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    Union Pacific joins Ford’s list of preferred suppliers


    North American rail provider Union Pacific Railroad has become one of Ford’s preferred suppliers as part of its Aligned Business Framework (ABF).“Union Pacific Railroad has demonstrated a high level of collaboration and have not only embraced but integrated the ABF principals into their day to day operations and interaction with ...

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    Eight logistics providers among GM Supplier of the Year winners


    General Motors has announced its 2013 Supplier of the Year award to 68 suppliers, including eight companies working specifically in logistics for the carmaker.Only 1% of GM’s 24,000 global suppliers are selected for the awards, which are chosen by a group of purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. “Our ...

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    Penske Logistics creates role for Sanchez in Mexico


    Penske Logistics’ division in Mexico has named Pedro Sanchez as its sales director. Based in Saltillo, Mexico, he is now responsible for strategic business development that extends into new sectors.“The role is newly created,” confirmed an executive spokesperson. “The auto sector is central to Penske’s business in Mexico as it ...

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    ePOD – Delivering the future of proof


    Chrysler’s decision to mandate the use of electronic proof of delivery systems from this year has brought the process to the fore, but an industry standard may be required before everyone follows suit.At the beginning of February 2014, a new transport management system went live at Mobile Services, a UK-based ...

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    This year’s Europe conference is streaming Live online!


    This year's Automotive Logistics Europe conference, being held in Bonn, Germany, is now live streaming debate and offering those in direct attendance, and those with an interest abroad, the ability to participate online.Once again the conference has filled the stylish and spacious Kameha Grand Hotel on the banks of the ...

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    BMW enhances aftermarket services with Dallas PDC


    BMW has officially opened a new regional parts distribution centre (RDC) in Texas to serve the Southern US region of its dealer network. The facility, which is located in Lancaster on the outskirts of Dallas, currently covers approximately 26,000 square metres, with room for expansion. Investment in the facility stands ...

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    Binks to replace Leary at FedEx Express


    FedEx Express has announced that David Binks (pictured) will replace Gerald Leary as regional president of Europe, Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa (EMEA) from the beginning of January next year. Leary is retiring from the Fed Ex division after almost 40 years.Binks, who has been with Fed Ex ...

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    Fedex granted Authorised Customs Broker certification in Japan


    Fedex Express has received an Authorised Customs Broker Certification in Japan. The certification states that FedEx is capable of security management, and will allow the company more lenience with regards to document screening and inspections. This status is expected to streamline the handling of cargo transport for FedEx customers. ...

  • Craig Simon, FedEx, President and CEO Supply Chainsmall

    The supply chain of the future


    In 2033 the supply chain will still use trucks, ships, planes and trains to move material, but the level of visibility will be intensely precise, believes Craig Simon, FedEx, President and CEO Supply ChainFor most of history, the supply chain that links the world together today would have been unimaginable. ...

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    Sharing the burden


    In this story...Crossdock examplesA history of crossdocksSharing space/operating modelsMeasuring standards An exploration into the history and future of crossdocking: logistics providers and manufacturers are exploring ways that crossdocks can be made even more efficient, including the potential of sharing more space and freight with competitors.To feed its three British vehicle ...

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    Global round up: JAC to boost exports; Supply chain mapping tool; Renault renews with TNT; GM Supplier Awards


    JAC plans to boost global exportsChinese carmaker Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) said it intends to sell more than 1.6m cars by the end of the 2015 with exports accounting for 25% of the volume. The company’s largest market share is in South America and last year it reported exports there ...

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    UPS forced to abandon takeover of TNT Express


    United Parcel Service (UPS) has announced that it will withdraw its €5.2 billion ($7 billion) bid to take over TNT Express after having received notice that the European Commission was working on a decision to prohibit the acquisition on the basis that it would limit competition in European express logistics ...

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    If seeing is believing, IT solutions are at hand


    The old complaints about track-and-trace capabilities – or the lack of them – persist in vehicle logistics, but progress is being made in last-mile visibility and electronic proof of delivery. At the Hyundai group logistics specialist Glovis Europe, work is well under way on a new IT system. Its role? ...

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    Logistics companies expand services in Mexico


    With a number of major carmakers building assembly plants in Mexico over the next several years, including Audi, Honda, Mazda and Toyota, logistics companies are expanding their North America coverage into the country and in some cases working together to enhance services. One very recent example is found between ...

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    Global round up


    Ford to close Genk plant in restructure of Euro operationsFord is has said it will close its Genk plant in Belgium at the end of 2014 and move Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy minivan production to its Valencia plant in Spain pending the outcome of a consultation ...

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    Restoring order to deliveries


    Will premium freight remain a course of last resort or should it now be a built-in part of logistics budgets?How to define premium freight;Sometimes not the solution;Premium freight, premium savings.Every night, a TNT Airways Boeing 777 freighter takes off from TNT’s European hub in Liège, Belgium, bound for New York ...

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    Chinese carmakers accelerate into Brazil


    Tony Danby reports on how Chinese and other OEMs are investing in local production and distribution in Brazil.Chinese players become established;Chinese pick-up business;Incumbents reamin strong;LSPs eye new business;Looking for opportunities;Tuning logistics operations.Although the Brazilian market has seen a slowdown in vehicle sales over recent months, the country is still ...

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    Global round up


    Groupe CAT wins Ssangyong contract in UKTransport and logistics provider Groupe CAT is providing Ssangyong with technical services for vehicle imports to the UK through the port of Bristol at Portbury following a contract signed in February. Onward distribution to the dealerships in the UK will be handled by CAT's ...

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    Rolling out on to terra firma in Brazil


    With a fast flow of new cars being produced and an abundance of older vehicles still requiring maintenance and spare parts, Brazil is a busy land for carmakers and logistics providers. The arrival of new manufacturers from Asia and Europe may also kick-start new business, as Tony Danby discoversGrowth opportunities ...

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    GM awards LSPs in Detroit


    Twelve logistics companies have been recognised in General Motors’ Supplier of the Year awards for 2010, held recently at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. The award, now in its 19th year, recognises the significant contributions of GM’s suppliers in 2010 as part of the company’s global product and ...