Facil chooses SupplyStack to streamline inbound transportation flows and strengthen its position as a ‘Full-Service Provider‘ in the automotive industry.
Facil, a fasteners and C-parts Full Service Provider.
Facil is specialized in Fastening Solutions, supplying fasteners and other C-parts needed for assembly to the automotive industry. “As a full-service provider, we support our customers from initial design and development of new models up to the global sourcing and logistics of required parts,” said Michael Waton, Transportation Manager at Facil.
The Automotive industry is very demanding when it comes to logistics. Parts need to be delivered just-in-time so that the OEM can reduce stocks to a minimum. That’s why companies like Ford, Daimler Trucks, and Volvo Trucks rely on Facil’s technical and logistics expertise to streamline the whole process of inbound C-parts to the factory.
Navigating the complex supply chain
“We are fully aligned with our customers’ operations, for example, we have warehousing facilities near every factory where we maintain buffer stock for certain parts. If there is some hiccup in the supply chain, we can rely on this safety stock to ensure the production lines keep on running.” Michael explains.
The past year has confirmed once again that transportation is a game of exceptions.
Successfully navigating through these exceptions is crucial to keep the flow of goods moving and offer the level of service expected in the highly demanding automotive industry.
“With over 500 global suppliers, managing the inbound flows can be challenging at times as it involves alignment between the supplier, carriers, and our logistics teams. Today this process is time-consuming, and even the slightest miscommunication could lead to major consequences, or worse, even jeopardize our customers’ production lines.” Michael indicates.
“And this is exactly where the strength of our solution lies, streamlining the whole transportation process and facilitating collaboration between all parties involved.” René Kleber, Commercial Director at SupplyStack complements.
One view, one system, many stakeholders
SupplyStack’s TMS will act as the operating system for transportation management at Facil.
“We see a lot of companies, like Facil, that have prioritized their digitalization efforts, partly due to the lessons learned during the pandemic. The need for more control, transparency, and collaboration are ideal requirements for our TMS+ Control Tower solution.” René continues.
Once implemented, each team at Facil, but also external partners, will have their own operational window on the logistics operations. The supplier will create the shipment, the best-fit carrier will be dynamically assigned, and the shipment will be automatically dispatched to the carrier, all within Facil’s TMS+ Control Tower.
Fastening the supply chain process to maintain flexibility.
The implementation of SupplyStack’s TMS+ Control Tower is aligned with Facil’s ambitions to grow the business. “With the TMS+ Control Tower, we can centralize and codify all our different transportation flows. The highly configurable platform gives us the flexibility to quickly adapt to changes in the market, for example, spreading certain volume across multiple carriers to mitigate risk and guarantee capacity.” Michael points out.
Facil is one of the first companies to realize a Full-Service Concept for fastening technologies.Our Full Service Provider (FSP) concept embraces all aspects of fastening in the industries that we serve. OEM customers use our services from the early concept and design phase throughout the product’s entire lifecycle. With this concept, Facil provides complete fastening technology for millions of products every year − minimizing complexity and costs across the entire fastener and C-parts value chain.
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