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C.H. Robinson

At C.H. Robinson, we believe in accelerating global trade to seamlessly deliver the products and goods that drive the world’s economy. Using the strengths of our knowledgeable people, proven processes and global technology, we help our customers work smarter, not harder. As one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers (3PL), we provide a broad portfolio of logistics services, fresh produce sourcing and Managed Services for more than 110,000 customers and 68,000 contract carriers through our integrated network of 280 offices and more than 13,000 employees. In addition, the company, our Foundation and our employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, C.H. Robinson (CHRW) has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997. For more information, visit http://www.chrobinson.com or view our company video.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Tests the Boundaries of Energy Efficiency

C.H. Robinson is full of people you can rely on who are always up for a challenge. On a daily—and sometimes hourly—basis, our local experts in offices around the globe help ensure logistics problems are resolved in real-time. Like the students and teams who compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, our people never back down from a challenge. This year, C.H. Robinson’s teams in Singapore and Australia are providing the logistics solutions those same students have with their solar car challenge.  » Read More

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

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Consider this: global sourcing, manufacturing, and sales are advancing rapidly, leaving technology providers in the tough position of playing catch up. Because technology infrastructure differs from region to region, it is challenging (to say the least) for systems to communicate across continents.

Imagine you are at your desk in Houston and you need to determine whether a completed order left the warehouse in China. It’s difficult, right? Now add in the aspect of tracking the shipment’s expected arrival in Hamburg. To get the information you need involves several languages, time zones, software programs, and much more. Even the most expert logistics professionals struggle in those instances. That’s why you need a global shipping strategy with a comprehensive global vendor management program. » Read More

How to Expand Your Global Shipping to Meet Growing Indian Markets

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There are three countries that conduct in excess of 500 billion dollars of bilateral trade with the United States. Only one of them is outside North America: China. But there is another country that’s making a strong case to join that elite group. If projections and recent rhetoric are to be believed, India will join China as the only non-North American countries in the $500 billion club by 2025. » Read More

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Here: Are You Ready?

When it comes to major logistics events, technology can often be the determining factor of success. Take Black Friday and Cyber Monday for example. It takes planning and precision to execute an efficient, effective supply chain under typical circumstances; the surge leading into Black Friday and Cyber Monday only magnifies the importance of thorough preparation—or the frustration of a glitch.

Because your supply chain is only as good as the technology platform backing it, it’s crucial to make sure your third party logistics provider (3PL) has the stable systems and scalability to handle peak volumes.
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See More, Know More, and Do More with Your Global Supply Chain: Discover Navisphere® Vision

See More, Know More, and Do More with Your Global Supply Chain: Discover Navisphere® Vision | Transportfolio

We often talk about logistics being an exciting industry that is constantly growing in both complexity and impact. And it’s true: supply chains have moved from the backroom to the boardroom because of the significant financial and strategic influence they have on an organization. As the face and pace of global commerce evolves and grows, so does the need to reinvent supply chains.
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Countdown to Black Friday: Is Your Supply Chain Wired for Success?

Countdown to Black Friday: Is Your Supply Chain Wired for Success?.Transportfolio

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In many ways, technology can be the determining factor of what makes or breaks major logistics events, like the upcoming Black Friday shopping holiday. It takes planning and precision to execute an efficient, effective supply chain under typical circumstances; the surge leading into Black Friday and Cyber Monday only magnifies the importance of thorough preparation—or the frustration of a glitch.
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Outlook on U.S. Exports: Forecasting the “Perfect Storm” or Something Else?

Outlook on U.S. Exports – Forecasting the “perfect storm” or something else?.Transportfolio

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Many of us are familiar with the term “perfect storm.” This cliché term implies conditions are ideal for the creation of a pending negative event. Recently, it has been used to describe the outlook for U.S. exports. Exporters continually hear the rumbles of thunder from the industry and economic press decrying the longstanding trade imbalance for the United States and their trading partners, recounting the fact that imports significantly outweigh the exporting of goods.
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6 Facts You May Not Know About Marine Cargo Insurance

6 Things You May Not Know About Marine Cargo Insurance

Marine CargoIf your business is expanding to overseas markets, marine cargo insurance can offer you important protection for your ocean shipments.

Marine cargo insurance policies are unique compared to other insurance policies. This is because international ocean and air shipments are subject to a unique set of laws that limit the liability of carriers.

This post will outline six surprising facts about marine cargo insurance that you might not have known before, and should keep in mind when planning, purchasing, and using.

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Flatbed Procurement: What’s Your Strategy?

Flatbed Procurement: What’s Your Strategy?

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Whether you believe it or not, the key to successfully securing flatbed capacity (without breaking the bank) isn’t always about chasing the lowest price. What truly matters is the strength of your relationships with flatbed carriers.

Even shippers who have more difficult freight requirements can improve acceptance rates and thrive during a tight market with a well thought out flatbed procurement strategy. To get started creating such a strategy, consider the following points:

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