How smart data and algorithms fill empty trucks

How quickly can you make a logical match? That can take some time when you have to compare a list of over 1,000 carriers on 80 different parameters. Luckily, we have Gijs. As a Tech Expert, he is always looking for logic, patterns and ways to automate this.

“I studied econometrics. They sometimes say that one in three econometricians becomes a millionaire. But that’s not the reason I chose to study econometrics, I mainly enjoy solving difficult puzzles. As an econometrician, you solve problems using a mathematical or statistical approach. During my studies, I often dealt with logistics issues, so it felt right to do my graduation thesis in that sector as well. I stuck around after that. I like the culture and group dynamics at Bulkio.

My expertise is to extract value from data. In this way, I hope to provide valuable insights to colleagues as well as Bulkio users. I want to make the path to the right choice as easy as possible for everyone. That is why, for example, I think it is important to properly align the offer with the carrier’s wishes. Not just sending random transport offers, but only offers that fit their profile and that they are really interested in. Another interesting project is Bulkio Connect, in which we analyse where carriers drive empty, based on GPS signals. We then look for a transport offer to fill the empty parts. I build smart algorithms that help make the right match. Further developing these algorithms is my biggest task.

I am proud that Bulkio is becoming more and more data-driven. We combine knowledge, experience and data in a unique way. This allows us to make real change in the platform and transport sector. There is still a lot to be gained in the world of bulk transport in terms of digitalisation. We are ready for it and I hope carriers will join us. Together, we can create more efficiency in the supply chain. This requires mutual trust. We can invest a lot of time in building the best algorithms, but data and transparency are needed to make this work properly. Sometimes this is sensitive, even internally some departments find it a bit scary to rely on an algorithm. I like to take people through what I do and show them how it works. By working closely with bulk experts, we ensure that the algorithms are fed with expertise and because of this, the bulk experts also dare to trust that it is right.”