Automotive Logistics That Focus on Accuracy and On-Time Delivery
The automotive industry is one of the United States’ most “Americana” of industries. Some of the most well-known American companies operate in this industry, and by employing tens of thousands of skilled workers, automotive is one of the most powerful engines driving our economy.
But the success of this industry depends on support from other industries, such as logistics, to keep its powerhouse operating smoothly. Hollingsworth, a third-party logistics organization headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, has been a longtime facilitator of distribution and other key services for the automotive industry.
Hollingsworth’s Supply Chain Solutions for the Automotive Industry
When our company got started in 1925, we were one of the first expeditors of automotive parts in the world. Over the past nearly 100 years that we’ve been in operation, we have developed systems, technology, and supply chain infrastructure to drive the automotive industry forward. From warehousing and kitting, to parts procurement and reverse logistics, Hollingsworth is a best-in-class logistics partner for automotive manufacturing and distribution communities, in addition to other industries.
Whether it’s parts waiting for the assembly line, or partially constructed vehicular elements, automotive companies often require a partner offering warehousing solutions. Hollingsworth’s warehousing services are particularly suited to supporting the needs of automotive companies, with RFID tracking technology in every part and piece, enhanced by state-of-the-art SAP technology and highly optimized inventory management systems.
As one of the world’s first expeditors of automotive parts, Hollingsworth has been distributing automotive parts for nearly 100 years. Our customers rely on our experience to ensure specialized distribution services. The use of up-to-the-minute RFID tracking technology allows us to follow each and every part through the supply chain, ensuring accuracy and on-time delivery of every part or component.
From high-value engines, to protected sheets of auto glass and even wiper blades, the item’s packaging could mean the difference as it gets transported from overseas manufacturers, through distribution center supply chains, and to auto shops and retail stores. Hollingsworth’s packaging services provide the necessary level of protection and safety precautions to prevent damage to valuable automotive asset inventory, while meeting our customers’ unique needs and standards for branded and/or identification-based product packaging.
For automotive businesses that operate on tight inventory levels, timeliness and delays could mean the difference between winning/retaining and losing high-value customers or contracts. Our just-in-time delivery services support rapid distribution timelines as well as quick shipping for last-minute or rush orders.
Kitting is a vital stage in the supply chain for automotive parts. From automotive assembly to parts sequencing and grouping, Hollingsworth’s kitting services have been proven best-in-class for accuracy over many decades of supporting the automotive industry. The application of RFID technology fine-tunes our part tracking capabilities, ensuring that no product group or kit leaves a supply chain stage with missing or incorrect parts. We offer the option of robotic, manual, or a combination of the two for our pick-and-pack services, refining our operations standards to meet or exceed those of our customers.
Complex industries such as automotive often need the next level of attention to detail and awareness of industry-specific challenges to overcome. Hollingsworth offers any level of program management service to facilitate the specialization of stages along the supply chain to address each challenge, ensure accurate and smooth processing, and maintain the ongoing operational standard that our customer requires.
With our long history as a leading expeditor of automotive parts, Hollingsworth has an extensive network of vendors and procurement partners. This competitive edge allows us to offer our customers more options, specifications, and comparisons to drive their business forward while managing costs. We’re happy to engage at any level of facilitation to help our customers find the ideal vendor, acting as your top-tier procurement partner.
Hollingsworth supports the automotive industry by providing highly detailed, accurate and cost-effective fastener management services. We have a vast network of suppliers that issue both standard and special fasteners (we can also even often acquire discontinued components when necessary), as well as both simple and complex components. Our picking, sequencing, metering and assembly processes are equipped to handle hundreds of line items or SKU’s, and high and low volume parts management. We can accommodate expedited or emergency orders, and deliver accuracy as well as quality with our fastener management services for the automotive industry.
Damaged, defective, and incomplete products or part groupings are an unfortunate but inevitable part of doing business in this industry. Returns are an aspect that you can’t avoid in the automotive supply chain, as you must restock perfectly good parts to retain their asset value, handle them for repairs, or recycle them for disposal. Hollingsworth offers highly effective reverse logistics services to help our automotive customers optimize their returned assets, minimize waste, and manage costs.
Shipment delays are a costly and operationally challenging issue for most industries, and with more complex and parts-centric industries such as automotive, the delay of a single truck could cause multiple (and expensive) problems further down the supply chain. Hollingsworth has partnered with the leading shipping providers to maintain optimal customer service, with dozens of distribution centers throughout the U.S. to ensure delivery within two to three days (nationally). We can also accommodate expedited or last-minute order shipments as our customers need.