Having explored the future of the car dealers, we now need to turn to the future of the automotive manufacturer. What will they look like? How will they function?
If what I have proposed about the automotive industry actually happens, where dealers become more of a distribution center, this will change much of the manufacturing processes. Automotive manufacturers will need to become more just-in-time oriented.
If a user goes online, builds a vehicle like they want, gets financing for their purchase and submits the information, manufacturers will have to develop a process to get than information, build out the vehicle, and begin to move it through the assembly line. Then they will have to ensure it’s on the right train (or boat or truck) to the right dealer where the customer can pick up the vehicle and drive off the lot.
They will have to develop time of delivery projections. They will have to develop pricing and cost matrices. And in some cases, manufacturers will have to develop the technology to create a just-in-time system.
Some manufacturers can customize a vehicle for a customer and know that it will be built and delivered. Some manufacturers do not allow that. Those that do not will have to develop just-in-time processes to accommodate this, and that investment could be costly.