Year of the Supply Chain

In 2021, for the first time in all of my years working in this industry, the global supply chain was at the forefront of virtually every conversation.  Whether it was the impact of port delays, truck driver shortages or the shortage of chips impacting manufacturing, our industry was top of mind across the board and intersected with every part of our lives. (more…)

How to Prepare for Global Logistics in 2022

2021 was a difficult year in global logistics due to ongoing volatility. We worked alongside customers navigating the Suez Canal block, hurricanes and cyclones, port and terminal closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks, customs and trade changes, labor shortages and more.

I’ve been in the industry since 1997 and I have never seen this level of continual disruption across the entire supply chain for this length of time. However, with this year’s volatility, I was also given a front-row seat to a new level of hyper collaboration –  including individuals going out of their way to help each other, more strategy sessions between shippers and forwarders, and continually leaning into historical data and current market insights to find smarter solutions. (more…)

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Spot freight shipping: What is market rate and how can you achieve it?

As the transportation market continues to be undersupplied, many freight shippers are delving deeper into their route guides and going to the spot market to gain tender acceptance. Shippers often ask me how I think of the spot market rate and whether their market rate is the same as others are getting.

Watch my video to learn more about the elusive market rate, key points in considering how your prices stack up against the market benchmark, and how you can change the patterns of your spot freight to influence your pricing relative to the market. (more…)

In a Turbulent Freight Shipping Market, our Experts Answer your 7 Top Questions

In the final Market Insights Live! webinar of 2021, my colleagues and I provided analysis on today’s leading freight shipping topics, including the potential impact of the U.S. infrastructure bill, the status of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), continued congestion at the ports, and ways to prepare for the year to come. (more…)

LCL: A Shipping Solution for Today’s Global Logistics Market

Less-than-container load (LCL) shipping has become part of the solution design to many supply chain challenges. LCL shipping provides shippers with cost and time savings as they face longer wait times at ports along with more last-minute-change needs, based on disruption and delays.

In a recent global survey conducted by our team, shippers reported congestion and capacity as their main pain points in today’s ocean environment. While we have seen a continuous increase in shippers turning to LCL shipping to battle those challenges, almost a quarter of the participants in the survey noted they were not regularly shipping LCL today. (more…)

Honoring Our 2021 Carrier of the Year Award Winners

Every year, we recognize a handful of our 73,000 contract carriers with our Carrier of the Year Awards. And every year, we have the opportunity to highlight all they do. Because this is an exclusive award, we select our winners based on a list of criteria including their ability to consistently deliver on time and in full for customers, their adoption of carrier technology to drive efficiencies for themselves and shippers, and their effort to go above and beyond to successfully support shippers’ needs. We also listen to our carrier reps, who tell us how our work with these carriers makes the lives of our shippers and truck drivers easier too.


How to Cut Costs and Move Your Freight More Efficiently Across Europe

In a fast-moving world which has been shaken by a global pandemic, ongoing geopolitical challenges, and an untold capacity shortage, shippers are trying hard to stay on top of the game keeping their supply chains moving without sacrificing on their delivery promises. Even more so when they’re trying to ship smaller quantities at a higher frequency to meet the ever-increasing consumer demands. (more…)

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…)

Guest blog: With the Truck Driver Shortage, How Many More Drivers will be Enough?

A note from Steve Raetz, C.H. Robinson Director of Research and Market Intelligence: The truck driver shortage is top of mind for many as supply chain disruptions continue, port backlogs persist, and the gap between inventory supply and sales demand widens. This begs the question: Even if the industry gets more truck drivers, just how much is enough to relieve the strain on trucking capacity? The answer is not simple and involves research and analysis across a number of factors.  (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…)

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.