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  • From the industry

    Intelligence » A clean answer to complex reverse logistics packaging

    February 11th 2019 The use of returnable packaging is on the increase, driven by a range of factors including increased standardisation of load carriers and more modular packaging concepts. At the same time as product and part number complexity increase, and automotive production and distribution networks spread further across the globe, packaging companies must keep pace by developing […]
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    Intelligence » Coming up with a strategy for transformation

    February 8th 2019 CHEP’s core business is all about managing and owning reusable packaging assets. Providing that service for its customers takes away the pain and hidden costs of running the service themselves, while giving them control and visibility of their inventory throughout the supply chain. That service is going to become all the more important according to […]
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  • Supply chain analytics

    Intelligence » Q&A: Marcelo Turri, Alpargatas

    February 8th 2019 Could you give an overview of the logistical operation which supports Havaianas? We have different models in different regions, so in Brazil, we operate our warehouses but we have third parties that do the transportation for us. In the US, Europe and Asia, we have third parties that operate our warehouses as well as the […]
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  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » Q&A: Scott Krebs, Orbis

    February 8th 2019 What does Orbis see as the main problem in providing accurate data on where a container is, whether empty or full, and what is it doing to solve some of these problems for its automotive customers? In the automotive industry, one of the biggest obstacles is standardisation. Toyota puts identification on its packaging [that is] […]
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  • Supply chain digitalisation

    Intelligence » Delivering a smarter factory

    February 7th 2019 Magna Steyr’s vehicle assembly plant in the Austrian city of Graz is not a typical automotive factory; the site, which in 2018 brought its cumulative total production tally to 3.5m vehicles, produces vehicles under contract for OEMs such as Daimler, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. Efficiency is important in any automotive operation – but for […]
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  • Automotive Logistics Mexico conference

    News » Standing up to risk

    February 6th 2019 Given that it has recently welcomed a new government, is preparing for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and is tackling a worsening domestic security situation, it is safe to say that the Mexican automotive industry faces significant risks as it seeks to improve on its position as the world’s seventh-largest automotive manufacturer and fourth-largest vehicle […]
  • International trade

    Intelligence » Q&A: Olivier Thouard, customs and tax director, Gefco

    February 6th 2019 Automotive companies and their logistics providers have largely been kept in the dark over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and how they will continue to trade vehicles and parts with the continent. The UK exports more than 80% of the vehicles it makes but more than 80% of its domestic sales […]
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  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » The long way home

    January 22nd 2019 For inbound automotive supply chains, returnable packaging just makes sense. No carmaker wants to spend money on wood, paper and cardboard again and again, only to have to fork out straight away for costly waste disposal. Far better to pay once for a robust, reusable container that provides better protection for parts and can, ideally, […]
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  • Country focus: Poland

    Intelligence » Hanging in the balance

    January 21st 2019 Towards the end of last year, passenger car production in Poland looked like it was going to finish lower for the second consecutive year, after being affected by weak sales in the EU. The big questions now are whether the current downward trend will last and if new approaches in the outbound logistics segment can […]
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  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » Stepping up the quality

    January 21st 2019 There are several advantages of shipping vehicles in kits rather than as completely built units, including lower costs for transport, better customs import conditions and the support of local government in exchange for providing employment to the workforce. A major disadvantage, however, is that defective, damaged or lost goods may delay assembly. Therefore, the kits […]
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