Develop electronic communications infrastructure to enhance supply chain visibility and monitoring, mitigate disruptions and unanticipated events, and improve productivity.
Broad industry experience with the electronic freight management systems
- Connect with supply chain partners and identify requirements for business processes. Determine the types of data transfer needed between partners and the format translations required.
- Develop the communications infrastructure needed for real-time paperless exchange. EFM Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) can support supply chains with large numbers of partners that use a variety of Web services to report and share data.
- Collect and distribute high quality operational data. The EFM prototype test proved that data quality is the foundation for supply chain performance improvements; its components are data accuracy, timeliness, and completeness. Uneven communications among supply chain partners can degrade data quality leading to shipments delays, disruptions, lost goods, and increased operating costs. Conversely, improved data quality can improve efficiency by enabling partners to be agile in response to changing fuel prices and other economic impacts.
- Convert available data into actionable intelligence. Although the core features of EFM help improve data quality, especially in terms of accuracy and timeliness, improving data quality alone is not sufficient to fix visibility problems. Information must become "actionable intelligence" and companies must use the intelligence to improve operations.
Author: Troup, K.; D. Newton; M. Wolfe; and R. Schaefer
Published By: U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration
Prepared by SAIC for RITA
Source Date: March 2009
EDL Number: 14495
Other Reference Number: Report. No. FHWA–HOP–09–053URL: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahop09053/fhwahop09053.pdf
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