What -- Exactly -- is Autonomous Dispatching and Routing?

What -- Exactly -- is Autonomous Dispatching and Routing?

By Chazz Sims, Wise Systems CEO

Whether you have passing familiarity or in-depth experience with the transportation side of a logistics operation, it’s no secret that today’s on-demand world is reshaping the entire industry at a blistering pace. Customers now expect goods and services to arrive at their doorstep within hours while, behind the scenes, the logistics industry is scrambling to build more dynamic operations that will meet those newly created expectations, and keep costs down.

Real Costs, Real Savings: The True Cost of a Mile in Transportation Operations

Real Costs, Real Savings: The True Cost of a Mile in Transportation Operations

By Jemel Derbali, Wise Systems Co-Founder

No one in the industry will ever suggest that the margins in transportation are high, especially not in the middle and last miles, where routes are more complex and conditions more unpredictable. Freight and package volume is rising, but so are consumer expectations and operational complexity. As companies are forced to adapt and become more flexible and dynamic, it's more important than ever for operations teams to understand exactly how much they spend on transportation. 

“If You Can't Measure it, You Can't Improve it.” Service, Efficiency and Good Data

“If You Can't Measure it, You Can't Improve it.” Service, Efficiency and Good Data

By Ali Kamil, Wise Systems Co-Founder

Management guru, Peter Drucker, is widely known for his legendary quote “If you can't measure it, you can't improve it.” That truth applies to virtually every industry, especially logistics. The challenge is that many fleet operations teams don’t have complete data; they have a patchwork of information, e.g., total fleet miles, total driver hours, and perhaps an estimated service time that they use for general planning purposes.

Transforming the Chaotic and Costly Last Mile

Transforming the Chaotic and Costly Last Mile

By Jemel Derbali, Wise Systems Co-Founder

It’s no secret that the logistics industry is under rapidly mounting pressures. Increases in demand, combined with driver turnover and escalating customer expectations around delivery speed and predictability are overwhelming teams using traditional systems. This is putting pressure on last-mile providers to move an increasing volume of goods, while simultaneously improving the bottom line, fleet efficiency, and customer service.

Under Pressure: Three Key Factors Driving Today’s Logistics Industry

Under Pressure: Three Key Factors Driving Today’s Logistics Industry

By Chazz Sims, Wise Systems CEO

Logistics has been around since the beginning of time as people have moved goods from place to place using livestock, wagons, ships, trains, trucks and pushcarts. They knew what needed to be moved, what their capacity was, and how many months, weeks or days they had to move their goods. For the most part, the industry evolved predictably and logically, taking advantage of the latest innovations to meet market demands. But today’s logistics industry is scrambling to adapt to the unique pressures exerted by these three forces in the modern economy...

An Academic Perspective: Closed-Loop Supply Chain Network Design

An Academic Perspective: Closed-Loop Supply Chain Network Design

By Jemel Derbali, Wise Systems Co-Founder

Exciting news here at Wise Systems! One of our team members, Dr. Ali Haddad Sisakht, an Operations Research Scientist here at Wise Systems, has published a journal article entitled Closed-loop Supply Chain Network Design in the International Journal of Production Economics. Dr. Sisakht graduated from Iowa State University with a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and has extensive experience in computer science.

By the Numbers: The True Cost of Traffic on Deliveries

By the Numbers: The True Cost of Traffic on Deliveries

By Layla Shaikley, Wise Systems Co-Founder

Everyone knows that traffic is expensive, but the real numbers are staggering. According to a recent report compiled by Inrix, “congestion costs U.S. drivers nearly $300 billion in 2016, or an average of $1,400 per driver.” For delivery fleets that must keep a close eye on margins, this cost is significant. Furthermore, it impacts their ability to offer high quality service -- unpredictability and traffic causes delays, delays scuttle carefully scheduled route plans - causing missed time windows - and the cascading delivery issues rapidly multiply the true cost of a simple delay.

Notes from NAIAS: How Will Autonomous Driving Influence Mobility?

Notes from NAIAS: How Will Autonomous Driving Influence Mobility?

By Jemel Derbali, Wise Systems Co-Founder

The Wise team recently attended one of the key auto industry events of the year,  the Automobili-D event at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In addition to featuring the much-anticipated lineup of new 2018 vehicles, the event put a spotlight on key topics around the future of mobility and automotive technology. This year, there was a big focus on autonomy and smart cities, including how transportation is evolving.

Introducing Wise Dispatches

Introducing Wise Dispatches

By Chazz Sims, Wise Systems CEO

Welcome to Wise Dispatches, our new blog!
In this space, the Wise Systems team and I will look at the challenges and opportunities facing the logistics industry and operators as they strive to adapt to customers’ elevated expectations for reliability, predictability and on-demand service. While it’s a big topic, we’ll do our best to keep things interesting along the way.