The CEFM project covers the entire air cargo supply chain, from oversea suppliers in China to the shippers' distribution centers in Columbus, Ohio. Design and development of CEFM were completed during 2006 and early 2007, and the deployment test was conducted from May 29, 2007 to December 4, 2007. The evaluation included an analysis of the consignment supply chain data that was received and exchanged by CEFM and stored for each partner.
The evaluation report includes descriptions of CEFM and defines quantitative and qualitative benefits in the following four study areas:
1. CEFM System usefulness
2. The ability of CEFM to improve cargo visibility
3. The ability CEFM to improve supply chain and logistics performance
4. Assessment of deployment scalability
The evaluation involved analyzing test data collected during the deployment test, as well as perceptions from the various supply chain partners.
Although the shipper and its partners tried to measure data quality and performance of the supply chain, none of the partners could provide any quantitative information for improvements in data quality. The Evaluation Team accrued the qualitative benefits from the data quality improvement by CEFM as follows.
- Reduction in data entry error: Improvements in data quality could save indirect costs as well as reduce administrative costs involved in correcting errors, and reducing overall setups, idle time, and costs of expediting.
- Labor savings from fewer warehouse data errors: Improved data accuracy at container freight stations means a reduced number of trips to the office for verification.