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    Warehouse excellence at Robert Bosch


    Extensive research and testing of lean principles have elevated tier one supplier Robert Bosch’s warehousing practices alongside the highest OEM plant standards. The supplier is trying to replicate these lean standards globallyFew terms are used as ubiquitously throughout automotive production as ‘lean management’, a concept of continuous improvement and manufacturing ...

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    Case study: Bosch Diesel in China goes lean


    The Warehouse Excellence model is applied in China to ensure Bosch’s supply chain is fast and flexible enough to meet a very different type of demand to that in Europe. A compelling case for the potential of improving warehouse performance with lean management can be found at Bosch Automotive Diesel ...

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    Keep coming up with the goods in the UK


    Vehicle production in the UK is healthy, but requires agile logistics for its global and local supply chains and these can only evolve with investment in skills training and IT.Christopher Ludwig contributed to this reportFollowing the hard economic knocks felt throughout Europe since 2008, the UK has certainly surprised many ...

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    Moving towards integration in Southeast Asia


    Potential customs harmonisation among the ten ASEAN nations could see Thailand at the centre of a global automotive powerhouse, with big implications for logisticsThailand continues to hold much promise for the automotive industry. Home to many of the world’s largest carmakers and tier suppliers, it should also receive a boost ...

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    Russia at a standstill


    The market continues to fall, while transport capacity is exiting the market at an alarming rate. Even with prospects for long-term growth, the lack of investment could mean Russia will struggle to move the goods again when customers return to show rooms. We report from the Automotive Logistics Russia conference ...

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    CTM and Lohr offer efficiencies for the backhaul


    Constrained by low rates and a need for investment, road haulers are looking for greater efficiencies from their fleets in Russia. One area for savings that still appears to be staring the industry in the face is empty backhauls, according to Bill Pawluk, CEO of Convertible Trailer Manufacturing Worldwide (CTM).Speaking ...

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    The power of recall


    Recalls and a carmaker's ability to carry them out efficiently can have an effect not just on public relations, but on the company’s bottom line and share price. LSPs are increasingly getting involved.In the late morning of April 10th 2014, the general manager of University Volkswagen Mazda, a car ...

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    Dawn of a new era


    With production set to start this year, JLR and Chery’s joint venture has learned vital lessons from its parent companies and is preparing to go out and navigate the supply chain on its own terms.It is an exciting time for the logistics team at Chery Jaguar Land Rover (CJLR), the ...

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    Horizon introduces LCL groupage service from US to UK


    Automotive freight forwarder and logistics provider, Horizon International Cargo, has announced it will be running and managing its own less-than-container load (LCL) groupage services on a weekly basis to the UK from Chicago and its recently opened New York office.It means the handling of both air and ocean consignments at ...

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    Tom Jones returns to logistics with role at Palogix SCS


    Tom Jones has come out of retirement from the logistics industry to take up a new role at Palogix Supply Chain Services as vice-president of sales national accounts.Jones was previously with Ryder Supply Chain Solutions as senior vice-president and general manager, but left suddenly at the end of January 2013, ...

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    Unravelling the ‘slow-moving’ mystery


    Slow moving and intermittent demand items present unique forecasting difficulties for companies. Mark Watson argues it is not an impossible job and, if perfected, can deliver significant benefits to an organisation.Finding a solution to the challenge of deciding what stock to hold for slow moving and intermittent demand items is ...

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    Panopa opens PCC to support smart production in France


    Supply chain service provider Panopa has opened a plant consolidation centre (PCC) in Hambach next to smart’s French plant. Panopa Logistique France SARL will provide logistics services in connection with production of the new smart fortwo model series for the Daimler division, on an area of 17,000 sq.m. The Hambach ...

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    Caterpillar hangs onto Gartner ranking; Ford drops out


    Ford has dropped out of this year’s annual list of the top 25 supply chain companies compiled by research and advisory firm Gartner. Last year it was ranked at 22, the first time it had made it into the top 25, and was the only passenger car manufacturer to be ...

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    Hammond moves to Global Sales role at UTi


    UTi Worldwide has announced the appointment of Jeff Hammond as its senior vice president of Global Sales. He has been with the company since 2010 when he took up the newly created position of global vice president, Customs Brokerage and Compliance.In his new role Hammond will direct the regional sales ...

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    Logistics vital to Greek and southern European recovery


    Logistics will play an important role in the recovery of the Greek economy following the recession, said a member of the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks at the ECG spring congress and general assembly, held in Athens.Costantino Baldissara, president of the ECG, spoke of the knock experienced by ...

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    ​Harmonisation of loaded lengths remains “key priority” for ECG


    Members of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) met last week in Athens, to discuss the current climate in Europe and the challenges faced across the industry. The importance of continued lobbying for harmonised loading lengths in car carriers was a key point of discussion, as was the slowly ...

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    Supply chains: preventing a weak link


    It is more important than ever for both manufacturers and suppliers to have greater resilience in their supply chains so not to fracture the growth in British automotive manufacturing.Increasing volatility and uncertainty in global supply chains can cause traditional supply chain management models to break down. Natural disasters, socio-political unrest, ...

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    ​European sales not much to celebrate yet, says LMC’s Cox


    A number of recent reports have painted a rosy picture of returning sales to the European market, but the reality is less overwhelmingly positive than these would suggest. This was the opinion of LMC Automotive’s head of European production, Justin Cox, speaking at last week’s spring congress and general assembly ...

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    Thirsty for pressure


    Gefco’s chief executive, Luc Nadal (pictured), has ambitious plans for global expansion under Russian Railways ownership. But as an avid seaman, he knows it won’t always be smooth sailing.Few logistics providers have seen as much change as the Gefco Group in just two years. The major trigger was PSA Peugeot ...

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    OEM drive for parts quality threatens supply chain


    Premium vehicle manufacturers are stipulating improving standards of suppliers’ component quality in order to meet the demand of increasingly sophisticated buyers according to emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical. As a result severe knock-on effects could be felt throughout the supply chain says the company. Fierce industry competition is increasing ...