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    US car market stable as trade and tech change

    2019-04-25T10:25:00Z

    George Peterson, president of analyst firm Auto Pacific The US economy is in good health, consumer confidence is high and vehicle sales are expected to total 16.6m this year, delegates were told at this week’s Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference. The bad news is that ...

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    Express rail deliveries increase along Silk Road

    2019-04-23T09:16:00Z

    Since it was first announced by China’s president Xi Jinping in 2013, the comprehensive international trade and infrastructure plan now known as the Belt and Road Initiative has quickly crossed a number of milestones in its development of services by land and sea. Currently around 65 countries are involved (152 ...

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    Reality check: How AR can improve efficiency in logistics

    2019-04-15T16:58:00Z

    A growing number of companies in the automotive industry are embracing the use of augmented and virtual reality technology for tasks such as part picking and inventory management, as well as for training. We look at some of the latest applications

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    Still got it: How reuse and recycling can give EV batteries a new lease of life

    2019-04-15T11:40:00Z

    As the EV trend continues, it raises the question of what to do with their hazardous lithium-ion batteries once they have reached the end of their useful life. Options include reuse and recycling, but both of these require special expertise in reverse logistics

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    Ford Europe packaging: Heading to the pool

    2019-04-12T13:00:00Z

    Ford’s Kuly Malka has overseen a transformation in the carmaker’s European packaging and container management

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    Trust in Turkey: How exports are carrying the country through its economic crisis

    2019-04-11T12:01:00Z

    Turkey faces some difficult economic headwinds that have already impacted on its automotive industry. But there are still several reasons for optimism, especially the country’s strength as a vehicle export hub with easy access to the European market

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    Government support vital to UK leading connected vehicles

    2019-04-09T12:26:00Z

    A new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and industry analyst Frost & Sullivan has revealed that the UK is the top location worldwide for the development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). Government and industry have committed £500m to CAV research and development, a ...

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    Containerisation: Why finished vehicle logistics needs to think inside the box

    2019-04-05T16:02:00Z

    While ro-ro is the traditional method of shipping finished vehicles, containerisation is becoming increasingly viable as the automotive industry decentralises and introduces more EVs. Growth in China and South East Asia offers particularly good opportunities

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    Docking defections

    2019-04-05T14:16:42Z

    Nigeria has lost its claim to being home to the busiest port in West Africa as a consequence of chronic traffic congestion, corruption and inefficiency. The crown has passed from Apapa, in the state of Lagos, to the port of Lomé, in Togo. Data from Dynamar, a Dutch maritime intelligence ...

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    From the industry

    Nationwide: First port of call for damage repair

    2019-04-05T10:38:00Z

    The shift in demand from sedans to SUVs is adding to outbound pressures, including when it comes to damage repair. Here, Jim and Eric Gerencser explain how Nationwide Auto Services’ rapid response team ensures that vehicles are shipped out on schedule

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    From the industry

    In the service of free trade

    2019-04-04T15:59:00Z

    Free trade zones offer many tax and logistics benefits to the automotive supply chain. DP World, with its flagship facility in Dubai, UAE, wants to expand these services in markets in the Middle East and Africa, the UK and the US

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    Introducing the European Transport Logistics Alliance

    2019-04-02T12:23:00Z

    In an industry that could benefit substantially from streamlined processes, Renatas Slenderis, CEO of Fracht, believes his company’s new alliance offers both collaboration and control for all members. Here, he explains how the ALCS platform works

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    Technology drives massive change in the supply chain

    2019-03-21T17:58:00Z

    The rise of EVs and higher customer expectations are putting pressure on inbound supply chains and forcing structural changes. Marcus Williams reports from The Supply Chain Conference in Atlanta

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    Smarter about spot loads

    2019-03-21T16:53:00Z

    Logistics technology company Loadsmart promises to automate full truckload shipments to the benefit of both shippers and carriers

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    From the industry

    A clean answer to complex reverse logistics packaging

    2019-02-11T12:47:00Z

    Returnable packaging provider Comopack is introducing a global KLT container and dunnage solution to cover the entire reusuable packaging process

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    Coming up with a strategy for transformation

    2019-02-08T17:17:00Z

    CHEP has launched a strategy to support the digital transformation of its offerings and of the automotive supply chain, including vehicle electrification and tracking packaging assets

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    Q&A: Marcelo Turri, Alpargatas

    2019-02-08T15:03:39Z

    Could you give an overview of the logistical operation which supports Havaianas?We have different models in different regions, so in Brazil, we operate our warehouses but we have third parties that do the transportation for us. In the US, Europe and Asia, we have third parties that operate our warehouses ...

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    Q&A: Scott Krebs, Orbis

    2019-02-08T11:02:13Z

    What does Orbis see as the main problem in providing accurate data on where a container is, whether empty or full, and what is it doing to solve some of these problems for its automotive customers?In the automotive industry, one of the biggest obstacles is standardisation. Toyota puts identification on ...

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    Standing up to risk

    2019-02-06T16:00:00Z

    Given that it has recently welcomed a new government, is preparing for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and is tackling a worsening domestic security situation, it is safe to say that the Mexican automotive industry faces significant risks as it seeks to improve on its position as the world’s ...

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    Q&A: Olivier Thouard, customs and tax director, Gefco

    2019-02-06T09:08:12Z

    Automotive companies and their logistics providers have largely been kept in the dark over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and how they will continue to trade vehicles and parts with the continent. The UK exports more than 80% of the vehicles it makes but more than ...