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1. (WO2018200558) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY ESTABLISHING A REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER TRUCK FLOW GRAPH TO DISTRIBUTE MERCHANDISE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/200558    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/029187
Publication Date: Fri Nov 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Apr 25 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: G06Q 10/08
G06Q 30/02
Applicants: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
Inventors: NEMATI, Behzad
NAZARIAN, Ehsan
Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY ESTABLISHING A REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER TRUCK FLOW GRAPH TO DISTRIBUTE MERCHANDISE
Abstract:
Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for establishing an inter- distribution truck flow to distribute merchandise. Using machine learning, a forecast for retail demand of a product is made. Real-time updates of the product inventory at both retail locations and distributions are received, and a graph identifying preferred routes between distribution centers is used, to arrange a shipment to move a needed amount of the product between distribution centers. Based on that shipment, the machine learning algorithm and the graph are updated, such that subsequent shipping occurs more efficiently.