Logistics

Johnson Controls profit beats estimates as car seat demand rises

10:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Johnson Controls posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by higher sales of its car seats in North America and a lower expected tax bill.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Moving the metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Rail shipments of new vehicles to market are frustratingly slow and often delayed. Automakers suspect some other shippers are getting preferential treatment, but they haven't had the data to be sure.... Read More »

 

Are railroads snubbing autos?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Automakers frustrated by expensive delays in transporting vehicles to dealerships are about to learn whether railroads give preferential treatment to other shippers.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Magna points supply chain toward local sourcing

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Canadian automotive supplier Magna International sees local strategy and efficiency improvements as key cost-saving measures within its supply chain.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Nissan brings suppliers closer to the line

10:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Nissan North America is pulling back from a strategy of buying parts from low-cost countries and is now encouraging suppliers to locate near its assembly plants in the United States instead.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Center of North American auto industry moves further southwest, IHS says

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The geographic center point of the North American auto industry, which was located in central Illinois in 2000, has now crossed south into Arkansas from Missouri and moving southwest about 14 miles a year. The calculation by consultant IHS Automotive is derived from the production data of North American assembly plants.... Read More »

 

Ford switching employees to iPhones from BlackBerries

1:27 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Ford is deploying iPhones for corporate use to employees worldwide, scoring a win for Apple as it seeks to lure more corporate customers.... Read More »

 

2 senators want probe of delays in rail deliveries to dealerships

4:23 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Two senators are asking the Surface Transportation Board -- a bipartisan body of the Department of Transportation -- to investigate railroad delays of vehicle deliveries to dealerships.... Read More »

 

Penske Logistics to close site servicing Ford

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Penske Logistics, the lead logistics provider for Ford in North America, plans to shut down a site south of Detroit in September and cut 183 jobs.... Read More »

 

China's 24 million car market spurs trucking investment

April 26, 2014 06:01 CET
As car sales spread inland from China's crowded east coast cities and automakers such as VW, Ford and Nissan boost capacity in the west of the country, logistics companies are expanding to meet the demand.... Read More »

 

Weather-related rail congestion keeps vehicles parked near factories

2:48 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Across the Rust Belt, thousands of freshly built cars, pickups and SUVs are parked, waiting for a ride that’s late. A brutal winter and the highest automotive production in a decade have strained railroads and moved automakers to use more expensive over-the-road trucks to get their vehicles to dealerships.... Read More »

 

Record U.S. auto exports fill ships, help carmakers with costs

6:58 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2013
Saudis driving Ford F-150 pickups and Chinese coveting Jeep SUVs mean more automobiles are filling up ships leaving U.S. ports, boosting revenue for vessel operators.... Read More »

 

Gulf States Toyota will cut 83 jobs, report says

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2013
Gulf States Toyota plans to cut 83 jobs at its vehicle processing center in Houston, according to a newspaper report and a notice the company sent to the Texas Workforce Commission.... Read More »

 

Baltimore port fully reopens, car shipments resume

6:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2013
Baltimore’s port, a gateway for autos from BMW and Mazda, fully late Friday after an agreement was reached to temporarily extend local contracts. Longshoremen had partially resumed work earlier in the day, leaving car shipments still idled.... Read More »

 

Baltimore port reopening, but car shipments still idled

5:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2013
Baltimore’s port, a gateway for autos from BMW and Mazda, partially reopened with car shipments still idled even as striking longshoremen resumed work on container vessels.... Read More »

 

U.S. vehicle shipments threatened as strike idles Baltimore port

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2013
The port of Baltimore, which handles Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Fiat vehicles and was the No. 1 U.S. port for automobile cargo last year, ceased operations as workers from the International Longshoremen's Association began a strike over a contract dispute with the Steamship Trade Association.... Read More »

 

THAILAND'S TURN?

Why sea captains prefer piloting car carriers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2013
Every day, Captain Sharif Ahmed Zahedi peers from the bridge of the massive 12-deck, 57,455-ton Cassiopeia Leader and counts his blessings he's shipping cars. The secret to worry-free sailing in era of marauding pirates, says Zahedi: The gargantuan vehicle transport is too tough for would-be raiders to tackle.... Read More »

 

Jack Cooper to buy Allied Systems, become largest N.A. car hauler

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2013
Leading U.S. car hauler Allied Systems Holdings Inc. said it has agreed to be sold in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to Jack Cooper Holdings Corp. for $135 million. The transaction, announced Wednesday, makes Jack Cooper Transport Co. Inc. North America's largest automotive transportation company. Allied Systems owned and operated one of the largest auto transportation companies in the United States, but struggled financially, having filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy twice in the past decade.... Read More »

 

BMW will fix supply-chain delays by month's end, execs say

Sept. 11, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW says it will resolve a supply chain problem that has delayed the global delivery of spare parts to some customers by the end of this month.... Read More »

 

BMW owners vent anger at months-long wait for spare parts

Aug. 28, 2013 15:19 CET
BMW has angered some of its global customers because a new supply-management system is delaying the delivery of spare parts to fix their vehicles.... Read More »

 

BMW owners wait for repairs on supply chain breakdown

Aug. 21, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW is struggling to deliver spare parts on time because of a new supply-management system in Germany, which is forcing customers to wait for repairs.... Read More »

 

Nissan to suppliers: Move closer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Nissan wants about 100 parts to be made near its U.S. plants, but after three decades of vehicle production in this country, Nissan is only about one-fourth of the way to that goal, estimates Bill Krueger, Nissan senior vice president for manufacturing, purchasing, production engineering and supply chain management.... Read More »

 

VW opens logistics center in Tenn. to speed Passat parts delivery

11:34 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2013
Volkswagen opened a $40 million logistics center in Roane County, Tenn., to reduce delivery times of components for the Passat mid-sized sedan.... Read More »

 

2013 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

DHL wants to grow in the vehicle-launch logistics area

June 12, 2013 12:40 CET
Logistics company DHL is looking to increase the amount of shipping it does for car companies at the pre-launch and launch stages by offering an integrated approach, head of automotive Fathi Tlatli told the Automotive News Europe Congress in Paris today.... Read More »

 

Ford's Saudi distributor drifts into global spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2013
Al Jazirah, Ford's distributor for Saudi Arabia, has created a sensation in the Middle Eastern auto racing world with a run of success in the sport of drifting.... Read More »

 

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