Near-sighted planning, supply-chain complexities and a tradition of keeping inventories low caused the semiconductor shortage that is now forcing carmakers to idle production lines and straining their relationship with chip manufacturers.
A new generation of robot helpers has boosted productivity in fulfillment operations as warehouses struggle with COVID19-era traffic surges and staffing shortages. With e-commerce acceptance growing, an anticipated second wave of COVID-19, and online orders surging, retailers, third-party logistics providers, and distributors of critical medical supplies are expanding their use of robots to optimize fulfilling orders and manage returns and replenishment as well.
The auto industry dodged disaster when the U.K. and European Union sealed a post-Brexit trade accord, but not before carmakers announced factory closures and called off plans to make several new vehicles in the country.
The vast majority of the world’s largest transport companies, including General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and British Airways owner IAG SA, are taking insufficient action to limit global warming to within 2 degrees Celsius.
The split from the European Union is fueling an increasingly frenzied demand for goods, creating traffic snarl-ups at ports and highways on both sides of the English Channel and leading to at least one major factory shutdown.
The latest supply-chain news, analysis, trends and tools for executives in the automotive industry — which consists of companies that produce automobiles, utility vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and heavy trucks. Learn how automotive companies and their suppliers around the world are managing the flow of products across all channels of the enterprise. Experts sound off on forecasting and demand planning, supply-chain visibility, logistics outsourcing, inventory optimization, transportation management, warehouse management, supply-chain security, corporate social responsibility and more.
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