Opinion

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    Changes and challenges

    2018-03-30T10:55:00Z

    We are living in an era of great change, which is both exciting and a little bit unnerving. On the technological front, developments such as the emergence of autonomous and electric vehicles could support cleaner and more efficient transportation of both people and goods. In parallel, cultural shifts such as increased ride sharing may have implications for automotive sales and, of course, design, production and logistics. That’s the exciting stuff. The unnerving part is…

  • Mohit Paul_BluJay crop
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    Think macro, not micro

    2018-02-16T17:19:48Z

    Modern consumer habits are constantly changing. As technology evolves and demand increases, supply chain managers face new challenges, as they attempt to compete on a global level. In the automotive industry, in particular, where production is highly time-sensitive, operations must be streamlined to drive productivity and meet demand. Traditional supply ...

  • Fouad, Nancy 5x7 _opt
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    Avoiding supply chain disruptions with effective legal planning

    2017-12-22T12:00:08Z

    Even the greatest logisticians at the world’s most prestigious automotive companies can’t predict the future. Economic downturns occur, suppliers falter and disputes occur that endanger just-in-time manufacturing. While these disruptions in the supply chain are inevitable, they do not have to be catastrophic. Although the strategies shown here are written ...

  • Klaus Schmitz_Print_opt
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    China leads the car-sharing market, despite the challenges

    2017-12-20T12:22:44Z

    The Chinese government is using car-sharing – short-term car rental, usually charged by the hour – to stimulate the new energy vehicle (NEV) market and increase individual mobility efficiency. In June 2017, the central government released draft guidance for the car-sharing industry, outlining some supporting policies. The guidance specified certain ...

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    Facing digitalisation-driven disruption

    2017-12-20T10:37:14Z

    Historically, traditional logistics players such as DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, UPS and Nippon Express have operated in a stable world, where efficiency, standardisation and low cost have been the keys to success. Digitalisation, however, has begun to change this focus, transforming the market. New, digital-native entrants are better ...

  • Llamasoft Tin Leung and Kostas Kanakopoulos
    Article

    The secret to fine-tuning your supply chain

    2017-12-12T11:03:56Z

    ‘Disruption’ is a word we’re beginning to see a lot more of on global, political and industrial fronts and these all impact on the supply chain. In order to thrive, today’s automotive supply chains must be built on resilience and flexibility, as events tomorrow could have a direct impact on ...

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    How autonomous vehicles will impact on the supply chain

    2017-11-02T12:34:21Z

    There’s a huge buzz in Silicon Valley about electric engines, ride-hailing and driverless cars, with Uber, Tesla and Waymo all making waves. Morgan Stanley sees a major transformation taking place and recently predicted that Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous driving unit, could be valued at $70 billion by 2030. The big car ...

  • louis in colour
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    Getting better with age

    2017-11-01T10:18:53Z

    It has been an incredible journey over these last 20 years working on Automotive Logistics, expanding both our publications and our conferences around the world. Louis Yiakoumi may have lost a few hairs since starting Automotive Logistics, but the industry has gained influence and reputation I can still remember ...

  • Christopher Ludwig
    Article

    Still breaking down barriers in automotive supply chains...

    2017-10-24T16:50:01Z

    Automotive Logistics does not usually talk about itself. Our mission is to cover global automotive logistics, a $100 billion-plus industry whose centre is not a small media company in London. However, in reflecting on 20 years of automotive logistics ‘the industry’ in this issue, I can note a few ...

  • Sunny-Lu
    Article

    Building trust with blockchain

    2017-09-19T19:16:44Z

    Car clocking is a trend that is on the rise, with HPI Check reporting that in 2016, one in 16 cars were affected, an increase of 20% from 2014. While EU legislation slated for 2018 will make the practice illegal in that jurisdiction, laws are unlikely to solve the problem. ...