Algorithms have become a major efficiency driver for outbound transport optimization in the ready-mix concrete industry. But many RMC producers still lose traction when it comes to manage and optimize their inbound aggregates supplies. Companies either operate their own quarries, rely on third-party quarries, or have a mix of both in place. The same applies to the actual deliveries.

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Workforce Management: Are We Using the Right Tools?

Algorithms are a major efficiency driver for logistics assets in the building materials industry. But many producers still lose traction when it comes to create optimal shift schedules for their human assets. They still use old technology that is neither suited to synchronize the competing interest of employee needs and operational objectives, nor provide the planning comfort or intuitive logic of the latest workforce management tools. This often results in expensive overtime, non-productive idle times, lower employee morale, poor customer service, and, worst case, loss of production.

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Packaging and Container Management Powered by Digital Twins

Digital twin technology is not new. Why is everyone talking about it now? How can pool managers of crates, boxes, containers and other load carriers benefit from using digital twins? Evolving technologies work like a rocket boost for their performance. With an intelligent load carrier management software, you will be head of mission control creating operational and financial advantages for your company.

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Dynamic Pricing – An Option for Cement?

Dynamic pricing is a strategy in which businesses set flexible prices for products and services based on current market demand. While common practice in many industries, cement producers still heavily rely on static pricing models with long-term contracts between vendors and buyers. Should cement producers revisit their current static pricing models and prepare for a transition to more dynamic models to overcome bottlenecks at plants and to attract customers that are more flexible with their demand?

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Born Digital: The New Workforce in Load Carrier Management

Old and familiar practices have been turned on their head by the shift to data-driven management of load carriers. With the rise of new technologies, the digital workforce uses tools and processes based on real-time information and automated decision-making. These tools allow for accurate demand forecasts, real-time tracking and tracing, optimized distribution as well as automated transport organization.

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Why Dispatcher Training Isn’t Enough – Part II

So, your dispatcher team just returned from the training course where they brushed up their scheduling skills, ready to work at peak performance? But back in the corporate grind, they quickly realize that neither the processes nor the legacy IT system supports their ambitions. Worse, the only item from the course syllabus that they can apply immediately is the part on customer complaint handling.

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Why Dispatcher Training Isn’t Enough – Part I

So, your dispatcher team just returned from the training course where they brushed up their scheduling skills, ready to work at peak performance? But back in the corporate grind, they quickly realize that neither the processes nor the legacy IT system supports their ambitions. Worse, the only item from the course syllabus that they can apply immediately is the part on customer complaint handling.

Language: English

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Haulier Assignment: Making the Right Moves

Similar to chess, assigning trucks to transport orders is a continually changing matrix with many variables. Managing freight rates and assigning the most cost-efficient haulier to each shipment can be a daunting task. To add further complexity to the game, many bulk material producers operate a mixed fleet of their own trucks and hired hauliers and/or use auctioning portals to integrate a larger number of hauliers into the pool. Algorithms can help planners and dispatchers avoid checkmate from their first move.

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Blockchain Technology: A Game Changer in Bulk Logistics?

Blockchain is the latest in a long line of hype-driven technologies that is almost impossible to escape. From tracking tuna to tamper-proof money transfer, it seems to be a game changer for business and society. Understanding the rules of this technology, however, lags well behind the innovation.

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A Roadtrip to Artificial Intelligence in Cement Logistics

With one foot in its science fiction past and the other in our daily lives, artificial intelligence (AI) is making steady inroads into the logistics workplace. While human-level AI is not yet looming around the corner, a practical degree of AI can help planners and dispatchers in the cement industry to drive their performance.

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The Rise of the Digital Workforce in Cement Logistics

The shift to data-driven transport planning in cement logistics has turned old and familiar practices on their head. With the rise of new technologies, the digital logistics workforce uses tools and processes based on real-time information and automated decision-making.

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Optimizing Truck Productivity and Haulier Payment Schemes

Transportation costs are a major expense for cement suppliers, and so many try to make best use of their trucks in order to reduce costs by improving productivity. However, truck productivity optimisation does not necessarily imply a return on investment (ROI) for the cement supplier, as the ROI greatly depends on the way hauliers are paid in the day to day business.

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Matthew Wittemeier

Matthew Wittemeier
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Tel: +49 (0) 2408 / 9456 - 6000 M.Wittemeier@informinform-software.com

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