Logistics has always been the backbone that silently keeps the world moving but, in this time of uncertainty, its importance has been magnified. COVID-19 has caused disruption globally to all business, in one way or another, and navigating this unprecedented time has highlighted many challenges.

As governments and healthcare agencies around the world work to stop the spread of the coronavirus, importers and exporters across 164 countries are struggling to manage the pandemic’s growing impact on their supply chains.

The coronavirus outbreak, which is severely affecting business operations around the globe, was recently declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. C.H. Robinson continues to monitor the situation in the U.S. and globally, staying close to our contract carriers and discussing continuity plans in the event shipping trajectories need to be adjusted due [...]

Truck driving at dust

As we begin 2020, we can anticipate more balance in the transportation marketplace, according to industry sources. When looking at the classic cycle of the U.S. truckload market, the next six to nine months will be a transitional phase. We just hit the bottom of the market after experiencing oversupply, and now we’re near an [...]

Now that the fireworks are over and New Year’s resolutions are set, it’s time to prepare for global shipping in 2020. And that means looking at ongoing trends and changing regulations. One thing’s for sure, freight forwarding never has a dull moment. 

Truckload market cycle in the U.S.

As we wrap up 2019, it’s not too late to prepare for the conditions of the changing transportation market and review expectations for the coming year. Here’s a brief update about the transportation market in the final quarter of 2019.

Ecommerce is on the rise in South America. Double-digit growth is expected for 2019 with sales of $71.34 billion (USD), tying it with the Middle East and Africa as the world’s second-fastest-growing retail ecommerce market. That’s great news for shippers looking to expand their online retail presence in South America.

On June 13, 2019, The Canadian Ministry of Transportation (Transport Canada) announced a formal plan to implement electronic logging devices (ELDs) in Canada. I was able to interview Marco Romano, vice president of North American Surface Transportation at C.H. Robinson, regarding some of the details.

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 [...]

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.