Keeping the Supply Chain Moving Through Unprecedented Uncertainty

Each year, there are numerous factors that influence the order-to-delivery (OTD) times of new vehicles – transportation constraints, production delays, delivery challenges, etc. – but generally speaking, the supply chain is typically quick to adjust, minimizing the impact of these disruptions. But how do you adjust when the disruption is a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that brings business operations on a global scale to a virtual standstill?

This is just one of the questions ARI’s Ted Davis discussed when he spoke with Automotive Fleet for the publication’s annual OTD special report. The series of articles provides an in-depth look at a number of challenges and trends that influenced the supply chain throughout the year, but all paled in comparison to the truly unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which has created a ripple effect from which the industry is still working to recover.

Ted offered his perspective on how the pandemic altered the landscape of the entire supply chain and also highlighted how fleet operators may look to adjust as businesses continue to emerge from the effects of the pandemic.

He also examined how chassis shortages due to manufacturing shutdowns impacted upfitters and discussed why ongoing transportation challenges have many fleet operators moving towards turn-key delivery solutions.

To keep your business moving forward, you need strategic supply chain partners that help you stay ahead of these disruptions to ensure your new vehicles arrive, ready to service your customers, in a timely manner. And this is a particular area of focus for ARI and Auto Truck Group as we continue to leverage our unique range of automotive core competencies to help you effectively navigate potential disruptions in the supply chain.

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