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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. (more…)

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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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Three Supply Chain Risk Management Lessons You Can Learn from the Suez Canal Block

The Ever Given vessel is floating, but the ship is not out of hot water. In fact, Egyptian authorities said it will remain in the Suez Canal until they are compensated by the vessel owners for the damage, labor, and disruption caused. Although the cargo on the Ever Given is still at a standstill, other ships have been able to freely move through the canal over the past few weeks. (more…)

Air Passenger Travel is Climbing, is Capacity Relief on the Way?

A new era of air transportation trends is emerging to create a confusing outlook for shippers.

Air freight has been in nonstop peak-season mode despite pandemic-induced capacity decline, while other disruptions, such as the Suez Canal blockage, drove even more demand to air. This is all happening while the Transportation Security Administration is reporting a 1000%+ increase in passenger travel in April 2021, compared to April 2020, with the vaccine fueling hopes of getting back to a sense of “normalcy.” (more…)

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The current trucking market experience: it is both supply and demand

Anyone who has been paying attention to the transportation of goods has noticed delays in their own shipments, headlines in mainstream media paying attention to supply chains, and a general heightened awareness of how goods get from point A to point B. There are a number of factors that determine the tension of the transportation market—from available truck drivers, to winter weather having a ripple effect, to consumer demand increasing, and the global pandemic shifting priorities.

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Supply and Demand Vlog: Analysts Predict Driver Shortage will Hinder Supply Growth

Through the rest of 2021, supply chain analysts expect the growing demand for transportation to outstrip the available supply of trucks.

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Supply and Demand Vlog: Strategies for Difficult Markets

If you’ve been in the transportation and logistics industry as long as I have, you know there are always ebbs and flows to supply and demand. Right now, analysts* forecast truckload volume to increase 8% to 12% in 2021. The supply growth of Class-8 tractors is expected to expand only ~1% in the first half of 2021 and ~5% in the second half, for a net increase of ~3.4%.

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An Efficient Supply Chain is by Nature a More Sustainable One

It’s C.H. Robinson’s mission to improve the world’s supply chains. We’ve been doing it for decades now. But in a world ever more conscious of the imperative to reduce carbon emissions, helping customers move their freight more efficiently has taken on new urgency. (more…)