Opinion – Page 4

  • 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 ...

  • PriorityFreight
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    Three steps to ensuring supply chain success

    2017-05-17T09:29:10Z

    Making the supply chain a success is extremely important for everyone involved. To achieve this is usually complex and dependent on a number of factors. When you look at these factors in more detail, however, you can narrow them down to just three things: trust, time and transparency. Clearly, the ...

  • Christopher Ludwig
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    Why supply chain digitisation can mean making the best of what you already have

    2017-04-25T17:48:20Z

    There is nowhere to turn in the vehicle logistics sector without encountering ‘digital transformation’, whether related to autonomous and connected vehicles, or optimising data. The EU transport commissioner, Violeta Bulc, recently told members of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG), that only companies who improved digital connections, whether in ...

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    A back-to-the-future approach to connectivity

    2017-04-10T17:19:24Z

    Resolving the connectivity required in tomorrow’s logistics networks is a challenge. But there’s no need to look to future technology on this score, as a highly appropriate solution is already in our hands. Neil Hamilton is VP business development at Thingstream, a division of mobile company Myriad Group The ...

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    In these uncertain days, supply chain reaction times are critical

    2017-04-05T16:52:01Z

    Given current political and economic uncertainties, there may be many twists and turns in the track ahead... making it all the more important that supply chains can plan and react with real efficiency Strip the global outlook to pure numbers, and the story for the automotive industry is quite positive. ...

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    ECG anniversary: It was 20 years ago today…

    2017-03-28T15:59:47Z

    ECG president Wolfgang Göbel reflects on a celebration of the association's 20th anniversary and looks forward to a year of milestone events. In late 1996, 25 people from 22 different companies sat around a table in a Cologne hotel and signed a paper agreeing to form a group to ...

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    Trump’s campaigning ignores supply chain might

    2017-03-20T16:46:13Z

    The president’s relentless criticism of trade terms and regulation often ignores some of the automotive industry’s most important developments for the future Since his election victory, many have wondered about the extent to which Donald Trump, the president, would resemble Donald Trump, the presidential candidate. For the automotive industry and ...

  • Josie Byrne lr
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    Making the most of the future in automotive logistics

    2017-03-14T14:52:10Z

    The right technical partnership is critical to allowing logistics networks to derive full value from the internet of things Byrne: failure to share data is a common pitfall Brand advocacy is key in the high-value world of automotive sales, making the need to provide a convenient and enjoyable ...

  • Tim new 2_opt
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    How logistics automation can revolutionise the aftermarket

    2017-03-08T05:46:18Z

    Automation of logistics processes is the key to an efficient automotive aftermarket supply chain. Tim Fawkes thinks aftermarket services are better managed through good systems and multiple carriers The availability and distribution of vehicle parts to meet service and installation needs are critical to the aftermarket industry. Rising demand ...

  • Christopher Ludwig
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    Vehicle logistics: Why the only certainty is uncertainty

    2017-01-27T11:28:48Z

    Constantly shifting political, industrial and logistical currents will ensure change remains the only constant in vehicle logistics Finished vehicle logistics, perhaps more than other supply chain disciplines, is focused on operations at hand and responding flexibly to changes rather than speculating about future trends. While 2017 could be a year ...

  • MOSOLF
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    ECG column: More of the same or all change?

    2017-01-27T10:29:00Z

    This year will be one of substantial change, but change brings opportunity including the opportunity to treat our drivers better Wolfgang Göbel is president of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) Welcome to a new and probably rather interesting year. We entered 2017 in ...

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    It may not be popular, but collaboration is still the only smart option

    2017-01-26T12:35:01Z

    Despite the rise in populist protectionism so clearly underlined by the UK's recent vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump's surprising US election win, working together remains the only sensible way forward Supply chain experts will spend 2017 dealing with the aftermath of the protectionist sentiments that helped propel ...

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    Brexit: Why a nod of recognition is not enough to calm the nerves

    2017-01-18T17:44:54Z

    Insights from British prime minister Theresa May this week into how she sees the UK's exit from the European Union panning out have done little to address the main concerns of the automotive sector You might accuse the current British government of many things in its strategy for leaving the ...

  • Gill Devine_1
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    Self-driving vehicles will do more than just reinvent road transport

    2017-01-17T11:06:12Z

    Autonomous vehicles will do much for road safety but their benefits will extend far beyond this, with particular gains for businesses managing fleets of mobile service engineers... Self-driving vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, with some 10m projected to be hitting the road by 2020, according to BI Intelligence. The most ...

  • Ari Marjamaa_2
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    Building momentum in the high and heavy sector

    2017-01-11T14:52:52Z

    After years of decline, increased demand for mining equipment shows Australia’s raw materials producers are gearing up for growth Ari Marjamaa is vice-president, head of global market intelligence at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics The spectacular bust that followed the boom in commodity markets for the better part of the 2000s ...

  • Modestrip
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    What to watch in 2017

    2016-12-27T09:00:56Z

    The automotive supply chain could take several knocks in 2017 from rising protectionism and regulatory changes. Automotive Logistics consults its crystal ball to highlight some of the potential hotspots… North America Which way will Trump blow? There will be worries, especially in Mexico, about overhauls to Nafta or ...

  • Brad Brennan
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    Emerging trends of a modern, agile supply chain

    2016-12-14T14:49:31Z

    The automotive industry is evolving. The pressures experienced by suppliers are altering, to which manufacturing and supply chain strategies are having to adapt. We have seen intricate supply chain balancing come to the fore as carmakers aim to streamline operations; the result being fewer parts moving more quickly between a ...

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    India’s logistics landscape is set for structural change

    2016-11-10T16:30:49Z

    New rules designed to support transport safety and simplify taxation are helping to create new multimodal opportunities in the nation Two separate regulatory changes are set to impact on logistics business for transport providers and their customers in India. The first – a change to the maximum length of road ...

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    Brexit: Are you ready for the impact?

    2016-11-04T12:03:20Z

    In light of the recent Brexit vote and looming technology advances, those in the UK’s automotive logistics sector would be well advised to take some bold decisions to prepare themselves for the future... Analysing trends and predicting change in the logistics industry has been relatively simple over the last few ...