Logistics

Mercedes revamps supply chain to trim costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mercedes-Benz aims to reduce its logistics costs by about 20 percent per vehicle as the company invests hundreds of millions of euros in a global reorganization of its supply chain network. The automaker has increased production outside of its German home over the past decade but many of the components used in its cars are still sourced from Europe....
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Car haulers fight driver shortage

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Long wait times to pick up cars and paperwork contributes big-time to car-hauler driver job dissatisfaction. It is among the reasons the car hauling industry has a shortage of about 3,000 drivers....
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Auto industry's $23 billion investment in Mexico may face snarls at ports

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Carmakers from Nissan to Mazda are churning out record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad, but some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the nation's ports....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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