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In order to identify the challenges and decide future directions for co-operation in the automotive supply chain, Odette has created a new Supply Chain Management Council (SCMC) comprising senior managers from European vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers and some major LSPs. The first meeting of the SCMC was held on 1st Oct 2014 in Düsseldorf assisted by the Fraunhofer Institute who shared their thoughts on the future and moderated discussions around topics previously identified as having the potential for collaboration.

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Automotive production in Thailand has increased significantly over the past twenty years and has now reached more than 2.5 million vehicles per year from 24 manufacturers taking it into the top 10 in the world. The local supplier base has expanded similarly and now numbers over 2000 companies. In order to ensure that these suppliers attain and maintain world class performance, many OEMs are requiring or encouraging them to implement the Odette Global MMOG/LE, the most significant logistics performance improvement tool in the word today.

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During the development of the Supply Chain Risk Management Guidelines, the project team created a Risk Categorisation Matrix, comprising details of the possible Supply Chain risks and their causal factors. Analysis of the matrix showed that one of the OEM’s primary Supply Chain risks is the availability of adequate and proven production capacity at the supplier’s site.

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For many years organisations have used contingency plans to mitigate the worst effects of a potential supply risk. However, with companies now requiring ever-greater flexibility, shorter lead times and reduced inventories from their long-distance, global supply networks the probability of a supply failure has become heightened.

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Odette and AIAG are pleased to announce the release of Version 4 of the Global MMOG/LE tool for logistics capability assessment.  Global MMOG/LE V4 now incorporates two separate assessment tools: 

  • An updated “Full Assessment” , usually used by OEMs and Tier1s,  which now contains 197 criteria  compared to 206 criteria in Version 3.
  • A new  “Basic Assessment” , specifically designed for Tier2+ suppliers, covering 106 of the 197 criteria, focusing on the core fundamentals of logistics best practice.

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Odette  is aware of the vulnerability, dubbed "Heartbleed", which is a security concern for users of OpenSSL, a widely-used open source cryptographic software library. Please be assured that certificates issued by the Odette CA are NOT AFFECTED by this bug but we advise all OFTP2 users  to check with their OFTP2 software provider whether there is any threat caused by the OFTP2 application due to usage of openSSL v1.0.1

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In 2010, Odette published its Guidelines to eInvoicing Practices including an overview of national eInvoicing Requirements.

Since the publication of these Guidelines, the legal context has evolved with the release of the VAT EU Directive 2010/45 and its implementation in national legislation of the EU member states. It is now necessary to review the latest industry practices.

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Odette recently hosted a delegation from the Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association (JAMA), who were in London to find out about our latest activities and to learn about our experiences in implementing several of our best practice recommendations.

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The Materials Management Operations Guideline/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE) tool enables any organization in the global automotive supply chain to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of its Materials Management and Logistics capability and performance.

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For many years the automotive industry has suffered from deficiencies in the holistic forecasting and planning process that is used to determine the demand profile for parts and assemblies required from the upstream supply chain. The impact of inaccurate forecasts has come more sharply into focus as a result of difficulties in the business climate coupled with greater expectations from customers.

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Odette now has a new website, providing Odette members, and all others working in the automotive supply chain, with the tools, support and information they need to adopt and implement Odette standards and services.

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Freight Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting has become an important topic, not only for the automotive industry, but for the transport industry as a whole - yet there is often confusion about which reporting methods to use and how to gather the necessary data.

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More and more companies are now using the VDA training programme on Global MMOG/LE. The two-day course explains the purpose and structure of the logistics capability assessment tool and allows participants to practice completing assessments based on real life use-cases.

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The Turkish Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) became an Associate Member of Odette in 2006 in order to have a stronger voice in the global industry. Vehicle makers in Turkey now play an influential role in initiatives to improve supply chain integration and set the industry standards which give all automotive manufacturing and supply companies in Turkey greater access to customers across the world.

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MMOG/LE is a logistics capability assessment tool used by thousands of organisations throughout the world. To keep pace with the continuous evolution of automotive logistics operations, the tool is reviewed on a 3-year cycle.

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Henry Rosten, Head of Volume & Capacity at Volvo Group Trucks Operations, is replacing Ingrid Lundberg, CIO, Volvo Logistics. Ingrid has been representing Sweden in the Odette Board of Directors for the past 5 years. On behalf of all the Odette community, we would like to thank her for her contribution and wish her well in her new endeavours.

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Odette International has launched a new fully searchable directory of OFTP2 user companies with more than 2000 companies currently registered, helping current and new implementers to identify business partners who are capable of exchanging confidential data quickly and securely over the public internet. Consult the Directory

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