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    A race against time for the UK car sector

    2018-10-17T12:26:24Z

    It is still very uncertain what the UK’s exit from the European Union is going to look like at the end of March 2019 but it is going to have a big impact on the automotive industry whatever it looks like. At this year’s Automotive Logistics UK summit, major carmakers ...

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    A crisis in human capital

    2018-09-26T16:52:00Z

    As the automotive logistics sector continues to automate and let technology take the lead, there are some important human factors to resolve if such plans are to succeed – as delegates at this year’s Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit found out While the US car market may ...

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    Digital lineside technology key to BMW’s 8 Series model

    2018-07-10T17:08:50Z

    This week BMW began producing the luxury 8 Series coupé at its Dingolfing plant in Germany and the digitalisation of production and lineside logistics is playing a central role in the manufacturing of the new model, according to the carmaker. That includes in the delivery of parts to the factory ...

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    Twinning talent with technology

    2018-06-19T16:03:52Z

    The rate at which emerging digital technologies are transforming the automotive logistics supply chain is hard to keep up with. As both an enabler of everything from platform design to procurement, finance and planning, and a disruptor of traditional supply chain operations, digital technology associated with industry 4.0 is driving ...

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    Settling into steady growth

    2018-04-24T15:54:19Z

    China has the biggest car market in the world and is expected to make 25.3m vehicles this year. The city of Chengdu has 4.5m of them driving around it, making it the second largest in China for vehicle numbers behind Beijing – and it was to Chengdu that delegates headed ...

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    Gefco reports gains in automotive beyond core PSA contracts

    2018-04-17T11:54:41Z

    Gefco has reported annual revenue gains of 5.1% in its full-year results for 2017, earning €4.4 billion ($5.4 billion). Sales were supported by a 8.1% growth in global automotive accounts outside of its traditional activity for former parent company Groupe PSA (which now includes GM's Opel/Vauxhall divisions). The company noted ...

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    Blockchain technology: Quicker off the blocks

    2018-04-17T03:11:47Z

    As global trade intensifies, so do the risks associated with cyber-breaches, fraud and limited visibility for shippers to track and trace international shipments across the end-to-end supply chain. While digital connectivity introduces a whole new set of risks and potential disruptions to global trade, big data and industry stakeholders, breakthroughs ...

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    Navigating uncharted waters

    2018-04-17T02:01:46Z

    At 04.00 on June 26 last year, Jim Hagemann Snabe, chairman of AP Moller-Maersk, was woken by a phone call from his office. That’s when he learned that the global shipping giant had fallen victim to a cyber-attack . Over the next few hours, the true severity of the incident ...

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    JCB adopts Apex system for better inventory control

    2018-04-16T23:34:24Z

    Construction equipment manufacturer JCB has adopted new software to better manage inventory at its main plant in Uttoxeter, UK. The system allows managers, via point-of-use devices, to control access to stock and know who uses what, when and where, according to its supplier, Apex Supply Chain Technologies of the US. ...

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    Heimann joins MetroGistics in lead IT role

    2018-03-27T18:08:04Z

    US-based finished vehicle logistics provider MetroGistics has hired John Heimann (pictured) as associate vice-president of information technology. The company said Heimann would help develop IT operations, as well as being heavily involved in the integration of MetroGistics’ customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms. Heimann has 28 ...

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    Navigating an uncertain future

    2018-03-20T15:53:12Z

    The finished vehicle logistics sector needs to find better ways to communicate and collaborate to meet the challenges of an uncertain future, delegates at this year's Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference in California were told in March. Marcus Williams reports The finished vehicle logistics industry may be facing a ...

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    Syncron forum discusses predictive analytics' role in aftersales

    2017-10-16T17:52:19Z

    Revenues from original automotive product sales have been shrinking for some time as customers keep assets longer but companies are embracing the latest technology to maintain a good aftersales service for the long-term financial viability of their businesses. Attendees at last week’s Aftersales Excellence Forum in London, UK, hosted by ...

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    KBRW providing aftermarket OMS support for PSA Group across Europe

    2017-10-11T16:15:17Z

    French carmaker PSA Group has chosen an order management system (OMS) provided by supply chain management expert KBRW to support aftermarket deliveries of out-of-stock parts to its Distrigo distribution hubs in Europe. Distrigo is PSA’s service parts brand, which was launched in Europe last year and the carmaker expects to ...

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    Supporting the velocity of a global supply chain

    2017-10-11T09:23:00Z Sponsored by nVision Global

    nVision Global has evolved from a regional US freight payment company to become one of the fastest growing global freight audit, payment and logistics management service providers in the industry

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    Surgere completes ROBi inventory pilot at Mahle Behr facility in Dayton

    2017-09-13T13:57:41Z

    Automotive parts maker Mahle Behr has recently completed a pilot project into inventory management with digital supply chain and packaging expert Surgere. The success of the pilot could see the full deployment of a robotised RFID system at Mahle Behr’s facility in Dayton, Ohio. The pilot project marked the launch ...

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    Massive cyber-attack hits global shipping companies

    2017-06-28T12:30:23Z

    AP Moller-Maersk and TNT Express are among a rapidly growing number of companies so far affected by this week’s global cyber-attack, which has also hit Ukraine’s power network, transport services and banks, as well as the Rosneft oil company in Russia. Security experts said a malicious software called Petya and ...

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    Cloud-based system helps Suzuki GB move to real-time ETAs

    2017-04-19T23:44:50Z

    Sovereign Business Integration Group has signed a five-year deal with Suzuki in the UK to provide the company with its EML cloud-based logistics management system. The UK-based company’s EML system covers the end-to-end logistics chain and is specifically designed for finished vehicle logistics. As a result, Suzuki dealers in the ...

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    In-house competence propels Volvo and Continental’s logistics

    2017-04-18T18:55:12Z

    The inbound supply chain in China continues to develop at a fast pace, and getting to grips with the complexity around supply locations, regulations and production shifts is a significant task. For some manufacturers, including Volvo Cars and tier one supplier Continental, increasing in-house management resources and tools have been ...

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    Daimler, VW and BLG Logistics recognised in ‘elogistics’ awards

    2017-04-12T17:41:04Z

    German automotive industry body AKJ Automotive has recognised Daimler and Volkswagen in its annual elogistics awards for digital-based initiatives. In addition, BLG Logistics has been given AKJ’s Tool Award for its work on the use of drones in the logistics space. AKJ Automotive is made up of a group of ...

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    ProTrans adopts JDA Software tool to optimise transport capacity

    2017-04-12T17:38:27Z

    North American transport and supply chain management provider, ProTrans, has started using a transport optimisation tool from JDA Software to maximise capacity utilisation and delivery speed for its automotive customers. According to the company, the JDA Transportation Modeler is designed to provide real-time data on ProTrans’ delivery network and give ...