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Logistics

October 15, 2010by Team Assurety
1. Parcel Risk Based Revenue Assurance

Problem Statement: Large shippers who use USPS for the last mile for parcel and Shipping products have consistently paid less or paid late with verification failures and there are millions of dollars involved in revenue assurance leakage of parcels every year. USPS needed support to develop predictive analytics support so it can proactively focus on those shippers who are a problem and recover its postage.
Solution: Supported multiple initiatives and expansion of Predictive analytics and decision support needs using SAS, Access, MicroStrategy, R and Oracle and deep knowledge of business and technologies.

Services from Assurety: Sr. Subject Matter Expertise (SME); Technical Lead

Technology: SAS, Oracle, MS Access, MicroStrategy

Client: USPS – MEPT

2. Transportation Process Automation

Problem Statement: Extensive labor costs, lack of visibility into induction, and lack of early late reporting to clients were big issues for RR Donnelly. The lack of integration between the TMS, pool management and induction appointments created additional operational inefficiencies.

Solution: Developed a software solution driven by APIS that automated business decision processes through rules engine that optimized TMS pool management and workflows.

Services from Assurety: Sr. Subject Matter Expertise (SME); Workflow Redesign; Integration; and Program Management.

Technology: MS C#, .NET Platform, MS SQL Server, Web Services

Client: RR Donnelley

3. First Mile to Last Mile Product Tracking

Problem Statement: Lack of integration between SAP and USPS B2B interfaces caused time sensitive mail delivery notifications for early or late delivery to be provided after the fact. Vertis’s million-dollar clients like a big insurance company and a large US bank required proactive notification by Vertis on early late deliveries.

Solution: Designed and Developed APIS between SAP inventory management and USPS B2B APIS. Developed a Web services platform for logistics companies to automatically push data to Vertis to generate proactive early/late notification reports.

Services from Assurety: Sr. Subject Matter Expertise (SME); Custom Software Engineering; and Integration.

Technology: MS C#, .NET Platform, MS SQL Server, Web Services

Client: Quads Graphics (Vertis Inc.)

4. ERP System Development Accounting-Billing

Problem Statement: Legacy Accounting System had too many incomplete workflows, manual processes, and reporting issues for both A/R and A/P driving extensive labor costs and creating a risk to the business.

Solution: Newly re-engineered software application with automated workflows, scalable, secure and accessible web-based interfaces.

Services from Assurety: Sr. Subject Matter Expertise (SME); Workflow Redesign; Software Engineering; and Integration.

Technology: MS C#, .NET Platform, MS SQL Server

Client: South West Distribution – The Washington Post (Newspaper) largest distributor

5. Geospatial Route Optimization

Problem Statement: Route sequencing had not been reviewed in over a decade using latest technologies and a pilot showed significant savings

Solution: Assurety planned and designed a state-of-the-art application using advanced algorithms to utilize road network data from ESRI, Breadcrumb data from delivery drivers, and scanning data from mobile devices to re-sequence the routes to save
millions of dollars in route optimization. Assurety developed a machine learning algorithm to look for anomalies and update the algorithm automatically to add more attributes and rules to the algorithm as more routes are added.

Services from Assurety: Software Engineering, Data Science, Algorithm development, and Reporting

Technology: ESRI, Python, Oracle, R,

Client: DOE – For cost savings focused on route optimizations using algorithms

6. Automation of Appointment Scheduling Process

Problem Statement: Many of Assurety’s clients wanted to optimize their multi-stop transportation management while

Solution: Assurety worked closely with three large logistics trucking companies in the commercial parcel and post industry to develop the ShipmentAssurety™ module of the AIMS Plus™ platform. The solution used Google maps data, developed a daily/weekly fuel cost UI to manage fuel costs for TL and LTL truck loads, utilized shipping and postage prices and developed an automated decision making platform for multi-stop and single stop short and long hauls with focus on making the best decisions that save on both postage/shipping and fuel costs while providing beset service quality for faster delivery of the products

Services from Assurety: Subject Matter Expertise, Software Engineering, Algorithm development, and Reporting

Technology: MS C#, .NET Platform, MS SQL Server, Web Services

Client: Assurety’s AIMS Plus™ ShipmentAssurety™ Module – For improving service delivery and saving on costs

7. Informed Visibility – Last Mile Product Visibility

Problem Statement: The Congress passed a law requiring the USPS to develop an independent service quality measurement system and share its reports with the commercial mailing and shipping industry

Solution: Assurety has overseen data governance for the direct marketing and mailing/shipping industry for the last fourteen years. Assurety led the effort to design the data specifications to enable capture, processing, and dissemination of the visibility information. Assurety worked closely with the Engineering and Operations organizations as well as the Commercial B2B Portfolio owners to identify key KPIs for service performance that would help the USPS and the industry to improve performance and fix issues proactively. The result was the IV platform which was a combination of development or updates to multiple systems across portfolios sharing data and performing ETL operations and analytics on the data before sharing the results from origin to destination capturing over a thousand operational status codes throughout the supply chain.

The resultant system allowed USPS and industry to measure the performance, change their plans proactively if there were network bottlenecks and to also fix issues proactively, going beyond the mandate of the law. 

Services from Assurety: Subject Matter ExpertiseData Governance, MDM managementSoftware Engineering, Algorithm development and Reporting

Technology: IBM WebSphere, Java, Oracle, IBM MQ Series.

Client: USPS

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