Automotive Logistics

As the digitalisation of vehicle logistics continues and the advance towards new technology like connected vehicles and intelligent transport systems takes shape, the focus on information technology as the key enabler in today’s finished vehicle logistics sector has never been greater.

Whether it’s using onboard telematics systems to track vehicles through the supply chain and keep customers better informed, getting autonomous cars to drive themselves around ports and distribution yards to lower damage levels, or sharing information across the supply chain more effectively among OEMs, suppliers and logistics partners so that everyone is guaranteed to be working on the most up-to-date information, the use of digital data in today’s finished vehicle logistics networks is growing fast.

Maintaining efficient distribution models in such a fast-moving market means keeping ahead of your competitors and the changing demands of your customers, with the right staff in the right locations and the right resources in place, all supported by the right information presented at the right time in the right way.

As Jaguar Land Rover’s director of global material planning and logistics, David Dyke, told Finished Vehicle Logistics recently: “A lot of people still think about logistics in terms of lorries and boxes, but increasingly, it is about the control of huge data flows, and the more you can handle and understand that, the more efficiently you can deliver improvements across the supply chain.”

Coming to terms with all this digitalisation will be one of the key issues under the spotlight at the Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference taking place from March 8th to 10th 2017, where OEMs, service providers, infrastructure operators and technology solutions suppliers will all come together to find the best ways forward.

Now in its eighth great year, Finished Vehicle Logistics North America will present a wealth of insight into the way the automotive market is heading and the logistics challenges facing the sector, as well as providing a range of enjoyable ways for delegates to relax and rub shoulders together. This year’s conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, Southern California, and the single, all-inclusive delegate fee includes:

-participation in the FVL North America golf day (limited numbers)
-pre-conference drinks reception
-access to all speaker presentations and Q&A sessions
-networking lunch and coffee breaks
-use of the in-conference messaging app for exchanges with other delegates and speakers
-access to the Live streaming service
-a place at the fabulous FVL North America gala dinner
-soft copies of speaker presentations to download after the event

Delegates in previous years have found Finished Vehicle Logistics North America an enormously valuable event to attend. “A good opportunity to stay on top of industry issues and network,” is how Grant McGlynn, supply chain national manager of Toyota, put it after last year’s conference. “Great networking opportunity; great speakers and panels,” agreed Kurt Watson, manager – Americas logistics at Nissan. “This meeting is a must for any finished vehicle logistics professional,” added Jim Kasamis, manager, import and logistics at Mercedes-Benz.

Register via the link at to join your peers, suppliers and competitors for two days of debate and knowledge-sharing that will truly help your organisation to keep ahead of your customers, technology and competitors and prepare successfully for the challenges of the market ahead.

The conference is part of the worldwide Automotive Logistics series, which in 2017 includes Russia, Finished Vehicle Logistics Import-Export, Global, UK, South America, Mexico, China, The Supply Chain, Europe and India.