Introduction of the company
GP Groot is a leading recycling company in the Netherlands, with coverage in North Holland and the west side of the Randstad. GP Groot is active in collection and processing of residential, commercial and hazardous waste.
The challenge they faced
One of the core values of GP Groot is sustainability. Therefore GP Groot is heavily investing in technology to reduce kilometres driven per pickup or delivery, while increasing service levels. Recycling operations are known to be a complex operation, with multiple types of waste/fractions that need to be transported to different processing sites. Orders are coming in throughout the day, making the operation even more complex and dynamic.
The solutions we came up with
Different types of collection require different types of optimisation. We identified 4 types of waste collection with specific requirements. Together with GP Groot we set up a sprint planning to implement the different services. The moment you move to autonomous planning you require an end to end approach within an organisation, starting with structured order intake.
Route optimisation has been around for decades. What makes this project interesting is the combination with ALFA, that computes complex restricted cluster analysis together with route optimisation in seconds, instead of hours or nights as is done by embedded systems. This allows businesses to (re-)optimise on the fly, instead of having rigid operations.