Examining and explaining the latest logistics developments.


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A special case: how Russia hopes to boost local production with investment contracts

2019-05-20T11:16:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is attempting to boost tier supplier capacity via contracts with OEMs and logistics subsidies for parts makers, but it is unclear how successful this will be

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Motoring on: Brazil’s heavyweight OEMs prepare for growth

2019-05-20T10:20:00+01:00By Tony Danby

Brazilian truck and bus sales picked up strongly last year following the country’s long recession, and now both OEMs and logistics providers are hoping the trend continues

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Market sharing: New rental platform for underused trucks

2019-05-20T09:38:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Uber and Airbnb have led the way in the sharing economy, but Ryder has now launched an asset-sharing platform for commercial vehicles


China's automotive market heads for change

2019-04-17T12:04:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

China’s economy is entering a new phase of steady rather than rapid expansion and the automotive industry may have to accept that the days of exponential growth could be at an end, delegates were told at this month’s (April) Automotive Logistics Global Shanghai conference.


Drewry warns of Trump trade tariffs

2019-04-17T10:28:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Proposed US automotive tariffs would have a negative impact on east-west trade routes as American imports of finished vehicles and automotive parts would likely decrease in 2020 and 2021, according to a white paper published last week by Drewry. Specialist car carriers and leading container lines will suffer, along with ...

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The quest for greater unity

2019-01-18T12:37:00+00:00By Chris Lewis

One of the main priorities for inbound supply chain managers from a packaging perspective is the proper management of returnable containers and packages so they are delivered as quickly, efficiently and economically as possible.

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Packing a punch

2019-01-16T11:13:00+00:00By Karen McCandless

Electric cars could revolutionise transport by providing a cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly way to travel. The International Energy Agency forecasts that there will be 13m electric vehicles (EVs) on the road globally by 2020, while PwC Autofacts predicts that 55% of all new vehicle sales will be fully ...

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Conflict resolution

2019-01-10T17:00:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Packaging is essential to the supply chain for the timely movement of parts and the maintenance of quality in the storage and distribution process. 


Carlson adopts Effitrailer telematics system

2018-11-27T12:56:14+00:00By Marcus Williams

Carlson Vehicle Transfer has adopted Michelin's Effitrailer telematics system across its fleet of 150 finished vehicle carriers. Carlson, which is owned by Groupe Cat, transports finished vehicles across the UK and Europe.


Looking to technology to tackle looming disruption

2018-10-10T15:33:56+01:00By Marcus Williams

The automotive industry in the UK is in the shadow of looming disruption brought about not just by the uncertainties of Brexit but a host of other issues that will be made more problematic if the country leaves Europe without a deal on March 29 next year. Given that the ...


BMW and Toyota could leave UK after no-deal Brexit

2018-10-03T15:52:15+01:00By Marcus Williams

BMW and Toyota have said this week that they could withdraw from the UK if there is disruption to business caused by a no-deal Brexit.


No-deal Brexit could cost car industry billions

2018-09-26T11:58:41+01:00By Steve Garnsey

While the political debate and negotiations continue, two car plants in the UK plan production changes and the SMMT has warned a no-deal Brexit could add at least £5 billion ($6.6 billion, €5.6 billion) in tariffs for the EU’s automotive industry.

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Don't hope for a trade war truce

2018-09-14T11:47:04+01:00By Matt Grimwade

This is just the beginning. Unless an agreement can be reached, the ongoing trade war is likely to incur additional tariffs on Chinese products, and businesses at the lower end of the supply chain will face serious consequences.


Car sales drive growth in Latin America

2018-08-15T16:16:42+01:00By Barry Cross

The first two quarters of 2018 have seen a 7% increase in the Latin American automotive market, with sales of light commercial and passenger vehicles increasing from 2.64m to 2.83m.


Seeking to harmonise supply and demand

2018-07-13T11:55:18+01:00By Lem Bingley

In May, supply chain specialist Kinaxis announced that Volvo Cars had chosen its software for work on volume forecasting and production planning. According to Kinaxis, the Swedish carmaker will use its RapidResponse software to model the impact of rising production volumes, as well as other ‘what-if?’ scenarios. 


Driving intelligent dispatch

2018-06-28T11:58:37+01:00By Andrew Williams

There are already 5,000 carriers registered on the Cargonexx platform, together operating more than 70,000 trucks


Russian VAT hike to hit domestic car industry

2018-06-20T11:38:49+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Plans to increase the VAT rate in Russia from 18% to 20% next year look set to hit the automotive and construction sectors hard, Russian economists have warned.


Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe winners announced

2018-06-12T21:30:37+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The winners of the first ever Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe were revealed in Bonn, Germany, this week. During the event on June 12 – held on the eve of this year's Automotive Logistics Europe conference – former Opel, Fiat and BMW vehicle designer Chris Bangle handed out a total ...


Inbound supply chains subject to growing disruption

2018-06-12T17:50:46+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Interruptions to the smooth flow of parts to assembly plants are becoming more commonplace, according to research from global insurance broker JLT Specialty.


ECG pilots seek to improve forecasting accuracy

2018-05-30T10:31:31+01:00By Mike Farish, ams_mikefarish

Several pilot projects involving major automotive OEMs and logistics service providers (LSPs) are likely to get underway in Europe over the next few months in the latest stage of an initiative by the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) to tackle capacity shortages by improving forecasting methodologies.

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