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In September 2017, Odette published its Best Practice Recommendation ‘Packaging Management Guidelines’ (LG14) which was the result of a number of OEMs, Tier suppliers and LSPs from across Europe as well as Odette National Organisations working together to define the essential preconditions to packaging management such as master data management, pool installation and maintenance as well as the core operational processes such as packaging agreement, packaging accounting and, most importantly, how to keep the supplier supplied with the optimum quantity of empty RTIs (Returnable Transport Items).

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Auto ID technologies are used extensively in the automotive industry to manage assets, track the movement of parts and materials throughout the supply chain and document their use in production. This is done by reading 1D or 2D bar-codes or RFID tags at various stages in the logistics process and the product life-cycle.

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In last week's Odette2018 Conference Spotlight, we highlighted how Digital Transformation is impacting every aspect of the automotive supply chain.

Today our spotlight is focused on Returnable Packaging which is now almost universally adopted throughout the industry. But the use of Returnable Packaging brings two major management headaches:

How to ensure that suppliers have an adequate and optimum quantity of empties and at the same time keeping control of what are expensive assets.

Odette2018 Conference & Exhibition taking place in Lille France on 12/13 November, you will learn how major OEMS are using digital messaging and the latest AutoID technology to achieve these often contradictory objectives.


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The whole automotive industry is on the brink of revolution in terms of both the propulsion and the control of vehicles. Whatever the future of mobility looks like as a result of these seismic changes, it is clear that the supply chain will be playing an even more crucial role in automotive production while, at the same time, undergoing its own revolution in terms of digital transformation.

The Odette2018 Conference & Exhibition taking place in Lille France on 12/13 November will attempt to provide clearer perspectives on the future landscape of the industry and facilitate networking amongst supply chain professionals from across the world as they grapple with the tremendous challenges that confront them on a daily basis.

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Although the current Excel based MMOG/LE tool has served the industry well over the past decade, Odette has now launched a modern browser based application called MMOG.np (new platform) to take its place.

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Odette International is delighted to announce the launch of OdetteSecure on Monday 25 June. OdetteSecure combines the previously separate OSCAR and CA services in a single portal allowing our customers to access their portfolio of Odette IDs (OSCAR) and Digital Certificates (CA) with a single sign-on.

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Lille - 12 & 13 November

This year the Odette International Conference & Exhibition takes place in Lille, the northern powerhouse of the French automotive industry. Work on the programme is already well underway and we are delighted to be able to announce two keynote speakers for the event:

Francesca GAMBONI, Senior Vice-President Supply Chain, Peugeot Groupe

Jürgen MAIDL, Senior Vice-President Supply Chain, BMW

These prestigious speakers will be sharing their insights on the drive to digital of the automotive supply chain.  

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The current version of Global MMOG (Version 4) was first released in 2014 and now needs to be reviewed in order to ensure that it takes account of the constant evolutions in supply chain processes and technology. A team of supply chain experts from Odette and AIAG member companies has therefore been assembled and is meeting on a weekly basis to define the new requirements for Version 5 of the tool.

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Although the current Excel based MMOG/LE tool has served the industry well over the past decade, Odette has now developed a modern browser based application called MMOG.np (new platform) to take its place. MMOG/LE users from both sides of the Atlantic have been involved in the development and testing of this new platform to ensure that it meets not only the current needs but also the ‘wish lists’ of both customers and suppliers in the automotive supply chain.

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While the digitalisation of supply chain processes upstream from vehicle manufacturers has been underway for many years, the processes downstream from the manufacturer have been somewhat neglected up to now. The increasing implementation of on-board telematics in new cars has, however, given a fresh impetus to the digitalisation of finished vehicle logistics.

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is becoming an increasingly important Auto ID technology in the automotive industry. It is used to identify assets, track the movement of parts, packaging and transport equipment through the logistics process and record the use of components and assemblies in production.

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Automotive OEMs encourage the use of Returnable Packaging, generally known as Returnable Transport Items (RTI), to move parts from their suppliers to their production lines or after-sales facilities. RTIs enable companies to eliminate the costs involved in the disposal of one-way packaging such as cardboard boxes and also help to reduce the environmental footprint of the automotive industry.

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Odette International in collaboration with the VDA Workgroup Kommunikations- und Informationstechnologie (KIT) exhibited at the recent Forum Automobillogistik 2018 in Frankfurt to showcase the work that is being done at both national and international level to accelerate digitalisation and streamline communications in the automotive supply chain.

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Odette and its National Organisations rely on volunteers from members companies to work in projects on behalf of the automotive supply chain community. Odette Awards are given to recognise those leading this project work despite many of them also having heavy workloads within their companies...

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The use of returnable packaging (aka RTI) in the automotive supply chain has grown tremendously over recent years. This growth has had a number of different drivers, including, cost, environmental, parts protection, lineside storage and physical handling amongst others.

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Which country has a deep pool of technology expertise and strong recent GDP growth tracking ahead of global growth? And which country has been attracting the interest of global automotive OEMs as an alternative supply source, not just for parts, but also for smart car technology.

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If your company is a user of the logistics capability assessment tool known as Global MMOG/LE (often abbreviated to MMOG) which has been developed jointly by Odette and AIAG, then read on. Version 4 of MMOG was released in May 2014 and we at Odette, are now considering whether further developments to the tool are required by, or would be helpful to, our customers.



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