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

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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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Why Trucks Will Uncouple from Human Drivers Sooner than You Think

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The driverless truck is no longer a fanciful idea that will materialize in some future world. The technology has advanced rapidly over recent years, and I believe that we’ll see these automated vehicles on our highways in the near future. Here’s why.

When demand for a product or service outstrips supply, new technology often bridges the gap. For example, in the early days of the national phone system, the only way that the demand for capacity could be met was to phase out human operators and automate calls by adding dials to phones. Today, a shortage of human drivers is a major constraint on trucking. Automating the driver role solves this problem and creates more capacity. Read More…

- Director of Consulting Services, C.H. Robinson
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Services as Substance: Why TMS Alone Will Not Drive the Sustained Savings Shippers Seek

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The 3-Hour Diet, the Fat Flush Plan, Cabbage Soup Diet, Grapefruit Diet . . . With the dozens of diet plans out there, how does a person who wants to lose weight know where to start? Should you sign up for the plan making the boldest promises? Is it better to hitch your wagon to the latest fad?

I was recently perusing Transportation Management System (TMS) providers’ websites, and I was surprised by the bold claims that some were making. Putting myself in the shoes of a supply chain executive, I felt like someone trying to sift through the weight loss promises being peddled by today’s countless quick-fix diets. Read More…

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Insights for Procuring a TMS in a Large Company

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Investing in a transportation management system (TMS) can be more complicated for large organizations that have to reconcile the needs of multiple business units in different geographies. The business models and associated markets can vary widely as well, for example if the company has grown through acquisitions.

Enterprises that devote enough forethought and planning to the decision can resolve these differences and turn the process into a rich learning experience. Read More…

6 Best Practices Used by Winning Procurement Teams

Winning Procurement Teams

One of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time was John Wooden. In a 12-year period he coached UCLA men’s basketball team to 10 national championships. Such a level of success took a great deal of hard work, and this is reflected in one of my favorite John Wooden quotes: “If you don’t have time to do something right, when will you have time to do it over?”

Just like in basketball, following best practices in procurement and doing things right can help your organization create a routing guide that succeeds in a tight market. Many shippers are achieving this success by adhering to the following best practices in truckload procurement. Read More…