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for the automotive supply chain

Packaging Management

From design to delivery


Packaging has a significant impact on logistics and supply chain performance and is considered as one of the key areas where significant savings can be realised. In the automotive supply chain, packaging has become almost as important as the parts themselves. It not only needs to maintain the quality of the parts during production, transport and storage, it must also enable the shipping and storage of optimum quantities and facilitate the efficient replenishment and picking of parts lineside.

To avoid waste and reduce costs a circular economy with durable, reusable packaging is standard in the automotive industry and it is essential to ensure that the correct type and quantity of empty reusable packaging items are made available in good time to the suppliers of parts. As durable packaging items represent significant assets for their owners, a close control of the logistics processes for empty packaging becomes even more important. At the same time, the demands for data on any remaining disposable packaging are increasing exponentially as legislation concerning recycling and efficient waste management begins to bite.

Effective management of the packaging process and accurate sharing of packaging data between customers, suppliers and third-party packaging pool managers can only be achieved through standardisation and digitalisation. Odette provides a suite of standardised messages for the digitalisation of these packaging management processes.

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    04 Jul 2023

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    Size matters for the Global Transport Label

    02 Mar 2023

    The automotive industry is increasingly moving to smaller pack quantities, for both deliveries and trackside storage, which has led to more and more tray and blister packaging being used. These very small packaging sizes pose particular challenges for labelling even with the small load container labels already specified by Odette. To meet these challenges, the Odette Technology Group has designed two even smaller labels which can carry the main data items of the Global Transport Label.

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    Odette launches API Expert Group

    18 Jan 2023

    Digitalisation of the automotive supply chain continues apace and APIs appear to be the tool of choice to fill the gaps and supplement well established digital infrastructures. Odette has therefore set up an API Expert Group dedicated to developing rules for a standardised approach to API implementation and applying them to selected business cases.


Automotive Packaging Manufacture - Capability Assessment

Describes the process of auditing manufacturers of reusable and disposable packaging items for use in the automotive supply chain.

Its purpose is to provide a guideline for customers who want their packaging manufacturers to improve their processes and to establish a common definition of best practices to facilitate efficient physical and information flows between customers and packaging manufacturers.

This recommendation includes an excel based audit tool that enables a comprehensive evaluation of packaging manufacturers capability.

Reference LG17

Version 1.0

Published Mar 2022

Packaging Management Guidelines

This recommendation defines the essential preconditions for efficient packaging management such as master data management as well as pool installation and maintenance.

It also describes the core operational processes such as packaging agreement, packaging accounting and the empty packaging supply chain.

As each partner has their own system solution, whether using standard or proprietary software, the focus of this recommendation is the description of common process patterns which enable the use of standardised messages in the information exchange between partners.

Reference LG14

Version 1.0

Published Sept 2017

Empty Packaging Order Message Family

The Empty Packaging Order family of messages includes the Order Proposal, the Order, Order Change and Order Response. An introduction to the empty packaging order process is also provided.

Reference OM30 - OM33

Version 2022

Published Sept 2022

Empty Packaging Transport Order Message Family

The Empty Packaging Transport Order family of messages is split into 2 options. One option is based on using the DESADV message (widely used in the automotive industry) to order transport, the other option is based on IFTxxx messages (used by the transport industry). Users can decide which option is more suited to their own operations and those of their partners.

Reference OM35 - OM39

Version 2022

Published Sept 2022

Empty Packaging Despatch Message Family

The Empty Packaging Despatch family of messages includes the advance notification of packaging delivery and the actual despatch advice. An introduction to the Empty Packaging Despatch process is also included.

Reference OM34 & OM40

Version 2022

Published Sept 2022

Empty Packaging Delivery Message Family

The Empty Packaging Delivery family includes messages that provide status information about the delivery both while it is in-transit and after it is has been unloaded at the destination. The in-transit status is reported using the general Transport Status message (OM41) which can be found in the Track & Trace resources.

Reference OM41 & OM42

Version 2022

Published Sept 2022

Automotive Packaging Manufacture - Key Performance Indicators

Defines key performance indicators (KPIs) and a performance evaluation process for packaging manufacturers who are responsible for the production of durable and expendable packaging items for automotive manufacturers.

Using this recommendation, a company can fulfil internal objectives while using indicators common to the industry that are better understood by packaging manufacturers and their customers.

The KPIs specified in this recommendation should form the basis for a performance measurement system but customers may specify additional criteria to be used for their own evaluation of packaging manufacturers.

Reference LG16

Version 1.0

Published Mar 2022

Digitalising the Part Packaging Agreement

Guideline covering the part packaging agreement process between customers and suppliers. Includes:

OM48 Packaging Master Data
OM49 Packaging Data Sheet
OM50 Packaging Data Code Lists

Reference LG19

Version 1.0

Published Nov 2022