All SCM articles – Page 14

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    Cutting logistics costs key to GM profit targets


    General Motors has revealed details about how it plans to increase its margin to 10% in 2016, with cuts in material and logistics costs making up a large part of the company’s savings in regions including North America and South America.During an investor meetings last week in Michigan, the company’s ...

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    Kinsella leaves Gefco for automotive role at Expeditors


    Karen Kinsella (pictured) has moved from her role as global key account manager for automotive at transport and logistics provider Gefco, to take up a new role at Expeditors as vertical manager in the automotive division for Europe.Expeditors is a global logistics and freight forwarding provider based in Seattle, Washington ...

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    Mahindra to make supply chain more efficient


    Over the next five years Mahindra and Mahindra plans to reduce its supplier base by 10% each year, decreasing its total number of suppliers from 650 to 450. The announcement was made by Hemant Sikka, chief purchasing officer of automotive and farm equipment, last week.Mahindra has centralised the purchasing of ...

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    ZF marks 10 years in Solihull; installs second line


    Chassis systems supplier ZF Lemforder UK, part of the ZF Friedrichshafen group, is celebrating the tenth anniversary of production at its facility in Solihull, near Birmingham. The anniversary coincides with the installation of a second line producing axle corner modules for just-in-sequence and just-in-time supply to Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) ...

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    Editor's note: good problems to have


    If they could choose, most managers would probably prefer having more demand for a product than supply. It may stress plants, and increase delivery times, but growing sales and profits usually speak louder to top management than dealer complaints over delivery.However, if not managed properly, having more cars than customers ...

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    Delivering a new world of order


    Carlos Lahoz (left) reveals how Kia is honing its forecasting and supply chain process across Europe, including improving vehicle allocation and material forecasting. Glovis Europe also discusses its ambitions for Hyundai-Kia’s logistics and beyondA company selling more cars than it has capacity to build can be a ‘good problem’ to ...

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    Editor's note: looking for smart guesswork


    The Russian market has often confounded this magazine. Sales can change drastically between print and distribution. We’ve written about customs only for governments to reset policy. Today, amid escalating sanctions and shaky ceasefires, no one can guess the outcome for automotive (some are already forecasting plant closures, read more here).Imagine, ...

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    General Motors: waste not, want not


    GM’s executive director of global logistics, Edgard Pezzo, left, talks to Christopher Ludwig about cutting waste and cost in a multi-billion dollar supply chain.When Edgard Pezzo took over as executive director of global logistics and containerisation at General Motors, in May 2013, the top logistics purchasing management job came with ...

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    Autoliv Europe to manage manufacturing logistics with Delmia Apriso


    Safety systems supplier, Autoliv Europe, has announced it will start using Delmia Apriso to manage its manufacturing logistics operations. The Delmia software brand is owned by Dassault Systèmes and Autoliv Europe is employing it to reduce waste by cutting idle inventory and enhancing operational efficiency as part of its SAP ...

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    Global conference: Automotive is the benchmark for logistics in Mexico


    While automotive is not the only industry with a focus on the development of Mexico as a production and export base, it seems customers from other sectors are looking to the logistics processes it employs as the benchmark for their own inbound strategies.“Companies have approached us in other industries and ...

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    More sparks are set to fly


    Despite being on somewhat familiar ground, Russia’s political climate and the status of the Lada brand call for Bo Andersson (pictured) to tread carefully while better aligning supply and demand at Avtovaz. Roger Stansfield reportsSince leaving General Motors as its global purchasing and supply chain chief, Bo Andersson has developed ...

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    Is there still a place for leaders?


    The ‘lead logistics provider’ concept may be undergoing its biggest ever changes. The question is whether or not it is still working for today’s automotive industry. Co-ordinated from a ‘control tower’ based on the customer's site in Solihull, England, an extensive European supply chain feeds the three British vehicle assembly ...

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    When supply is a close run thing


    Carmakers are showing a renewed interest in local supply networks, but do the benefits of supplier proximity balance the costs for both sides, or is there a middle distance to be found for a win-win? The evolution of automotive manufacturing has mostly been a story of dis-integration. Today’s car factories ...

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    Tibbett Logistics increases auto footprint in Romania


    Tibbett Logistics has announced that it has now quadrupled the size of its automotive logistics operations in Bucharest following the addition this month of 2,000 sq.m of warehousing at its facility in the Romanian capital. The logistics provider, a subsidiary of the UK’s Keswick Enterprises, has increased its footprint to ...

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    Global conference: Honda handling the lower tier supply of parts


    Honda of America is managing the logistics behind the inbound supply of certain parts from its lower tier suppliers to those on the tier one and two level, and is currently running a pilot project with Transfreight for the delivery of those parts. The reorganisation also affects parts purchasing and ...

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    Dressing for a hot market in a cold network


    The 15th annual Automotive Logistics Global conference, held at the MGM Grand in downtown Detroit, brought senior OEM, tier supplier and logistics provider executives to discuss ways of coping with the current growth and changes across the North American network. Most anticipated growing complexity, an increasingly important Mexico, and the ...

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    Global conference: rising complexity


    The global rise of vehicle assembly continues, bringing with it a lot more complexity in supply chain management, global part and vehicle movements, and electronics and technology, according to speakers at this week’s Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit. Global vehicle assembly is set to hit 85.7m units in 2014, ...

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    ProAct – overcoming supply chain complexity is a key issue


    The increasing complexity of supply chains is a key industry issue, according to ProAct, a storage integrator and cloud services enabler.Supply chain complexity is developing in a multitude of ways, including the increasing use of multi-modal supply chains, the need to deal with specifics, the use of different modes and ...

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    India’s exports could quadruple by 2020 says report


    Indian automotive suppliers only account for 1% of overall global exports (worth $10 billion), but things are looking up. The Auto Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) in India, and McKinsey, an American management consulting firm, have released a joint report entitled, ‘Capturing the Global Opportunity, the next imperative for the Indian ...

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    Automotive Logistics launches first Mexico conference


    Automotive Logistics is holding its first conference in Mexico in January next year in association with the US Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). The three-day event will take place in Mexico City, at the Marquis Reforma hotel, between the 27-29 January.Mexico is seeing a wave of new investment as OEMs ...