Opinion – Page 3

  • Joanne Perry
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    Changes and challenges

    2018-03-30T10:55:00Z

    We are living in an era of great change, which is both exciting and a little bit unnerving. On the technological front, developments such as the emergence of autonomous and electric vehicles could support cleaner and more efficient transportation of both people and goods. In parallel, cultural shifts such as increased ride sharing may have implications for automotive sales and, of course, design, production and logistics. That’s the exciting stuff. The unnerving part is…

  • Mohit Paul_BluJay crop
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    Think macro, not micro

    2018-02-16T17:19:48Z

    Modern consumer habits are constantly changing. As technology evolves and demand increases, supply chain managers face new challenges, as they attempt to compete on a global level. In the automotive industry, in particular, where production is highly time-sensitive, operations must be streamlined to drive productivity and meet demand. Traditional supply ...

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    Avoiding supply chain disruptions with effective legal planning

    2017-12-22T12:00:08Z

    Even the greatest logisticians at the world’s most prestigious automotive companies can’t predict the future. Economic downturns occur, suppliers falter and disputes occur that endanger just-in-time manufacturing. While these disruptions in the supply chain are inevitable, they do not have to be catastrophic. Although the strategies shown here are written ...

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    China leads the car-sharing market, despite the challenges

    2017-12-20T12:22:44Z

    The Chinese government is using car-sharing – short-term car rental, usually charged by the hour – to stimulate the new energy vehicle (NEV) market and increase individual mobility efficiency. In June 2017, the central government released draft guidance for the car-sharing industry, outlining some supporting policies. The guidance specified certain ...

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    Facing digitalisation-driven disruption

    2017-12-20T10:37:14Z

    Historically, traditional logistics players such as DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, UPS and Nippon Express have operated in a stable world, where efficiency, standardisation and low cost have been the keys to success. Digitalisation, however, has begun to change this focus, transforming the market. New, digital-native entrants are better ...

  • Llamasoft Tin Leung and Kostas Kanakopoulos
    Article

    The secret to fine-tuning your supply chain

    2017-12-12T11:03:56Z

    ‘Disruption’ is a word we’re beginning to see a lot more of on global, political and industrial fronts and these all impact on the supply chain. In order to thrive, today’s automotive supply chains must be built on resilience and flexibility, as events tomorrow could have a direct impact on ...

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    How autonomous vehicles will impact on the supply chain

    2017-11-02T12:34:21Z

    There’s a huge buzz in Silicon Valley about electric engines, ride-hailing and driverless cars, with Uber, Tesla and Waymo all making waves. Morgan Stanley sees a major transformation taking place and recently predicted that Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous driving unit, could be valued at $70 billion by 2030. The big car ...

  • louis in colour
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    Getting better with age

    2017-11-01T10:18:53Z

    It has been an incredible journey over these last 20 years working on Automotive Logistics, expanding both our publications and our conferences around the world. Louis Yiakoumi may have lost a few hairs since starting Automotive Logistics, but the industry has gained influence and reputation I can still remember ...

  • Christopher Ludwig
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    Still breaking down barriers in automotive supply chains...

    2017-10-24T16:50:01Z

    Automotive Logistics does not usually talk about itself. Our mission is to cover global automotive logistics, a $100 billion-plus industry whose centre is not a small media company in London. However, in reflecting on 20 years of automotive logistics ‘the industry’ in this issue, I can note a few ...

  • Sunny-Lu
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    Building trust with blockchain

    2017-09-19T19:16:44Z

    Car clocking is a trend that is on the rise, with HPI Check reporting that in 2016, one in 16 cars were affected, an increase of 20% from 2014. While EU legislation slated for 2018 will make the practice illegal in that jurisdiction, laws are unlikely to solve the problem. ...

  • Renatas_Slenderis
    From the industry

    A digital platform for changing the outbound sector

    2017-09-19T17:47:00Z

    Fracht SIA’s transport management software is able to handle everything from purchasing, transport scheduling to route data services, accounting and more

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    EDI to facilitate ever more sophisticated sequencing

    2017-09-05T12:00:40Z

    While few OEM plants run totally ‘make to order’, it is becoming more common that each successive vehicle build on an assembly line will be different. This requires the delivery of parts to line side in an exact order, planned in ‘time buckets’ of as little as four, or even ...

  • Jon_Nicholas_Llamasoft
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    Keeping taxes and duties in mind

    2017-08-01T17:23:21Z

    For so many businesses, success can be attributed to how effectively the supply chain is managed and its impact on growth, costs and profitability. So many aspects including overall cost, supplier sourcing, manufacturing strategies and distribution network structure are impacted by the accelerating globalisation of business combined with taxes and ...

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    How finished vehicle logistics can shed its laggard reputation

    2017-08-01T10:17:36Z

    Vehicle logistics has long been accused of lagging other parts of the supply chain – notably inbound or in-plant logistics – in technology, precision and processes. OEMs and providers complain about the same problems, year in, year out, from poor visibility to a lack of common standards. That it is ...

  • Christopher Ludwig
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    Digitalisation: for better or for worse, you can't just ignore it

    2017-07-24T10:51:39Z

    Disruption or continuous improvement? That is the question over what digitalisation, autonomy and electrification will do to automotive logistics. Will new players swipe away older ones as though deleting undesirables on an app, or will technology improve efficiency and customer reach? The stock market drives the bleaker outlook for some. ...

  • MOSOLF
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    Stronger than ever

    2017-07-19T15:56:18Z

    ECG president Wolfgang Göbel sees plenty of things to celebrate this year – even if political turmoil and gridlock are getting in the way Last issue, I wrote that 2017 was on track to be ECG’s busiest year yet. In this edition I am happy to say that continues ...

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    Air charter services for the automotive sector are flying high

    2017-06-27T10:01:25Z

    The use of airfreight to move automotive parts over expanding global supply networks is on the increase. A recent analysis of shipments across IAG Cargo’s global network shows that over the past year it has seen a 22% increase in shipments of automotive parts by air. Consignments made up one ...

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    Keeping the heat on

    2017-06-21T00:09:13Z

    The summer of renegotiation is upon us. Officials and policy wonks in the UK and US have invited their counterparts out of the sun and into shaded rooms, red pens in hand, trade and multi-lateral agreements spread on the table. For their sake, we hope the rooms are all air-conditioned. ...

  • Stefano Pollotti, MD, GEFCO Middle East
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    How to make the most of the quiet times

    2017-05-31T12:28:18Z

    Stefano Pollotti is the managing director of Gefco Middle East There is not much doubt that after five years of relatively solid growth in the Middle East, the automotive market has suffered over the past 18 months. This inevitably affects all aspects of the industry including traditional logistics, ultimately ...

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    Making a success of collaboration

    2017-05-18T15:25:10Z

    Greg Brady is CEO and founder of multi-party business network provider One Network Enterprises The automotive industry is in the midst of massive change. From ride-sharing services, advances in mechanical innovation and autonomous vehicles, and shifts in fossil fuels and hybrid power, these disruptions are helping to fuel some ...