The Produce Tipping Point: How the Produce Season May Tip the Load-to-Truck Scales

This year’s produce season is felt after a series of events impacting transportation. The power outages in Texas, the inclement weather in the Midwest, and the Ever Given ship at the Suez Canal, all of these contribute to a tight transportation market. What’s more, is that these are likely not the last of the events to disrupt transportation. Here’s what you should know about the market conditions specific to temperature controlled transportation and produce regions that outline specific actions to take in order to have a successful produce season and beyond. (more…)

Key Insights to Improve LTL Transit Times

The transportation industry has faced volatility over the last several years, but nothing like the disruptions of 2020. The less than truckload (LTL) marketplace continues to face unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One ongoing situation is longer than normal LTL transit times. (more…)

5 Retail Supply Chain Insights to Improve Performance

Like many industries, retail has been evolving for some time. Consumer demands are shifting shopping experiences and retail compliance programs are being enforced as the need to have the right inventory in the right place at the right time becomes even more critical. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly sped up some of these changes, but many were already underway prior to 2020. All of these changes mean there are many opportunities for improvement. (more…)

Vessel Accidents Have Increased, Are You Prepared?

Maritime insurance executives estimate that 3,000 containers have been lost at sea over the past few months alone. Compared to the 1,382 containers on average lost per year between 2008-2019 as reported by The World Shipping Council, that’s a big jump. What’s the reason for it?

As you may have expected, there’s not a simple, all-encompassing answer, instead there are multiple variables at work. The good news is, there are steps you can take to help prepare for any delays or disruptions that result from a vessel accident. (more…)

How the Asia Ecommerce Boom is Changing the Logistics Business

The boom in ecommerce poses novel challenges to the logistics industry. Online shoppers expect convenience, flexibility, and a high-quality shopping experience. In Asia, government-mandated lockdowns and closed shopping malls during the ongoing pandemic drove individuals to purchase everything from groceries, to gym equipment and digital accessories online. Even with lockdowns slowly lifting across most countries, the surge in digital adoption and new consumer behavior during this period is set to continue. (more…)

How Will Ocean and Air Market Conditions Affect Your Shipping Decisions?

Global transportation—like many industries—has faced unparalleled disruptions over the past year. Now, as we head into 2021, there are new and different challenges added to the mix. (more…)

Applying History’s Lessons to New Resiliency Plans

At this time last year, global supply chains were already in trouble. The world didn’t know it yet, but we were somewhere between 60 and 90 days away from understanding what would happen.


The Demand Powered Supply Chain: How to Win as the Bar Continues to Rise in the Retail Industry

The year 2020 was a year unlike any other, and supply chains were more front and center than ever before. This is especially true in the retail space, as a surge in ecommerce and pandemic-driven demand volatility increased the rate of change in an already rapidly evolving industry. (more…)

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…)

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…)