Logistics

Weather delays VW shipments as Honda production gets back on track

11:39 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

As Honda production affected by West Coast ports labor disputes returns to normal, Volkswagen’s East Coast shipments have been delayed.... Read More »

Toyota, Ford frustrated by rail car shortage

7:05 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Railroad companies are struggling to keep up with surging US demand for trucks and SUVs, frustrating Ford and Toyota.... Read More »

Canadian railroad reaches tentative deal with union, averting lockout

11:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

Canada's biggest railway reached a last-minute tentative agreement with one of its unions on Monday, averting a lockout that threatened to delay imports from Asia and compound a US West Coast port logjam.... Read More »

Honda to cut N.A. output by another 5,000 cars amid port delays

6:41 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

Honda will continue to reduce production at plants in Indiana and Ontario next week because of part shortages amid labor disputes at West Coast ports. Honda said it expected output loss at the factories next week to be around 5,000 cars.... Read More »

Honda cuts production, Toyota airlifts parts amid West Coast port labor strife

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

Honda and Toyota plan to cut back production or adjust overtime at several North American plants because of labor disputes that have snarled shipments at 29 ports on the West Coast. Honda, starting Monday, will reduce production at plants in Ohio, Indiana and Ontario.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: This is no way to run a railroad

10:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

I had originally intended to write this piece about the Chicago Auto Show’s great untapped natural resource, it’s location near the travel hub of North America. Not going to happen today.... Read More »

Honda, Subaru airlifting parts amid West Coast port labor talks

7:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

Japanese carmakers including Honda and Subaru are shipping some auto parts to the US by air to bypass a labor dispute at West Coast ports that is delaying deliveries.... Read More »

About 1,400 Jaguar Land Rover and other vehicles stuck on grounded ship, reports say

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

About 1,400 vehicles -- including 1,200 made by Jaguar Land Rover, 65 Minis, and one Rolls Royce Wraith -- could be damaged after a cargo ship carrying them ran aground on a bank in the United Kingdom, according to media reports.... Read More »

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 »

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