The Global Logistics Magazine
Fine-tuned for the future
How the auto-mobility industry is gearing up for change
The automotive sector has been particularly affected by the coronavirus, with a fall in sales and the closure of assembly lines and vehicle dealerships around the world. With the industry in the early stages of recovery, our Focus feature asks what it might look like, post-pandemic.
Of course, it’s well used to dealing with disruption, usually of the technological kind. In our Executive View, Janine Montforts, an executive with long-established automotive supplier ZF, reveals how the company is gearing up to face further change in a future era of autonomous vehicles and advanced mobility systems.
One sector that has seen a massive uptick because of the coronavirus is e-commerce. Take jeans retailer Levi Strauss, which saw its e-commerce sales up 70% in June 2020 compared with the same month in 2019. Daniele Cipolletti, Levi’s Operations Manager, Europe, tells us how flexibility and strategic thinking helped the company successfully navigate its way through the pandemic. We also report on the e-commerce boom in Latin America and the challenges that lie ahead if the sector in this part of the world is to continue to grow long term.
Tailor-made for success
Why e-commerce is all the fashion in Latin America
I think you’ll agree with me that there was a tremendous increase in e-commerce at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic – the accelerated development we saw in a matter of weeks was probably equivalent to that of the previous five years. More consumers started to shop online, doing so more frequently than ever before and with a growing sense of confidence and familiarity. What’s more, this trend was evident across a broad range of industries, particularly within the healthcare sector.
Many companies in retail and fashion experienced huge demand spikes, and these sometimes triggered shortages and capacity issues. In response, a lot of thought has been given to completely reinventing business models, shifting sales toward online channels and, where necessary, enabling bricks-and-mortar stores to provide local fulfillment. In this special issue of Delivered., we talk to two fast-thinking fashion names to find out how they innovated their way out of a crisis, driving up their e-commerce sales as a result: world-famous Levi Strauss and going-places new streetwear brand Grubenhelden. We also find out why e-commerce is experiencing huge growth in the markets of Latin America and the Middle East.