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Insights for Developing, Executing, and Monitoring your Parcel Freight to Meet Demand

With the continued growth of ecommerce and heightened consumer expectations, fast delivery options, tracking notifications, and shipping costs have become a key driver in customer satisfaction. Customers now expect reliability, speed, and convenience in their small parcel delivery experience and a company’s ability to meet those expectations can even be a source of differentiation. (more…)

5 Ways We’re Helping Our European Customers Surpass Their Sustainability Targets

The European Union has recently legalised its commitment to have Europe become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 and has agreed between all member states and the EU Parliament, that the bloc will reduce carbon emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030.

Sustainability will increasingly be at the heart of our customers’ operations, and our customers’ customers for that matter. Businesses demonstrating that as well as “talking the talk” on reducing their environmental impact, they can also show they “walk the walk”, will have a distinct competitive edge over their rivals. (more…)

3 Success Factors for Your Full Truckload (FTL) Cross-border Shipping Strategy Across Europe

The ongoing pandemic has added an extra, thick layer to the already volatile environment supply chains have been facing over the last years, forcing shippers to confront several challenges with over-the-road shipments, complicating their successful navigation though the marketplace.

From managing fluctuating transport volumes and costs, to improving delivery times and optimising routes, the need for forwarders and shippers to increase efficiencies and manage their costs without sacrificing the customer experience has never been more vital. (more…)

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Overcoming the 5 Supply Chain Barriers that Threaten the Growth of Renewable Energy

Renewables are expected to account for 90% of new power generation globally through 2022. But the world’s demand for clean energy is running up against some hard realities in the global supply chain and one of the most erratic transportation markets in history. Here are the five key project logistics challenges we’re seeing in renewable energy and how to overcome them. (more…)

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3 Reasons A Retail Consolidation Program Leads to Better Supply Chain Outcomes

Maintaining inventory levels and optimizing order quantities, while keeping retailer compliance requirements in mind, requires careful coordination and a strategic approach. If you’re currently shipping less than truckload (LTL) or underutilized truckload freight to retailers, a retail consolidation program might be the solution you need.

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Yantian Port Congestion: How Can Shippers Navigate Another Major Supply Chain Disruption?

While the global logistics industry has not been a stranger to disruption this past year, the congestion at the Port of Yantian in China, is starting to impact the market at an exceptionally high level – At the current pace, it’s going to be even more disruptive than the Suez Canal blockage this spring and the ongoing congestion at the Port of Long Beach/LA over the past year. This is due to the magnitude of the trade lanes and exports the port touches. Unlike the Suez Canal incident or other recent port issues, which have impacted a more limited number of regions and trade lanes, the Port of Yantian is a major export hub for multiple large markets like Europe, North America, Latin America and Oceania. (more…)

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Standing on the Frontlines of Logistics Change and Volatility Armed with Tech-driven Resiliency

The changes in technology thus far in my career have been profound. Computing power began as behemoths sitting in data centers and is now everywhere including our pockets, desks, vehicles, appliances, etc. The smartphone in your pocket is 29 times faster than the world’s fastest computer in 1995. Plus, the internet has grown from a few million participants to 25 billion connected devices today. Now, technology surrounds us, with hyper connectivity, and mind blowing ubiquitous computational power creating a powerful technological force creating powerfully tangible results. Amplified by a 2.9 million percent increase* in data over the past 25 years, technology is driving change in every facet of our business, at speed and at scale.

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5 Strategies to Increase LTL Freight Efficiencies and On-Time Performance

While the transportation marketplace continues to face unique challenges in general, one of the specific challenges of the less than truckload (LTL) market is longer than normal transit times. This is due in part to LTL carriers working through the surplus of freight, selecting and deselecting freight that contributes to yield.

In today’s market, knowing where to evaluate and adjust your LTL capacity strategies can feel overwhelming. But making faster, meaningful improvements to your LTL supply chain strategies and operations can be a seamless process that makes a positive impact on your business.

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Understanding Your Role in Forced Labor Compliance

It was recently reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the ports of LA and Long Beach has “well over 100 shipments on hold pending determination of admissibility“ due to suspicion of forced labor. Despite being enforced since 1930, compliance with forced labor laws and regulations are still an ongoing problem. (more…)

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Canada ELD Mandate: What Carriers and Shippers Need to Know

A lot of uncertainty remains about Canada’s new requirement for truck drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD). Here are answers to the questions you might have about the impact of the Canada ELD mandate, how to prepare, and the benefits of capturing more electronic data about your freight. (more…)

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What is Reverse Logistics and How Can It Help Your Supply Chain?

While it was once acceptable and even effective to treat individual returns and other reverse logistics concerns as singular, isolated incidents, that is no longer the case. Today, retailers and supply chain professionals need to have a plan in place to minimize waste and cut down on inefficiencies in reverse logistics.

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Webinar Q&A: Answers to 8 Common Freight Market Questions

During last week’s Market Insights Live! webinar, we provided an in-depth analysis of current supply and demand trends in the North American freight market. This included our forecast of future market conditions, explanations of how the latest market changes impact supply chains, and answers to your most pressing questions. (more…)

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3 Ways to Haul Smarter through Carrier Technology

As businesses grow, they often evolve. And in a world where carriers are more critical than ever—thanks in part to ecommerce and heavier demand—that evolution means the use of more advanced carrier technology.

Carriers and drivers often experience the pain of early mornings and late nights. Long days and demanding routes are part of the job description. The good news is carrier technology can enhance the way shippers and carriers connect—minimizing some of the sacrifices carriers make to get shipments where they need to go.

The right supply chain technology means carriers can haul smarter.

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C.H. Robinson Releases 2020 Sustainability Report

Today I am excited to announce the release of our 2020 Sustainability Report, which highlights the work we are doing on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics that are most critical to our business and to our stakeholders.  In a year that brought challenges across the globe, we are proud of the advancements we made and the role we play in creating a more sustainable future for our people, our customers, our contract carriers, and our communities. (more…)

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Meet Ecommerce Demand with Best Practices in Less than Truckload Shipping

In 2020, the United States saw five years’ worth of ecommerce growth in one year. Consumers who never shopped online began doing it regularly. Stores became distribution centers for online orders. Brands supplying those stores and delivering directly to consumers found themselves overwhelmed.

These ecommerce trends aren’t going away, and shippers will continue to face the challenge of moving smaller quantities of freight at a higher frequency while navigating capacity issues.

Here are three key strategies shippers should consider now to prepare for your next peak season. Follow these best practices to increase the speed of your less than truckload (LTL) shipments, improve efficiency, and get product where it needs to be at the best price.

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Real-Time Transportation Visibility: 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant Results Revealed

Over the past year, major disruptions from the global pandemic, severe weather, capacity shortages, the Suez Canal blockage, and more, have reinforced the vital importance of supply chains, but also shined a public spotlight on their fragility in some cases. While the industry has been undergoing a digital transformation for some time, the current environment is accelerating the need for supply chain leaders to invest in technology solutions like visibility, artificial intelligence (AI), and predictive analytics to drive better resilience, agility, and performance.

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