Plug supply chain cost leaks with end-to-end visibility
An informative live webinar, hosted by Supply Chain Digital and featuring HERE Technologies and Sigfox, is now available to view on demand.
The webinar, entitled Small carriers, big savings: Plugging the cost leak in your Supply Chain with end-to-end visibiity, explained how carriers of all sizes can make significant cost savings and improve efficiency by using the latest tracker technology developed by Sigfox and HERE Technologies.
Peter Kueth, Senior Product Marketing Manager at HERE Technologies, and Andrea Muller, Lead Product Manager - IoT Data at Sigfox, explained how the Atlas Wifi trackers work, the benefits of this solution over GPS, and provided real world case studies from DHL and PSA Groupe.
Muller explained how the misplacement of returnable industrial packaging (RIPs) like trolleys, containers, pallets and roll cages causes these cost leaks, with up to 10% of them being lost or stolen each year, resulting in expenses, delays and lower productivity.
In one example that Muller shared, a customer had saved €12 million in a year by implementing these trackers. As well as being cost efficient and based on existing infrastructure, battery life on the trackers can be up to seven years.
Kueth said that as well as the significant direct costs of replacing the returnable packaging, and the knock-on effects of disruption, there is also the potential damage to your business reputation.
The free webinar is now available to view on demand. Discover how real-time insight and end-to-end visibility can improve efficiency in your supply chain.
Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar
Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022.
During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory.
"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."
Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year.
"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."
Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.
Watch this space.