Data Science in Logistics
By Kat Campise, Data Scientist, Ph.D.
Each year, billions of packages are shipped to customers throughout the world. At every supply chain touchpoint, from a customer initiating an order to the final delivery of that order, large quantities of data are collected: customer information, GPS data, the number and types of items, carrier data, delivery information, etc. Logistics centers on the design and implementation of the interaction between people, products, and processes.
Amazon is a salient example of an efficient logistical flow: buyers and sellers interact on the Amazon website, customer orders are relayed to their product warehouses which prepare the items for shipping, the warehouse coordinates with the contracted delivery partners, products are shipped, tracked, and then delivered. While this is an overly simplified summary, and there is much more that occurs on the backend, it’s a consistent pattern throughout supply chain logistics.
The applicability of data science to most, if not all, industries is evident. But, logistics is a specific sector where data scientists can make a significant impact in several areas such as waste reduction, optimizing delivery routes (which can translate into lower delivery costs), selecting carriers that deploy best practices in mitigating the environmental effects of CO2 emissions, accurately forecasting the supply and demand cycles, and ensuring that hazardous materials are handled with the utmost care. Data drives our world, and data scientists are in a position to use that data for the benefit of humankind.
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