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U.S. Automotive Producers With Ongoing Bad Habits

Supply Chain Matters

automotive producers continue to fall back on what we view as a bad habit- a reliance on big-ticket, larger margin trucks and SUV’s for profitability and hence manufacturing strategy.  Supply Chain Matters has been observing how U.S. Perhaps you have noticed this same trend. These past few days have featured troubling news that points to […].

Complex Automotive Supply Chain Makes Traceability A Challenge


Track and Traceability AutomotiveIt can be difficult to quickly pinpoint the origin of a faulty auto component. Even relatively minute problems with an important auto component can have serious consequences. Whether they be faulty brake lines or airbags that fail to deploy, these malfunctioning parts can threaten the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians everywhere.

Is the Automotive “Factory of the Future” Closer Than We Think?

Manufacturing Transformation

In the automotive business, we’ve been hearing about the Factory of the Future for years now. think we’re in a similar situation with the automotive Factory of the Future. Over time, little by little, this digital transformation has been taking place across the automotive industry. It’s easy to dismiss the whole idea as just one more round of hype and promises.

Top 7 Ways Labeling Drives Automotive Supply Chain Efficiency


Today's automotive manufacturers continue to grapple with the complexities of global markets, global production facilities, and global suppliers. Automotive InfographicAdditionally, too many organizations today rely on cobbled together labeling solutions composed of disparate applications and manual processes.

Understanding Yard Management Systems

This is especially true in the situation where automated truck loading systems are deployed and outbound trucks are loaded in as few as 6 - 10 minutes. 8) Manufacturing companies with just in time production operations, such as in the automotive industry, whereby delays incurred with incoming loads could potentially result in costly production line slowdowns. Yard Management Systems. 12. 2.

Automotive NPIs Keep Accelerating – Can You Keep Up?

Manufacturing Transformation

We’ve been talking about accelerating New Product Introduction (NPI) in the automotive industry for years. recent article in Automotive News says the speed of NPI is still accelerating, and will keep doing so for the foreseeable future. This is a well-known strategy in automotive manufacturing. But unlike NASCAR, there is no finish line in the automotive industry.

The missing link in automotive contract manufacturing


The automotive industry commonly deals with global supply chains: Globally dispersed suppliers and worldwide manufacturing facilities increase complexity. Throughout the automotive supply chain setup, collaboration between dealers, OEMs, contract manufacturers and suppliers is crucial to delivery performance. The answer is simple: Collaboration. Once again, collaboration is key.

Mexico's Automotive Boom Benefits US Logistics Industry

Material Handling & Logistics

Mexico is the biggest supplier of automotive parts to the United States, accounting for one-third of all imports. read more. Global Supply Chain Transportation & Distribution Gold

Here are the top automotive inbound supply best practices

The Network Effect

Overall, the future for the inbound automotive supply chain is subscription based software platform services in the cloud. For suppliers looking to more profitability participate in today’s demanding automotive supply chains, or for those looking to expand their business through profitable growth, they must look outside the traditional solution set. Image by Flickr user Alang7.

Supplier information challenges in the automotive industry


Recently, I had the pleasure of hanging out with 16 different Tier 1 automotive manufacturers in the same evening. Quite a few of our customers are located in the Detroit area where we recently hosted a networking event featuring Nexteer Automotive. The post Supplier information challenges in the automotive industry appeared first on Direct Materials Insider.

Simulating Success in the Automotive Manufacturing Industries

Manufacturing Transformation

Continuing from my prior post , another example of the role that digital manufacturing and simulation plays comes from the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA), which blends aerospace and automotive composite development. See figure above. Complete Paradigm Shift. Reducing Uncertainty.

A Better Idea for the Automotive Supply Chain: U-Shaped Cells

Material Handling & Logistics

Combining material flow and cellular techniques is becoming a popular approach in automotive manufacturing. Combining material flow and cellular techniques is becoming a popular approach in automotive manufacturing. Brian C. Neuwirth. read more. Facilities Management Global Supply Chain Gold

What’s new in the automotive supply chain? (Hint: Inventory Replenishment Policies)

The Network Effect

Major automotive Subsystem and Tier 1 Suppliers are actually including statements to this effect in their 10k filings. The post What’s new in the automotive supply chain? Auto Automobile Supply Chain Planning Visibility automotive Inventory replenishement visibility 1965 Ford Mustang Assembly Line in Dearborn.

In the Automotive Industry, was 2014 a Year Worth Recalling?

Manufacturing Transformation

2014 was a record-setting year in the automotive industry – but not in a good way. Why is quality so hard to control in the automotive industry? At the very least, it’s yet another strong reason for automotive companies to be investing in modern manufacturing systems. Recalls reached record levels, and show no sign of letting up. Increasing Complexity.

