Lufthansa Deploys E2open for Extended Logistics Visibility
E2open, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for collaborative planning and execution across global trading networks, has announced that Lufthansa Technik is leveraging the E2open Business Network.
The cloud-based platform gives Lufthansa Technik the distinct competitive advantage of better ensuring continuity of supply and reducing delayed deliveries by getting immediate notification of problems and exceptions.
Thomas Wilms, who is Manager of Solutions for Business Logistics and IT at Lufthansa Technik, said:
“We required a cost-effective solution that was designed to provide us with timely and accurate information across our extended supply chain. The E2open platform provides a streamlined approach to our logistics network with the flexibility and responsiveness that we require for moving time-sensitive spare parts.
!With E2open, we can now determine the first available opening on a cargo plane and get the commit back from the carrier on the order and booking process with Lufthansa Cargo in seconds, as opposed to the manual booking process used before.”
Lufthansa Technik is one of the world's leading providers of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for aircraft, engines and components. At Lufthansa Technik, E2open is managing the electronic communication between the Oracle Transportation Management system and relevant logistics service providers.
E2open offers the E2open Logistics Network (ELN), an integrated connectivity solution for Transportation Management Systems which simplifies the effort of establishing electronic integration between shippers, transportation carriers and logistics service providers.
Through the ELN, Lufthansa Technik connects a range of German road transportation services with the partner airline cargo services of leading carriers.
“At Lufthansa Technik, we can rapidly connect to new service providers now and in the future with a wide range of message types and formats that the E2open Business Network can accommodate via their reusable maps and canonicals.” added Wilms.
Mark Woodward, President and CEO at E2open said: “In today's challenging aviation and MRO market, Lufthansa Technik is truly an innovator.
“With E2open’s cloud-based platform, Lufthansa Technik can easily, rapidly and cost-effectively respond, and act upon, time-sensitive requests intelligently, through the provision of complete visibility into their 3PLs and extended airline partner cargo networks.”
E2open (NASDAQ: EOPN) is the leading provider of cloud-based, on-demand software solutions enabling enterprises to procure, manufacture, sell, and distribute products more efficiently through collaborative planning and execution across global trading networks. E2open customers include Avnet, Celestica, Cisco, HP, IBM, Lenovo, L'Oréal, LSI, Motorola Solutions, Seagate, and Vodafone. For more information, visit www.e2open.com
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany