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  • FVL conference 2017: Live poll results

    March 14, 2017

    Live polling conducted at the Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference revealed mixed sentiments on the economy, what technology to invest in and visibility in the sector                                                         …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • VW Truck & Bus commits to Brazil with €420m investment

    December 9, 2016

    Volkswagen’s truck and bus division in Brazil – Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (VWCO) – is to invest €420m ($446m) in its business in Brazil over the next five years, the biggest single funding package the company has made. The investment will include modernisation of its plant in Resende, the “steady renewal” of its product portfolio …

  • BMW and logistics automation: from prototype to (augmented) reality

    November 18, 2016

    The premium carmaker is taking a step-by-step approach to bringing smarter automation and digital technology into its day-to-day operations, with big plans for the future.  BMW’s senior logistics managers are pushing new technology into the carmaker’s supply chain, with a number of pilot projects involving automated guided vehicles (AGVs), robots and digital communications moving from …

  • Verizon builds telematics expertise with Fleetmatics buyout

    August 3, 2016

    Verizon Communications has announced an agreement to acquire Fleetmatics, a global provider of fleet telematics and mobile workforce management solutions, for around $2.4 billion. The move comes just a week after Verizon confirmed its acquisition of Yahoo for $4.8 billion. The takeover is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, including the approval of …

  • FVL North America conference: Beyond the year of the fat cow

    June 13, 2016

    All seven annual Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conferences have taken place during periods of recovery and growth for the industry. At the latest event, many thought sales were at their peak, and warned that OEMs and providers would need to be efficient even as the market changes. Marcus Williams and Christopher Ludwig report. Rachael …

  • Europe conference: Carmakers commit to supporting their outbound transport providers

    March 16, 2016

    There has been a step change in the way carmakers are looking to work with their outbound transport providers, according to speakers at this week’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn, Germany. The relationship is no longer going to be typified by finished vehicle carriers with poor returns on their investments going out of business …