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Greater Transparency in the Automotive Supply Chain Enables Cost Reductions

Accommodating last minute changes to customer orders puts a great deal of pressure on BMW’s supply chain. The manufacturer felt it needed to improve its 99.9x percent delivery reliability record, and managing its global supply chain network and numerous logistics service providers was a major challenge. So BMW introduced an Agile Information Platform to achieve transparency across all parts of the supply chain to its overseas plants – from inventory and processing times, to measuring the performance of service providers and cost. Since introducing the AIP, BMW has noticed greater efficiencies in material control because all service providers are now tracked centrally. This has enabled the material control team to reduce the supply cost while being able to execute new requirements faster.


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