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  • Ford to implement Infor’s cloud-based WMS in Europe 

    January 18, 2017

    Ford is to implement new cloud-based warehouse management software (WMS) from Infor at its cross-docking centres in seven European countries. The Infor SCE software will automate the process of transferring goods at Ford’s ten cross-docking centres in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the United Kingdom. A spokesman for Infor told Automotive …

  • Mercedes-Benz Vans to help trial autonomous delivery robots

    January 18, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz Vans has confirmed it will participate in a number of pilot projects in Europe this year to test the use ground-based, last-mile autonomous delivery robots with robot developer Starship Technologies. The OEM has been working with UK-based Starship Technologies since mid-2016 and together they introduced the idea of using a van in conjunction with …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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. …

  • What to watch in 2017 

    December 27, 2016

    The automotive supply chain could take several knocks in 2017 from rising protectionism and regulatory changes. Automotive Logistics consults its crystal ball to highlight some of the potential hotspots…       North America Which way will Trump blow? There will be worries, especially in Mexico, about overhauls to Nafta or import rules, though it …

  • BMW’s ‘connected’ logistics: Shaping a self-steering supply chain

    December 22, 2016

    BMW’s senior vice-president of logistics, Jürgen Maidl, and other executives talk to Automotive Logistics about the carmaker’s drive towards a decentralised and fully connected logistics flow Carmakers do not typically issue strategy statements about logistics. Their board members are usually more preoccupied with vehicle sales, product development, manufacturing stability and profits. Sure, logistics plays important …

  • Nissan initiates automated towing system at Oppama plant

    December 6, 2016

    Nissan has introduced an intelligent vehicle towing (IVT) system at its Oppama manufacturing plant in Japan that uses a modified, self-driving Leaf electric vehicle to pull a car-carrying trailer. Trials of the system began a year ago and over 1,600 test runs have been carried out since, the OEM has revealed. The new system is …