Automotive

How Supply Chains Are Exceeding the E-Commerce Challenge

Automotive, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, Retail, Supply Chain, Technology
October 27, 2016

Exponential growth in online sales is forcing retailers and their suppliers to employ strategies that will eventually help them take full advantage of the trend. E-commerce has been the fastest growing trade sector and has outpaced every other tra...

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Delivering on the Customer Promise: Lessons from CSCMP 2016

Automotive, Dedicated Transportation, Retail, Supply Chain
October 4, 2016

Many of the top supply chain executives gathered in Orlando, Florida the last week of September for the annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals conference. Discussions focused on overcoming supply chain disruption, and how the logisti...

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Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges in the Automotive Industry

Automotive, Cross Border, Supply Chain
September 29, 2016

“The auto industry will change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50.” James Bovenzi, Executive Director, North America GPSC at General Motors used this quote attributed to his CEO Mary Barra, during his presentation at the Autom...

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Putting Your Supply Chain in Reverse to Go Forward

Automotive, Network Design, Retail, Reverse Logistics, Supply Chain, Technology
August 18, 2016

Being smart about your supply chain means optimizing every link – from forward to reverse logistics. While most companies are actively working to optimize their forward supply chain, for too many, the returns management process remains a black hole...

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How Mexico is Fueling the Nearshoring Trend

Aerospace, Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing, Supply Chain
June 15, 2016

After almost two decades of offshoring manufacturing across the Pacific, some automotive, technology, aeronautics and consumer electronics companies have decided to “reshore” their operations closer to home. For many, Mexico has become the near-s...

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Sourcing Your Supply Chain Successfully in Mexico

Automotive, Cross Border, Supply Chain
May 5, 2016

Imagine a birds-eye view of a freeway at rush hour in any major American city, as the lanes fill up with every conceivable make and model of automobile. There, in the resulting gridlock and traffic snarls, you see people making their way home in a...

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What is World Class Logistics?

Automotive, Cross Border, Industrial Manufacturing, Supply Chain
March 1, 2016

Logistics can be defined as the right part or SKU, in the right quantity, in the right place, at the right time. But what makes it “world class?” Is it an above 90% logistics efficiency? Or a certain cost? Is it a 99% on time delivery? Or a co...

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4 Steps to Maximizing Big Data for Automotive Logistics

Automotive, Inbound Manufacturing Product Flow, Supply Chain
October 12, 2015

Automotive logistics is immersed in big data. Consider the sources. There are 14 OEMs in North America, with 76 plants planned or currently in operation utilizing 280,000 parts for 160 models. Among some 400 suppliers, there are 5,000 plants. Add to ...

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3 Reasons Mexico is Manufacturing’s Cross-Border ‘Nearshore’ Home

Automotive, Cross Border, Industrial Manufacturing, Supply Chain
September 10, 2015

For years, China has been the go-to destination for offshore industrial manufacturing. Abundant and low-cost labor and manufacturing costs, cheap oil, and reliable trade routes convinced many manufacturers to relocate industrial operations overseas. ...

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Automotive Manufacturing in Mexico: the Billion-Dollar Nearshore Market

Automotive, Cross Border, Supply Chain
July 30, 2015

The Mexico automotive manufacturing industry has been active since the 1930s. Yet, in the past 20 years, the cost benefits, convenience, and proximity of “nearshoring” in Mexico has lured a host of OEMs, tier one and tier two companies south. ...

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