Supply Chain Expertise and Technology Blog by TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson

Are You Ready for the Millennial Technology Challenge?

Millennials

Industry commentators—including this blog—often talk about how technological change drives behavioral change in managers. Another change that is transforming how logistics managers do their jobs is a dramatic shift in the demographic profiles of companies.

The advance of transportation management system (TMS) technology provides a good example of the former trend. As sophisticated analytics have become available, logistics managers have come to expect more detailed analyses of their freight networks that pinpoint opportunities to raise efficiency levels (for more on the analytical capabilities of a TMS, see Micah Heartson’s post, Analytics in Action, and Ryan Pettit’s post, Developing an Analytical Playbook for Your TMS). Read More…

Why Trucking is Not Your Average Market

Predicting Market

I’m frequently asked by shippers for advice on which direction freight rates are going. I wish I could predict the future, but I can’t. However, it is possible to better understand the market mechanisms that drive rate fluctuations by analyzing available data. And one of the chief lessons is to not assume that rates always move according to a standard market average.

Historically, on average, pricing in the truckload market tends to increase by just over 2% a year. We know this because we reviewed the rate changes within a leading industry index. Read More…

- Director of Consulting Services, C.H. Robinson
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How TMS Technology is Helping to Steer Change in the Auto Industry

TMS and Automobiles

The flexibility to adapt to an ever-changing logistics landscape on a global scale is a key characteristic of today’s transportation management system (TMS) technology. And there is no better example of this flexibility than applications in the automotive vertical.

A number of major changes are reshaping the auto industry. One of the main changes is a shift toward a localized production model in emerging markets. In an effort to mitigate risk related to currency fluctuations and to locate operations closer to customers—particularly in emerging economies—auto companies are expanding their manufacturing presence in countries such as China and Mexico. Read More…

A New Class of Learning that Does Not Break with Tradition

Classroom

Online educational platforms are attracting a lot of interest, and there is no doubt that virtual classrooms will have a major impact on professional education.

Will the physical classroom soon become obsolete? Not by a long way. I believe that the more traditional settings continue to offer important advantages for professional learners, some of which are not available in a virtual environment. Read More…

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Why Allowing Driverless Trucks on Public Highways is Still More Than 10 Years Away

Truck With Driver

Driverless trucks have the potential to deliver a number of important commercial and societal benefits, but don’t expect to actually see one on the open highway any time soon.

The commercial arguments in favor of the technology are persuasive. One of the key arguments is that driver shortages, a problem that has dogged the trucking industry for many years, would no longer be an issue if vehicles were automated. Eliminating human drivers would also free the industry of hours of service regulations and improve the utilization of our roads because automated control systems support denser traffic flows. Read More…

- Manager, Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson
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