A breath away from Brexit: What every shipper needs to know
November 25, 2020
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. That is why we have gathered critical, up-to-date information, so that you can stay on top of the Brexit developments and avoid any despair in the short-term as we’re approaching the finishing line. (more…)
5 Ways Temperature Controlled Shippers Can Boost Supply Chain Efficiency
November 24, 2020
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
November 19, 2020
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…)
Plan for the Market: 4 Insights to Guide Your Transportation Strategy
November 10, 2020
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
November 4, 2020
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…)
Building a Return Management Strategy for this Holiday Season
October 15, 2020
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.
U.S. Importing and Exporting: Understanding the Basics
October 13, 2020
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…)
How to Navigate Temperature Controlled Shipping’s Fall Season
October 7, 2020
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.
Carriers Weigh in: How Online Booking Supports Their Businesses
October 6, 2020
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.
4 Truckload RFP Strategies to Achieve Efficiencies and Cost Savings
September 30, 2020
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.
Focusing on Efficiency: Setting Foodservice Up for Success in Changing Market Conditions
September 23, 2020
Adding efficiency to your supply chain is a never-ending journey. There’s always an opportunity to improve. Often, these areas of opportunity present themselves when your organization or the market is fluctuating.
The Biggest Change to Hours of Service in Years
September 23, 2020
We are fast approaching September 29; the implementation date of the biggest change to hours of service (HOS) rules in years. I wrote about these changes when they were announced in June, and I wanted to address the latest updates to HOS rules.
Reimagining How You Purchase Transportation
September 22, 2020
Companies want and expect innovation from their 3PLs, and as one of the world’s largest logistics platforms we’re focused on continuing to deliver new and innovative technology built by and for supply chain experts.
How to Best Prepare for Current (and Upcoming) Supply Chain Disruptions
September 21, 2020
Weekly meal planning is a recurring event in our household. Although this activity is not particularly exciting, every Saturday my wife and I sit down to plan out our family meals. This process helps us avoid the mid-week supermarket scramble, as well as sidestep overspending on items we don’t actually need. Sound familiar? Supply chain planning is no different when it comes to yielding efficient results, especially this year. (more…)
Delivering on Promises: 2020 Contract Carriers of the Year Award Winners
September 8, 2020
Our annual Contract Carrier of the Year Awards are an opportunity to recognize North American carriers in our network that continually offer outstanding service.
In the past, we’ve honored the winners at an event at our corporate headquarters. Instead, I am happy to have the opportunity to announce our Contract Carriers of the Year winners virtually in advance of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
Upcoming Changes to Walmart On Time in Full (OTIF) Program: What You Need to Know
September 4, 2020
In this ever-changing marketplace, consumer and retailer demands are constantly evolving. Staying on top of shifting retailer requirements can be challenging—especially if you’re working with multiple retailers.