Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) is introducing artificial intelligence (AI) to its recently announced regional e-commerce logistics platform LaMP, in a move to provide what is says is unprecedented parcel traceability and reliability for customers across Southeast Asia.
Utilising machine learning and AI route planning software from LogiNext, LaMP will have the capability to autonomously plot optimised courier delivery routes based on multiple factors such as parcel destinations, customer preferences (for instance, ‘blackout’ or preferred times for delivery) as well as real-time ground data including traffic and weather conditions. This functionality applies to all Southeast Asia markets covered by LaMP.
LogiNext’s software is also able to analyse and proactively alert all stakeholders on courier movements. With this capability, customers will receive an alert half an hour before their parcel arrives, a significant improvement in terms of convenience.
This is especially so for dense cities such as Bangkok and Jakarta, where customers are currently often provided vague parcel arrival times due to a myriad of reasons such as traffic jams and extreme weather conditions. All of these factors will be dealt with from a single screen called the control tower, providing end-to-end visibility connecting multiple GPS tracking systems and APIs.
“At SingPost, we are great believers in using the latest technologies to improve customer experience,” says Alex Tan, SingPost Group chief digital and technology officer. “The introduction of AI into our next-generation LaMP platform will augment its already-considerable capabilities, translating to unprecedented convenience for our customers.”
LogiNext CEO Dhruvil Sanghvi adds: “Our delivery route planning engine is the leading benchmarker in the industry. Couriers have much better-planned routes, so they can handle more parcels. It’s a win-win for everyone, SingPost raises its already high delivery agility and the customer gets a much better experience with it.”
SingPost and LogiNext are in the midst of integrating the route planning AI software into LaMP, and the integration is expected to be complete next year.
SingPost’s new proprietary logistics software Last Mile Platform (LaMP) is a first-of-its-kind technology that consolidates various last-mile delivery services, such as courier services, parcel lockers, brick-and-mortar collection points, onto a single platform. Being technology agnostic, LaMP is able to integrate services from different providers, affording unprecedented convenience for consumers and eCommerce retailers.
The platform is also location-agnostic and is capable of connecting last-mile partner services across the Southeast Asia region. Through LaMP, retailers will be able to offer their customers the ability to receive their online purchases via any last-mile delivery node in the network, in any country within Southeast Asia. Consumers may even redirect en-route deliveries to an alternative delivery node on the platform if and when required.
LogiNext is a cloud-based logistics optimisation company based out of San Francisco Bay Area in the US with offices in Singapore, Jakarta, Dubai, Mumbai, and Delhi. They are a market leader in last mile deliveries, live route optimisation, fleet & capacity movement optimisation, and more.