Posts by Manda Schweitzer-Miller

Around the curve: 2020 automotive industry predictions

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With the pace of change in the automotive industry as of late, making any predictions seems a bold move. It’s hard to imagine what the next twelve months and beyond hold for an industry facing seemingly non-stop innovation. But in 2020, I expect we’ll see this pace of innovation continue. Here are a few predictions for the year ahead.

The electric age accelerates

As the millennial and Gen Z cohorts continue to become more of the buying market (by 2020 they will make up 64% of the world’s population according to Forbes), their preferences will only further dictate where the industry leans. With electric options becoming more affordable (see models like the Nissan Leaf), the continued growth of electric vehicles is likely to rise as this play into the buying preferences of these generations. In order to maintain relevant, or gain relevancy, with that share of the market, automotive leaders will continue to invest and innovate in electric vehicles.

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Riding smoothly over bumpy terrain: Managing tariffs in the automotive supply chain

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Riding smoothly over bumpy terrain: Managing tariffs in the automotive supply chain

The uncertainty around tariffs and trade wars have left many supply chain professionals feeling confused and overwhelmed. What is going to be imposed and when? How is this going to impact my organization? What costs are we going to incur and how can we manage them? Can we shift sourcing strategies and what impact will that have on my network? But before we make any major moves, what’s really going to happen and when?

In the automotive industry, the imposition of new tariffs can have major cost implications. Given the complexity of automotive supply chains, OEMs are dealing with thousands of parts and thousands of supplies to deliver a finished product. This can mean that key suppliers are based in regions where steep tariffs would be applied, or that the production process of a component could cross borders multiple times before becoming a finished part, being hit with a tariff at each crossing.

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Steering innovation: The importance of agile decision-making in the auto industry

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The automotive industry is in the midst of unprecedented change driven by a trifecta of emerging technology, rapidly evolving consumption preferences and dramatically shifting business landscapes. All three drivers combine to further complicate the already complex and high-volume vehicle supply chain – and the supplier sub-chains that feed into it. The need for flexibility, agility and resilience in the supply chain has never been greater.

So how are automotive leaders overcoming these challenges? They are leveraging the right technology at the right time, focusing on three key areas: scalability, intelligence and concurrency.

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Managing demand, tariffs and sustainability: Top three automotive industry takeaways from Kinexions ‘19

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Kinexions '19 main stage

Recently, over 500 supply chain professionals descended upon Orlando, Florida for a few days of awesome sessions, training courses and networking. It was Kinexions ‘19! Being a fairly new member of Kinaxis, this was my first Kinexions and I was excited to see what it was all about. With attendees from all over the world and across multiple industries, the type of discussions underway were diverse. It was great to hear so much buzz around the automotive industry and how original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers alike leverage Kinaxis technology to “Win the Moment!” Here are my top three auto industry takeaways.

1. It’s time to get a handle on your demand

Demand accuracy is a challenge most any supply chain professional laments over. In the automotive industry, it’s incredibly difficult to wrap your arms around it, especially with new considerations like more vehicle personalization and a shortened product life cycle entering the fray…

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