All IT articles – Page 16

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    Global round up


    Rail Freight Group recognises DB Schenker RailDB Schenker Rail has won an award in the Environmental Innovation category at the annual Rail Freight Group Awards 2012 for its components recycling facility, the brainchild of staff member Andrew Hogan. During 2011 Hogan developed a cutting shop to enable damaged ...

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    Making a yard thing easier


    The birth of yard management in IndiaLearning the value add of yard managementLand, labour and lost visibilityThe scope for 3PLsThe growing appreciation of yard management systems in India and the equally expanding possibilities for 3PLs.Tarun Sarkar kneels down on the wet ground and runs his fingers along the bottom of ...

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    Vehnet provides comprehensive service for NVD


    Vehnet, which provides software services for the automotive industry, has signed a new contract with Irish vehicle management company National Vehicle Distribution (NVD), which handles 70% of new car movements in Ireland, as well as providing services in the UK and wider Europe. NVD will be using Vehnet’s Advance ...

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    Searching for the best connection


    Size does count;Converting the masses;The name of the aim;Scheme goes large;Potential for progress.Malcolm Wheatley reports on the development of an open-source EDI connector that aims to extend electronic business-to-business connectivity to the smaller and medium-size suppliers in Europe’s automotive industry.Based just outside of Barcelona, aluminium diecasting manufacturer Ruffini counts among ...

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    Internet is having an impact on used car hauls


    The transport of used cars in North America has gone through a significant transformation as online purchasing takes more ground away from traditional auctions. Online tools are also being used more to organise the shipping of vehicles, which is now more often between disparate parts of the country. With ...

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    Global round up


    Santos Brasil and Schaeffler sign distribution agreementTerminal operator Santos Brasil has signed a five-year contract with the German engineering multinational Schaeffler, which has a manufacturing plant in the Brazilian city of Sorocaba, from where it supplies the entire domestic and export automotive production sector with a range of ...

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    Global round up


    CarGoLog service for deliveries in ItalyA new finished vehicle service in Italy is promising direct delivery of vehicles from manufacturers to dealerships through the country as well as offering value-added ancillary services including pre-delivery inspection (PDI). Called CarGoLog, the company was founded in 2009 but has expanded during 2011 ...

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    Converging theory and reality in supply


    Textbooks cover the basics of forecasting and inventory management but, as Malcolm Wheatley relates, the scale and speed of aftermarket parts supply requires increasingly complex IT solutionsA complex environment;If it looks like fish, it may not be fish;A global solution for Jaguar.When Piaggio Group Americas had problems with aftermarket spares ...

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    Global round up


    Auto helps fuel Lufthansa Detroit serviceLufthansa Cargo has begun a new service between Frankfurt, Germany and Detroit, Michigan in the US to meet increased demand from sectors including automotive. “The new freighter connection supplements the daily flights operated by Lufthansa passenger aircraft, and offers our customers more capacity and greater ...

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    Can one size fit all for IT optimsation?


    Strategic, tactical and operationalCollaborative approach?Rolling out the system network wide The use of IT tools to improve efficiency in the outbound supply chain is increasing, but the question is how far providers and OEMs are willing to go. Andrew Williams investigates the potential for systems across networks and nations. ...

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    Vehnet phases in AMT at Cartagena


    The Colombian port of Cartagena is now implementing a terminal management tool from software specialist Vehnet for vehicle movements through its Contecar terminal following a successful testing phase. The Advance Marine Terminal technology will manage the lifecycle of all vehicles coming into the terminal, which handles up to 5,000 vehicles ...

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    The next generation of RFID


    Launched in November, Zebra Technologies’ third generation real-time location system, WhereLAN III, significantly boosts the technology’s appeal to the automotive supply chain.It improves on previous generations in three important regards–each of which has relevance in automotive applications, including the finished vehicle supply chain, inbound logistics and assembly plant operations.First, noted ...

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    Stacking up the benefits of IT


    Aftermarket software solutions are key to OEMs providing a cost-effective and quality service throughout their supply chains. Anthony Coia takes a look at the diversity, drivers and development of several such systems.Integration challanges;Nissan and the click system;Reducing diversity at Renault Nissan;Nascent systems for emerging markets;Growth challenges.In the wake of economic ...

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    The making of a Maruti market


    Outsourcing challengesImproving IT systemsRolling out hub-and-spoke distributionThe need for multimodal transportLogistics for the road aheadAs the biggest passenger carmaker in India, Maruti Suzuki has almost single-handedly transformed the country’s vehicle transport network. Ramesh Kumar looks at the achievements, legacy and aspirations of the manufacturer’s logistics operations.You may have the best ...

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    The importance of developing e-Port


    Rescheduling the pastSuccess over speedMazda’s e-Port system is revitalising compound system management. Malcolm Wheatley looks at how, from a modest investment, the manufacturer has achieved real-time visibility and boosted labour productivity with predictive scheduling.Visit one of the American ports through which Mazda imports vehicles from Japan and you’ll Vlikely see ...

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    Clouding communications


    Low costs and minimal hardware considerations have enticed some of the industry’s biggest suppliers to conduct their business on cloud networks. Malcolm Wheatley looks at how SaaS and cloud technology are transforming financial operations and establishing themselves as collaborative tools in supply chain management.Freedom of the cloud;Overcoming conservatism;Connecting and collaborating.It ...

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    …tracking every car


    In the vehicle logistics industry, perhaps the most common IT-related complaint from OEMs is that Amazon customers can trace $15 book purchases online up to delivery, but carmakers cannot track $30,000 vehicles. Track-and-trace systems have become the norm in almost every logistics-based industry.FMCG customers expect product deliveries within a 15-minute ...

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    Making the warehouse visible


    The key to an efficient automotive operation is a successful warehouse system but it needs to be integrated and transparent to reach its optimum efficiency.Consolidating different systems;Supporting cross-docking;Range of picking systems;Barcode scanning;Costs of investment.Ever since the first Model T rolled off Ford’s production line, manufacturing processes were seen as key ...

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    Global news in brief


    Gefco launches European service from UKGefco has launched a daily departure and delivery service from Coventry in the UK to 15 countries across Europe. The new EuroDailyService service aims to provide better journey times and increased frequency through more direct routes, according to the company. Gefco also said it will ...

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    TMS takes hold


    Considering how long TMS has been around for, there has been poor uptake in automotive. But that is changing, and now it is being applied to both in- and outbound movements with obvious successTMS uptake is rareCutthroat conditions nurture TMS uptakeThe business case for inboundThe real benefit of TMSQuality or ...