The Finished Vehicle Logistics Ideas Labs are small, solutions-orientated working groups that provide opportunities to interact and work directly with industry peers on the real-life issues that matter most. Facilitated by subject-matter experts, each Ideas Lab is an open discussion that address challenges head on.

Each group workshopped the topic with the goal of determining no more than three action points. Following the discussions, the session leaders were invited to share solutions and key action points in 5 minutes or less.

Ideas Labs featured the following groups:

Ideas Lab 1: Connecting the dots – maximising data from in-vehicle connectivity, telematics, and tracking tools

Advanced vehicle technology is putting more resources at the fingertips of outbound operators and decision makers, but maximising such visibility requires new investment, standards, partnerships, and skills. This group identified the barriers to entry and focused on solutions to make the most of this real-time information.

Lab leader: Dennis Manns, Executive Leader, North Motors Group

Ideas Lab 2: Who wants to be a car hauler?

A day in the life of a car hauler. In the wake of the driver shortage, it’s important to explore and understand the many challenges auto haulers face, from snow covered cars that are impossible to pre-inspect, to mechanical issues followed by parts shortages putting them out of work for weeks. This session featured a fun virtual board game called “Who wants to be a car hauler??”

Lab leaders: Sharmin Dobbs, Director of Business Development, Accelerated Services

Joe Haney, Vice-President, Accelerated Services

Ideas Lab 3: Vehicle processing – maximising space and reducing dwell

The need for agility and flexibility at ports, plants and distribution centres has never been greater as OEMs and logistics providers manage disruption, make use of all available assets, and use new tools to optimise PDI and accessory installation. This lab focused on techniques and tools for improving vehicle processing, yard management and decreasing dwell time.

Lab leader: Jethro Felton, Vice-President, Sales and Business Development, Cognosos

Ideas Lab 4: Final Mile Visibility – LSP and OEM Collaboration

An accurate ETA to dealer has always been the goal. But with an increased percentage of vehicles sold prior to shipping, and dealers expecting Amazon-like service, industry needs to redefine information sharing for the final mile. This group will focus on how the FVL sector can deliver on consumer-like expectations, including the appetite for sharing last mile information between the LSP, OEM and dealer, and potential benefits of the new data points for all parties.

Lab leader: Brian Hook, VP – Sales, Marketing and Products, ICL

Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics and Ultima Media