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  • Opinion » Making a success of collaboration

    May 18th 2017 The automotive industry is in the midst of massive change. From ride-sharing services, advances in mechanical innovation and autonomous vehicles, and shifts in fossil fuels and hybrid power, these disruptions are helping to fuel some amazing transformations. Winning in this environment requires the ability to collaborate, plan and execute with trading partners, and pull together […]
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  • Opinion » Three steps to ensuring supply chain success

    May 17th 2017 Making the supply chain a success is extremely important for everyone involved. To achieve this is usually complex and dependent on a number of factors. When you look at these factors in more detail, however, you can narrow them down to just three things: trust, time and transparency. Clearly, the first is a massive driver […]
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  • Opinion » Why supply chain digitisation can mean making the best of what you already have

    April 25th 2017 There is nowhere to turn in the vehicle logistics sector without encountering ‘digital transformation’, whether related to autonomous and connected vehicles, or optimising data. The EU transport commissioner, Violeta Bulc, recently told members of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG), that only companies who improved digital connections, whether in collecting data or in filing […]
  • Opinion » A back-to-the-future approach to connectivity

    April 10th 2017 Resolving the connectivity required in tomorrow’s logistics networks is a challenge. But there’s no need to look to future technology on this score, as a highly appropriate solution is already in our hands. The growth in driverless and autonomous transport has been one of the biggest technical innovations we’ve seen in recent years. According to […]
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  • Opinion » In these uncertain days, supply chain reaction times are critical

    April 5th 2017 Given current political and economic uncertainties, there may be many twists and turns in the track ahead… making it all the more important that supply chains can plan and react with real efficiency Strip the global outlook to pure numbers, and the story for the automotive industry is quite positive. China sales have been accelerating. The US and Europe, […]
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  • Opinion » ECG anniversary: It was 20 years ago today…

    March 28th 2017 ECG president Wolfgang Göbel reflects on a celebration of the association’s 20th anniversary and looks forward to a year of milestone events. In late 1996, 25 people from 22 different companies sat around a table in a Cologne hotel and signed a paper agreeing to form a group to represent their industry. Thus were the […]
  • Opinion » Trump’s campaigning ignores supply chain might

    March 20th 2017 The president’s relentless criticism of trade terms and regulation often ignores some of the automotive industry’s most important developments for the future Since his election victory, many have wondered about the extent to which Donald Trump, the president, would resemble Donald Trump, the presidential candidate. For the automotive industry and its supply chain, the questions […]
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  • Opinion » Making the most of the future in automotive logistics

    March 14th 2017   The right technical partnership is critical to allowing logistics networks to derive full value from the internet of things Brand advocacy is key in the high-value world of automotive sales, making the need to provide a convenient and enjoyable customer experience critical to success. But this experience doesn’t end at payment – retailers need […]
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  • Opinion » How logistics automation can revolutionise the aftermarket

    March 8th 2017 Automation of logistics processes is the key to an efficient automotive aftermarket supply chain. The availability and distribution of vehicle parts to meet service and installation needs are critical to the aftermarket industry. Rising demand from quicker turnaround, more complexity and the variety and availability of parts all place increasing pressure on the logistics operations […]
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  • Opinion » Vehicle logistics: Why the only certainty is uncertainty

    January 27th 2017 Constantly shifting political, industrial and logistical currents will ensure change remains the only constant in vehicle logistics Finished vehicle logistics, perhaps more than other supply chain disciplines, is focused on operations at hand and responding flexibly to changes rather than speculating about future trends. While 2017 could be a year of political disruption, making guesses […]
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