All CHEP articles – Page 4

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    India expects to remain a fast-moving market


    Indian sales have hit a snag, but many in the industry see growth resuming quickly, with demand for logistics also rising amid growing investment and supply chain complexity. Ramesh Kumar reports from India. Additional reporting by Malcolm Wheatley.Days in the life;Growth continues;A move towards effficiency and consolidation;What will the legal ...

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    Lean logistics on the rise in the East


    Ellen Hua looks at how China’s OEMs and logistics providers are bringing more sophisiticated services to warehouses and assembly lines.Adding value to the supply chain;Inbound logistics sourcing;Container management control;Supplier parks in the Chinese context;Building IT capabilities;China's 3PL, 4PL and 3.5PL;Global 3PLs look westward;The lean journey.Sustained high growth in China’s automotive ...

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    Packaging the future


    Return to sender;Global versus local;Raising the standard;Pooling resources.China’s growth in automotive sales has led to a related increase in volume and sales of automotive packaging. Andrew Williams looks at how local and international suppliers are responding to pressure from manufacturers to provide cost efficiency, good service and product sustainability.China’s recent ...

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    Global round up


    Ford starts Focus output in RussiaFord has started production this week of its new Focus model at the Vsevolozhsk plant near St Petersburg, Russia for distribution to its 100-strong dealership network in the country. The company has already secured 5,000 orders from Russian customers. Production started on Monday of the ...

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    Palletisation grows in India


    The use of pallets in the Indian automotive sector is patchy and influenced by a lack of infrastructure but there are signs that palletisation is about to be embraced.Low take-up of pallestisation;Need for infrastructure improvement;Stabilisation of sizes;Who will be the first to jump?;Parameters for pallet standards.Seldom in the history of ...

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    China's aftermarket is waiting for the ripple


    The aftermarket in China is lagging behind the manufacture of and demand for cars but there are encouraging signs that consolidation and specialisation of services is on the rise.An overview of China's aftermarket;Early days;The aftermarket versus the auto market;Packaging in the aftermarket;The dealership challenge;Warranty and cost;How excited should companies get?.By ...

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    A rise ahead for European packaging


    Large increases in new global vehicle programmes are expected to drive up demand for packaging across much of Europe, but manufacturers still want to see more recyclable and returnable packaging, particularly on an intercontinental basis.Demand, volume and sales forecastChallenges for the packaging industryThe standard argumentReturn to senderPlunging into container pooling?Although ...

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    Executives on the move


    Michael Noone has left APL and takes up a new position this week as chief operations officer at NYK Logistics (Americas). Noone held a number of senior positions at APL’s Logistics and Liner businesses, most recently as vice president and managing director, Eastern Region.He brings with him more than 25 ...

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    Global news in brief


    NYK adds Guangzhou to China offeringNYK has increased its dedicated car terminal activity in China by taking a 12.5% stake with three Chinese shareholders in Guangzhou port operator Nansha Automotive Terminal (NAT). The move means NYK will now be supporting automotive shipments in China’s four major ports, having already established ...

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    Ford of Europe’s brave new world


    The sales climate might be decidedly mixed in Europe, but Ford is pushing through with big changes and improvements in its logistics networks, from substantially more intermodal transport to time-critical vehicle logistics. Christopher Ludwig catches up with Ford’s Matthias SchulzA marriage of sacred vowsIncreasing rail and short seaPassion projectsUnderstanding the ...

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    The business case for container pooling


    There is an old Chinese proverb which states “To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous”. And how uncomfortable times have been for many players in the automotive industry over the past few years with fluctuating production demands, increasingly global supply chains, and ...

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    NYK opens second ODC for Ford


    NYK Logistics has extended its service for Ford in Eastern Europe with the opening of an ‘origin consolidation centre’ (ODC) in Budapest, Hungary. “The function of the ODC is in essence a cross-dock, providing consolidation and reporting services for Ford MP&L in close proximity to its production parts supplier base ...

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    An emerging case for change


    Supply chains in emerging markets present unique challenges for packaging. Companies are now beginning to adopt the best of the established techniques, and are developing some interesting new approaches of their ownTata introduces pooled packagingWestern packaging providers move into ChinaStandards are a major concernWhat to do when suppliers aren't where ...

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    Executives on the move


    Harry Doms is joining electric vehicle maker Tesla as EMEA regional logistics manager at the beginning of October and will be responsible for establishing the distribution network for finished vehicles to and throughout Europe. He will be responsible for negotiating and establishing agreements for outbound freight costs with LSPs throughout ...

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    Global news in brief


    Renault opens new spare parts logistics centreRenault has opened its new spare parts and accessories centre in Oarja, Romania, around 30km from the Dacia plant in Mioveni. The 65,000m2 warehouse holds Renault’s largest spare parts and accessories distribution centre outside France, with capacity for more than 70,000 part lines. The ...

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    Chinese OEMs trying out greener packaging


    By Namrita ChowChina’s tier suppliers and OEMs are looking for greener logistics service providers, although like their counterparts in other parts of the world, their objectives appear often to be more economic than ecologic. It is this thinking that is leading some Chinese OEMs to consider a switch to ...

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    Is sharing a box worth it?


    Container pooling tackles some important hidden costs in the inbound supply chain. But are the opportunities offered by the approach being ignored as OEMs and suppliers struggle with larger problems?Pool playersA pool, not a puddleImpact of the crisisCurrent challenges but future opportunityTracking the boxesPackaging in the inbound automotive supply chain ...

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    Executives on the move


    Mahindra Logistics has appointed Pirojshaw (Phil) Sarkari (pictured) as its new CEO following the departure of Sanjay Sinha, who has left the Mahindra Group to pursue “other interests”. Sarkari has over 18 years of experience in the logistics and airline businesses and his last assignment was as managing director and ...

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    Frustrated carmakers to meet wary suppliers


    Carmakers trying to raise the efficiency of their logistics networks are facing service providers that might not be able to rise to the challenge. And while OEMs make renewed calls for more open discussion with their providers, the reality is that they will need more than words when they meet ...