Opinion

  • Tracking technology

    Opinion » Bringing the IoT to the automotive supply chain

    April 30th 2018 Since Toyota first pioneered its innovative Lean production system in the 1930s, the automotive industry has been a trailblazer in developing data-driven strategies to optimise manufacturing processes. With the integration of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies into every facet of the manufacturing process, OEMs and their suppliers have achieved incredible levels of efficiency and quality […]
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  • Packaging's growing role in e-commerce

    Opinion » Accelerating growth in auto parts e-commerce 

    March 13th 2018 The UK automotive parts supply chain has been transformed by the emergence of e-commerce and the changing behaviour of car owners. Online parts sales are growing at a rate of around 10.5% a year (CAGR) compared with 3% for the whole UK aftermarket and, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), online […]
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  • Supply chain optimisation

    Opinion » Think macro, not micro

    February 16th 2018 Modern consumer habits are constantly changing. As technology evolves and demand increases, supply chain managers face new challenges, as they attempt to compete on a global level. In the automotive industry, in particular, where production is highly time-sensitive, operations must be streamlined to drive productivity and meet demand. Traditional supply chain operations based on a […]
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  • Supply chain management

    Opinion » Avoiding supply chain disruptions with effective legal planning

    December 22nd 2017 Even the greatest logisticians at the world’s most prestigious automotive companies can’t predict the future. Economic downturns occur, suppliers falter and disputes occur that endanger just-in-time manufacturing. While these disruptions in the supply chain are inevitable, they do not have to be catastrophic. Although the strategies shown here are written from the perspective of the OEM, […]
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  • Mobility developments

    Opinion » China leads the car-sharing market, despite the challenges

    December 20th 2017 The Chinese government is using car-sharing – short-term car rental, usually charged by the hour – to stimulate the new energy vehicle (NEV) market and increase individual mobility efficiency. In June 2017, the central government released draft guidance for the car-sharing industry, outlining some supporting policies. The guidance specified certain requirements for car-sharing businesses, defined their role in […]
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  • Logistics 4.0

    Opinion » Facing digitalisation-driven disruption

    December 20th 2017 Historically, traditional logistics players such as DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, UPS and Nippon Express have operated in a stable world, where efficiency, standardisation and low cost have been the keys to success. Digitalisation, however, has begun to change this focus, transforming the market. New, digital-native entrants are better able to adapt to emerging imperatives such […]
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  • Supply chain optimisation

    Opinion » The secret to fine-tuning your supply chain

    December 12th 2017 ‘Disruption’ is a word we’re beginning to see a lot more of on global, political and industrial fronts and these all impact on the supply chain. In order to thrive, today’s automotive supply chains must be built on resilience and flexibility, as events tomorrow could have a direct impact on a manufacturer’s bottom line. Whether […]
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  • Vehicle technology

    Opinion » How autonomous vehicles will impact on the supply chain

    November 2nd 2017 There’s a huge buzz in Silicon Valley about electric engines, ride-hailing and driverless cars, with Uber, Tesla and Waymo all making waves. Morgan Stanley sees a major transformation taking place and recently predicted that Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous driving unit, could be valued at $70 billion by 2030. The big car manufacturers also see the opportunities […]
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  • 20th anniversary issue

    Opinion » Getting better with age

    November 1st 2017 It has been an incredible journey over these last 20 years working on Automotive Logistics, expanding both our publications and our conferences around the world. I can still remember the beginning like it was yesterday. I was young and full of energy, fresh from school with hair flowing down to my shoulders. England’s national football […]
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  • AL 20th anniversary

    Opinion » Still breaking down barriers in automotive supply chains…

    October 24th 2017 Automotive Logistics does not usually talk about itself. Our mission is to cover global automotive logistics, a $100 billion-plus industry whose centre is not a small media company in London. However, in reflecting on 20 years of automotive logistics ‘the industry’ in this issue, I can note a few similar story arcs for Automotive Logistics ‘the […]