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Archives for June 2011

Bridging NAFTA’s Cross-Border Divide

North American Free Trade Agreement update

Remember when the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was talked about all the time? Well, lately we’ve been getting a lot of questions about proposed changes to the way cross-border trade between Mexico and the U.S. is regulated. In light of these discussions, it’s a good time for a quick update on what’s going on.  Read More…

- President, Managed Services
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Five Features That Define a Global TMS

International transportation management systems

Transportation management systems (TMS) have finally gone global. The technology’s vast potential as a tool for managing freight movements internationally has been known for some time, but up until now has not been realized. Companies with a world view of transportation will discover incredible opportunities for raising the efficiency of global distribution networks.

As we described in a past post about the use of control towers (see Control Tower for Freight Management Catches the Global Train,  December 17 2010), developing a global freight transportation management capability is becoming more important as enterprises look to emerging economies to drive future growth. Read More…

When Reading the Market Generates More Heat than Light


Shipper anxiety over freight rates often tracks with the upward movement of industry indexes, and since the Stephens Index recorded 6.5% year-on-year (YOY) and 0.8% sequential increases for the first quarter of 2011 (See Figure 1 and Figure 2 respectively), we thought it timely to put this uptick in perspective.

The Stephens truckload market index monitors rates per mile for the loads moved by a representative group of publicly traded carriers.  Read More…

- Director, Research and Market Intelligence, C.H. Robinson
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