Cars on hydraulic lifts at auto repair shopThird party logistics provider, Anji-Ceva, is implementing a transport management system supplied by JDA Software to improve services for its automotive customers in China.

Anji-Ceva provides transport and logistics services for finished vehicles, as well as inbound and aftermarket parts, to a number of carmakers and tier one suppliers in China. They include Shanghai Motor Group and its various joint ventures, along with leading Western OEMs operating there. It has now chosen a number of software packages from JDA, including JDA Transportation Manager and JDA Transportation Modeler, to increase its level of planning automation, intelligence and visibility, according to the company.

“Historically, we have relied on time-consuming manual transportation planning processes,” said a spokesperson for Anji-Ceva. “Not only do these manual processes slow our response times as conditions change, but they also limit our visibility of all our available resources in real time. This means that our truck fill rates, our number of loads and our routing plans may not be making the best possible use of all our resources. Our new JDA solutions will give us real-time visibility into our available capacity and our customer requirements — allowing us to make optimal plans that combine low costs with high customer service.”

According to Anji-Ceva it chose JDA because of “the proven constraint-management capabilities of the JDA Transportation Management portfolio”, stating that the software would enable the company to recognise customer requirements and the capacities of its own fleet and other resources.

 “By making all the facts about our business visible, in real time, JDA will enable Anji-CEVA managers to make intelligent transportation decisions that are based on cost control and asset utilisation,” said the spokesperson.

Speaking for JDA Software, Amit Bagga, regional vice president for Asia Pacific, added that balancing logistics speed and efficiency with profitability was a challenge for third party providers in today’s volatile marketplace.

“While Anji-CEVA has built a reputation as a 3PL leader in the Chinese automotive industry, today the company recognises that it needs sophisticated, intelligent solutions to make the best decisions in a fast-paced, high-pressure business environment,” noted Bagga. “As customer conditions and requirements change dynamically, we are gratified that JDA Transportation Management solutions will help Anji-CEVA make optimal decisions, swiftly and agilely.”