Chrysler’s mandate that all vehicle deliveries to its dealers in the US must be administered electronically is now in effect, with a number of leading transport companies in compliance, equal to around 1,600 trucks. The companies are using the electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) mobile app, called vinDeliver, provided by Car Delivery Network (CDN).
The carriers involved are Hansen & Atkins Auto Transport, Jack Key Auto Transport, Kee West Auto Carriers, Motor Car Auto Carriers, Sierra Mountain Express and Supreme Auto Transport.
Using vinDeliver, there are now capable of delivering more than 3m VINs per annum via ePOD according to CDN. Information captured by ePOD includes the vehicle’s VIN identifier, the carrier in question, the dealer accepting delivery, a scanned image of the dealer signature, any notification of damage, and photographs of any damage.
The carriers can now pass damage data directly and in real time to Chrysler via a damage claims management system (called VTC) provided by vehicle damage and claims company Fenkell Automotive Systems. The electronic method will also allow Chrysler to view damage codes drawn up by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), as well as photographic evidence of damage stored within the group’s Damage Claims Management system.
Speaking to Automotive Logistics earlier this year, Erika Mercado-Gratton, damage prevention and claims manager at Chrysler, said that ePOD offered efficiency gains for both the carrier and automobile manufacturer as well as increasing dealer satisfaction and improved data flow. “[T]his is what is driving the ePOD initiative that is embracing our entire contracted carrier base,” she said.
The technology can be connected to dispatch systems triggering the payment process at the completion of delivery transactions. Dealers have access to delivery receipts through instant emailed carrier copies or through their dealer portals.
Read more about Chrysler’s decision to mandate the use of ePOD for deliveries here