15 Mar Ducati chooses TESISQUARE® for the end-to-end digitalisation of its Supply Chain
- The Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer is investing in building collaboration with its suppliers and optimising logistics processes using the TESISQUARE® platform..
- The partnership between the Bologna holding company and Tesisquare, based in Bra, Piedmont, will ensure the optimisation of all of Ducati’s logistics processes as well as providing traceability for the motorcycles.
Ducati Motor Holding, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer based in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, and TESISQUARE®, the leading Italian company in the creation of digital supply chain solutions, have launched an innovative long-term project designed to deliver end-to-end visibility of the supply chain through the implementation of the TESISQUARE Platform.
The partnership is part of Ducati’s digital innovation programme to make its procurement and logistics processes more efficient and innovative, working from the principle that technology and digitalisation can improve the transport ecosystem. In the initial phase of the project, Ducati and TESISQUARE® implemented the Delivery Schedule and Inbound Management modules for publishing delivery plans with direct suppliers, currently numbering around 300, and managing shipment advice notes. The subsequent phase involved the launch of a pilot based on RFID and IoT technologies to monitor the 2,500 vehicles in the company’s fleet and track motorcycles in real time. This offers enormous benefits for control process automation on operations, from planning of deliveries and despatches to management of anomalies and delays through pro-active alerts.
In an industry under increasing pressure, it is important to have innovative smart tools available to help production planners, buyers and suppliers achieve their objectives, ensuring the efficient and effective supply of production lines.
“We wanted to identify solutions and technologies to accelerate the digital transformation journey of Ducati Logistics,” explained Filippo Roncoroni, Logistics Director of Ducati Motor Holding. “The journey we have embarked on with TESISQUARE® has given us more control of the supply chain by incorporating all of the data required for managing procurement and general operational logistics in a single portal. We track our components from the supplier until they arrive and are loaded at our warehouse. The latest developments have been more client-facing, tracking our finished product warehouse and outbound shipments. We should also mention the support of TESISQUARE® in managing foreign trade issues which are increasingly complex in the current international situation.”
In 2021 Ducati worked on optimising the collaboration process with all the suppliers in the supply chain (around 700), with the roll-out of structured and automated workflows for requesting and sharing of goods certificates of origin. This allowed document checking procedures to be streamlined, ensuring proactive management of deadlines and a reduction in reminders to suppliers. In addition, new modules from the TESISQUARE® platform have been implemented for the supplier approval process, as well as document collection and bid management processes through internal approval workflows and automatic alerts, helping to improve data accuracy and supply quality. Ducati then activated the Tracking and Costing modules of the TESI TMS software suite for spare parts management, and integrated the Platform with the global internal dealer portal and with the leading express couriers to give end clients visibility on the status of their orders. By activating the Booking module, Ducati can streamline procedures and speed up loading and unloading times at all of its warehouses.
“We are delighted to be able to support Ducati in their digital innovation journey, providing tools to improve their relationship with the external ecosystem (suppliers, hauliers, clients) and internal departments through a Control Tower that delivers efficiency and quality thanks to visibility, sharing and data analysis,” said Massimo Crivello, Chief Business Office of TESISQUARE®.
In its 2023 roadmap, Ducati plans to extend the use of the Tracking and Costing modules to the despatch of finished products with the aim of expanding visibility and improving transport cost control; the company will also implement functionalities for inbound tracking management and the publication of plans and closed orders, which will involve the onboarding of indirect suppliers and Ducati Corse on to the Platform. Lastly, it intends to activate the Control Tower to create KPIs and monitor haulier service levels and logistics costs.
TESISQUARE’s commitment to Ducati includes its membership, since 2019, of the Official Ducati Supplier (ODS) club, a dedicated scheme for a select group of companies that supply value-added products and services to contribute to the development of the company’s motorcycles through technology, quality and dedication.