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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Moving Groceries

Interesting example of the delivery problem.

Space, Time and Groceries
Grocery delivery visualized in python with datashader.

At Instacart, we deliver a lot of groceries. By the end of next year, 80% of American households will be able to use Instacart. Our challenge: complete every delivery on-time, with the right groceries as fast as possible.

Over the course of a week, we traverse cities all over the United States many times over while delivering groceries:

In the remainder of this post, we’ll first introduce the logistics problem Instacart is solving, outline the architecture of our systems and describe the GPS data we collect. Then we will conclude by touring a series of datashader visualizations ...." 

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