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Archives for April 2016

#1 Way to Save on Global Forwarding

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Want a quick “win” in global forwarding costs? Look at ocean cargo consolidation (less than container load, or LCL). It enables you to take the best advantage of space. But you’ll need to work with a forwarder that has specific LCL capabilities to get the greatest possible savings.
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Making Sense of Truckload Surcharges: Index, Peg, & Escalator

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Can shippers make truckload (TL) rates fuel surcharges less expensive by altering the way fuel surcharge programs are structured?

Fuel surcharges reflect fluctuations in prices at the pump. When prices rise above an agreed threshold, carriers receive a credit; when below the threshold, shippers are compensated. The fairness of this mechanism is the subject of much debate in the industry. » Read More

Cuba: Preparing for Trade

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A colleague and I traveled to Cuba in March as part of a trade delegation with Transportation Intermediaries Association. I’m excited about the potential business opportunities there, but there are issues to resolve before trade with that country can begin in earnest.
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How the ELD Mandate Will (and Won’t) Change the Marketplace

How the ELD Mandate Will (and Won’t) Change the Marketplace | Transportfolio

ELD-Qs

The recent electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has brought up a lot of questions. A few weeks ago, we looked at providing some of the basic information about the mandate. Today I want to answer some of the more specific questions about how the mandate will influence the market—and be clear about how it won’t.

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April Market Update: Transportation Industry News

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The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March, nudging the unemployment rate to 5%. Despite the positive numbers, according to The Washington Post, a close eye is still being kept on the weakening global growth from the slowdown in China. Learn more about this and other marketplace topics in this month’s update. We welcome your thoughts on the issues that are impacting the transportation industry and your business.
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How to Reduce Truckload Detention and Delays to Appeal to Carriers

Top Way to Make Freight Attractive: Reduce Detention

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Transportation prices fluctuate with supply and demand. When equipment is scarce, increase load acceptance by fixing carriers’ most-hated issue: detention.

In the “perfect market” of transportation, no single carrier and no single shipper control enough of the market to influence pricing. That makes things challenging as the market gets busier and there is more freight than there is equipment. Many shippers would say we are currently in a market such as this, where carriers can be choosier about who they will work with and what freight they will haul. They may compare customers at such times, rejecting loads from shippers who make it hard to do business in favor of those who make it easier and more efficient. » Read More

Winning Together: Vote for C.H. Robinson as Your Top 3PL

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As a 13-year C.H. Robinson employee, I can say this with certainty: I’m really proud of the work my colleagues do every day.

C.H. Robinson has an expansive network of talented supply chain professionals who are committed to doing great work for you, the shippers, carriers, suppliers, vendors, and companies we work with. So imagine my surprise and gratitude when, last year, I was chosen as one of four C.H. Robinson employees to be featured in our quest to earn the top spot on the Inbound Logistics Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards list.
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7 Things to Know: Sanitary Transportation of Food Final Rule

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released text for the final rule for the Sanitary Transportation of Food as required by the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act. There were some significant changes made in response to comments when compared to the draft rule. Here are some quick things to know regarding this widely anticipated rule:

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What You Need to Know About the ELD Mandate

What You Need to Know About the ELD Mandate | Transportfolio

ELD-Qs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in 2015. In order to answer the lingering questions about the new rules, here’s a basic introduction to the mandate and an overview of its effect on the industry.
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