The Direct Impact of the Brexit Deal on Supply Chains

Since my previous blog, and after months of negotiations, the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) reached a deal on December 24, 2020. Both parties avoided the disruptive outcomes of a no-deal, and signed a provisional EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) that will define their relations going forward. (more…)

Ringing in the New Year: 2021’s Global Logistics Outlook

It’s safe to say that 2020 will not be a year easily forgotten. This past year has been full of adjustment. Around the globe, our personal and work lives were upended with very little warning. As the pandemic spread, spending time with friends and family, water cooler conversations with co-workers, and even dependence on a resilient supply chain turned out to be necessities we had taken for granted. And normal has yet to return. (more…)

5 Factors to Help You Master Last Mile Delivery

Heightened consumer expectations can bring obstacles for supply chains in many industries. For last mile supply chains, especially those of large format items like appliances or home fitness equipment, the change in expectations continues to put pressure on shippers to deliver quickly and reliably with free or low-cost shipping options. All while maintaining transparency for where the delivery is in the supply chain. (more…)

Best Practices of Top Performing Truckload and Less than Truckload Shippers

Supply chains have faced unprecedented volatility, making it increasingly difficult for shippers to successfully navigate the marketplace. The transportation industry has faced volatility over the last handful of years, but nothing like the disruptions of recent months. From capacity shortages and missed customer requirements to a shift in shipping smaller, more frequent orders—truckload and less than truckload (LTL) shippers need ways to navigate the changing marketplace. (more…)

How IoT connectivity can strengthen the world’s supply chains

This year, supply chains have been under more spotlight and pressure than ever. Managing a global supply chain is complex on its own, without the added challenges from a global disruption like the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this challenging environment, shippers who leverage the latest technologies, like Internet of Things (IoT), to drive supply chain visibility and connectivity will gain a distinct advantage. (more…)

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A breath away from Brexit: What every shipper needs to know

Regardless of whether a deal is going to be sealed with the European Union, one thing is certain: January 1, 2021 will prominently shift the waters for businesses that trade overseas, once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union’s Single Market and Customs Union.

At C.H. Robinson, we stay close to our customers as we continue to prepare them for the new reality post-Brexit. Our goal is to help them avoid potential disruptions in their shipping process and to serve their needs in the most efficient way. However, we realise that not all businesses are equally prepared for the upcoming changes Brexit will bring to their customs procedures and may still wonder what this could mean for their own shipping processes. (more…)

5 Ways Temperature Controlled Shippers Can Boost Supply Chain Efficiency

The increased need for adaptability and agility sums up what nearly everyone is feeling these days—this is particularly true for companies shipping temperature sensitive freight when timing is critical. In any environment, internal and external influencers regularly affect supply chain efficiency. (more…)

3 Best Practices to Improve Your Flatbed Shipping Performance

Flatbed shipping is an important contributor to the overall economy as several key industries leverage this solution for the movement of their critical freight. However, flatbed freight can be an often-overlooked element to the success of key industries (more…)

How your business can take advantage of Section 301 tariff refunds

If you’re a U.S. company importing from China, you may have tens of thousands or even millions in tariff refunds waiting for you. With two-thirds of Chinese origin goods subject to Section 301 tariffs, companies large and small have been impacted since they were implemented in 2018 amid a U.S.-China trade war. (more…)

Plan for the Market: 4 Insights to Guide Your Transportation Strategy

The trucking market experiences many shifts in supply and demand that cycle between times of oversupply and undersupply of capacity. Each cycle brings a unique experience as various factors affect the peaks and valleys of balance, the transition experience, and the time to complete the cycle (more…)

The Importance of LTL Freight Management in your Supply Chain

Consumers now have higher expectations regarding their purchase experience—convenient pickup and delivery options; an increased demand for accurate, real-time visibility to their order; and easy to use, low cost transportation purchasing options are critical. (more…)

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Building a Return Management Strategy for this Holiday Season

The holidays can be “the most wonderful time of the year.” Because so many holidays focus on gift exchanges, this time of year is a huge boon to retailers. But, any business owner knows that for all the joys of the season, holidays can also bring plenty of stress.

With the holidays quickly approaching, many business owners and large retailers are preparing for the surge in sales—both in store and online—however, the nature of giving gifts also brings about a demand for returns. And without careful planning, a surge in returns can come with a cost.

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U.S. Importing and Exporting: Understanding the Basics

If there’s anything consistent about trade regulations, it’s that you must stay up to date on any changes that might affect your organization. Understanding the basics of trade compliance can make it easier to keep up with updates, changes, and additions to trade laws. (more…)

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How to Navigate Temperature Controlled Shipping’s Fall Season

September 22, 2020, marked the first day of fall in the United States. For many, this exciting time of year brings joy—pumpkins, apples, turkey, pastries, and all commodities necessary for successful fall and winter holiday celebrations. Fall also means a significant spike in demand in regions that grow and distribute pumpkins, apples, corn, proteins, confectionaries, and even pies.

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Carriers Weigh in: How Online Booking Supports Their Businesses

When I started in this industry, working with truckload carriers was very much a people business. Need to find a load for empty equipment? Call your rep. Want to get your truck from A to B? Call your rep. Just about everything was handled with a phone call.

Even with the integration of email, day to day business was still primarily conducted between individuals. But, like many aspects of our world, all that has changed thanks to ever-expanding technology. Today, booking loads online is quickly gaining in popularity thanks to the speed and convenience it offers. Our people are still at the heart of growing and maintaining carrier relationships, but through online booking, carriers gain better access—at all hours of the day—to the loads they want most.

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4 Truckload RFP Strategies to Achieve Efficiencies and Cost Savings

This year, more than ever, heading into your annual truckload request for proposal (RFP) process can be daunting. As we face unprecedented market volatility, it is increasingly challenging to forecast and plan your truckload procurement strategies.

In talking with customers, we often get questions like “When is the best time to do a truckload RFP? Who should I invite to participate? Are there best practices to consider?” Below we offer four insights to bring efficiencies and potential cost savings as you head into your RFP process this year.

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