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Big data analytics for logistics and transportation

The complex nature of logistics operations makes Big Data a valuable ally for all companies in the sector, especially those in the transportation industry. Because their operations are so dynamic, there is a lot of data available that can be used to derive insights that improve industry performance. In fact, about 98% of companies in the logistics sector use Big Data to ensure their growth.

How is data analytics used in the transportation industry?

The transportation and logistics industry are faced with problems, many of which are specific to its activities. Road conditions, weather conditions, access difficulties during the last mile of delivery and the presence of the customer on site are all factors that greatly influence the price of transport. Thanks to Big data it is possible to have a 360° view on the totality of the supply chain parameters.

Improving performance on the last mile

Leveraging transportation company data with big data can help solve the problem of inefficiency when delivering goods on the last mile. In a typical supply chain, it is common knowledge that about 28% of the delivery price of a package depends on the last mile of delivery. With Big Data it is possible to better predict the delivery means adapted to this last mile. It is also possible to know the number of floors that the deliverymen must cross. They will know if the recipient is home and can also report any damage they have caused to the package.

Going Beyond the Simple Traveler Algorithm

The traveling salesman algorithm has been used for a long time to optimize routes and delivery times. Unfortunately, the more pickup and drop-off points there are the more computational resources are required. Thanks to Big data and the machine learning that feeds off its information it is now possible to integrate road quality, changes in fuel prices as well as other variables that are difficult to predict into the calculation of transportation costs.

Deliver sensitive products more reliably

Delivering sensitive, fragile products or products with hazardous contents is an eternal headache for transportation companies. It requires special pick-up and drop-off conditions that often result in additional costs that are not desired. This is especially true for perishable goods. More and more carriers are equipping their refrigerated trucks with IoT sensors to monitor the quality of the products being transported. Larger companies are even using blockchain to create smart contracts that link contract compliance to cold chain compliance. All of this is greatly simplified by big data.

Robotize warehouses and automate the supply chain

Big data allows for the complete automation of warehouse management as well as the entire supply chain. Market leaders like Amazon could not operate these data science related technologies. The number of movements in the supply chain is so large that it becomes impossible to let them be managed by a human operator. It is much easier to create big data mining modules that will directly control robots in warehouses. A global supervision system can then be developed by tapping into the transportation company’s data lake to gain real-time insight into the entire supply chain.

How can big data transform the transportation industry?

Even if it has been using Big Data for quite some time, the transportation industry, and the logistics industry in general, can go even further in its use cases. Here are 7 that are not so frequently identified but that can provide a definite competitive advantage to companies in the sector.

Reuse data

Reuse data from already operational systems in a more rational way

Transportation companies have the advantage of having vast data resources already collected by their pre-existing operational systems.

They can use it with machine learning algorithms to boost their business.

A clear view of the weather

Get a clear view of the weather

Weather forecasts are becoming more and more accurate and are made further in advance.

Weather conditions are by far one of the major concerns of the transportation industry. It is quite relevant to integrate this information into a data lake operated by the Big Data of a transport company.

Vehicle fleets

Supervise in real time the state and position of the vehicle fleets

Thanks to GPS in particular, transport companies are already used to locating the vehicles in their fleet.

With Big Data, they can also use real-time information and connect it to their business processes to immediately know the economic impact of the positioning of their vehicles during delivery or order taking.

Business forecasts

Create more reliable business forecasts

With Big Data, transportation companies can create more reliable business forecasts.

They are fortunate to be able to use variables with well-known limits such as mileage, weather, transport times and so on. It is therefore possible to establish economic models of operations in near real time to predict their evolution.

Industrial performance

Communicate your industrial performance

Marketing plans for transportation companies rely heavily on demonstrating their ability to deliver on time.

They can plan to create dashboards for their customers that leverage Big Data to showcase their industry performance.

Web Site Data

Tracking Web Site Data Viewing Trends

By leveraging big data to track data usage patterns on their websites, transportation companies can make improvements to their user experience.

For example, they can make the information that is most frequently accessed more accessible. They can also provide their customers with support services where they are most needed.

Social media information

Leverage social media information

The transportation industry is not designed for B2B transactions on proprietary platforms. Individuals are not to be overlooked, especially when delivering during the holiday season. It is possible to use information from social media to increase awareness of the company’s services.

Moreover, many professional organizations do not hesitate to include their product and service offers. By exploiting the data they expose it is easier to develop or improve products and services thanks to a Business Intelligence based on Big data.

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