Digitalisation of Finished Vehicle Logistics

A successful cross-sector collaboration has resulted in the creation of a recommended standard for digital messages which cover all outbound logistics processes.

Two years of collaboration between ECG, Odette International and the VDA – Verband der Automobilindustrie has led to the development of a set of recommended standard EDIFACT and XML messages covering digital communication across all outbound logistics processes. The joint ECG, Odette, VDA recommendation is available and free to use for all interested parties.

The recommended standard EDIFACT and XML messages will allow vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) and Finished Vehicle Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) to communicate with each other in a more efficient way. They will also avoid a proliferation of many different message types across the finished vehicle supply chain, significantly reducing IT development costs for individual companies. The joint document gives a process description and information model which develop a digital twin for the entire outbound logistics chain. EDI experts have developed both EDIFACT and XML messages in order to provide alternative electronic communication solutions. Example use cases and sample messages are also provided. All messages and process models have been consolidated and added as an annex to the recommendation.

The developed messages cover the following business processes:

  • Transport Forecast
  • Transport Order
  • Service Order
  • Transport Status Reporting
  • Vehicle Status Reporting
  • Inventory Reporting
  • Damage Reporting
  • Compound Geofence Mapping

OEMs and LSPs working together to develop these messages have included Antwerp Euroterminal, AFG, Audi AG, Avtologistika, BLG Automobile Logistics GmbH & Co. KG, BMW AG, Daimler AG, DB Cargo Logistics GmbH, FCA N.V., Ford Europe AG, GEFCO, Grimaldi Group Spa, Groupe CAT, MOSOLF SE & Co. KG, Neptune Lines S.A., NVD Ltd, Porsche AG, Groupe PSA, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, UECC B.V., Volvo Cars Corporation, Volvo Group AB and Volkswagen AG, supported by technology providers Fracht SIA, ICL Systems Inc, Inform GmbH, LABAL and ProAct International, with full technical expertise being supplied by GEFEG.