Navistar taps OEConnection for parts supply network tech solutions

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OEConnection, a provider of online parts and service exchange in the automotive industry, announced its agreement with Navistar Inc. to provide its parts supply chain and intelligence tools. OEConnection says Navistar is the first nonautomotive manufacturer to select it to provide software solutions to its organization, joining 14 automotive manufacturers and more than 15,000 dealerships throughout North America that already are utilizing OEConnection’s Web-based tools.

“We’re incredibly pleased that Navistar has chosen OEConnection to help achieve their goals of improved parts efficiencies,” says Charles Rotuno, president and chief executive officer of OEConnection, based in Richfield, Ohio. “In these tough economic times, organizations are looking to improve operations. OEConnection is uniquely positioned to provide Navistar with solutions for improved in-channel parts procurement, analysis and performance.”

Navistar says it will implement OEConnection’s solutions for 280 International dealerships across 800 locations in the United States and Canada; upon implementation, International Truck dealerships will have access to OEConnection’s online parts sourcing and idle inventory reduction tools to create a parts supply network and shorten part cycle times. By enabling the dealership channel’s parts inventories to be utilized in fulfilling backorders and other part types, OEConnection says its solutions will help ensure International vehicles are repaired and on the road faster; these tools also will enable Navistar initiatives that limit in-channel idle inventory and provide boosted fill rates even as capital investment in PDC parts inventories are constrained.

“Navistar is focused on developing an integrated dealer parts network that will provide efficiencies for our channel’s ability to improve their parts procurement process,” says Rommel Miranda, vice president of parts sales and marketing for Navistar, based in Warrenville, Ill. “Specifically, reducing the amount of time it takes us to fulfill backordered part requests will result in increased vehicle uptime for our customers. Doing so will allow us to increase overall productivity, and OEConnection comprehensive tools will help us with this endeavor.”

James Rose Jr., OEConnection vice president of emerging markets and OEM initiatives, echoes this connection. “The automotive industry is not alone in its quest to develop advanced supply networks by leveraging in-channel OE parts inventories,” Rose says. “These same challenges of getting the right parts to the right place exist in industries such as heavy-duty truck and heavy equipment, where vehicle uptime is directly related to productivity. OEConnection’s expertise in providing technology solutions makes us a perfect fit to help Navistar with their parts fulfillment needs.”