Do month-end or quarter-end freight surges affect your transportation costs? You’re certainly not alone in asking this age-old question! Those familiar with transportation know that month-end or quarter-end freight surges commonly occur, and that your routing guide may not work as well as it usually does during those times.

Today, only 10% of U.S. truck drivers are women. That means there is a significant opportunity to alleviate some of the pressure the chronic driver shortage continues to create by attracting and retaining more women across the supply chain.

Making the most out of today’s challenging supply chain trends requires a deep understanding of the market and timely information that helps you achieve a competitive advantage. In our first Market Insights Live! event of 2022, my colleagues, Christina Carroll, vice president of LTL, Alan Rowlett, director of global operations and strategy, and I set [...]

Tight trucking capacity

Shippers are likely to remember 2021 as the year with the tightest trucking capacity they’ve encountered in a long time. By some measures, this seemed to contradict the typical supply and demand equation. With less or similar demand and more supply than before the pandemic, why did truckload capacity stay so tight? Two supply-side factors help explain why.

2021 was a difficult year in global logistics due to ongoing volatility. We worked alongside customers navigating the Suez Canal block, hurricanes and cyclones, port and terminal closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks, customs and trade changes, labor shortages and more. I’ve been in the industry since 1997 and I have never seen this level of [...]

Save on your spot freight

Learn about market rates for spot freight and how you can change your shipping patterns to influence your pricing.

In our latest webinar, we took live questions but didn't have time to address them all. In this video, C.H. Robinson experts answer your top questions about the U.S. infrastructure bill, vaccine mandates, port congestion and more.

Less-than-container load (LCL) shipping has become part of the solution design to many supply chain challenges. LCL shipping provides shippers with cost and time savings as they face longer wait times at ports along with more last-minute-change needs, based on disruption and delays. In a recent global survey conducted by our team, shippers reported congestion [...]

If you participate in shipping in Mexico at all, you know that many recent factors are affecting both cross-border and intra-Mexico shipping. These influencers include—but are not limited to—capacity imbalances, border congestion, and new regulations from the new political administration.

Jason Miller, associate professor of supply chain management at Michigan State University, shares his insights and offers recommendations for what shippers can do to obtain capacity and plan for the coming months.