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Using AI for loading last mile shipments – Fleet Management

Optimizing Fleet Enable capacity would ensure that all last mile orders are on time and underweighted.

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Fleet Enable provides a logistics software platform designed to automate all aspects of the last mile delivery market; now the company has introduced an artificial intelligence tool that charges last-mile delivery trucks to eliminate shipping failures.

The software, called Capacity Optimization, calculates cargo size and truck capacity, then dictates how orders are stowed in vehicles. Fleet Enable said its new technology can ensure last-mile orders are on time and not overweight.

“We identified a void in the market for automatic delivery route optimization that included capacity management,” CEO Krishna Vattipalli said in a press release. “We believe we have created a first-of-its-kind capacity management AI exclusively for last-mile carriers.”

Eliminate calculation errors with the software

Capacity optimization is the second feature in two months added to Fleet Enable’s exclusive last mile automation platform. In October, the company rolled out Fleet Enable Intelligence software that predicts changes in volume, on-time deliveries, revenue and driver performance.

Fleet Enable said capacity optimization replaces manual calculations that determine whether deliveries fit on trucks and meet weight limits. Here’s how it works:

  • Capacity Optimization takes electronic requests from shipper customers to automatically generate orders.
  • A shipment planning tool calculates variables ranging from appointment windows and truck availability to truck floor space and maximum weight.
  • The tool automatically generates delivery routes that meet delivery constraints.

“There’s a lot of complexity in figuring out what freight will go on a truck, which ultimately increases the chances of delivery failures,” Vattipalli said. “Capacity optimization ensures that we create the most profitable routes that can be planned, loaded, unloaded and delivered when needed.”

Last-mile carriers run the risk of missing deliveries when shipments are overweight or don’t fit in trucks. Fleet Enable said its tool can help carriers avoid costly delivery exceptions or emergency deliveries. That’s important as the last-mile market softens and margins squeeze as U.S. consumer spending slows.

Capacity Optimization provides the warehouse with truck loading instructions to ensure proper delivery of shipments, Fleet Enable said. It also alleviates loading/unloading stress for delivery drivers, the company added.

“Our technology is smart enough to take into account all the dimensions and weight of a shipment and create a shipment plan that will be successfully executed by the driver,” Vattipalli said. “In a market dominated by high customer expectations, tight delivery windows and low margins, optimizing capacity can boost a last-mile carrier’s reputation and protect its bottom line.”

Fleet Enable rolled out its last mile automation software a year ago. Its platform digitizes everything from scheduling to invoicing and paying driver payroll. Fleet Enable said its goal is to eliminate manual processes that slow back-office operations and performance.

Originally posted on Work Truck Online