Dynamics ERP experience, check. EDI experience, check. Automotive EDI requirements, no check.
The automotive supply chain is not something in which I have much first-hand experience, and so I was all ears when I recently spent the day with Donna Ward, former co-chair of the Automotive Industry Action Group’s Supply Chain Management Project Team. Given Donna’s extensive experience within the automotive industry, she could clearly outline just how critical EDI is to the supply chain, as well the most common EDI challenges companies using Microsoft Dynamics face.
To understand the magnitude of daily transactions related to what we were discussing, Donna informed me that the average automotive assembly plant makes about 1 vehicle per minute and as many as 2000 per day. With each vehicle having 5000 – 7000 components, we’re talking that a typical automotive assembly plant is handling up to 14 million parts each day.
That’s a lot of parts to say the least, and if you’re a supplier to this 14 million part-a-day industry, then you’re not only familiar with the rigorous EDI requirements that accompany each transaction, but also the most common challenges: 1) Release Management, 2) Forecast and Sales Order Replacement Logic…