Industry Trends

The logistics industry needs smart hardware and technologies such as IoT and big data to improve their analysis, decision-making, and execution capabilities, and drive intelligence and automation development.

High Efficiency

With the development of IoT, cloud computing, big data, and blockchain technologies, more individuals, facilities, and goods will be connected to the Internet, driving the logistics industry to achieve intelligentization.

Collaborative Ecosystem

With the advantage of being close to users, smart logistics will bring Internet to upstream and downstream industries, strengthen industry linkages and deepen convergences based on user requirements, and build a collaborative ecosystem.

Lower Costs

Chinese authorities have been deepening reforms to reduce logistics enterprises' operations costs and common enterprises' logistics costs. The ratio of China's total logistics expenses to GDP has been declining for five consecutive years since 2013. Logistics efficiency will be further improved and total costs will be further reduced for transportation, warehousing, management, packing, sorting, value-insured protection, and payment collection upon delivery.

Business Challenges

  • Large Amounts of Waybills

    Parcel volumes are increasing explosively, but waybills cannot be handled in time, hindering the development of the logistics industry. To solve this problem, logistics enterprises require advanced IT technologies to automatically identify and fill in waybills.
    Parcel volumes are increasing explosively, but waybills cannot be handled in time, hindering the development of the logistics industry. To solve this problem, logistics enterprises require advanced IT technologies to automatically identify and fill in waybills.
  • High Damage Rate of Goods

    Goods are facing a high damage rate due to inappropriate packing, poor checking upon goods reception, improper loading and unloading, and low-level mechanization. To solve this problem, logistics enterprises need IT technologies to monitor and manage main logistics processes.
    Goods are facing a high damage rate due to inappropriate packing, poor checking upon goods reception, improper loading and unloading, and low-level mechanization. To solve this problem, logistics enterprises need IT technologies to monitor and manage main logistics processes.
  • Insufficient Data for Making Decisions

    Logistics enterprises cannot master operations conditions in time or make fast decisions. Furthermore, they do not have sufficient data for logistics tracking analysis, lifecycle tracking and analysis, route optimization, warehouse optimization, and operations analysis.
    Logistics enterprises cannot master operations conditions in time or make fast decisions. Furthermore, they do not have sufficient data for logistics tracking analysis, lifecycle tracking and analysis, path optimization, warehouse optimization, and operations analysis.
  • Inefficient Warehouse Management

    During warehouse management, goods reception, picking, packing, and delivery plans need to be made based on RFID and IoT technologies. Goods also need to be registered automatically during stocktaking, which can make warehouse management faster and more accurate while reducing losses.
    During warehouse management, goods reception, picking, packing, and delivery plans need to be made based on RFID and IoT technologies. Goods also need to be registered automatically during stocktaking, which can make warehouse management faster and more accurate while reducing losses.

Typical Scenarios

  • Waybill OCR

  • Violent Sorting Identification

  • Order Picking Guidance

  • Intelligent Packing

  • Logistics Route Planning

  • RFID + IoT–Based Warehouse Mgmt

Waybill OCR

Waybill OCR

With HUAWEI CLOUD EI and IaaS services, identity cards, e-waybills, online screenshots, and paper waybills can be automatically recognized. Upon recognition, information such as barcode, phone number, sender, and recipient is automatically recorded into the logistics system. A large number of waybills can thereby be handled in real time, making information searchable and improving transportation efficiency.

Advantages

Support for multi-type waybills

Intelligently analyzes layouts and recognizes different types of waybills (with or without table borders).

Automatic adjustment of poor-quality images

Automatically adjusts indistinct, tilted, or distorted images.

Extraction of characters covered by seals

Intelligently extracts characters covered by seals.

Elimination of influence caused by line intersections

Eliminates line interference in cases where texts and table lines intersect.

Identification of overlapping texts

Identifies overlapping texts, for example, texts in certain printed invoices.

Recognition of multi-language texts

Automatically identifies multi-language characters and symbols, and optimizes them based on specific fields.

Identifies 97% of characters and 98% of digits on English customs documents.

Violent Sorting Identification

Violent Sorting Identification

With HUAWEI CLOUD EI, IaaS, and video collection and storage services, violent sorting behavior can be automatically identified, greatly reducing monitoring costs and effectively preventing workers from handling parcels carelessly.

Advantages

Easy deployment

Complies with the GB28181 protocol and directly connects sub-streams to Huawei VIS.

Data shard storage

Analyzes videos, extracts video clips about violent sorting, and stores them in OBS.

Video replay

Replays video clips about violent sorting through OBS clients.

Reuse of HD cameras

Reuses 1080P HD cameras, without having to purchase intelligent ones.

Order Picking Guidance

Order Picking Guidance

With HUAWEI CLOUD EI and IaaS services, Huawei offers optimal routes for order picking and solutions for goods loading and unloading, realizing intelligent warehousing.

Advantages

Concurrent processing of multiple orders

Processes multiple orders concurrently.

Suitable route planning

Picks goods by order.

Efficient order picking

Increases order picking efficiency.

