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How to Get the Most Value from a Strategic Onsite Employee

How to Get the Most Value from a Strategic Onsite Employee

strategic onsite employees

When a shipper brings a provider’s strategic resources onsite, faster results can follow. As a provider of Managed TMS®, C.H. Robinson’s TMS + managed services solution, we’ve placed knowledgeable, strategic logistics staff onsite at client locations on many occasions. Recently, we talked to several shippers about the value they see in onsite engagements, and how they’ve managed to reach the positive outcomes they were looking for. We’ve compiled several tips drawn from those conversations to help other shippers prepare for having their provider’s employees onsite.

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- Vice President, Customer Strategy, C.H. Robinson
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Are You Paying Enough Attention to Providers’ Talent Management Strategies?

Are You Paying Enough Attention to Providers’ Talent Management Strategies?

supply chain talent

As part of their due diligence, shippers routinely review a number of key capabilities when evaluating logistics service providers. One capability that is less obvious—but of vital importance—is the provider’s approach to managing talent.

The quality of a 3PL’s staff determines the level of service they offer. And this know-how has become even more critical with the increasing complexity of global supply chains.

What aspects of a provider’s talent management strategy should shippers watch out for? Read More…

3 Signs that a Trucking Company is Keeping Pace with Technology

3 Signs that a Trucking Company is Keeping Pace with Technology

Trucking Technology

In order to extract every drop of competitive advantage from your investments in technology, you need to make sure that service providers such as trucking companies are on the same page. Even the shiniest of new technological tools underperforms if your provider does not fully contribute to its usage. Conversely, a carrier that is on the cutting edge can help you keep up with the latest advances.

Identifying these providers is not easy, however, given the number of innovations and the frenetic pace of change. Moreover, supply chains are becoming more complex, putting more pressure on buyers to ensure that transportation partners can respond to complicated shipping scenarios. Read More…

Start Innovating if You Want to Keep Pace with Today’s High-Octane Markets

Start Innovating if You Want to Keep Pace with Today’s High-Octane Markets

Innovating in today's market

The world is changing and changing faster than ever before.

To get an idea of just how fast, think about great innovations of the past such as the telephone and the automobile. These took almost a century to become fully absorbed into people’s lives. Now think of modern-day equivalents such as the internet and cell phone. Both have become indispensable in just a few short years. I highlighted some other examples at an event last year. Read More…

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