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  • Europe Conference: Planning for more than the Zeitgeist in the supply chain

    March 21, 2016

    The Automotive Logistics Europe conference set out to capture the Zeitgeist of logistics in terms of technology and skills – and it found that now may be a perfect time to invest in equipment, transport engineering and smart systems. Christopher Ludwig reports from in Bonn, Germany Additional contributions by Marcus Williams and Rachael Hogg BONN, MARCH …

  • Europe conference: Risk management is a very necessary nuisance

    March 18, 2016

    The automotive business is changing and in doing so it is facing new risks that threaten the supply chain. This potential threat is exacerbated by a lack of attention to those risks until things go wrong. However, risk is mitigated by better visibility and that depends on getting the right information. Unfortunately, according to Thomas …

  • Europe conference: Logistics need not be hampered by working towards a better planet

    March 18, 2016

    The automotive logistics industry needs to acknowledge its environmental record if it is to make amends and build more sustainable practices into the way it does business. Kai Kraass, chief operations officer at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL, pictured), was looking for some honesty from the delegates at this year’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn, …

  • Europe conference: Carmakers commit to supporting their outbound transport providers

    March 16, 2016

    There has been a step change in the way carmakers are looking to work with their outbound transport providers, according to speakers at this week’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn, Germany. The relationship is no longer going to be typified by finished vehicle carriers with poor returns on their investments going out of business …

  • Overheard at Automotive Logistics Europe

    March 18, 2014

    A few interesting comments from the Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn.   "We are working together to find creative solutions to reduce environmental impacts. One of the most important things is to standardise. It’s important for LSPs that each OEM doesn’t have its own solution – there needs to be a common solution for …

  • Excess inventory costing Europe millions

    March 18, 2014

    Customer service failures affecting the availability of vehicles at dealerships, in part to do with poor management of inventory and dealer swaps, are costing the European automotive industry millions of euros. The situation is complicated by OEM zero stock objectives, which are designed to squeeze inventory out of the manufacturing system early but often pass …

  • Lohr and CTM announce venture for convertible trailers

    March 18, 2014

    French vehicle trailer manufacturer, Lohr Industries, has signed a partnership agreement with Convertible Trailer Manufacturers Worldwide (CTM WW) to produce trailer equipment that will be able to handle both finished vehicles and a range of other general cross-industry freight, including containerised parts.  CTM WW’s vehicle transporter designs mean trailers can convert in a number of …

  • Hertz consolidates vehicle logistics services

    March 18, 2014

    Car-rental company Hertz has overhauled its outbound logistics procurement and distribution strategy, greatly reducing the number of carriers that it uses. Rather than controlling its overall logistics movements, Hertz has moved towards an outsourced model for its logistics engineering.   Paul Sykes (pictured), European sourcing manager for transportation and vehicle re-marketing, told delegates at the …

  • JCB cuts logistics emissions by 16% with dual-fuel fleet

    March 18, 2014

    British construction equipment manufacturer, JCB, has moved aggressively towards reducing emissions and fuel consumption in its supply chain, including the use of a dual-fuel carrier fleet and multimodal logistics. The company is already savings hundreds of thousands of pounds per year as a result, according to Joannes Van Osta (pictured), general manager of logistics.   …

  • Between light and darkness in IT visibility

    March 17, 2014

    Carmakers were accused of a lack of discipline in their supply of information to the logistics providers at last week’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn, Germany.   Supply chain visibility is a constant issue for the logistic industry and its efforts to hone the delivery of materials. However according to an IBM survey cited …