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Supply Chain Consulting

Rethink your Business Strategy by Rethinking Your Global Supply Chain

When I talk to worldwide businesses in Asia, Oceania, North America, or anywhere else, their chief concern is always the same: how do we meet our customers where they are to get them the products and services they want, all while keeping our own business strategy central?

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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 Use Big Data to Reduce LTL Spend

How to Use Big Data to Reduce LTL Spend

In any area of competition— whether it is sports, games, or business— you need carefully crafted, comprehensive strategies that will enable your team to win. So, how do you start building a winning strategy? You start with data.

Today, transportation companies around the world are working to redefine business strategies that will enable them to win in the short and long term by reducing operational costs. With the right data, anything is possible. Having access to data like demand plans, forecasts, budgets, and KPIs is the difference in being a laggard or a leader. » Read More

China, Tariffs, and Trade Policy. What’s Going On?

China, Tariffs, and Trade Policy. What’s Going On? | C.H. Robinson

If changes in trade policy have been giving you and your team whiplash lately, you’re not alone. A lot has happened recently on the global stage, and there is a lot to sift through. We compiled some of the top concerns we hear from customers. Read this summary, and consider how you will manage potential disruptions to your supply chain as developments continue to unfold. 
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What Influences Truckload Rejection Rates?

If your freight gets rejected by carriers, this probably means extra work and additional costs because you have to make alterations and go deeper into your route guide to get your freight shipped. Does this sound at all familiar? It probably does, since the average tender rejection rate is around 20%.

To understand a question that plagues many shippers, “why was my tender rejected?” C.H. Robinson challenged Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT-CTL) student, Yoo Joon Kim, to determine just how influential distance and volatility are on carrier rejection rates on high volume lanes.
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Is Your TMS Technology Ready to Drive Supply Chain Excellence?

In any endeavor, there are varying levels of success. This is true for supply chains, too. And the right technology, specifically a transportation management system (TMS) is the connective thread that makes the highest level of supply chain success possible. » Read More

The Basics of Air Freight: Optimizing Your Global Supply Chain

Air Freight: Learning the Basics to Optimize Your Global Supply Chain

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This content was update in June 2019

As the name implies, air freight can be defined as: The transportation of goods by aircraft. » Read More

5 Strategies for Successfully Outsourcing Shipping Logistics

Successful Logistics Outsource

Often in my work in the C.H. Robinson Green Bay office, customers will ask us how they can improve the odds that their logistics outsource will be a success. Over the 15 years this office has been open, I have developed expertise in how to best outsource businesses’ logistics. In this post, I outline five key tactics you should follow to ensure your outsourcing is smooth and successful.
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Don’t Waste Your Time Playing Truckload Fuel Surcharge Games

Don’t Waste Your Time Playing Truckload Fuel Surcharge Games

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Over the last few years, both gas and diesel fuel prices have been trending downwards. While lower prices at the pump probably bring welcome savings to your personal pocketbook, changing fuel prices impact the trucking industry in a different way, thanks to fuel surcharge programs. » Read More

4 Steps to Simplify LTL Shipping

LTL Shipping

LTL shipping is an excellent way for shippers to increase profitability and efficiency. But how to successfully capitalize on LTL capabilities can pose a challenge for shippers. LTL shippers want to know how they can utilize LTL shipping to save money and make their supply chain more efficient, they are just unsure of how to get there on their own.

Let’s face it, LTL is multifaceted. Overseeing your LTL shipments takes a lot of attention and industry expertise. I’ve discovered that many companies have difficulty dealing with the complexities of freight classes, tariffs, discounts, and fuel surcharges that come along with LTL.
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