ARI Helps Customers Stays Ahead of OTD Disruptions in 2018

A fleet on the move needs a vehicle supply chain working that can keep up with the times. After all, you can’t get anywhere if you don’t have the actual vehicle that will get you there. And while getting new vehicles on the road may seem like a simple process, there are a myriad of factors in play and if there’s one delay, it can quickly have a domino effect on the rest of the supply chain.

Throughout 2018, the fleet industry has been challenged by delays in order-to-delivery (OTD) times, especially within several trucks and vans model that are popular with fleets.

ARI’s Director of North American Vehicle Supply Chain Partha Ghosh recently spoke with Automotive Fleet on the factors that are leading to these OTD delays and highlighted how ARI is helping our clients overcome supply chain disruptions.

Partha explained that consumer-related interest led to an increase in OTD times for the fleet industry. “A perfect storm of increased consumer demand, scheduling challenges at the beginning of the year, and the industry-wide railcar shortage really impacted the OTD times for one particular domestic truck lineup,” he said.

Partha pointed to the railcar shortage as a particular problem to many, leading to pickup time delays and subsequent material delays for upfitters.

You may be asking yourself: How can I overcome the challenges that come with these industry delays and get my vehicles on the road when I need them? The answer is communication.

“Throughout the year, we communicated regularly with our supply chain partners to closely monitor potential delays to ensure we had visibility to any issues on the horizon. This ongoing dialogue helped us stay ahead of possible disruptions in the supply chain and allowed us to proactively work with our customers to address these challenges to minimize the impact on their business,” continued Partha.

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