Automotive Inbound Logistics

Processes in automobile production are highly optimized down to the smallest detail. Logistics, in particular inbound logistics, has to be synchronized into these processes to enable a smooth production.

To bring automotive inbound logistics and plant logistics into sync, an intelligent system is required that can handle just-in-time planning as well as supply uncertainties inherent in the logistics sector.


In order to plan their daily truck runs, many companies have established time slot booking platforms and supply control systems. Nevertheless, setting up intelligent processes, considering and synchronizing advanced planning and real-time control, accelerate truck throughput whilst waiting times and demurrage charges are reduced.

In this regard, INFORM offers a complete solution from time slot booking up to ramp management, which works with intelligent processes both on a planning and control level. All German OEM's, and many automotive suppliers, already benefit from such an optimized inbound logistics.

INFORM's intelligent optimizing solution for automotive inbound logistics supports the complete process of inbound and outbound materials, from planning and optimization right through to real-time control on the day when goods are received. It can be flexibly adapted to the respective production and logistics concept applied by the automobile manufacturer or supplier.

As such, this guarantees smooth-running production, avoiding congestion outside and inside the plant and increasing transparency across the entire automotive inbound logistics chain.


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Solution SyncroSupply Features

Starting from the booking of time slots up to the management of empty returns, INFORM's solution covers the whole inbound supply chain.


  • Web portal for suppliers and carriers

    Suppliers and/or carriers can register their deliveries using a web portal.

  • Optimized slot planning

    The system supports decisions about time slots by taking into account all important constraints: waiting times, resource utilization, priorization etc.

  • Real-time control with intelligent optimization

    Dynamic reaction to deviations of the plan are considered in real-time; for example: Trucks arriving too early or late, material bottlenecks, shortages in resources, etc.

  • Variable check-in processes

    Similar to airport check-ins. The system offers the possibility for mobile, self, and manual check-ins.

  • Comprehensive performance assessments

    Online-KPI's, comprehensive reporting and historical information at the touch of a button.


Online-KPI's, comprehensive reporting and historical information at the touch of a button.

  • Synchronization of delivery to production

  • Transparency in the supply chain

  • Prevention of congestion inside and outside the plant

  • Reduced waiting and turnaround times

  • Minimization of demurrage charges

  • Smooth utilization of resources

  • Simplified communication with suppliers and carriers

  • Conclusive KPIs and statistics

Topics of interest

Study truck supply control Optimization potential in industrial enterprises

To discover the optimization potential of truck inflow control in industry, the Institute for Operations Research and Management (INFORM) carried out a study in which 50 industrial enterprises from different sectors were surveyed regarding the technical and organizational situation in this field.

The resulting study report includes a compact summary of the results followed by detailed information on all questions asked and answers given. The third section describes the work of an intelligent truck supply control and presents criteria to support an investment decision. A concrete business case is shown in the fifth part, including the optimization potential that could be achieved by a truck supply control. The final part covers the methodology used for the survey.

To request the study report please click here.


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