HSSMI worked collaboratively with the OEM key stakeholders to analyse the challenges. This effort led to the development of a Timeboard System that provides a platform for tracking and improving efficiency in inbound logistics operations. The platform allows for collaboration amongst supply chain members with live data that allows real-time updates to be visualised so the supply chain can react to updated situations. The built-in intelligence helps to coordinate and streamline deliveries and reduce the costs incurred due to delays.
This tool is unique in that it is easily customisable and is deployed in modules to allow users to pick and choose different functionalities based on their distinctive requirements. As shown in the image below, the Timeboard system provides information on multiple points along the delivery schedule. The data nodes i.e. suppliers, truck locations and schedules, are integrated by the internal logic with customised views and dashboards presented by clear user interface. Additionally, the Timeboard is able to integrate with existing systems using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to capture updates.
The tool has three main functionalities that directly addressed the issues identified in the OEM’s supply chain and logistics operations.
- Data visualisation - enables Goods-In staff to visualise daily deliveries with real-time updates to the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA), based on events captured via GPS or push notifications from Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
- Collaborative data hub - enables availability of digital delivery paperwork on delivery. This functionality contributes to the Right First Time and improves the efficiency of the Goods receipting process and invoices in query.
- Digitalisation & KPI Dashboards - eliminates manual data entry and enables reporting by consolidating data from multiple spreadsheets into interactive dashboards showing relevant KPIs e.g. monthly CO₂, transport cost per vehicle etc. This enabled the OEM to make data-driven decisions and drive continuous improvement operations.
The image below gives an overview of the delivery timeline for the Timeboard. Generally, the Timeboard System distinguishes itself from other off-the-shelf solutions in that the solution architecture is based on the customer’s processes. The key advantage here is that the solution is able to directly meet the unique needs of the customer rather than a one-size-fits-all approach which is often expensive to adapt to different customers.
Additionally, the simple and modular nature of the design makes it effective in using modern technology to tackle real problems by aligning application directly to processes. The delivery timeline has three gateway nodes G1, G2 and G3 to allow for a collaborative design approach.