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    Taking your hands off the wheel


    As driving and park-assist technology becomes more prevalent in trucks today, experts look ahead to what a future with self-driving trucks would mean for logistics and the automotive supply chain. Driverless cars entered the public imagination in force several years ago, when the media started following the development of the ...

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    Case study: the more the merrier for Volvo’s rail freight


    Volvo Group has recently turned to a logistics provider to sell excess rail capacity on routes between Europe and Sweden. The multi-party arrangement is an example of how consolidating freight across industries may support more efficient rail services. Transporting automotive material by rail is common for inter-plant movements, such as ...

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    DHL Supply Chain to provide aftermarket services for Volvo in UK


    Volvo Cars has awarded a five-year contract to logistics provider DHL Supply Chain to handle its aftermarket parts warehousing and distribution to more than 120 of its dealers across the UK. Under the new contract, DHL will manage four shared-use local distribution centres. The company said that through changes to ...

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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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    Volvo Cars introduces inventory management platform with Manheim


    In what is being described as an industry first, Volvo Cars is working with automotive fleet services provider Manheim on a common international platform for inventory management and the wholesaling of used vehicles to its franchised dealers. According to Manheim the platform will enable the Swedish car manufacturer to introduce ...

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    Stech moves from Russia to Volvo Cars North America


    John Stech, who was president of Volvo Cars Russia until last month, has moved to a new role as executive vice-president of commercial operations at Volvo Cars of North America. He is now responsible for sales, customer service, the dealer network, and information technology in the US market. “I’m truly ...

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    Import/Export North America now underway in Baltimore


    The inaugural Import/Export North America conference is now underway at the port of Baltimore, organised by Finished Vehicle Logistics and the Automotive Industry Action Group. Senior vehicle logistics executives from OEMs including American Honda, Volkswagen and Nissan are present along with respresentatives of the US Maritime Administration. Captain ...

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    Ceva announces “excellent results” from automotive in Q1


    Ceva has reported its first quarter results and highlighted “excellent results in the automotive sector” led by two major contracts that are currently being implemented. There were also healthy figures for the contract logistics part of the business, which showed profits up almost 38% year-on-year thanks to the company’s decision ...

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    A transformation loaded with ambition at Volvo


    The decision to bring logistics purchasing and operations in-house has resulted in dramatic changes in Volvo Car Group’s inbound and outbound supply chain. Four years after China’s Geely Cars bought Volvo Cars from Ford, the Swedish carmaker is undergoing the most significant ever change to its manufacturing and sales footprint. ...

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    Covering all the bases in damage protection


    With quality expectations higher than ever, OEMs have to consider the cost and general effectiveness of damage avoidance solutions, including full body covers. In this story... Cost versus protection Wrapped up in film Opting for full coverage Targeting risk If there is one thing that carmakers, logistics providers, dealers and ...

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    Redrawing the line side


    Carmakers are looking carefully at ways to simplify inbound logistics to assembly lines, including kitting operations and, in some cases, insourcing.After a number of recent visits to automotive plants I have noticed changes to the ways that carmakers are thinking about final deliveries to the assembly line. Manufacturers as diverse ...

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    China reports: an industry on the advance


    In China’s complex automotive landscape, logistics is crucial, but OEMs and 3PLs still face a steep learning curve on which they can help each other. In this story... Push for quality logistics Supply chain engineering 3PLs falling behind Export services Working together China’s vehicle sales and production growth has ...

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    Europe’s outbound sector meets in Berlin


    Delegates are heading to the ECG Conference in Germany next week in search of positive signs for European vehicle logistics. ECG is the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and its 2013 conference takes place at the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin on Friday October 11th. The annual meeting brings together the ...

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    ​Geely prepares to send Volvo-developed exports to US


    Chinese automotive manufacturing company, Geely Automotive Holdings, says that it plans to start exporting cars developed with Volvo to the US in 2016. The move comes a full ten years after the company’s founder, Li Shufu set the goal after the Detroit auto show in 2006. In 2008, Geely approached ...

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    Secrets of a success story at JLR


    Logistics providers have played a key role in the global growth of Jaguar Land Rover, and the OEM wants to extend co-operation even further. Contracts of trust; The supply chain and its history; A complete LLP strategy; Reducing premium freight spending by 80%; Global systems for order to delivery; A ...

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    European ports emerge from the darkness


    The world’s largest carports Emden close to all-time high Relative strength in the UK Scandinavian recovery and privatisation Port reforms at Piraeus and Le Havre Quality in the Netherlands Baltic prospects After devastating drops in 2009, European ports saw recovery for vehicle volumes in 2010, although most are still far ...

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    Volvo Logistics to raise investment despite rate concerns


    Volvo Logistics, the third party logistics (3PL) arm of Sweden’s Volvo Group, has its sights set on growth of up to 20-25% in the coming years on the strength of recovery in North America and Europe and growing volume in emerging markets, in particular China where it is investing in ...

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    DFDS sees auto opportunity


    The shipping and logistics group DFDS is aiming to buck the trend of weak vehicle sales in Europe this year with a growth target of more than 30% for shipping passenger cars compared to 2010. The group, which includes DFDS Seaways and DFDS Logistics, is also targeting expansion for inbound ...

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    Gothenburg recovers before privatisation


    Sweden’s port of Gothenburg is in the midst of a major transition for its vehicle handling business. In 2008, the Port Authority of Gothenburg made the decision to divest its automotive terminal operations, including the splitting up the vehicle logistics operations into two terminals: one for ro-ro and short sea, ...

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    Viking Rail is all Volvo again


    Viking Rail, an inter-modal link created by Volvo Logistics and DB Schenker that connects megatrailer cargo between Scandinavia and Germany by rail, has resumed a 100% dedicated-cargo service for Volvo Logistics, including for group customers and external clients such as Volvo Cars. The service, which initially started in 2008 ...