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  • Cloud-based system helps Suzuki GB move to real-time ETAs

    April 19, 2017

    Sovereign Business Integration Group has signed a five-year deal with Suzuki in the UK to provide the company with its EML cloud-based logistics management system. The UK-based company’s EML system covers the end-to-end logistics chain and is specifically designed for finished vehicle logistics. As a result, Suzuki dealers in the UK will get improved transparency and …

  • Daimler, VW and BLG Logistics recognised in ‘elogistics’ awards 

    April 12, 2017

    German automotive industry body AKJ Automotive has recognised Daimler and Volkswagen in its annual elogistics awards for digital-based initiatives. In addition, BLG Logistics has been given AKJ’s Tool Award for its work on the use of drones in the logistics space. AKJ Automotive is made up of a group of industry experts and executives who advocate …

  • A back-to-the-future approach to connectivity

    April 10, 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 …

  • Survey highlights Silicon Valley risk to German logistics industry

    April 5, 2017

    Almost two-thirds of German logistics specialists and executives believe the industry is investing too little in research and development, with more than half fearing they could lose market share to competitors from Silicon Valley. That’s the main finding of the 2017 Logistic Trend Index, compiled annually ahead of next month’s Transport Logistic exhibition in Munich. Robert …

  • Seat holds second logistics innovation event at Martorell factory

    April 3, 2017

    Spanish carmaker Seat held a two-day logistics innovation event last week at its Martorell factory in Spain at which ten suppliers presented the latest in robotic and drone technology for inventory management, handling and delivery to the assembly line. The event, held at the carmaker’s logistics innovation centre at the factory on the last two …

  • European transport commissioner wants digital cooperation

    March 22, 2017

    Violeta Bulc, the European commissioner for transport, has urged the finished vehicle logistics sector to work with the European Commission and EU member states to push for legislative reforms and policies to support better use of developing technologies. Speaking at an event marking the 20th anniversary of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) in …

  • At 20 years old, ECG invests in a digital future 

    March 22, 2017

    The Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) has celebrated its 20th anniversary with an event this week at the Autoworld museum in Brussels, attended among others by European commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc. Since March 1997, the association has represented the common interests of vehicle logistics companies at a European level both to regulators and lawmakers in Brussels, …

  • FVL conference: Will big outbound visions ever happen in real-time?

    March 14, 2017

    The eighth annual Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference discussed lots of potential for connected car and in-vehicle technology to transform transport and tracking. However, uncertainties over which technology to focus on, as well as regulatory and economic questions, may hold back important software and hardware updates. Marcus Williams reports from Huntington Beach, California. Gareth …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …