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Archives for August 2019

Expect Uncertainty for Inbound Shipments into Asia and China

Geopolitical uncertainties such as Brexit, the China-U.S. trade war, and the trade conflict between Japan-Korea all impact today’s shipping market. A lot of C.H. Robinson’s coverage of these and other disruptions has focused on what it means for companies shipping into North America. But these same disruptions are also causing serious challenges to the transportation industry in China and Asia at large.  » Read More

Retail Compliance Programs: How to Exceed Retailer Expectations

The retail industry is evolving and adapting to new consumer demands which is shifting the supply chain landscape. Retailers expect more supply chain visibility, shorter delivery times, and real-time connectivity from shippers and carriers. Compliance programs vary by retailer but the intent is consistent across the industry—have the right product in the right location at the right time while removing waste. I recently participated in a webinar to discuss the changes in retailer expectations and how companies can successfully navigate retail compliance programs. Here are a few of the key takeaways to consider:  » Read More

What’s Looming for Transpacific Ocean Shipments this Peak Season?

Reoccurring events—like the holiday season—used to provide some level of predictability to ocean shipping trends in the transpacific eastbound (TPEB) trade lane. Typically, holiday peak season volumes ramped up in July, with August and September being the busiest months, and volumes tapered off in October.  » Read More

Global Trends Podcast Discusses Today’s Challenges

Tariffs are the hot topic today, but there are a few other conditions causing challenges for today’s global supply chain professionals. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Eric Kleinsorge, publisher of Global Trade Magazine for a GT Podcast titled Global Logistics & Current Market Trends. The highlights of our conversation appear below. (Special note: The podcast was recorded before the List 4 tariff announcement in August.)  » Read More

5 Truckload Shipping Trends to Watch for in Today’s Freight Market

For many in the supply chain industry, a cyclical pattern of tension and slack is a familiar occurrence. While freight volumes and the supply of trucks and drivers constantly strive for equal balance, they often fall short. Here are the five key freight trends worth watching in late 2019.

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How to Leverage Gartner Research in Your TMS Vendor Evaluation

As more companies enter the transportation and logistics industry, your vendor choices and transportation management system (TMS) options expand. And evaluating each provider to ensure the right fit for your organization becomes increasingly complicated. Should you pursue a technology only solution? Or would a people plus technology provider be a better idea? Finding the answers and narrowing your options may start with an unbiased, outside perspective.  » Read More