As a supplier, component manufacturer or logistics service provider in the automotive industry, your competitiveness depends to a great extent on exemplary logistics processes. Customers, i.e., car manufacturers or system suppliers, expect you to deliver their products to the correct unloading point or assembly line reliably, on time, in the agreed quantity and quality, and in the prescribed packaging.
To guarantee this, you need to be able to execute IT-supported and automated logistics processes from order receipt and picking right through to packaging and the collection of transports, including weight calculation and labeling, as well as dispatch.
This ensures a consistent flow of information and value in your ERP system – the fundamental prerequisite for efficient, fast and transparent logistics processes. Incidentally, if you also supply customers in the European Union, your logistics process is not considered complete until you have received the confirmation of arrival.
In addition, seamless electronic logistics processing is also of benefit to your customers, because it enables them to easily transfer all information for each delivery into their ERP system and process it there.
Furthermore, end-to-end IT support genuinely comes into its own for complex logistics processes, such as third-party order processing, subcontracting or just-in-sequence (JIS) delivery. For example, in the case of third-party order processing, you can easily incorporate the customer's forecast delivery schedules or JIT delivery schedules into your sales scheduling agreement (SD) and send this to the third-party suppliers via the purchasing scheduling agreement (MM) – regardless of whether they are external suppliers or your plants. Conversely, your ERP software seamlessly processes the electronic shipping notification, which triggers the delivery of the finished components to the customer from the third-party supplier.
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The requirements become even more extensive and complex if, as an automotive supplier, you deliver just-in-sequence components directly to the assembly lines of your customers, the automobile manufacturers or system suppliers. In this demanding industry, it is especially important that your IT systems can automatically process and check the JIS release orders from the customers, including the sequencing information they contain.
This is the key to ensuring the right parts reach the customer at the right time, in the right quantity, and in the order specified in the production sequence. The devil is in the details here since individual OEMs usually have specific requirements in terms of release order logic, packaging, container formation, labeling, and delivery – all of which must be adhered to meticulously. Examples include Audi's pearl-chain principle, BMW JIS deliveries (Landshut and Regensburg) and HONDA JIS deliveries, for which HONDA must certify the suppliers.
In view of these complex requirements, suppliers and logistics service providers are well advised to use the services of an experienced partner. We at WSW Software support you in all matters of logistics and JIS processing with our high process, consulting and solution competence and services from a single source. Together with you, we determine the IT solution best suited for your needs – SPEEDI in the SAP environment, or alternatively the autonomous JIS and logistics platform LOJISTIX – so that you can realize smart logistics processes from a single source. This is an important prerequisite for a successful digital transformation and thus for your business success.