Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2017 - 59
TRUCKING & FREIGHTING
provides the company with a demand
management and forecasting feed
derived from its multiple ERP and
creates daily order forecasts. The system also provides Dana with real-time
information regarding its customers'
requirements and its suppliers' material availability. "[The solution] sees
orders come into the supplier and can
help us determine the optimal way
to stock a trailer," the company says.
"We now have inventory control and
transportation working dynamically
together, which is the opposite of what
happened before [One Network]."
The One Network platform also
enables the company to collaborate with
all of its suppliers instantaneously, plan
order replenishment and manage intercontinental shipments. Dana has the
ability to see and influence its demand,
supply and service levels across its
supply chain. This includes visibility to
international shipments as well as into
warehouses and factories. The company
onboarded hundreds of its suppliers to
the new system in a matter of weeks,
One Network says.
The company saw positive results from
the system almost immediately. Although the company targeted an overall
10 percent inventory reduction, using
One Network actually reduced its overall inventory by 31 percent. Inventory
levels on select parts were reduced by as
much as 68 percent, the company notes.
Dana's suppliers also benefit from the
system because they now have daily vis-
ibility into demand and can collaborate
with the company faster and easier.
Dana implemented One Network's
third-party logistics tool at a major
supplier that was recently outsourced
from a domestic company to one located
overseas. The 3PL tool gives the company visibility into offshore warehouses as
well as shipments in-transit.
"This allows us to see the balance
of the inventory that we have in those
warehouses so we can see what they're
holding for us, as well as anything that's
on the water heading to a U.S. warehouse," it adds.
The company's success with the One
Network solution has earned it the
interest of many of its peers. "This is
the most cutting-edge system that we've
seen in logistics," Dana says.
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