• Descriptive tools have been effective in helping companies cut costs and eliminate waste in their supply chains, but leading companies are moving beyond the descriptive phase towards a more predictive supply chain.
  • SKF USA Inc. plans to transfer the North American Automotive Vehicle Service Market Distribution and Packaging operations in Hebron, Ky., to the SKF USA Inc. Logistics, CoLinx LLC, distribution and packaging facility in Crossville, Tenn., by July 2016. This move will result in the eventual closure of the Hebron distribution center.
  • E-commerce continues to accelerate in the automotive aftermarket industry. New research shows that 56 percent of online automotive parts and accessories shoppers are making their purchases online – an 8 percent increase over the previous year.
  • When you’re on the receiving end of a delivery, you don’t really care how it got to you as long as you get what you ordered and it arrives undamaged and on time. However, if you’re a manufacturer or distributor and are responsible for delivering the right goods to the right place on time, you should have a keen interest in the logistics behind the delivery method.
  • Dayco has completed a previously announced investment to improve customer service by opening a new 400,000-square-foot distribution center in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Although a tentative agreement has been reached to settle a slowdown at 29 U.S. West Coast shipping ports, UPS is projecting that it will take up to five months before wharf operations return to normal levels.
    Ioana Mazare, UPS
  • UPS unveiled a new positioning message, United Problem Solvers, which communicates the company’s unique capabilities to solve problems for all customers, ranging from small businesses to the largest global enterprises.  
  • Key category management and cataloging improvements by suppliers have been major contributors to achieve the goal of right part, right place, right time. Channel partners also are doing a better job of implementing hub and spoke systems.