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Innowise is an international full-cycle software development company founded in 2007. We are a team of 1600+ IT professionals developing software for other professionals worldwide.

AI/ML in supply chain: 45% reduction in disrupted deliveries

Innowise has expanded the client’s existing supply chain capabilities with DSaaS to forecast materials shipment terms and reduce customer churn rate.

Customer

Industry
Electronics, Manufacturing
Region
EU
Client since
2022

Our customer is a manufacturer of electronic devices and components for them, including mobile phones, TV remotes, DVD and CD players, digital cameras and others.

Detailed information about the client cannot be disclosed under the provisions of the NDA.

Challenge: Facing missed delivery deadlines and errors in strategic resource planning

Ensuring a well-functioning network of suppliers is crucial to guarantee timely order deliveries. Our customer has already optimized supply chain performance to maximize profitability by mitigating risks of fluctuating demand, inefficient operations, and volatile materials prices. Furthermore, they implemented rigorous planning and scheduling, comprehensive inventory control systems, and continuous monitoring for quality assurance.

Nonetheless, our client still faced missed delivery deadlines and errors in strategic resource planning. For improved accuracy and predictability in operational performance, they wanted an advanced DS & ML-based solution to collect and analyze large volumes of data and make realistic predictions on delivery terms.

Web extension to predict supplies

Solution: DS and MLOps web extension to predict supplies and prevent delivery delays

As our client manufactures complex digital devices consisting of many parts (resistors, inductors, capacitors, transistors, diodes, etc.), they require stable, manageable supply chains with certain risks calculated. They wanted a broad overview of all previous interactions with partners, empowered by ML capabilities to digest and predict future shipments and prevent delays or interruptions in deliveries.

Based on that, Innowise suggested building a smart contract analysis platform that includes DS and MLOps to turn raw data into actionable insights. Our project team took full advantage of these technologies and implemented AI/ML in the supply chain to shield procurement processes and alleviate adverse effects.

Data pipelining

Once managers fill in all the information regarding certain partners (need for materials, delivery times, warehouse stocks, etc.), our platform produces predictions based on data pipelines. Thus, we implemented deep data analysis to catch data drifts and department divergence. Essentially, each step in the cycle creates an output that forms the basis for subsequent transformations, resulting in a continuous flow until each step is completed. Where appropriate, multiple processes are conducted in parallel to maximize efficiency.

Modeling layers

We developed a machine learning platform that estimates crucial factors affecting procurement process efficiency. Our team created a logical layer that clusters data into similar cohorts and trains models for each group. In addition, we incorporated an explainability layer to help an end user validate model behavior and better understand estimation.

Simply put, the solution’s flow can be described in the following way. Users input all the data regarding specific vendors like contracts’ IDs, required materials, order/delivery dates, current progress, and any auxiliary information. Then, based on the ML in supply chain algorithms, the platform analyzes indicated data and predicts procurement dates, considering the history of previous interactions, vendor reliability, and external risks. Predictive analytics, for example, might indicate when supplier stock levels are low or when delayed deliveries are likely to cause significant problems in the future.

Technologies

Back-end
TypeScript, Node.js, Nest, TypeORM
Front-end
TypeScript, React, Next.JS, MobX, MUI
Machine learning
Tensorflow, Keras, PyTorch, Scikit-learn, MLFlow
Data science
Pandas, Matplotlib, Plotly, Numpy
Databases
PostgreSQL
QA
AQA, Manual

Process

At the first stage, our specialists clarified and redefined the customer’s objectives since the original proposal had many issues in terms of feasibility and end-use. Throughout the development process, our specialists applied additional AutoML approaches to boost model delivery rates. As our model received more samples similar to recent ones, we implemented a custom resampling technique that reduced the data drift effect.

Our project team worked on the Scrum methodology with bi-weekly sprints and everyday meetups. The project manager stayed in touch with the client, accommodating changes in the scope. All the tasks were tracked in Jira, with the PM assigning jobs and supervising overall performance.

Currently, the project is active, with our team working on improving output prediction and integrating ML supply chain modules.

Team

1
Project Manager
1
Business Analyst
2
Front-End Developers
2
Back-End Developers
2
ML Engineers
1
UI/UX Designer
1
QA Engineer

Results: Predictable ML supply chain modules with 630% lower risk of a production line halt

Innowise enriched the customer’s supply chain ML capabilities with a DSaaS extension to predict delivery terms. Thanks to ML and DS algorithms that consider the multitude of variables within a complex supply chain system, the client can now continuously monitor for potential procurement issues and plan shipments more thoroughly, preventing information silos. Thanks to the novel solution, the customer confidently manages supply chain processes without worrying about unforeseen complications or operational delays. Additionally, thanks to machine learning in the supply chain, our client can now make informed decisions that contribute to operational excellence and increased revenues across digital sales points.

Project duration
  • October 2022 - Ongoing

45%

reduction in disrupted deliveries

630%

lower risk of a production line halt

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