Transportation & Logistics
Better Logistics For The Supply Chain
Solving the supply chain challenges we face as a country will require solutions across each step of the supply chain, industries, companies and even countries, however, one glaring issue that must be dealt with is the inefficiencies within the trucking (or Delivery step) industry.
Whereas some say simply adding more trucks and drivers would solve the issue, we surmise that more efficiency and data management and improved communication within the current trucking industry would be a more sustainable solution.
Based on our interviews with multiple trucking companies and drivers (both local and long haul), there is a consistent theme… “hurry up and wait”. Due to the heavy demand, drivers now have choices and those choices often lead to the path of least resistance, which in turn means that some loads are simply ignored in lieu of an easier pickup.
We lack a uniform communication structure between drivers and dispatch. There are no real-time updates on pick and pack from distribution centers or docks leading to long waits for drivers who simple sit in their vehicles instead of being re-routed to an available pick up or simply given a more accurate time of when the pick-up will actually be ready. What we are left with are retailers and consumers being frustrated, higher prices and a lack of available supply of many of the products we need and want.
The Whistle & Thought AI Solution:
Logistic Chain (Blockchain & AI solutions for logistics)
Working with our partner Thought AI, Whistle is creating a universal Blockchain/AI solution that can be integrated with and across existing software platforms, WMS and integrated via a web APP on the driver’s phones or company iPad or tablet. This APP will overlay utilizing real time data to allow drivers to get real-time updates from the shipper and receiver along their routes. If there is a major delay at any point of the chain, the driver will have a chance to be re-routed when necessary and notify the recipient when shipments are delayed or even cancelled so that consumers won’t be left waiting. Another important aspect will be the data communication aspect. Working with the existing software and/or WMS, load and unload time will be recorded so that staffing can be adjusted, inventory can be managed and positioned better if needed, and future pickups can be even more efficient. When a driver picks up an order, the system will also allow them to notify the shipper and receiver so that things like inventory, warehouse space and available staff can be adjusted and ready.
Additional features will include:
- traffic alerts so alternative routes can be taken,
- weigh station back-up notifications
- two-way communication so that should the driver experience any delays the shipper can adjust on their end as needed.