Discussions at this year’s Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Live conference revealed an industry working hard to meet strong, resurgent demand for vehicles in the face of production disrupted by the semiconductor shortage. In fact, North American vehicle production was the worst affected by the shortage, according to industry analyst AutoForecast Solutions, and there is going to be a lot more vertical integration in the long term, with carmakers setting up direct partnerships with the semiconductor manufacturers. In the meantime, there is every need for OEMs and their outbound logistics providers to more closely collaborate and share supply chain data to improve the delivery of vehicles to dealerships and end customers.
The industry is also working hard to be more sustainable. Vehicle makers are trying to hit stringent emissions targets, not just in terms of the vehicles they are producing, but also in the transport used to move those vehicles between the plants and the dealers. While the road vehicle haulers battle for a greater weight allowance for equipment, carmakers are working with ports, road and rail transport providers to establish standards to measure emissions, as well as making adjustments to the outbound supply chain to find the most sustainable routes and methods of delivery. What is more, they are using the latest digital technology to do so, though that has put a stronger emphasis on the issue of security and governance of data. The goal for everyone is to improve the accuracy of the information being shared, make sure it is secure, and show how it can be used to cut carbon and costs at the same time.
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Adapting rapidly to change, it’s time to re-calibrate our thinking and skills to handle cataclysmic events, shifts in demand patterns, new business models and act with extreme agility, speed and flexibility and courage to rewrite the list of attributes needed to be successful.
Developing new skill sets to harness new and futuristic business and technology models. Creating new roles and investing in professional development that reflect the future of finished vehicle logistics.
Striving to be better, embracing new ideas, adding value and seizing upon innovations to turn them into a business advantage, increase operational excellence and efficiency.
Re-thinking the possible, partnership and service models, new sales channels, sustainability, Co2 reduction, regulations, along with electrification all present opportunities to re:code the new outbound.
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