Physical store retailers and online companies aren’t the ones that have a use for same-day delivery. Airplane manufacturers need fast shipping for their parts too. Ask Boeing how it is planning to cut their costs and it will tell you that a quicker supply of parts and lower inventory is in the making.
Reuters recently reported that Boeing’s production of its’ new 777X jetliner is paving the way for better and more efficient manufacturing techniques for all of its’ planes. Once innovative ways are found to produce one plane, it makes sense to evaluate processes for other products, as the competition increases in the aerospace industry. Airbus is running against Boeing and costs will be a big factor in the years to come. Therefore, Boeing after savings and as big as their production operation is, there must be some aspects in which it can cut costs, including assembly lines.
“I think the 777X will be our first opportunity to show the ideas that we have to date,” said Walter Odisho, Boeing’s vice president of manufacturing and safety. The 777X is scheduled to enter into service in 2020, and it is the world’s largest twin-engined jet. One reason Boeing hired Odisho was because of his previous experience in production for automaker Toyota. With his expertise in car production, Boeing sees Odisho as a good fit for its’ efficiency initiatives.
The article mentions how in the automaker industry, standardized production approaches are common, but not so in the aerospace industry. “If you look at aerospace with market demand rising, we need to start thinking differently and move efficiencies from the auto industry into this arena,” Odisho stated. He is going to push more of automaker processes deeper into manufacturer plants.
Odisho also talks about the flow of parts in the report, which falls in line with fast delivery for parts, just as within the auto industry. “If we can develop a system where we have direct deliveries to our lines and in an orientation which our operators will use to simply secure instead of handling parts, we have tremendous opportunities,” he said in regards to the flow of parts within their plant . Same-day delivery of parts is what a number of companies have made an integral aspect of their inventory management, especially when it comes to replenishment.
In the article, the question was asked, “Could the buffer of several days for holding parts in aircraft plants ever hit auto-industry levels of as low as two hours?” Odisho’s response was, “Ultimately I think we will see that day”. Indeed, a shorter time frame to receive parts has all-around benefits for a giant manufacturer like Boeing. A same-day courier like AQuickDelivery can partner with Boeing to create a parts distribution program that can greatly reduce inventory and have parts replenished in no time. The Atlanta Courier has performed same-day part replenishment deliveries for several companies, which has optimized their entire operation.