Delphi Automotive Systems is introducing a new Internet-based logistics system at its supply in line sequence (SILS) operation at Ellesmere Port in northwest England.
Delphi believes this is the first time an electronic data interchange (EDI) system has been replaced by an Internet-based system at such a facility.
Delphi's SILS operation serves General Motors' Ellesmere Port plant, which assembles the Astra. The center schedules deliveries from 73 suppliers across Europe.
'EDI has proved to be complicated and expensive and its uptake among suppliers has been understandably poor,' said Stan Chadwick, manager of Delphi's Ellesmere Port operations.
The Internet-based system holds scheduling information that suppliers can browse through. Suppliers receive order timings and quantities from Delphi over the system.
'The new system may eventually save up to 20 working days a month,' Automotive News Europe said Chadwick. The system was developed by Delphi in conjunction with Electronic Data Systems Corp. of Plano, Texas, USA.