Once upon a time a big company built the component of its final products in South America and assembled them in a country in North Europe. A lot of sea container were shipped from the ports in South America and some urgent spare parts were iso-container coded and they were taking off from the nearest airport.
All information was collected and sent to a central system and then forwarded to the different production poles. But in the central system some information was discarded, and the data distribution needed a real time of three days.
A short real time it is not so important while a vessel is through in the waves, but where operations are faster than data communications, it is.
So, it seemed that many components were missing: scary!
A lot of Antonov departed from South America to North Europe, but the components were no more than three miles far away from the factory.
To fix this problem the freight forwarder set up a complete tracking system in which sea freight, air freight and overland transportation were registered in a single online-real time system. From this system the data flow reached the central system of the company to fill the batch material requirements and production planning and online information were provided by a web based internet application.
Non more Antonov flew from South America to North Europe.