Self-optimization in adaptive logistics networks

Vital importance of supply networks

adaption selbstoptimierender netzwerke
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Efficient supply networks are an essential part of business life. They ensure that the right product reaches the right customer in the right place, at the right time, in the right condition, and at the right cost. In the absence of sophisticated logistics, economic processes in industry, trade or the public sphere would not be possible.

At the same time, the logistics sector is experiencing enormous growth (partly thanks to e-commerce) in an increasingly dynamic environment, driven by new capabilities in the areas of digitization and networking. Current decision-making processes in logistics can barely keep pace with these developments, as decisions are often made in isolation and based on only a section of the relevant data. Although this helps to optimize subsystems (e.g., warehousing processes), it does not take the logistics ecosystem as a whole or its various interdependencies into account.

Using data sources for logistics ecosystems

The application »Self-optimization in adaptive logistics networks« involves the development of AI procedures that use publicly available data sources (e.g., infrastructures, market trends, purchasing power, demographic trends, weather, etc.) with a view to generating added value for business decision-making.

Here, the goal is to interconnect company data from relevant stakeholders within the logistics ecosystem and fuse these data with publicly available market data.

By identifying significant changes, it is possible to use AI to identify triggers for necessary adaptations to business processes. On this basis, decision-making control loops can be implemented by developing suitable mathematical optimization models that allow decisions to be made about the overall system.

Grafik ADA-Center – Logistische Ökosysteme
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