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  • Mexico conference report: Seeking to build bridges, not walls

    February 7, 2017

    Mexico’s automotive industry is inextricably linked with its neighbours to the north but under its new president the US is talking about renegotiating Nafta and applying border taxes to imports. At this year’s Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, held in Mexico City, industry and government heads looked for positive signs in an uncertain political climate For …

  • US car hauliers: Keeping all eyes on the road

    January 24, 2017

    Despite a levelling off in US vehicle sales, car carriers hope to carry on expanding as new technology makes them more efficient. But there are potholes to negotiate, as Automotive Logistics finds out… The car haulage industry in the United States has begun to experience the inevitable – a decline in the growth of new …

  • Cars in containers: Boxing above their weight

    January 17, 2017

    Suppliers of car container equipment are gaining ground by providing fast, flexible shipping options in specific global markets In this story… Racks and cassettes Electric cars light up the way Containing the situation in Asia Incorporating SKD kits Multimodal growth potential  Shipping vehicles by container has long been an option for carmakers, although on major …

  • Advanced analytics: Boiling down the benefits of big data

    January 13, 2017

    In a data-rich world, could advanced analytical techniques be the key to higher performance in the automotive supply chain? In this story… Automatic recommendations A multiple approach to data Making analytics work Place an order with a major online retailer and you will probably be offered a range of recommended purchases. “Customers who bought this …

  • Ocean container packaging: Hammering out a waste of space

    January 13, 2017

    More efforts are taking place to improve efficiency, cost and quality through the better use and construction of packaging within container transport  The expansion of international supply chains has placed increased pressure on maximising the use of ocean containers when shipping global automotive parts. While freight rates, storage and port fees all play a major …

  • Latin America: The good, the bad & the uncertainty

    January 10, 2017

    Governments, carmakers, processors and carriers will all have their roles to play in establishing greater economic and logistical integration across Latin America, as Automotive Logistics finds out. In this story… Trade deal ups and downs Mexico sets gold standard Exports save Brazil Recovery in Argentina Return to peace in Colombia Looking ahead to better times …

  • Robert Bosch 4.0: Keeping a close eye on technology

    January 9, 2017

    Tier one supplier Robert Bosch is broadening the role of IT and automation in its operations to boost supply chain efficiency Information technology continues to find new applications in handling the complexities of the automotive supply chain. Among other things, IT is playing an enhanced role in rationalising the automotive supply chain, notably for inbound and …

  • Cross-Channel freight: Trucks, tariffs and tunnel vision

    January 6, 2017

    Automotive Logistics reports on vehicle and component movements between the UK and the rest of Europe in the post-Brexit climate   The past year has brought freight movements between the UK and mainland Europe sharply into focus, including for automotive parts and finished vehicles. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union brought currency falls in the …

  • ETA accuracy: Going up in the customer’s estimation

    January 6, 2017

    Carmakers and logistics providers are now starting to bring ‘Uber-like’ tracking and delivery forecasts to the finished vehicle sector… In this story… VW’s platform enhancements Visibility over exceptions Trying to stay invisible Tracking reverse logistics Scott Mabry may well smile when he reflects on the inspiration for enhancements to Volkswagen Group of America’s logistics tracking system. …

  • Russian component exports: Shaping up to ship out

    January 4, 2017

    OEMs and tier suppliers in Russia have plans to support their flagging domestic business with more components exports  With vehicle assembly in Russia operating well below capacity, over the past two years carmakers have tried to increase vehicle exports to other regions, including eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Recently, a number of …