GXO Logistics has announced that, together with Datasparq, it has successfully deployed artificial intelligence solutions that have helped to boost efficiency, generate cost savings and reduce environmental impact through transport route optimisation.

“Customers choose GXO not only for our world-class logistics expertise, warehousing and transportation fleet, but also for the market-leading innovative technology we deploy across our network,” said Gavin Williams, GXO Managing Director, UK & Ireland.

“We continue to invest in unparalleled technology solutions to better serve our customers, helping them boost efficiency and productivity as well as achieve their ESG goals. With our continued deployment of artificial intelligence, we now have even more opportunities to add value for our customers by enhancing all aspects of their logistics needs — from sorting to picking, packing and transportation.”

Since 2021, GXO has been working in partnership with Datasparq, an innovative end-to-end AI and data science services provider. Together, the companies have applied cutting-edge technology to develop bespoke route optimisation tools for customers, such as leading U.K. retailer Iceland. GXO operates four distribution centres across three temperature ranges, servicing over 1,100 stores nationwide on behalf of Iceland. With a complex network covering over 50 million kilometers per annum, Iceland has significantly benefited from the application of AI. By improving route efficiency, the retailer has reduced the distance driven from one depot by over 900,000 kilometers per year, decreasing diesel consumption by over 25,000 liters and delivering over 720 tonnes of overall carbon emission savings to date. Further, GXO drivers can now focus on higher-value activities, improving productivity and job satisfaction.

Steve Pennington, Supply Chain Director, Iceland, said:

“Iceland was the first food retailer internationally to join the Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040. Minimizing road miles and reducing fuel consumption across our fleet, without sacrificing outstanding customer service, is a top priority for us as we work towards this goal. With the power of new technologies such as AI, and strong partnerships with GXO and Datasparq, we are one step closer to a more sustainable future.”

GXO is also using AI to transform its warehousing operations, working with a number of suppliers, such as Körber’s Operator Eye solution. GXO is committed to deploying AI to improve automation efficiency, picking accuracy and processing time while supporting the safety and wellbeing of its colleagues

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