Third-party logistics: Future fields of opportunity?

Automotive Logistics looks into why asset-light 3PLs remain the exception rather than the rule in outbound logistics – and how technology might soon change that As with most things in life, change is a constant in automotive logistics, but in finished vehicle distribution that doesn’t seem to hold as true. As one observer wryly comments […]

Chain Reaction: AI is taking over business; infrastructure plan response lukewarm

Editor’s Note: The following is a weekly column covering technology and regulation within the supply chain and logistics industries. Data says urban logistics will be a key driver in 2018 According to a report from Cushman & Wakefield, there is no sign that the economy is slowing down, and key drivers in 2018 include urban logistics, larger […]

Porsche turns to 3D printing

The division of German luxury car manufacturer Porsche dedicated to classic vehicles has started using 3D printers to produce rare parts that are only required in small quantities. With the Porsche Classic range consisting of around 52,000 parts, the potential for saving storage space and cost is huge, stated the OEM. “The components can be […]

Supply chains are reorganizing at breakneck speeds

As consumers at the end of supply chains demand more, companies are re-evaluating whether their network design still fits the mold. The answer is often no. Blame the retail apocalypse on Amazon all you want, but the vast shifts in the industry’s real estate footprint are just the tip of the iceberg for changes to […]

How to Avoid Death by Committee

Our deadline approached. As time ticked away, minor tweaks, small adjustments, and little changes continued to roll in from all over the organization. The only problem? None of the tweaks were minor, none of the adjustments were small, and none of the changes were little. We’d sent our “finished” product out for review to far […]

Toyota teases sporty coupe developed with BMW

Toyota’s Supra performance coupe looks likely to debut in concept form at next month’s Geneva auto show after the automaker released a teaser picture for a “modern racing concept.” Toyota said the concept’s unveiling at the show on March 6 shows its “commitment to bring back to the market its most iconic sports car.” The new […]

Braun and Schicke to head VW’s digital logistics divisions

Volkswagen has created two new departments supporting digital applications in the inbound and outbound logistics parts of its business and announced new roles for those leading them. Volkswagen Group Logistics said this week that Matthias Braun (pictured, left) was now heading the Digitalization and Concept Development department, associated with the Material Logistics business unit headed […]

Supply chain’s path to the top starts with leadership

The path to the C-suite has never been clearer for supply chain managers, but the changing trends that unveiled the value of the profession have also riddled a new set of obstacles for workers with boardroom ambitions. There’s no doubt in APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi’s mind supply chain managers have always had a bright future […]

5 blockchain statistics: CIO reality check

CIOs and industry analysts don’t see the blockchain trend exactly the same way. Consider these statistics on spending and plans Blockchain landed on Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends list in 2016. Around the same time, analysts at PWC called it a “tech breakthrough megatrend” for CIOs. More than a year later, where do CIOs stand on blockchain? A few […]

Career Solutions: Talent Search

Experience-based education programs seek out, woo, and train the next generation of supply chain talent. Nothing puts a would-be supply chain professional to the test quite like firsthand experience. True, the college classroom provides invaluable knowledge and hones indispensable skills. But hiring managers appreciate evidence that applicants, no matter their youth, have been there, done […]