Building an effective last-mile logistics schedulers for delivering to ethic communities in Vancouver - BC-643

Project type: Non-research
Desired discipline(s): Engineering - computer / electrical, Engineering
Company: TNT International Trading Corp
Project Length: Flexible
Preferred start date: 01/03/2022
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Vancouver, BC, Canada; West Vancouver, BC, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 2
Desired education level: Undergraduate/BachelorMaster's
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About the company: 

Our startup is building an e-commerce platform supporting Vietnamese businesses to export their products to overseas markets. We believe everyone deserves to enjoy authentic products from their home countries regardless of where they are in the world. We also believe that technology could help make more and more ethnic products affordable and reachable to overseas communities all over the world. Our founding team includes serial entrepreneurs and experienced technical leaders with strong track records.

Describe the project.: 

The project is about building up a logistics planning and management system to optimize the delivery of products from Vietnam to end customers in Vancouver. While a complete system should manage overseas shipping activities, its innovative focus is on the last-mile delivery as our data indicates that overseas Vietnameses tend to live physically close to each other, creating “so-called” communities. For example, in British Columbia, there are more Vietnameses in East Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey than in other areas. This creates unique characteristics for delivery. Our hypothesis is that delivery cost can be reduced with a data-mining approach taking potential customer locations and their purchasing behaviors to plan and manage last-mile delivery.

End goal: A piece of software that sets up cost-optimized schedules including time and routes to deliver orders to a set of customers.

Tasks (students can select a subset of the following tasks to focus on):

  • Evaluate and connect 3rd-party services for real-time traffic, map, and shipping status and costs
  • Develop a route optimization algorithm
  • Apply data-mining techniques to forecast delivery and provide information for making business decisions with respect to promotions, delivery methods, delivery windows

Required expertise/skills: 

Programing with strong math if working on routing algorithm and data-mining