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

Inventory Management

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Supply chain’s radio star: Positive signals for real-time visibility

2021-04-16T08:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Cognosos’ Adrian Jennings talks about enhanced asset tracking, managing production surges and how automotive supply chains compare to rocket science

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LKQ Euro Car Parts now using Microlise SmartPOD

2021-03-23T12:07:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The SmartPOD mobile app provides drivers with access to delivery and consignment information, as well as providing real-time tracking of deliveries through the Microlise Journey Management system. 

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How Bosch is connecting its business for the AIoT era

2021-03-23T11:16:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Ralf Bretting

Robert Bosch CIO Vijay Ratnaparkhe is continuing a revolution in the company’s corporate IT division as it takes a starring role in connecting Bosch operating units and products – expanding the possibility for data-driven services and AI across the business and supply chain. 

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SKF and Einride trial autonomous truck for cross-facility shipments

2021-03-16T11:37:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Bearing manufacturer SKF is trialling an autonomous electric truck to transport parts between its factory and its warehouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. The vehicle has been developed with Einride, the Swedish transport provider that specialises in electric and autonomous vehicles (AVs), and is based on its Pod concept.

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Horizon Auto Logistics restructures business in the Americas

2021-03-08T14:55:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Following a realignment of operations last year, Horizon Auto Logistics (HAL), has restructured its business and will operate the following group divisions: Horizon Auto Logistics in Mexico, Fast Terminal International in Colombia, and Fast Auto Logistics in the US and Dominican Republic.

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Opinion: The durable benefits of metal packaging

2021-03-03T16:09:00+00:00By Jordan Rogers

The automotive and industrial industries have some of the most complex supply chains in the world. Evolving manufacturing processes, shifting consumer demands and new trends all impact the supply chain network for raw materials, components and finished goods. With the necessity to protect, move and sequence high-cost parts, metal solutions are becoming an increasingly popular packaging solution in these, and many other, industries.

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The time is now to start integrating robotics into logistics operations

2021-02-16T11:14:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Robotics have enabled major productivity gains in manufacturing, but as the technology becomes more affordable and labour gets harder to find and more expensive, it could start to play a bigger role in logistics, too, helping workers do their jobs more safely and quickly.

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Watch Think Tank: Top tips on transforming aftersales logistics in North America

2021-02-07T19:00:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

In a special think tank workshop, leaders from key players in service parts and aftersales logistics discuss how the industry should respond to the current disruptions and get ready for major changes ahead.

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Watch: Toyota turns to technology to redesign US vehicle logistics network

2021-02-07T18:59:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Toyota’s Rick Wishon discusses how the carmaker is using optimisation tools from software specialist Inform to engineer its outbound logistics network to maximise capacity and reduce lead times even as complexity rises.

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Watch: Using digitalisation to build supply chains back better

2021-02-07T18:58:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Executives from tier one supplier Magna, 3PL DSV and automation specialist Seegrid outline how automotive manufacturers are accelerating the digitalisation of the supply chain in the wake of the Covid crisis.

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Watch: Can OEMs design more flexible and predictive supply chains networks?

2021-02-07T18:57:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Logistics executives from Toyota North America and agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO discuss their strategies, processes and technologies for advanced logistics and supply chain planning.

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Watch: North American automotive recovery is underway, but for how long?

2021-02-07T18:54:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

The North American automotive market is on pace to return to growth this year despite slow vaccine roll-outs, however there are risks in the supply chain and the longer-term economic outlook, according to Eaton’s top automotive analyst, Brandon Mason. 

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Watch: Ensuring finished vehicle logistics keeps pace with demand

2021-02-07T18:50:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Senior managers from Porsche, Glovis and ICL Systems talk about how they have been keeping dealer lots stocked as consumer demand has returned since the end of stay-at-home orders across America.

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Watch: Exceptional finished vehicle logistics

2021-02-07T18:48:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

If vehicle logistics providers are to keep ahead of disruption and better serve customers, they will need to improve exception management and inventory visibility across plants, yards and transport according to executives from Hyundai Glovis, Jack Cooper and Cognosos.

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Locus Robotics: Material handling robots a boost for service parts

2021-02-01T15:42:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

What’s worse than having to locate a small part while staring at a wall of containers holding small parts? Accidentally sending the wrong part to a customer who is depending on you. Spare parts distributors are increasingly investing in automation that eases labor requirements and improves picking efficiency and accuracy in order fulfillment. 

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Watch: Beyond Brexit – Navigating global trade and customs (EP.5)

2021-01-13T21:00:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Watch this Livestream Hour episode to get the inside track on coping with Brexit and optimising global trade processes, with exclusive insight from customs experts at Volvo Cars and GEFCO

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Watch Webinar Recording: Optimizing Supply Chain Resiliency Through Integrated Planning & Execution

2021-01-13T08:45:00+00:00

Watch this webinar to hear from experts in the field from International Automotive Components (IAC) Group, Blue Yonder, KPMG and Microsoft for an informative, thought-provoking complimentary webinar on the challenges the Supply Chain has faced during Covid 19 and how to approach future crisis.

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France and other EU countries close border with UK putting freight flows at risk

2020-12-21T15:59:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

A number of countries, including France, have closed their borders with the UK to passengers and accompanied freight following the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus in the UK which is suspected to be more infectious than previous types.

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Sustainability at the core of Scania’s strategy for the future

2020-12-03T13:46:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Scania has a strategy-focused approach to sustainability in its inbound supply chain according to Mathias Wijkström, head of the global Scania Production System (SPS) Office. That strategy encompasses the packaging the commercial vehicle maker uses for inbound parts and is informing its management of the batteries used to power its Scania Citywide electric bus.

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Marco Prueglmeier leaves BMW to found innovation consultancy

2020-11-30T14:53:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

BMW’s project leader for logistics innovations and industry 4.0, Marco Prueglmeier, has left the carmaker to found an innovation consultancy called i2Market. The aim of the company is to provide industry with software development, robotics, automated warehousing, artificial intelligence and simulation.