Is Your Supply Chain Stuck in Neutral?

In today’s economic environment, you need partners throughout your supply chain that can keep pace with the demands of your business. Your company can ill afford to miss a delivery window or be forced to reschedule a service appointment because your supply chain is stuck in neutral. However, each year a variety of factors influence the order-to-delivery (OTD) times for your commercial vehicles; often, if there’s one delay, it can quickly have a domino effect on the entire supply chain.

To keep your business moving forward, you need a strategic partner that helps you stay ahead of these potential disruptions to ensure your new vehicles arrive, ready to service your customers, in a timely manner.

Recently, ARI’s Vice President of North American Supply Chain Ted Davis spoke with Automotive Fleet on the factors that influenced OTD times throughout 2019 and highlighted how ARI is helping our customers navigate these supply chain disruptions to minimize the potential impact on their business.

In this year’s annual order-to-delivery featureAutomotive Fleet focuses on several of the key factors that increased order-to-delivery times for the 2019 model year, including continued railcar constraints and capacity challenges for many upfitters.

In the articles, Ted stressed the importance of leveraging analytics and maintaining a regular dialogue with our supply chain partners to ensure we have visibility to any issues on the horizon, allowing us to pivot accordingly to help keep our customers’ business moving forward.

Ted also calls for greater collaboration across the industry to further improve OTD times. “As we look towards the future, the 2019 model year further underscored the importance of OEMs, upfit vendors, FMCs, and delivery partners working together to find creative solutions to reduce supply chain complexities and shorten the overall order-to-delivery cycle. It’s clear that fleet operators desire a B2B buying experience that mirrors the ease of a typical ecommerce transaction in their personal life,” said Ted.

For an in-depth look at the various factors influencing order-to-delivery times across the industry, check out Automotive Fleet. And to learn more about strategically managing your supply chain to ensure you have greater control over your journey, be sure to visit