The local transport market is still underdeveloped: 8 out of 10 agricultural products are transported to the point of consumption by the producers themselves. In the absence of a transport solution tailored to the needs of local food supply chains, they are constantly confronted with time constraints and logistics issues. Le Chemin Des Mûres offers to help them by pooling their deliveries with those of other producers.
So, producers now have an app they can use to plan their order delivery schedule. The optimisation algorithms developed by the research laboratories of Inria (the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation) provide users with appropriate pooled transport solutions. This makes life more flexible for producers, while saving them money by sharing their transport costs. The solution also optimises delivery vehicle loads, which means there are fewer vehicles on the road and therefore less CO2 in the air!
The project was awarded a “Social responsibility" mention by the Grand Jury for the work done to promote local economy and short food circuits.
Category: Sustainable Lifestyle
Le Chemin des Mûres got off the ground thanks to specialist innovation engineer Nils Olivier, operational research engineer Martin Bué and food logistics expert Adrien Flandrin. Two web developers have since joined the adventure!
The project originated at Inria, where we had the intuitive belief that algorithms developed for research purposes could be repurposed to revolutionise the way food transport was organised. What we’ve been able to do is eliminate the need for commercial intermediaries to handle transport, because our solution makes it possible to create complex collaborative transport networks optimised by the latest digital technologies.
What are the most recent developments for your start-up?
We’ve recently completed development of the commercial version of our app. Which is excellent news, because many of our agricultural partners - producers based in the Ardèche and Somme regions - want to start using it as quickly as possible.
What’s been the most unexpected thing that’s happened as a result of the start-up?
The way we’ve promoted our project by making a video... as a selfie!
So how does your project revolutionise your category?
For a few isolated producers to set up their own pooled logistics network for deliveries is a complex task. And then there are the issues of how you would ensure its profitability and long-term viability. By applying today’s algorithm-based tools to the problem, Le Chemin Des Mûres is able to deliver a region-wide solution that provides the flexibility to cope with deliveries that differ from day to day.