eSPEC stands for Supplier
Proprietary Electronic Communication. The goal of eSPEC is to electronically
transmit Requests For Quote (RFQs), Requests For Cost (RFCs), and Spec Change
Notification (SPC) documents along with electronic CAD drawings and data via
the Internet and ANX (Automotive Network eXchange) network.
The eSPEC online system (a
secure web application) integrates with existing International systems and
takes advantage of Internet and ANX distribution and messaging technology. This
will allow International to further implement it's core values of speed,
simplicity, and agility while providing International and the supply chain with
a powerful tool for communication.
Who Should Participate
recommends that all Corporate Suppliers establish an eSPEC connection.
International is committed to improving communication within the supply chain,
and replacing current information sharing methods with modern technologies.
Suppliers with one or multiple locations (domestic or international) are able to
access the eSPEC system, in most cases, through their local ISP.
Each supplier should review the International Supplier Network web site
End user access should be determined by business need and functional area
realize gains through better communications with International Truck and the
Supply-chain, each Supplier must envision how the use of Electronic Commerce
technologies improves an organizations knowledge base.
A supplier will be better informed with
access to information, day or night, which normally would require assistance from an
Suppliers will automatically obtain
electronic CAD data, which allows suppliers to view, and manipulate part data in a more
dynamic and efficient manner than traditional paper drawings.
Electronic transmission of documents can be
accomplished over a matter of hours, from creation at International to receipt by the
supplier, instead of a matter of days.
Accessing eSPEC on a regular basis will
improve suppliers working relationship with International.
Actual benefits will vary from supplier to
supplier. All participants will realize improved communications and stronger relationships
among all business partners, not just International Truck.