Stocktaking, labelling, monitoring and managing the storage of parts and vehicles

Inventory Management

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Sigfox: Small signals with big savings

2020-09-29T15:44:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Sigfox, a provider of internet-of-things technology, has been working with Groupe PSA and IBM on a track and trace technology to more accurately monitor and control the movement of packaged parts between its suppliers and assembly plants.

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Watch: Managing the battery supply chain will be a strategic advantage

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

In this presentation, automotive analyst Daniel Harrison details growth, investment and bottlenecks in lithium-ion battery supply chains, and demonstrates the competitive advantages that manufacturers could gain or risk in taking more control over battery sourcing and production.

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Watch: Optimising supply chain demand and capacity planning

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Manufacturers are facing recovering but uncertain automotive demand, while limits in ocean and air freight capacity risk disruption and cost increeses. In this session at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, experts from Toyota North America, Adient and CNW discuss strategies for improving demand forecasting and network planning across transport modes.

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Watch: Rethinking vehicle logistics network design and optimisation in North America

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

OEMs like Nissan and Volkswagen are working with logistics specialists like Jack Cooper and Inform to deliver the recovery amidst low vehicle inventory, uncertainty from Covid-19 and driver shortages, while looking at how to use technology to optimise networks over the long term. Check out this lively discussion from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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Watch: Delivering innovation at Volkswagen and Toyota’s service parts logistics

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

As service parts demand in the US recovers, OEMs like Volkswagen Group and Toyota are carefully monitoring shortages in parts supply and inventory, while accelerating new delivery channels, including ecommerce sales and direct customer deliveries. VW’s Anu Goel and Toyota’s Mike Schober share their views during Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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Watch: Real world supply chain dynamics with DSV

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

During Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, DSV’s automotive logistics experts set out a path to navigate a turbulent year ahead with an overview of supply chain stability, trends, insights, and strategies that will impact on logistics operations and pricing across transport modes.

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Watch: Finding opportunities in changing global trade rules

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Many factors have been impacting global automotive trade and freight flows, including changing trade agreements, cost considerations and of course the pandemic. In this session, independent logistics strategist Wolfgang Lehmacher discusses opportunities with experts from Gallega Global Logistics and ICR360.

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Watch: A brand new Element at commercial EV startup Arrival

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Tracey Yi, who is leading Arrival’s new component and procurement division, Elements, talks to Christopher Ludwig about the electric bus manufacturer’s unique supply chain and manufacturing localisation strategy.

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Watch: Q&A with Arrival-Elements Tracy Yi

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Tracey Yi, who is leading Arrival’s new component and procurement division, Elements, takes audience questions on Arrival’s supply chain strategy, including its localisation targets, sustainability and the future public transport.

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Watch: Building Lucid’s electric vehicle logistics network

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Electric vehicle startup Lucid is launching its first production model with support from Glovis America in finished vehicle logistics. Head of logistics Greg Henninger shares details together with partners from Glovis on the unique challenge for EV outbound logistics.

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Watch: Launching start-up automotive supply chains

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

As new entrants, tech firms and EV start-up companies jump into the supply chain, this panel at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live explored the logistics requirements with insight from startups Rivian and Ineos Automotive, and supply chain specialist Kuehne + Nagel.

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Tesla plans deep vertical integration of battery supply

2020-09-24T15:18:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

Tesla has revealed a host of production innovations to make lithium-ion battery manufacturing more efficient and reduce costs, including in-house battery cell production, which could cut the miles travelled for the battery production by 80%, and the reduction of the cobalt content of the cathode, which would bring further supply chain savings

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Managing a dynamic global service parts network from Germersheim

2020-09-23T09:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Mercedes-Benz is using new ergonomic working principles and the latest digital technology to automate processes at its global parts logistics centre in Germersheim. Machine learning and cloud computing are also being used to help with demand planning for the high volume of parts the facility receives and distributes daily

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Yazaki’s proactive, risk-averse approach to the crisis a success, says Bo Andersson

2020-09-21T12:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Yazaki is taking a more strategic and coordinated approach to the automotive supply chain as it continues to stabilise production in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Bo Andersson, Yazaki’s president of Europe and CEO and president of North America, says the company is looking for opportunities to consolidate and improve logistics planning and control, including through the use of third party logistics (3PL) providers, greater localisation, communication and inventory planning

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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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AL FVL Summer 2020

2020-08-25T18:55:00+01:00

Collaboration between the automotive, logistics and the tech sectors is growing by the day, with the coronavirus crisis accelerating digitalisation across the supply chain. Our latest digital edition explores systems standards and tech innovations, including new communication protocols for vehicle logistics in Europe, and a range of new supply chain technology at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Audi México, VW Zwickau, Seat Martorell and Renault F-1. 

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Pent-up demand drives European car market recovery in July

2020-08-06T11:09:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The European car market was expected to be one of the hardest hit regions because of the shutdowns caused by the coronavirus but the UK, France and Spain actually performed better than expected in July, with positive gains on the same month in 2019. Longer-term economic hardships could jeopardise the momentum of that recovery but there are signs of long-term growth in the take up of electric vehicles

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Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale | Part 2: Update from North America with Honda and Benteler

2020-07-29T19:56:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Don’t miss the last Livestream Hour episode this season as our guests provide insight on how the coronavirus crisis is currently affecting the supply chain in North America, featuring Hector Martinez from Honda de Mexico and Maxim Serov from global tier 1 Benteler.

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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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Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale Part 1: Global logistics lessons with the Volkswagen Group

2020-07-23T22:54:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As part of our finale for this season’s Livestream Hour, watch this exclusive interview with our special guest Matthias Braun, who leads digitalisation and concept development for group logistics at the Volkswagen Group, on how the carmaker has managed its supply chain through all phases of the coronavirus crisis so far, and lessons for the future