Archive for 2014

Current labelling standards including the Global Transport Label were developed several years ago and it has become apparent that they are not completely meeting the latest business requirements.  Several initiatives have been proposed at national level with the aim of reviewing and updating the various solutions currently in use, with work scheduled to start in some cases as early as Q1 2015.

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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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