Strategies for the 3DayCar: Developing Affordable Information

Feeney, Tony; Howard, Mickey
December 2001
Logistics & Transport Focus;Dec2001, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p22
Trade Publication
This article considers the information technology systems involved in the 3DayCar project. This paper starts from the simple premise that systems in use today across the automotive supply chain do not allow high levels of build-to-order because of a poor and inverse information flow across the total chain. The lack of integration between multiple separate systems and incompatible data format means that customer orders and related information do not flow without process intervention. Component suppliers perceive the lack of adherence to common Electronic Data Information data format and protocol standards by vehicle manufacturers to be the major barrier to the current order to delivery process. Despite having their own systems, the lack of contractual commitment given to logistics providers on outbound delivery promotes a short-termism that hinders long-term investment and the development of new information technology. Evidence has shown that Internet-based systems such as customer Web sites are only of any use if they connect to the right people and contain meaningful data of value to the business.


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