Inbound logistics requirements for the new automotive supply chain

The Network Effect

Considering the lengthy set of detailed logistics requirements for an automotive supplier list in the balance of this section, one needs to wonder how an optimal level of analytics, visibility, and control could have been provided using legacy systems. If you’d like to know more on this and related subjects, I recommend you read the new  Automotive Inbound Supply Best Practices  whitepaper.

Mexico’s Booming Automotive Electronics Industry Necessitates a Parallel Boom in EHS & Sustainability

Technology Forecasters

Source: AMIA, Mexican Automotive Industry Association). But are Mexico’s Environment, Health, Safety (EHS) and Sustainability practices keeping up with its impressive automotive electronics growth? Read more in EBN about TFI’s study on the growing automotive-electronics industry in Central Mexico and about EHS and Sustainability challenges and progress. Gordon.

Not a Good Week and Time for Automotive Service Management Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

For service facing and aftermarket automotive related supply chains, news developments this week have undoubtedly bordered on the surreal or even bizarre. Automotive Supply Chain Product Lifecycle Management Service Lifecycle Management Service Parts Planning Service-centered Supply Chains Supplier Management Supply Chain Risk Management 2014-2015 Takata airbag inflator recalls independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog Takata Corp. Volkswagen emissions scandal Volkswagen supply chain

Why the automotive aftermarket spare parts supply chain is such a complex problem

The Network Effect

See below for a real example of how one of the world’s largest automotive leveraged an innovative cloud platform and a trusted 3PL partner to transform their spares business. suggest you download the automotive aftermarket spares solution sheet. The post Why the automotive aftermarket spare parts supply chain is such a complex problem appeared first on The Network Effect.

VW Ready to Transform Automotive Supply Chains

Supply Chain 24/7

New technologies and shorter product cycles pose serious challenges for the motor industry globally, and, according to Volkswagen: “In future, a key success factor will be a highly efficient global supplier network

Evidence of Business as Usual in North America Automotive Supplier Relationships

Supply Chain Matters

automotive industry. Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Collaboration Supplier Management automotive industry global supply chain challenges Supply chain Matters blogIn the week that the purchasing and supply management community is meeting at the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) annual conference being held here in Indianapolis, is a disappointing report of business as usual supplier relationship management challenges across the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reports Lukewarm Supplier Ties Hamper Auto Makers (Paid […].

What Comes Around: A Rating of Automotive OEM’s from Suppliers

Supply Chain Matters

A posting on Supply & Demand Chain Executive highlights the results of the 14th annual North American Automotive Tier 1 Supplier Working Relations Index, which is an industry study on the major U.S. and Japanese automotive OEM’s relationships with suppliers. This annual study focuses primarily on OEM’s Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Honda and Toyota which currently comprise upwards of 80 percent of U.S. vehicle sales. The article highlights that both Toyota and Honda’s efforts to improve supplier innovation and relationships have, once again, gained the upper hand.

Automotive Inbound Supply Best Practices

Supply Chain 24/7

Despite commendable efforts in the automotive supply chain, such as MMOG, the inefficiencies inherent in ERP systems severely limit the gains that you can make in efficiency

Major Automotive Supplier Component Safety Snafu is Another Supplier’s Strategic Gain

Supply Chain Matters

As far back as 2014, Supply Chain Matters provided commentaries relative to the defective air bag inflator crisis that was impacting multiple global automotive brands. Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality Service Lifecycle Management Supplier Collaboration 2014-2015 Takata airbag inflator recalls Autoliv Supply chain Matters blog Takata defective airbag inflator recall- impact on supply chainEven then, the product recalls involving airbag inflators supplied by Takata Corp. of Japan were estimated to be in the millions.

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4 Steps to Maximizing Big Data for Automotive Logistics

Ryder Exchange

Automotive logistics is immersed in big data. Between OEMs, suppliers, dealers, carriers, logistics service providers , and other third-party providers, that’s countless millions of pieces of data across the automotive ecosystem. Tom Kroswek is Senior Director of Supply Chain Excellence, Value Stream Leader – Automotive, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions. Consider the sources.

Why a network model makes sense for today’s automotive suppliers

The Network Effect

Today I want to talk about the challenges faced by today’s automotive suppliers, and why a network model for their supply chain can help. Supply chain organizations within the automotive supplier industry contribute to manufacturing excellence in many ways, including quality, cost, and delivery to their OEM and subsystem customer base. Supplier shipment information accuracy.

Watch: Fixing Supply Chain Inefficiencies in the Automotive Aftermarket

Apex Supply Chain Solutions

The automotive aftermarket, as well as other supply industries, is evolving to a point where the expected response time for orders is much faster than ever before. This responsibility is placed higher up the supply chain, so distributors and OEMs must be able to respond to the needs of the actual service provider.

