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

Inventory Management

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Market security in short supply for aftermarket

2020-05-26T11:42:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Discussions at last week’s Livestream Hour on the aftermarket revealed that unstable demand for service parts has been testing those responsible for their manufacture and distribution and a full recovery of the aftermarket parts sector is not expected this year. However, leading service parts companies have been maintaining services for customers

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 6 – Aftermarket and Service Parts: Keeping the wheels moving

2020-05-20T21:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the pandemic’s impact on aftersales supply and the aftermarket, including the long-term effects on supply chains and what this means for managing inventory. With special guests from Toyota North America, LKQ Europe and CLEPA. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. 

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Q&A: Mike Pilver, APL Logistics

2020-05-20T14:29:00+01:00By Richard Brown

Coronavirus has shut down automotive production operations across whole regions, disrupting supply chains and causing backlogs of both parts and finished vehicles. APL’s vice-president and global head of automotive at APL Logistics gives a 3PL perspective

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 5 – Mexico Automotive Supply Chain in Focus

2020-05-13T16:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In Episode 5 of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the key risks in the Mexican automotive supply chain, and strategies for successfully restarting manufacturing and supply chains, whilst preparing for USMCA implementation. With special guests from Volkswagen, Honda, the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and CNW. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig.

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Watch: Kia maintains investment, launches and stability in Europe

2020-05-12T11:17:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Kia Motors Europe chief operating officer, Emilio Herrera, and director of marketing, Carlos Lahoz, outline how the Korean brand is learning from supply chain and production disruptions, digitalising sales channels and maintaining investment in electrification to chart a route towards recovery in Europe.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 4 – Tier Suppliers on the Road to Recovery

2020-05-06T00:38:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Hosted by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief at Ultima Media, the Livestream Hour will take place each week on Wednesdays. It will also be part of other Livestream special episodes and guests, including previews and follow-ups from our series of live and digital events for Automotive Logistics, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions and Car Design News. In Episode 4, we discuss the key areas that suppliers especially need to consider as the automotive industry stirs back into action, including supply chain and logistics processes, sourcing considerations, digital tools and collaboration. 

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Coronavirus pandemic could force supplier consolidation

2020-05-04T11:14:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The Covid-19 pandemic will exact a heavy toll on automotive manufacturers and suppliers, who will face mounting financial losses and growing debt. Some may not survive, at least in their current form or without further government bailouts. Such financial fallout, and the need for companies to reduce costs and consolidate investments, could prompt more consolidation at all levels of the automotive industry in the coming years.

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Watch: Your questions answered | Restarting automotive production in the new normal

2020-04-22T17:50:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Nick Holt

In a follow up to our Livestream Hour episode on restarting production, we bring our guest panel back together to answer audience that we couldn’t get to during the live session, including topics on automation, inventory and future sourcing. Featuring Ralf Bechmann from ROI Management Consulting, and Automotive Manufacturing Solutions editor Nick Holt, hosted by Christopher Ludwig

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Kia suspends production in Slovakia on supply shortages

2020-04-21T21:38:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Kia has had to halt the assembly lines two weeks after restarting them, demonstrating the challenges that OEMs face in restarting vehicle production during the ongoing lockdown and coronavirus crisis.

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Preparing for the next phase of the Covid-19 crisis: European vehicle forecast and logistics changes

2020-04-17T11:58:00+01:00By ECG Business Intelligence

Download this report for monthly forecast of European vehicle registration and production, and an analysis of the manufacturing, supply chain and logistics changes required as OEMs begin restarting assembly plants. This report is the latest from ECG Business Intelligence, a collaboration between the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and Automotive from Ultima Media

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Electric vehicles could transform role of tier 1 suppliers in managing logistics

2020-01-23T06:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As OEMs look to reduce production costs and manage more complexity, automotive suppliers will face challenges. But with more EV models in the pipeline, many have the opportunity to grab a larger piece of the pie both for manufacturing and supply chain management.

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Part and parcel of the problem: why tier 1 supplier logistics will face a squeeze

2020-01-22T19:05:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As OEMs and automotive parts suppliers see their margins decline, cost pressures are going to increase on logistics operations and service providers further down the supply chain 

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Tearing profits apart: how tier one automotive suppliers can mitigate shrinking margins

2020-01-08T19:00:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The latest report by Automotive from Ultima Media examines the profits and outlook for the top 20 automotive parts suppliers and explores the strategies and solutions they should consider to avoid significant disruption in the 2020s

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Yanfeng inaugurates factory in Serbia

2019-12-11T10:22:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

China’s Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) has officially opened a plant at Kragujevac. Logistics played a part in the company choosing the city in central Serbia…

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Autodoc expands European logistics base to meet demand

2019-12-10T14:32:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

German online auto part retailer Autodoc has added to its storage capacity in Berlin and Szczecin, with another expansion to come…

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JLR moves into larger VPC in North America

2019-11-04T15:11:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

British OEM JLR has relocated to a larger, renovated vehicle processing centre (VPC) in Brunswick, Georgia, to cater for increasing demand for its vehicles…

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Safe and secure: How new warehouses will support African supply chains

2019-10-22T10:16:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

Operating in Africa can be a big challenge, and the establishment of a new supply chain there even more so. The acquisition or construction of decent storage facilities, the recruitment of suitable staff and the need to contend with local laws are all potential barriers to setting up business. However, Agility Africa, aims to change this by providing a series of well-managed logistics facilities across the continent.

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Bosch’s roadmap to a zero-carbon operation

2019-10-16T15:22:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

Much of the focus on sustainability in the automotive industry has been on the gases produced by vehicles themselves, but as Daniel Harrison, analyst at Ultima Media, noted at last week’s Automotive Logistics Central and Eastern European Summit, 18% of emissions are attributable to the supply chain. Several speakers at ...

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Pricier, technology-laden new vehicles are driving consumers to buy used vehicles

2019-09-24T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

OEMs’ own sales and technology strategies, combined with growing regulations, are leading more consumers to the second-hand vehicle market, a development that could reshape future automotive business models and distribution chains, according to a new report.

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Honda adapts transport processes in North America as supply chain costs rise

2019-09-18T09:22:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

With 20 manufacturing centres across North America, 12 of them in the US, and 607 US-based suppliers, Honda has a highly complex supply chain in the region. Moreover, the volume of parts being transported to its assembly plants is on the increase; just last year, Honda purchased a record $29.2 ...

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