Schaeffler UK Ltd. has been presented with the 2016 elogistics award by the AKJ Automotive working group for its project Seamless Supply Information Integration. To carry out this project, Schaeffler used the transport order management system (TOMS) developed and offered by SupplyOn. With this system, transport orders can be generated, combined and assigned to shipping companies in a global supply chain network.
The project’s success is clearly demonstrated with figures: The quantitative factors include inventories of purchased parts that were reduced by 10 percent and supplier performance that improved from 94 to 98 on a 100-point scale among participating suppliers. Through the introduction of TOMS, the quality of transport orders also improved in terms of form, content, on-time delivery and utilized capacity. In addition, the manual effort required in the goods-receipt department was significantly lowered.
The transport order management system (TOMS) provides users with an improved overview of the streams in their own transport networks. As a result, tactical decisions for consolidation points can be made more easily and the operational awarding of transport jobs can be optimized. The project also demonstrates the importance of implementing an integrated and standardized overall solution involving all stakeholders in the value chain, including logistics service providers.
TOMS provides more precise data in standardized form
Feedback on the new process has been unanimously positive among both internal and external project participants. For instance, Matthias Steiger, Director of Logistics at LuK GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Bühl, Germany, and part of the Schaeffler Group, noted:
Our top goals ‘speed, transparency, responsiveness and optimal inventories at the lowest possible costs’ are achieved with these integrated processes.
And Peter Gärtner, Head of Scheduling and Vehicle Fleet of the logistic service provider Cosi Stahllogistik GmbH & Co. KG in Hagen, Germany, said:
The transport business is all about flexibility and efficiency. With transport requests received through TOMS, we obtain more exact data in a standardized form and are able to more precisely coordinate our route planning.
The project that Schaeffler UK successfully carried out with approximately 20 suppliers now serves as the template for other plants and will be gradually rolled out throughout the group.