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Toyota Jumps On The Material Handling Bandwagon

By Art van Bodegraven | 02/28/2018 | 7:28 AM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.

 

In hot industry news, the renowned Dutch material handling company, Vanderlande, was acquired by Toyota.  Vanderlande, a billion dollar corporation, is over 65 years old, and its material handling offerings include software.

Toyota picked up Bastian a couple of months ago.  Its systems integrator role included a position as Toyota's largest forklift provider.  Its goal is to be - not become, but be - the world's largest material handling provider.

Global visions predominate.  While traditional providers promote forklifts, Honeywell has acquired Intelligrated, and KION Group claimed Dematic.  

There is an over-riding thematic vision, though.  As a handful of enterprises stake a claim in a new world, brick-and-mortar players are determined to out-Amazon Amazon, with digitalization and omni-channel dreams, with returns and shipping costs eating into Jeff Bezos' universe.  And a select few global players are in the game . . .

Good luck with that, wanna-be's

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.



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