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  • Omnitracs to offer Peloton’s platooning solution to customers

    February 17, 2017

    Fleet management solutions provider Omnitracs has formed a partnership with Peloton Technology allowing the former to offer the latter’s truck platooning solution to its customers. This year, Peloton will begin filling pre-orders of its platooning product for Class 8 trucks. The Silicon Valley-based company’s investors include Volvo Group, UPS, Intel Capital and Magna. Like other …

  • Hirschmann Automotive adopts Axit digital procurement platform

    February 10, 2017

    Hirschmann Automotive, a tier one supplier of wiring and cable technology, has adopted the AX4 platform from logistics IT provider Axit to manage procurement operations at its main production site in Rankwell, Austria. Axit specialises in cloud-based IT systems for the management of cross-company logistics processes. Up until now, Hirschmann has been sharing supply chain …

  • Danish project seeks to cut empty vehicle miles

    February 8, 2017

    Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD) has announced it will part-finance a new, 15m kroner ($2.2m) project to develop an automated logistics system that will let shippers fill more empty miles. The project, called DiRectly, will help freight companies cut transport costs and carbon emissions by minimising empty journeys and help truck companies earn more income with …

  • Toyota and Suzuki firm up partnership talk

    February 7, 2017

    Toyota and Suzuki have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore potential cooperation in various business areas including the supply of products and components. In October last year, the two Japanese companies first announced an intention to collaborate in areas such as environment, safety and information technology. Under the memorandum signed this week, further progress …

  • New Russian import rules lead to cars being stopped at customs

    January 31, 2017

    Several car shipments have been blocked on their way into Russia by its Federal Customs Service because they are not equipped with the Era-Glonass accident emergency response system. According to Yuri Ladygin, head of the Customs Service’s Far East Department, amendments to Russia’s customs regulations require all cars imported into the country after January 1st …

  • 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 …

  • Intelligent logistics supports Bremen output for Mercedes-Benz

    January 25, 2017

    Intelligent logistics and a flexible supply chain are being used to underpin the recently launched production of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé at the OEM’s plant in Bremen, Germany, Daimler has claimed ­­– helping to maintain the site as the most complex globally for its number of variants. Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board of …

  • US car hauliers: Keeping all eyes on the road

    January 24, 2017

    Despite a levelling off in US vehicle sales, car carriers hope to carry on expanding as new technology makes them more efficient. But there are potholes to negotiate, as Automotive Logistics finds out… The car haulage industry in the United States has begun to experience the inevitable – a decline in the growth of new …

  • Peugeot launches online car sales in UK

    January 23, 2017

    Peugeot has decided to launch a comprehensive online car-buying service in the UK. The company claims it is the first time every step of the buying process – including financing and establishing a guaranteed price for part exchanges – can be completed in one go over the internet. “With no need to visit a dealer …

  • Scania and Toyota start Singapore truck platooning trial

    January 23, 2017

    VW subsidiary Scania and Toyota are to conduct the first full-scale autonomous truck platooning operations in Singapore, in what has been described as the largest pilot project of its kind. The three-year pilot, work on which begins this month, will involve three autonomous trucks following a lead manned truck on public roads, moving containers between port terminals …