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:
How do we bring order to the chaos?
[...] 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:
Visualizations like these help us to build intuition about our system, generate hypotheses for improvements, sanity check our changes, identify best practices and improve our operations.