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

4 Tips to Ensure the Upcoming Eclipse Doesn’t Leave Your Supply Chain in the Dark

solar_eclipseFrom hurricanes to cyber-attacks, supply chain managers have to anticipate and manage the impacts of unplanned disruptions. While most disruptions occur without warning, sometimes shippers and logistics providers do have an opportunity to see one coming and plan accordingly.

Such is the case for the solar eclipse that will occur across the United States next week. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this rare occurrence has the potential to impact millions of truck drivers, especially those moving freight across or within the 14 states that are in the path of totality. Read More…

Don’t Wait for Dwell Time to Delay Your Freight

port-dwell-timeEven containers don’t like to wait in line. Dwell time—the amount of time a container remains parked in a marine terminal waiting to be picked up after it’s been offloaded from a vessel—is a drag on supply chain efficiency, especially when it becomes excessive. Rising container volumes, fluctuations in demand, and the constant need for just in time inventory have increased the impact of dwell time over recent years. Read More…

Implementing a TMS: Why Communication is a Key Success Factor

TMS-implementationHaving invested in a transportation management system (TMS), you’re looking forward to its implementation. But the term “implementation” doesn’t really capture the full implications of this next step. Implementing a TMS means much more than installing and plugging in a system—the experience is transformative and requires some serious change management resources. Read More…