Archive for September 2020

Every day, companies in the automotive industry must deal with trucks which arrive at their factories to deliver parts or collect finished products. Managing the arrival, on-plant movement, loading/unloading and departure of these trucks, which can sometimes number several hundred a day, is an extremely complex process.

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Standardising communications between OEMs and tier one and two suppliers offers novel possibilities to smooth out the volatile conditions that modern automotive logistics has to contend with. According to Robert Cameron, Head of VDA Logistics and Production Department and Chairman of Odette International, automotive supply chains could respond more quickly to the volatile powertrain mix in today’s car production and the flexibility that is required since Covid-19, if outbound communication was more standardised.

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A first collaboration between ECG – the Association of European Vehicle Logistics, VDA – Verband der Automobilindustrie and Odette International has resulted in a set of standard digital messages (EDIFACT and XML) supporting communication across all Finished Vehicle Logistics processes. 

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