CATALYST partner HERE Technologies is a leading global location data and services provider. HERE’s products and services are used in diverse industries, ranging from automotive to advertising. HERE is focused on gathering, curating and brokering location intelligence to improve business operations, and making them more economical and substantiable.
Specifically, in Transport & Logistics (T&L), and Supply Chain in general, location provides essential context to the business information. Moreover, sharing and distributing such contextual knowledge also forms a critical layer of operations. Therefore, many ERP software vendors are adopting HERE’s Open Location Platform (OLP) and Services.
The Importance of Location
In the recent years, newer forms of commerce and logistics have gained ground. In effect, supply chains and logistics have needed to become more flexible and responsive to encounter various challenges in day-to-day operations. Data-driven decision support and dispatching automation are some of the key areas undergoing rapid changes.
HERE is continuing to expand their services for the T&L market, by narrowing the focus on dispatching and planning processes, while acknowledging that the next era of software systems (such TMS and FMS) require to be cloud-native, offering services that can be accessed by broad users from inside and outside of typical enterprise boundaries (e.g. warehouse managers, contracted carriers, and port authorities, etc.).
The Focus on Middle Mile
In the T&L industry, the middle mile is often called as the “invisible” mile. It involves close collaboration between different operational entities such as warehousing, carriers, truckers, as well as port/dock authorities. Their in-sync orchestration of processes defines the overall success of logistics. Hence, “visibility” and “ETAs” have gained top priority amongst large- and small-sized enterprises, when it comes to corporate research and innovation.
A common location platform can be used to not only gather and curate information, but also broker it with stakeholders in an easy and secured manner. However, in doing so, the larger IT landscape to manage other critical business aspects (e.g. financial and compliance information, or data subject to GDPR) should be safe-guarded and left unaffected.
In the quest to build a common and accessible yet secure logistics-centric location platform, HERE wants to investigate to what extent, and under which circumstances the following three aspects apply to logistics actors:
To that end, in the upcoming months, we are starting a CATALYST activity including online workshops to look into data-driven decision support and dispatching automation for the next generation of connected and automated transport operations. If you are interested to know more, please get in touch! Radu-Florian Atanasiu or Robbert Janssen