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Make the Move to Inbound

TMS technology and inbound freight

Implementing a transportation management system (TMS) has become a well-used route to cutting the cost and improving the performance of outbound freight, so why do many shippers still shun the technology when managing inbound movements? TMS applications that have become routine for outbound managers can be applied just as effectively on the inbound side of freight operations. Read More…

Truckload Procurement Exercises

Negotiating pricing with carriers

Is “buying too low” a costly strategy?

Shippers frequently ask us about the timing of truckload procurement exercises. The answer we give often shocks people, because it’s so counterintuitive.

You might think that striking deals with carriers when the market is “down” results in great long-term savings. Not necessarily so. At least, we don’t think so.

It’s kind of like the stock market. Too often, day traders and other investors try to time the market and buy when they think it’s low. Research shows that is not a winning strategy, either. Read More…

- Director of Consulting Services, C.H. Robinson
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Arctic Shortcut

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Over a year ago, I attended a shipper meeting in Europe with Glenn Koepke, General Manager – TMC Europe. The forum gathered together supply chain personnel from over 35 countries. The primary focus of the discussion was Global TMS. However, other topics of discussion naturally arose.

One such topic was the idea of an arctic shortcut. A large ocean line introduced the topic speaking of special hulls designed for breaking and ice, and enabling faster trade from Asia to the West by crossing the Arctic Ocean instead of traditional trade routes.  Read More…

- President, Managed Services
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