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Archives for October 2015

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion

Port ImageYou might think that shippers along the East Coast will be the biggest beneficiaries of fierce competition between the East and West Coast ports. In fact, the battleground on which ports compete for customers will likely expand and move several hundred miles west, toward Chicago and Memphis. It will take in other metropolitan areas like Detroit and Columbus, and encompass a newly contested region that accounts for more than 15% of the U.S. GDP. » Read More

Differentiating Your Business as You Build Your Global Presence

Global Presence

You already have a great product—or else you wouldn’t be contemplating going global. Whether you’re a coffee bean startup, an auto manufacturer, or a third party logistics company (3PL), becoming global is a decision. It can be a natural progression . . . for some. Once you choose to develop your global presence, what matters most is becoming great at what you do and setting yourself apart, in every region you choose. » Read More

What Makes an Effective OS&D Strategy?


One of the most popular downloads from the C.H. Robinson website in 2015 was the Do “Favored Shippers” Really Receive Better Pricing and Service? white paper that was based on research conducted by Iowa State University in conjunction with C.H. Robinson. In the white paper, the researchers measured which characteristics make an impact on transportation costs for “favored shippers.” The results identified the three most important characteristics as dwell time/asset utilization, contract terms and liability, and the driver experience. » Read More

API Technology Leads to Logistics Innovations

API technology logistics innovations

In a world of fast-paced change, customer demands are forcing supply chains to adapt and use innovation to drive performance improvements, or else risk competitive threats. Logistics managers at small to midsized businesses (SMBs) are left wondering if it is possible to achieve higher productivity levels and deliver better customer service at a lower cost, faster than their competition, especially given the resources (or lack thereof) that they have available to them. » Read More

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

Market-Updates Domestic

According to FTR’s Noël Perry, transport demand in all modes has, until recently, had very favorable recovery, and warned that transportation forecasts should look more conservative between now and 2020 than they did for the first half of the decade. Read this month’s Market Update for highlights on some of the key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America. Then share your thoughts on these topics and other issues that affect your business.
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What is a Railroad Boxcar & Why Are Their Numbers Declining?

The Future of Railroad Boxcars in the U.S. | Transportfolio


For those unfamiliar, a rail boxcar is a versatile, enclosed freight car commonly used on North American railroads. It can carry diverse freight including everything from beer and grain to appliances and pallets.

Boxcars became popular because they can transport any type of good: loose loads like coal and grain, heavy equipment, and even livestock. Another benefit of boxcars is that they can get a larger amount of goods to and from various locations quicker than trucks can.
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How Bad Weather Can Take Supply Chains by Storm


I originally published this blog a year ago, however with the weather impacting the East Coast this week I felt it was a timely and relevant topic to share again.

The most surprising thing to me about last year’s bad weather was how it caught transportation professionals off guard. Bad weather is bound to strike again. Developing a proactive plan to deal with it is the best way to prepare yourself for whatever happens.

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