Ford Motor Company is set to use hosted supply chain software in order to improve how it tracks cars moving from their manufacturing plants to UK dealers.

The car maker will use the event management logistics software from supplier Sovereign Business Integration to help control its outbound flow of cars from manufacturing plants, as well as to monitor all overseas ports from which cars are shipped to this country.

Profitability will be increased by reducing the amount of time cars are held within the company’s distribution network, it said. RFID, barcode and data entry systems will be used to keep track of all vehicles being transported to dealers, and Ford will be able to alter car movement as a result.

Tracking vehicles in the middle part of the distribution chain, between manufacturing and shipping ports, has been notoriously difficult for car manufacturers, the supplier said.

Ford is also using RFID tags to keep track of tools at its manufacturing plants.

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