Market Insights Vlog: Strategies for Shipping in Mexico

If you participate in shipping in Mexico at all, you know that many recent factors are affecting both cross-border and intra-Mexico shipping. These influencers include—but are not limited to—capacity imbalances, border congestion, and new regulations from the new political administration. (more…)

Prepare for the 2021-2022 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) poses a serious biohazard threat to both Australia and New Zealand. Both countries have implemented new seasonal import regulations to combat this risk that may impact your shipments. Reduce potential delays and impediments by keeping up to date with changing requirements and understanding the packaging and treatment requirements for your specific commodities. (more…)

How Shippers can Navigate the Supply Chain Talent Shortage

Prior to the pandemic, supply chains were already growing in complexity due to increased globalization, data sources, and customer demands. Disruptions from COVID-19 accelerated these challenges, requiring supply chains to be more agile and resilient than ever—something that isn’t possible if don’t have the right technology and talent in place.

In this dynamic environment of frequent disruptions, spikes in demand, and tight capacity, the ability to quickly scale your talent and technology is a significant competitive advantage. (more…)

2021 Has Felt Like One Big Peak Season: A Global Shipping Market Update

For global freight shippers, managing disruption comes with the job. But the challenges of the last year have truly been out of the ordinary. Supply chain disruptions that consist of port and terminal congestion, shipping delays due to high cargo volumes, lack of labor due to Covid-19 and limited space have caused a myriad of challenges for shippers. (more…)

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Today’s Freight Transportation Market: Answers to 9 Common Questions

During our Q3 Market Insights Live! webinar, C.H. Robinson experts provided in-depth analysis of current supply and demand trends, our updated forecast, and the impact of global import volumes on North American freight transportation. We also answered many of your questions live. With a record number of attendees, we were unable to get to many great questions. So we’re sharing some of the most common ones here. These topics are highly relevant to a wide range of shippers, and the answers may help you make more informed supply chain decisions. (more…)

What is a 3PL & How Can One Benefit Your Business?

What is a 3PL & How Can They Benefit Your Business? | Transportfolio

A third party logistics provider (3PL) can help you reach your logistics goals and increase the overall efficiency of your organization in the process. Whether your business is big, small, new or old, a 3PL is well worth considering if shipping is a high priority for your business.

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The State of Truck Manufacturing and How it Will Affect Freight Capacity and Rates

Combined with C.H. Robinson’s own technology and data from the largest network in the freight industry, our partnerships with research firms and universities help our customers stay on top of the trends that influence their supply chains. I had the opportunity to sit down with Tim Denoyer, vice president at ACT Research, to ask him about the current state of Class 8 truck manufacturing and what it means for truckload and less than truckload (LTL) capacity in the near future. His responses are below. (more…)

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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.

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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…)