Global transportation—like many industries—has faced unparalleled disruptions over the past year. Now, as we head into 2021, there are new and different challenges added to the mix.
At this time last year, global supply chains were already in trouble. The world didn’t know it yet, but we were somewhere between 60 and 90 days away from understanding what would happen.
The year 2020 was a year unlike any other, and supply chains were more front and center than ever before. This is especially true in the retail space, as a surge in ecommerce and pandemic-driven demand volatility increased the rate of change in an already rapidly evolving industry.
Since my previous blog, and after months of negotiations, the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) reached a deal on December 24, 2020. Both parties avoided the disruptive outcomes of a no-deal, and signed a provisional EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) that will define their relations going forward.
It’s safe to say that 2020 will not be a year easily forgotten. This past year has been full of adjustment. Around the globe, our personal and work lives were upended with very little warning. As the pandemic spread, spending time with friends and family, water cooler conversations with co-workers, and even dependence on a [...]
Heightened consumer expectations can bring obstacles for supply chains in many industries. For last mile supply chains, especially those of large format items like appliances or home fitness equipment, the change in expectations continues to put pressure on shippers to deliver quickly and reliably with free or low-cost shipping options. All while maintaining transparency for [...]
Supply chains have faced unprecedented volatility, making it increasingly difficult for shippers to successfully navigate the marketplace. The transportation industry has faced volatility over the last handful of years, but nothing like the disruptions of recent months. From capacity shortages and missed customer requirements to a shift in shipping smaller, more frequent orders—truckload and less [...]
This year, supply chains have been under more spotlight and pressure than ever. Managing a global supply chain is complex on its own, without the added challenges from a global disruption like the COVID-19 pandemic. In this challenging environment, shippers who leverage the latest technologies, like Internet of Things (IoT), to drive supply chain visibility [...]
Regardless of whether a deal is going to be sealed with the European Union, one thing is certain: January 1, 2021 will prominently shift the waters for businesses that trade overseas, once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union’s Single Market and Customs Union. At C.H. Robinson, we stay close to our customers as we [...]
The increased need for adaptability and agility sums up what nearly everyone is feeling these days—this is particularly true for companies shipping temperature sensitive freight when timing is critical. In any environment, internal and external influencers regularly affect supply chain efficiency.