Industry Disruptor: Tesla and the Automotive Driving Experience

Supply Chain Matters

Fast becoming one of the icons of disruptive thinking approaches is Elon Musk with his current ventures in the automotive and space exploration and aerospace sectors.  Supply Chain Matters has featured a number of prior commentaries specifically focused on Tesla and how this automotive producer has challenged existing norms in is driving re- thinking in supply chain vertical integration, advanced manufacturing practices, service and distribution strategy. We are often reminded that one of the most common traits of industry disruptors is that they think differently. 

Leading automotive technology events and digital information company, TU-Automotive, acquired by Penton

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

TU-Automotive has been acquired by Penton in a move that strengthens both Penton and TU-Automotive's position as a leading provider of events and digital information for the fast growing automotive technology and Internet of Things (IoT) segments

3 Automotive Aftermarket Trends Driving Changes & Best Practices in the Supply Chain

Freight Management

As we gear up to exhibit at the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) two weeks from today, we wanted to talk a little bit about some of the top automotive aftermarket trends, as well as some supply chain trends those in the automotive aftermarket are experiencing in a time that can only be described as an industry in transformation (like most industries, and especially  manufacturing).

3D Printing Reshapes Automotive Supply Chain

EBN Online

3D printing is helping auto manufacturers increase proximity and flexiblity and decrease waste. Can similar improvements for other sectors in the electronics indsutry be far behind

After Deadline, Industries Must Lay Out GHS Compliance Next Steps


AutomotiveIndustrial end users must work with OSHA to formulate next steps for complying with the GHS.

The Intricacies of the Automotive Supply Chain

Supply Chain Link

There are over 254.7 million vehicles on the road in the Unites States 1 and every one of those vehicles are made up of thousands parts. There are many. Read more. 10/27/2015. Distribution. Global. Supply Chain. Transportation. Distribution, Transportation, Supply Chain, Global. Distribution Distribution Global Global Supply Chain Supply Chain Transportation Transportation

Sourcing Your Supply Chain Successfully in Mexico

Ryder Exchange

Automotive Cross Border Supply ChainImagine 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 all the popular auto brands: Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Volkswagen, […].

The Automotive Aftermarket: Time for a Tuneup?

Inbound Logistics

Three recent developments—a shift to omni-channel retailing, an increase in manufacturing investment in Mexico, and the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—are having a pronounced impact on automotive aftermarket supply chains. Here’s how automakers, auto parts suppliers, and logistics service providers can respond effectively

More Negative Visibility to Product Recalls and One Supplier in Automotive Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

In a June 2014 Supply Chain Matters commentary, Automotive Component Supply Strategy Meets Sensitized Regulatory Environment, we called attention to a published Reuters report indicating that product recalls involving airbags supplied by Japan based Takata Corp. would  expand and involve millions of affected motor vehicles and ensnarl many global brands. That situation has become ever more visible in a multitude of cascading product recalls and urgent consumer advisories involving many auto brands from entry-level to upscale luxury. states and regions featuring warm, […].

6 Competitive Advantages from Effective Transportation Management for the Automotive Aftermarket Supply Chain (And Any Shipper)

Freight Management

When an automobile parts dealer or a business in the automotive aftermarket industry makes a request to its suppliers to fulfill an order, there is an expectation that the right component shows up at the right place, in the right time frame, at the right cost. Our first post was around the supply chain trends affecting those in the automotive aftermarket. Free shipping? Only Pre-paid?

Automotive 2020: Clarity Beyond The Chaos

Supply Chain 24/7

In this dynamic new age, we believe, a focus on the development of compelling personal mobility solutions, retail transformation, global execution and extensive partnering will be the keys to success in 2020

The Changing Nature of Automotive Mobility

Supply Chain 24/7

The results of an extensive study paint a complex mosaic of opportunities and challenges for automakers, with a large and powerful consumer segment more willing than prior generations to forego vehicle ownership altogether

Supply Chain Design for the Automotive Industry

Supply Chain 24/7

LLamasoft® Supply Chain Guru® and LLamasoft® Transportation Guru® enable companies to model, optimize and analyze supply chain and transportation network operations, leading to major improvements in cost, service, sustainability and risk mitigation

Is Brazil set to be the next automotive giant?

The Strategic Sourceror

Amid discussions among procurement specialists about nearshoring and the associated benefits, the Brazilian economy has attracted a fair amount of attention from the automotive industry. Sourcing experts have often pointed to Brazil's lackluster infrastructure and deficiency of skilled labors as factors that should cause organizations to reconsider setting up operations in the nation. However, the country isn't rampant with issues. Sure, it has some challenges that must be. Please visit the for the rest. Manufacturing and Distribution Costs