From Automotive Logistics Magazine – 2005.
Toyota’s first public acknowledgement of development of routing tool and its benefits. According to Uminger – “Toyota will use SMAP for strategic planning master network design, new plant selection and cyclical re-routing. Toyota will reset its routes on a monthly basis. The tool will also help Toyota to shorten its forecast time. Whereas the previous cycle was six weeks, four to do the planning and communication and two to get logistics providers ready, the timescale will be cut to four weeks – two weeks to plan and two weeks notice for service providers. That will allow us to get 60 day volume forecasts down to 30 days”.