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.

ELD Mandate line of trucks in Robinson blue

For many in the supply chain industry, a cyclical pattern of tension and slack is a familiar occurrence. While freight volumes and the supply of trucks and drivers constantly strive for equal balance, they often fall short. Here are the five key freight trends worth watching in late 2019.

Staying on top of shifting retailer requirements can be overwhelming—especially if you’re working with multiple retailers. Variable and unanticipated demands often bring unique challenges to retail supply chains and transportation. That is why it is vital to work with a provider that has a deep understanding of each retailer’s supply chain goals, operations, and compliance [...]

Semi truck driving at night

Our industry’s cyclical pattern of tension and slack has become familiar to many of us. Freight volumes (demand) and active supply (trucks, drivers, trains, and containers) seek balance, but often fall somewhere across the balance spectrum. Currently, we are early in a shift from high tension to low. As such, there are several new trends [...]

ELD Mandate line of trucks in Robinson blue

It’s been nearly a year since the electronic logging device (ELDs) mandate went into effect. Some had predicted that the industry would see mass carrier bankruptcies or a flurry of acquisitions of smaller carriers by larger ones, but that hasn’t been the case. Instead, thanks to the strongest truckload shipping market since deregulation in 1980, [...]

Perfect Truckload Shipments Calculator: OTP% x OTD% x FTA%

Wanting to know how your supply chain compares to others in your industry (or the market at large) is natural. After all, knowing where you stand can influence your goals, planning, and strategies in the future.

Today's transportation market changes the role of trucking

Many would argue that the role of transportation services within business has been changing over the past few years. I agree. But I also ask: is transportation what has really changed? Or is transportation only becoming increasingly important because of everything else that has changed?

Highlights from the Leaders and Laggards research done with MIT.

  It’s been my privilege to work with MIT graduate students as they research service and pricing in the truckload market. Now, it’s time to see how your truckload strategy compares to the practices Leaders use to get the best performance and pricing.

A common theme this year has been trying to explain to business leaders exactly why transportation budgets are woefully under estimated. What factors have been influencing them since the fourth quarter of 2017?

It’s no secret that freight capacity is tight in 2018. As you navigate this challenging market, however, you may be wondering what factors led us to where we are today. A major shortage of drivers, a new mandate, high loads and even Mother Nature have all contributed in their own ways. Here’s how these factors [...]