Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain

Issue 32

Streamlining logistics for the ultimate driving machine

During a recent visit to BMW's Plant Regensburg Simon Duval Smith talked to Jürgen Maidl, Senior Vice-President Production Network, Supply Chain Management about how connected distribution is set to revolutionise inbound and outbound logistics at the carmaker

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Future logistics - harnessing the power of advanced IT solutions

We report from Bremerhaven port, with comments from Andrea Eck of BLG, and from the US with Mario Cordero, Executive Director of Port of Long Beach and John Heimann of IT providers Acertus on how OEMs and logistics providers are prioritising the adoption of advanced IT systems

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The New Silk Road - an exciting new route with many challenges

Jörg Mosolf, Chairman of the board (CEO) of the Mosolf Group tells Simon Duval Smith how the New Silk Road and its associated routes are set to revolutionise trade between China and Europe but that it still has some way to go

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Connected and green - BMW's outbound network of the future

Anita Pieper took over as Vice-President of Vehicle Distribution and Vehicle Distribution Centres (VDCs) at BMW Group two years ago. She tells Simon Duval Smith how connectivity and increasing collaboration with the finished vehicle supply chain is powering the future logistics at the carmaker

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Digitising logistics for the Ultimate Driving Machine

In this first of two articles, Simon Duval Smith looks at the connected logistics initiatives and talks to the executives and engineers who are driving the digital revolution at BMW. In part two we will look in depth at the software behind the initiatives, the use of virtual reality, and highlight some specific applications of digitalisation

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BMW - revolutionising logistics through robotics and virtual reality

In this second of two articles, Simon Duval Smith looks in depth at the specialised robotic applications, the use of virtual reality, and highlights some specific applications of digitalisation in the BMW Group’s finished vehicle delivery system

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On the road in the US - connecting the sustainable supply chain 

Finished vehicle trucking in the US has recovered well from some torrid events over the last ten years and has emerged stronger and more efficient as Simon Duval Smith reports

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Ports in Spain and Portugal - progress with a few growing pains

In our ongoing series on ports and processors, we look at two facilities in Europe, Port of Barcelona in Spain and Port of Leixões in Portugal which will be vying for import and export business with the newly expanding North African market as well more established markets in Europe and the US

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Future transport discussed in depth at New Mobility Live

Many interesting themes emerged from the first New Mobility Live conference, held at the Coventry University Technology Park on January 23, where speakers and delegates from across the world gathered to discuss the challenges of moving personal transport forward

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Blockchain and the automotive supply chain

“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”
Don & Alex Tapscott, authors of the ‘Blockchain Revolution’

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Rail and ports - blazing a green trail to bridge the automotive world

A quick word from Editor Simon Duval Smith

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Why is consumer adoption of electric vehicles taking so long?

Editor-in-Chief Sam Ogle wonders why more consumers aren’t turning to electric cars

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