BMW Brilliance Streamlines Logistics with RSSBus OFTP Connector to key Supplier, CMT

BMW is one of the most iconic car brands in the world and led international luxury car sales for a decade, from 2007 - 2016. In 2017 alone, BMW sold more than 305,000 vehicles for revenue of more than $113 billion. That includes more than $14 billion in revenue from cars sold in China through the BMW Brilliance alliance.

Founded in May 2003, BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. is a joint venture between the BMW Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. Business operations include production, R&D, sales, after-sales services and purchasing of BMW automobiles in China. BMW Brilliance has a state-of-the-art production base in Shenyang, Liaoning Province — the industrial heartland of China — and has been the top taxpayer in Shenyang for 11 straight years. BMW Brilliance has a branch company in Beijing and an extensive national sales and service network.

China Bed Logistics International Group Co., Ltd. (CMT), is a key supply partner for BMW Brilliance and provides an efficient, end-to-end supply chain solution. With a deep presence in Northeast China, CMT has long been a top provider of import and export trade, land transport, warehousing and distribution.

The Challenge: Automating Business Processes with OFTP

When BMW Brilliance sought to automate business processes to improve their supply chain, capture efficiencies and drive cost savings, they looked to bring more suppliers, including CMT, into their EDI messaging processes.

To meet the requirements of one of the most important customers, CMT set out to integrate OFTP connectivity with the BMW Brilliance logistics system. This would ultimately help CMT standardize daily work, meet management goals, and improve overall supply efficiency. The solution should instantly feed logistics information back to BMW's system, while providing an easy-to-use interface design that makes deployment and configuration easy.

The Solution: a Robust, Seamless OFTP Integration

CMT opted to leverage RSSBus Connect for OFTP capabilities. RSSBus provides a high performance, reliable, fully scalable product that simplifies the process of producing, consuming, and integrating data. RSSBus is a simple and effective middleware that helps users to efficiently transfer information without adding complexity and quickly integrate solutions.

RSSBus Connect, officially certified by Odette, fully supports SSL, encryption, signature and compression. It securely handles all data transmissions, enabling automated integration between CMT and BMW Brilliance.

The integration works as follows:

  1. Document EDI data received (waybill information) is parsed, stored in an intermediate database, and displayed through the CMT system management interface.

  2. CMT can then automatically begin logistics delivery based on the waybill information. The logistics information management interface is added to the OFTP connector, the logistics status information can be changed through the interface, the corresponding data is added to the intermediate database and an EDI file is generated and sent to BMW.

  3. The EDI message standard required by BMW Brilliance is the VDA standard. The EDI document issued by BMW Brilliance to CMT is: pre_DN: the waybill that BMW sends to CMT.

  4. The EDI documents received by BMW Brilliance are: Transport Milestones: CMT instantly feeds back logistics information to BMW.

The Results: Efficiency in the Supply Chain

The direct connection of EDI to BMW Brilliance via RSSBus OFTP saves time and money for both CMT and BMW Brilliance. The integration improves supply chain efficiency and reduces inaccuracies from human error in the process.

"In the process of use, the system runs stably, the transmission is efficient, the configuration is simple, and the technical support is in place."

— Lian Xiaoliang Zhongbei International Logistics Group Co., Ltd. IT Department

The seamless integration of RSSBus with the CMT ERP system provides the perfect solution for safety, efficiency, reliability and low cost.

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