You will have read above about the recently published Odette Guidelines for Collaborative Forecasting which provide a methodology to improve the accuracy of demand forecasts. Now Odette Sweden has developed a practical tool which helps to put the recommendations into practice.
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.
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.
GM has now added the annual self-assessment to their global sourcing process. Annual Supplier Self-Assessments are to be submitted during the period of May 1 - July 31 2012. GM is stressing that Suppliers should complete an honest assessment and not deprive themselves of the opportunity to improve.
In an effort to align the labels used in Ford’s global logistics processes, a new transport label is being introduced at Ford in Europe. Known as the ‘Global Transport Label’ it is based on the ‘Global Transport Label (GTL) Standard Version 3, dated November 17, 2010’ developed and published jointly by Odette, AIAG and JAMA. The change affects not only Europe, but North and South America, Asia Pacific, Australia and Africa.
ZF, one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive Driveline and Chassis Technology with 121 production companies in 27 countries has just launched the use of the Global MMMOG/Logistics Evaluation to its supplier base, which numbers over 2700 around the world.
We are pleased to learn that Daimler has adopted the latest OFTP2 specification for file transfers and started to roll it out last month. They will connect the current waiting list of approximately 300 suppliers by the end of the first quarter of 2012 and there is no upper limit.