Technology service providers

Profiles of the Technology service provider in the logistics space

Technology service providers

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Toyota uses Fujitsu quantum computing to solve complex parts distribution

2020-09-14T14:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota Systems has been working with Fujitsu on a quantum computing tool to organise the complex distribution of automotive parts in Japan. The companies have carried out a joint trial using Fujitsu’s Digital Annealer, a digital technology capable of performing parallel, real-time optimisation calculations at a speed and scale not covered by traditional computing, to solve a delivery problem with 3m potential routes for parts deliveries

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Watch: Q&A on North American vehicle ports – Livestream Hour

2020-07-28T21:50:00+01:00By Neemish Ladwa

Experts including Chris Connor from the American Association of Port Authorities and IT specialist Inform answer questions on North American port vehicle-handling operations, investments, digitalisation and insight on managing through the coronavirus crisis. 

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Inform’s Justin Newell discusses software to optimise port operations

2020-07-16T10:55:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

Ports are immense operations both in terms of size and complexity, and this is where digital technology can make a big impact: optimising processes, reducing paperwork, organising the workforce and improving efficiency. Justin Newell, chief operating officer at Inform Software, speaks to editor Joanne Perry about the company’s recent work ...

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 12 – North American vehicle ports

2020-07-15T16:33:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This week’s show will feature insights into how leading automotive ports have adapted rapidly to manage the crisis, how they are using digital technologies and investing in smart infrastructure to better support the automotive supply chain.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 8 – Ford’s insourcing of logistics through technology

2020-06-10T18:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Join this special digital transformation livestream session on how IT and technology solutions are supporting supply chain during the crisis, including a major digitalisation project for Ford’s logistics and supply chain management across key regions. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 7 - Finished Vehicle Logistics: Restarting the network

2020-06-03T15:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This special livestream episode focuses on the finished vehicle logistics network and how it is preparing to restart for the new normal, with insights from Hyundai Glovis, ProAct and more. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig and featuring updates and insights from the crisis and beyond for automotive supply chain and manufacturing.

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How ‘self-healing’ cars could change the aftermarket

2020-05-20T16:40:00+01:00By Richard Brown

As OEMs adopt over-the-air vehicle diagnostics and maintenance, what effect will this developing technology will have on inventory and the surrounding logistics network?

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Reaching for the stars: how Galileo’s satellites could help automotive logistics

2020-03-16T10:27:00+00:00By Malcolm Ramsay

Since launching its first test navigation satellite in 2005, the European Space Agency (ESA) has steadily built up the Galileo global positioning network and today operates 22 satellites. With four further launches due in 2020, the Galileo network is set to become the first fully operational high-accuracy global navigation satellite system (GNSS) – heralding a new era of precision navigation and, for the automotive industry, bringing opportunities for improved vehicle logistics.

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BorgWarner to buy Delphi in latest tier one consolidation

2020-01-28T17:27:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

BorgWarner is buying Delphi Technologies in a takeover valued at around $3.3 billion that will result in one of the world’s leading propulsion companies. Merging will allow the two suppliers to combine resources to survive in a climate of topline revenue pressures and demands on investment in new technology

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Pairing up for progress: The advance of digital twins

2020-01-10T15:32:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

A computer-based tool for process planning, quality checking, monitoring systems and a wide range of other uses, digital twinning is increasingly making its presence felt across the automotive industry. In essence, this is a version of something in real life, such as a piece of machinery, a production line or a supply chain operation, which is recreated on a desktop computer or a tablet. Digital twins are now used across manufacturing and warehouse operations to manage material flow, complete the order-to-delivery process and make efficiency and quality improvements in vehicle production.

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A program of change for Volkswagen Group IT

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Over the past two years, Volkswagen’s central Group IT division, led by CIO Martin Hofmann, has been expanding staff numbers, investment and digital projects across the group’s business processes, and working more closely with brands like Audi, Porsche and Skoda. In the first of a multi-part article special on Group IT, we explain the evolving shape of the organisation.

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Building Volkswagen’s Industrial Cloud

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.

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At the centre of change for Volkswagen Group

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.

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FCA to add battery hub to Mirafiori plant

2019-10-28T16:02:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

FCA is to build a new battery assembly plant next to its Mirafiori car factory in Turin that will supply future generations of fully electric models

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Oh so simple? US start-up confident of delivering autonomous trucks

2019-10-28T12:30:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

As the global logistics industry continues moving towards the introduction and use of autonomous vehicles, a growing number of companies are competing for a slice of this burgeoning market. One such firm is Californian start-up TuSimple, which is developing a range of innovative self-driving truck technologies.

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In an age of disruptive change for the automotive industry, digital manufacturing technology is coming to the rescue

2019-08-20T10:57:00+01:00By Jeff Schipper

Demands from buyers for the latest vehicle technology and custom options are having a significant impact on automotive manufacturers and their partners. 

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Surgere sets it sights on Mexico

2019-08-07T10:09:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

US supply chain information provider Surgere of the US has set up a Mexican subsidiary, Technologias Avanzadas Surgere de Mexico, at Aguascalientes

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Data and the digitisation of the supply chain

2019-07-16T15:17:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The automotive industry is being transformed by new vehicle technology, but operational processes are also undergoing profound changes driven by unprecedented levels of data

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Logistics 4.0: how smart technologies are lifting logistics to another level

2019-07-04T11:12:00+01:00By Andrew Williams

After a period of exploration, OEMs, tier suppliers and logistics providers are getting serious about making their operations smarter and more connected – Logistics 4.0 is here

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Why all eyes are on Israel for AI

2019-05-17T15:59:00+01:00By Jonathan Ward

In the race to perfect autonomous driving, Israel has proven to be a hotspot of technological innovation – driven, in part, by its military expertise and surveillance tools

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