Data integration is a key part of managing releases, parts, suppliers, and plant demand. As with any communication types, we continue to work together to improve data quality, but the initial integration took close to 300 hours. Dedicated IS resources on both sides allowed the customer to provide us with usable release data and we provided the customer with accurate in-transit data, all while keeping plant needs in mind throughout the process. The electronic data interchange (EDI) data quality scores rose quickly.
The process included receiving daily release updates via EDI, giving suppliers several booking options, while providing the customer with consistent visibility to inbound parts across their network. We provide visibility using EDI milestone updates to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system supplemented with tailor-made delay reports, giving regional and local management upstream visibility to take action and reduce risk. Expeditors provides upstream visibility to parts in transit, giving plants the visibility they need to run their business.