Latvian finished vehicle services provider, Fracht SIA, rolled out its Automotive Logistics Control System (ALCS) in 2014 to aid in the distribution of cars for VW Group brands, as well as GM and a number of commercial vehicle companies.

Fracht has invested €3m ($3.6m) in the transport management software tool so far and it now handles everything from purchasing, transport scheduling and supply chain management to route data services, quality control, KPI performance and financial accounting.

Since it was introduced, more than 180,000 new and second-hand vehicles have been moved by Fracht and its Lithuanian subsidiary Fracht UAB using the software (with the split being 65% new and 35% used).

About 265 transport companies are using ALCS on a regular basis although our network in total includes 1,289 transport companies and more than 5,000 auto transporters.

The ALCS system is a kind of mix between ERP II and a professional social network, where users can share their data with specific partners. There is a combination of features from classic ERP II, with its strong business rules, complex data entry forms and restricted access to data and, on other hand, experience of modern web applications and social networks where users are able to share information with their partners in a simple and usable way.

The system incorporates the best forms of practice over the last 10 years in automotive logistics. This means the software reflects the vendor’s interpretation of the most effective way of performing each business process. It allows companies to reduce time–consuming project tasks such as documentation, data entry, testing, training, managment, etc.

Fracht’s Automotive Logistics Control System promises to connect the entire outbound vehicle delivery process on one standard platform and bring efficiency gains for everyone involved by sharing critical decision-making information. What it needs to reach its full potential is OEM participation.