Designing future supply chains today

Changing technology, changing minds

Online purchasing, ride-sharing, autonomous vehicles, electric cars – if there is one thing that is certain, it is that the automotive sector is constantly developing in response to radical shifts in product development and consumer expectations.

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Working out how automotive supply chains need to reposition themselves in view of such game-changers is no easy matter – especially given uncertainty over the direction of the North American vehicle market this year and ongoing concerns about international trade, in light of the recent change of president in the US.

What’s clear, however, is that wherever automotive OEMs lead, their supply chains must follow. And that means supply chains changing their mindset in terms of flexibility and performance to ensure they understand the changes required and can innovate sufficiently to accommodate them – ultimately becoming the benchmark by which others set their standards.

As James Bovenzi, Executive Director of GM’s global purchasing and supply chain organisation in North America, said about his company’s major restructure in supply chain and logistics operations recently: “Many will see these developments as disruptors or threats, and certainly, some will gain and lose more than others – but at GM, we want to see the opportunities, not the threat. As logistics professionals, we can be enablers of these changes.”

Enabling such changes will be exactly the focus of this year’s Automotive Logistics Global conference, where OEMs, service providers, infrastructure operators and technology solutions suppliers will all come together to find the best ways forward in terms of embracing new processes and technology to serve tomorrow’s new automotive industry more effectively.

About the conference

Now in its 18th year, Automotive Logistics Global is the must-attend event in the North American auto logistics sector.

“Step back and pick [up] new ideas for your logistics,” was how Guillaume Quentin, Senior Manager – Finished Vehicle Logistics at Nissan, put it after last year’s event. “Lots of top decision makers attend,” added Paul Cuccinelli, Logistics Specialist at Toyota Tsusho America. “Very informative, excellent networking, good mix of inspiration and common sense detail,” commented David Harriss, Director, Breakbulk and Ro-Ro Sales, Port of Virginia. “Top notch, diverse and a pleasure to attend,” agreed Roger Bryant, Assistant Branch Manager at Nissin International Transport USA.

This year’s two-day conference will once again be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and will provide a unique opportunity to combine business with relaxation.

The single, all-inclusive delegate fee includes:

  • golf day at the TPC Michigan championship course (limited availability)
  • entry to the pre-conference drinks reception
  • access to all conference presentations and Q&A sessions
  • networking lunch and coffee breaks
  • messaging and comment options via the in-summit app
  • access to the Live streaming service
  • a seat at the fabulous Automotive Logistics Global gala dinner
  • copies of speaker presentations to download after the event.

Register here to join your peers, suppliers and competitors for a day that will help your automotive logistics operations in North America better meet the challenges ahead.

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