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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Focusing on Efficiency: Setting Foodservice Up for Success in Changing Market Conditions

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.

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The Biggest Change to Hours of Service in Years

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.

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Reimagining How You Purchase Transportation

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.

 

We recently announced our latest innovation, Procure IQ™, which reimagines the way shippers purchase transportation. (more…)

How to Best Prepare for Current (and Upcoming) Supply Chain Disruptions

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…)

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Delivering on Promises: 2020 Contract Carriers of the Year Award Winners

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.

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Upcoming Changes to Walmart On Time in Full (OTIF) Program: What You Need to Know

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.

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Increased Demand and Reduced Capacity Prove a Challenge for Air Freight Market

After an extremely volatile first half of the year, the challenges in the air freight market look set to continue into 2021, requiring both foresight and forward planning from businesses. (more…)

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Overcome Foodservice Disruptions: Focus on Technology, Service Networks, and Transportation

No one could predict how much uncertainty 2020 would bring. The entire world is in a time of adjustment thanks to COVID-19—this is especially true for the food and beverage industry. Those companies who successfully adapt their businesses, and their supply chains, to be more flexible and resilient will find the most success in the long term—even in the face of closures or restrictions.

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Meeting Our Customers Where They Are

Our work at C.H. Robinson is guided by delivering smarter solutions to our customers for the needs they have today and the coming challenges they will have tomorrow. These needs have become more complex than ever as our customers manage global supply chain disruption and changing consumer habits due to the pandemic. (more…)

How can you stay prepared during hurricane season?

Tropical Storm Isaias recently impacted a portion of North America, unsettling multiple municipalities with power outages, road closures, and flooding. Despite the impact, many businesses remained open and transportation across modes continued operations with little disruption. Although the impact to supply chains from this storm was minimal (more…)

Providing Unparalleled Shipping Solutions for Small Businesses

From big to small, our customers are at the center of everything we do at C.H. Robinson. Most people might think of us as working with the largest companies in the world – and while that’s true – small businesses made up thousands of our customers last year. (more…)

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Savings Beyond Rates: Highlights from the “Achieve Your Supply Chain Goals” Webinar

Now, more than ever, companies of all sizes and complexities need savings and efficiencies to overcome the many disruptions caused by COVID-19. The supply chain is a great place to start uncovering opportunities for improvement.

If immediate and long-term supply chain savings and efficiencies are a top priority, you’re like many other organizations we work with every day. Which is why we recently hosted a webinar focused on this very topic.

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