Intelligent Packing

Intelligent Packing

With HUAWEI CLOUD EI and IaaS services, Huawei supports goods packing optimization. Through mathematical planning and meta-heuristic algorithms, Huawei provides customers with efficient and cost-effective packing solutions, meeting different scenario and policy selection requirements.

Advantages

High loading rate

Improves the loading rate and reduces packing costs.

Route plan for goods packing

Optimizes the route plan for goods packing based on mathematical planning and meta-heuristic algorithms.

Logistics Route Planning

Logistics Route Planning

With HUAWEI CLOUD EI and IaaS services, Huawei supports transportation route optimization. Through mathematical planning and meta-heuristic algorithms, Huawei provides customers with efficient and cost-effective transportation routes, meeting different scenario and policy selection requirements.

Advantages

Intelligent route planning

Automatically measures distances and matches vehicle models.

Multi-algorithm integration

Interconnects with other HUAWEI CLOUD algorithms and solutions to improve compatibility.

Efficient verification

Displays delivery progress and other information such as logistics sites, routes, and vehicles in a centralized manner, improving verification efficiency.

RFID + IoT–Based Warehouse Mgmt

RFID + IoT–Based Warehouse Mgmt

With RFID and IoT technologies, Huawei changes the traditional self-transmitting and -receiving mode to the transmitting/receiving separated mode, which increases sensitivity by 20 dB and supports a management distance of nearly 100 m.

Advantages

High reliability

Introduces 5G multi-antenna technology to greatly improve RFID communications reliability.

Automatic stocktaking

Uses a separated network architecture to solve technical obstacles of synchronization, increase the communications distances to over 100 m, and realize automatic stocktaking.

High stocktaking rate

Delivers a stocktaking rate higher than 99.99% through advanced multi-antenna receiver algorithms and multi-helper network coverage.

Precise positioning

Implements real-time, 3D, and meter-level positioning using fingerprint helper and power control technologies.

Solution Architectures

Description

Huawei's one-stop logistics solution provides logistics IoT, data collection, and big data analysis, helping logistics enterprises turn challenges into opportunities.

Highlights

High concurrency
High efficiency with low costs
All-round security protection
Open architecture and easy migration
Standard APIs
Big data analysis and intelligent EI service

Solution Advantages

  • Big Data–Driven

    HUAWEI CLOUD provides basic services such as big data computing to analyze, store, and process massive quantities of data online in real time.

  • AI-Powered Full-Stack Solution

    HUAWEI CLOUD provides a full-stack solution that includes the AI development platform, AI chips, and functional APIs, meeting diverse AI algorithm requirements.

  • RFID + IoT Architecture

    HUAWEI CLOUD provides an RFID + IoT solution based on wireless devices, improving sensitivity by 20 dB and supporting a communication distance of over 100 m.

  • Fast Service Rollout

    HUAWEI CLOUD provides abundant applications to supplement capabilities, makes customers' service systems more intelligent, and implements fast service rollout.

Recommended Configurations

Small Providers
Waybills
< 10 million/year
Common addresses
< 1000
OCR & path planning
Product
Configuration
10 million e-waybills for a yearly package
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100,000 certificates for a yearly package
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200,000 images for a yearly package
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ECS
4U8G | 4 units
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OBS
10 TB/year
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2U4G | 2 units
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Medium Providers
Waybills
< 50 million/year
Common addresses
< 1000
OCR & path planning
Product
Configuration
50 million e-waybills for a yearly package
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500,000 certificates for a yearly package
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1 million images for a yearly package
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ECS
8U16G | 4 units
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OBS
100 TB/year
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4U8G | 2 units
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Large Providers
Waybills
> 50 million/year
Common addresses
> 1000
OCR & path planning
Product
Configuration
100 million e-waybills for a yearly package
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1 million certificates for a yearly package
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5 million images for a yearly package
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ECS
8U16G | 8 units
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OBS
100 TB/year
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Small Providers
Waybills
< 10 million/year
Common addresses
< 1000
OCR & path planning
Product
Configuration
10 million e-waybills for a yearly package
--
--
100,000 certificates for a yearly package
--
--
200,000 images for a yearly package
--
--
ECS
4U8G | 4 units
--
--
OBS
10 TB/year
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2U4G | 2 units
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Medium Providers
Waybills
< 50 million/year
Common addresses
< 1000
OCR & path planning
Product
Configuration
50 million e-waybills for a yearly package
--
--
500,000 certificates for a yearly package
--
--
1 million images for a yearly package
--
--
ECS
8U16G | 4 units
--
--
OBS
100 TB/year
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4U8G | 2 units
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Large Providers
Waybills
> 50 million/year
Common addresses
> 1000
OCR & path planning
Product
Configuration
100 million e-waybills for a yearly package
--
--
1 million certificates for a yearly package
--
--
5 million images for a yearly package
--
--
ECS
8U16G | 8 units
--
--
OBS
100 TB/year
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Success Stories

  • Deppon uses OCR to quickly identify waybills. When picking up goods, couriers only need to take photos or screenshots. With OCR, waybill information is automatically identified and recorded into Deppon's system, reducing management costs by about 25%.