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

5 Supply Chain Priorities for U.S. Infrastructure Investments

us_infrastructure_billThrough our work to optimize supply chains, we have a unique view of how goods and commerce flow through our nation’s infrastructure and what impacts on time delivery and cost. In addition to weather and capacity disruptions, supply chains are also challenged by congestion on U.S. highways, rail hubs, and ports.

On behalf of supply chain professionals, I recently had the opportunity to share these insights with the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security as they consider priorities and funding mechanisms for new infrastructure investments. Read More…

Is Your Supply Chain Ready to Go Digital?

supply-chain-technologyEverybody is talking about the digital transformation of supply chains. “Digitalization” is much more than a buzzword—it’s a very real shift in supply chain management, and the evidence supporting the critical nature of digital transformation is mounting. With the technology available, there’s great potential to use it to improve supply chains. Read More…

Global Shipping Trends: What to Expect in 2018

global_shipping_trendsOverall, 2017 was a good year for the ocean shipping industry. It’s a big switch from 2016, when the bankruptcy of Hanjin, one of the largest container shipping providers, forced everyone to confront how volatile this industry really is. Now we are starting to see most carriers’ operating margins improve, driven mainly by robust demand, positive inventory developments, and higher rate levels. While this is very positive for the shipping industry, you have to wonder. Will the positive recovery continue? Or is this simply part of the cycle we’ve experienced between 2008 and today—a vicious cycle where carriers are truly profitable for only 3 to 4 years at a time? Read More…

- Vice President, Global Ocean Product, C.H. Robinson

Top Posts of 2017: Disruptions, Technology, and Supply Chain Trends

top_blogs_2017Technology and innovation drove many conversations in the global logistics and supply chain industry in 2017. Those topics reigned among the top posts here on Connect, too—as did posts about managing supply chain disruption and global shipping projections. As we hit restart and begin a new year, take a moment to revisit the top posts—and top supply chain trends—of 2017.

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Six Ways to Navigate the Last Mile Using TMS Technology

last_mileWith the peak holiday shopping season here, the last mile segment of global supply chains is in the spotlight. Even the most efficient supply chains can fail miserably if customer expectations are not met during the final delivery of a product.

There are many ways to improve last-mile service standards – including the use of transportation management system (TMS) technology to plan, manage, and analyze the final hand-off to the customer. Read More…

- Senior Manager, Global Operations for TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson
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