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  • ECG anniversary: It was 20 years ago today…

    March 28, 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 …

  • Trump’s campaigning ignores supply chain might

    March 20, 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 …

  • Making the most of the future in automotive logistics

    March 14, 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 …

  • How logistics automation can revolutionise the aftermarket

    March 8, 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 …

  • Finished vehicle logistics: Why the only certainty is uncertainty

    January 27, 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 …

  • ECG column: More of the same or all change?

    January 27, 2017

    This year will be one of substantial change, but change brings opportunity… including the opportunity to treat our drivers better Welcome to a new and probably rather interesting year. We entered 2017 in Europe with a period of solid growth and recovery behind us. However, as our quarterly surveys of the membership of ECG tell us, …

  • It may not be popular, but collaboration is still the only smart option

    January 26, 2017

    Despite the rise in populist protectionism so clearly underlined by the UK’s recent vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s surprising US election win, working together remains the only sensible way forward Supply chain experts will spend 2017 dealing with the aftermath of the protectionist sentiments that helped propel the UK vote to leave …

  • Brexit: Why a nod of recognition is not enough to calm the nerves

    January 18, 2017

    Insights from British prime minister Theresa May this week into how she sees the UK’s exit from the European Union panning out have done little to address the main concerns of the automotive sector You might accuse the current British government of many things in its strategy for leaving the European Union – from a lack of clarity on issues …

  • Self-driving vehicles will do more than just reinvent road transport

    January 17, 2017

    Autonomous vehicles will do much for road safety but their benefits will extend far beyond this, with particular gains for businesses managing fleets of mobile service engineers… Self-driving vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, with some 10m projected to be hitting the road by 2020, according to BI Intelligence. The most compelling benefit of such new vehicles is that …

  • Building momentum in the high and heavy sector

    January 11, 2017

    After years of decline, increased demand for mining equipment shows Australia’s raw materials producers are gearing up for growth The spectacular bust that followed the boom in commodity markets for the better part of the 2000s placed a significant strain on the Australian economy, in the process forcing mining companies to fundamentally rethink their businesses. After some …