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News   March 24, 2010   by Auto Service World

Aftermarket Supply Chain Kick-Off Webinar April 1

In order for the automotive aftermarket to continue to make good on its promise to the service sector, and to fend off competition, it must continue to get ever more efficient.

With this in mind, aftermarket supply chain experts and other professionals are invited to attend the kick-off Webinar for the Automotive Aftermarket Supply Chain Working Group, a collaborative initiative between the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the Supply Chain Council.

The Webinar will be held Thursday, April 1 at 11 a.m. EDT.

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The Webinar agenda will include:

* An overview of the Automotive Aftermarket Supply Chain working group. 

* An overview of the need for, and anticipated benefits of, industry benchmarking. 

* Committee responsibilities and project scope. 

* Volunteer opportunities and benefits.


“AAIA believes that constant improvement of supply chain practices is essential for the long-term health of the automotive aftermarket in the challenging environment we face today,” said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. “To effectively manage such demands and opportunities, AAIA and the Supply Chain Council have established a working group to develop supply-chain best practices, performance measures and implementation guidelines for automotive aftermarket supply chains. The Webinar is an example of the workgroup’s collaborative benefits.”

This initiative will help operations managers in the automotive aftermarket leverage the Supply Chain Operations Reference model (SCOR) to drive long-term improvements in the end-to-end supply chains of their companies. It will enhance collaboration, channel visibility and supply chain efficiency, allowing the automotive aftermarket industry to continue to deliver on its service-level promises and respond to new market opportunities.

Key deliverables of the project will include:

* A clear definition of the automotive aftermarket supply chain including typical material and information flows. 

* Common metric definitions for industry benchmarking. 

* Industry-specific best practices aligned with the SCOR framework. 

* A deeper understanding of the most effective supply-chain strategies and performance tradeoffs.

About the Supply Chain Council

The Supply Chain Council (SCC) is a global non-profit consortium whose methodology, diagnostic and benchmarking tools help nearly a thousand organizations make dramatic and rapid improvements in supply chain processes. SCC has established the supply chain world’s most widely accepted framework for evaluating and comparing supply chain activities and their performance – the Supply Chain Operational Reference (SCOR) process reference model.


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