Title: Logistic assistance systems for collaborative supply chain planning

Authors: Felix Bockholt; Wolfgang Raabe; Michael Toth

Addresses: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Letter box 012/26330, D-30405 Hanover, Germany ' Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Letter box 011/18360, D-38436 Wolfsburg, Germany ' Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2–4, D-44227 Dortmund, Germany

Abstract: Global market changes and new business strategies have changed logistic processes. Today, complex supply chains contain numerous manufacturing levels with long-distance transport. Effective planning and control have to follow various objectives like cost reduction, reliability and flexibility, but also ecological targets. This paper introduces Logistic Assistance Systems (LAS) for planning and decision support in supply chains. Designed as lean software systems, LAS focus on logistic planning processes and integrate selected methods for data management, information processing and supply chain planning. First achievements with LAS at Volkswagen Group are now followed by a new promising project.

Keywords: LAS; logistic assistance system; supply chain collaboration; supply chain planning; decision support systems; DSS; logistics planning; supply chain management; SCM; collaborative supply chains; lean software; data management; information processing; Volkswagen Group; automobile industry; automotive supply chains.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2011.048010

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2011 Vol.6 No.4, pp.297 - 307

Received: 26 Apr 2010
Accepted: 24 Feb 2011

Published online: 17 Jul 2012 *

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