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Convoy Tech Blog: How the Engineering team is keeping trucks full by algorithmically bundling shipments

Convoy NewsPublished on December 7, 2019

Earlier this year, we introduced Automated Reloads, a solution that algorithmically evaluates and optimizes how loads can be grouped in real-time, all without human intervention.

Today, Marketplace software engineer Amin Amiri penned an article on Convoy’s Tech Blog talking about the engineering team’s journey in building graph algorithms. These algorithms keep trucks running full and solve for the vehicle routing problem dispatchers experience when sending their fleet out to complete shipments.

“At Convoy, we created an algorithm that bundles shipments together. At first glance, this algorithm might look like a special case of the Traveling Salesman or Vehicle Routing problem. But in reality, things are a little more complicated. We are dealing with a dynamic system where shipment requests are not a fixed set of inputs, but instead arrive to the marketplace one-by-one and gradually over time.”

Check out the article here, give it a clap, and be sure to follow the Convoy Tech Blog as engineers, data scientists, designers and product thinkers provide their take on changing the future of freight.

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Convoy is the nation's leading digital freight network. We move thousands of truckloads around the country each day through our optimized, connected network of carriers, saving money for shippers, increasing earnings for drivers, and eliminating carbon waste for our planet. We use technology and data to solve problems of waste and inefficiency in the $800B trucking industry, which generates over 87 million metric tons of wasted CO2 emissions from empty trucks. Fortune 500 shippers like Anheuser-Busch, P&G, Niagara, and Unilever trust Convoy to lower costs, increase logistics efficiency, and achieve environmental sustainability targets.
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