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  • A partnership of choice for Gefco and PSA

    March 31, 2017

    Having signed an €8 billion contract with its former owner PSA, Gefco is keen to emphasise its growing independence both within and outside the automotive sector There are many reasons why Groupe PSA chose to sign a new, five-year global exclusivity contract with Gefco late last year. The companies have a common history going back …

  • Groupe PSA report part 5: Full throttle towards pole position

    March 31, 2017

    A look ahead to the technological developments and personnel requirements that will drive PSA’s analysis of supply and demand Developing commercial forecasting skills within the supply chain group will be an important objective for Francesca Gamboni over the next few years, but it will be happening in parallel to other developments, including regional and global …

  • Groupe PSA report part 4: Engineering logistics partnerships

    March 31, 2017

    PSA’s partnership of choice with Gefco aims to reap benefits in purchasing, pooling and packaging innovation, as well as bringing further intermodal options Bringing a deeper commercial view into the supply chain group has not been the only cultural shift that Francesca Gamboni is promoting across her teams; in renewing its contract with Gefco as …

  • Groupe PSA report part 3: Connecting a supply chain par excellence

    March 31, 2017

      PSA’s vision of end-to-end supply chain planning will help support its global expansion and acquisition of Opel, as the combined operations roll out some 59 new model launches by 2021 Francesca Gamboni seems an excellent senior management fit at Carlos Tavares’s re-energised PSA. Tavares, himself Portuguese and a long-time Renault executive, also wanted to …

  • Groupe PSA report part 2: Chef d’orchestre prepares to begin a new movement

    March 31, 2017

    PSA’s vice-president of supply chain, Francesca Gamboni, is bringing a new vision of supply chain management inspired by the kind of cross-departmental responsibility found in the FMCG sector. She reveals how this could improve PSA’s supply versus demand balance When Francesca Gamboni joined Groupe PSA last June, she was not new to the car sector, …

  • Groupe PSA special report: Refait à neuf

    March 31, 2017

    A five-part feature assays the recent fortunes of Groupe PSA – and the effects on its logistics functions – under the leadership of Carlos Tavares and senior vice-president of supply chain, Francesca Gamboni Even before it confirmed that it would acquire Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors, Groupe PSA had surprised many industry observers with the speed …

  • PSA touts European scale and supply chain synergy in Opel/Vauxhall acquisition

    March 7, 2017

    PSA Group and General Motors (GM) have come to an agreement over the sale of the latter’s European business, specifically the Opel and Vauxhall brands, with the total price coming in at €2.2 billion ($2.33 billion), including a €900m deal for the financing division. The deal, which is expected to close by the fourth quarter of this …

  • China-Europe rail: The road less travelled

    April 12, 2016

    As China has ambitions to revitalise the old Silk Road trade route, automotive manufacturers are increasingly interested in overland rail freight services between China and Europe The old Silk Road that connected China to Europe rose to significant prominence during the seventh and eighth centuries, when not only was silk moved from China but also …

  • Two wheels good?

    April 8, 2016

    From sales drops to shifting uses in different markets, the outbound demands for two-wheelers are changing Vehicle logistics in Europe is, of course, not limited to passenger cars, SUVs, vans and trucks, even if collectively, these products account for a huge majority of the products that specialised car carriers, shipping lines and rail wagons are designed …

  • Pavel Ilichev moves to lead finance role at Gefco

    April 6, 2016

    Transport and logistics provider Gefco has appointed Pavel Ilichev (pictured) as executive vice-president for strategy and finance, replacing Philippe Cossé who has retired after 15 years with the company. Ilichev moves to the role after six years as deputy head of corporate finance at Russian Railways (RZD), which owns a majority stake in Gefco. He will …