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Carrier Management

The Truth About Multi-stop in Transportation Management

multistop_truckloadIt’s something we’ve wondered about, along with our customers: do carriers reject multi-stop truckloads more than single-stop, or does it only seem that way? We decided to find out about this particular facet of transportation management. We worked with MIT graduate students, asking them to analyze 5 million truckload and multi-stop truckload tender records in our database. What we found provides valuable insights on the effect that additional stops have on price and service.
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- Director, Solution Design at TMC; Director, Research and Market Intelligence, C.H. Robinson

Preparing for ELDs: Changes Shippers Can Make Today

eld_mandateThe holidays aren’t the only thing looming on the horizon. For many in our industry, electronic logging devices (ELDs) are a hot topic because there is not consensus on the magnitude of impact implementation will have on capacity. It’s important to remember that the hours of service (HOS) each driver has in a day or week is not changing. It is also important to understand that the mandate is not changing the hours of service for a driver, it is changing the method of recording from a paper book to an electronic log. Read More…

- Director, Research and Market Intelligence, C.H. Robinson
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Why Truckload Lead Times Matter and How to Improve Them

truckload_capacityFirst come, first served is a familiar statement to most of us. Maybe the phrase reminds you of a free tchotchke given out at the local baseball game. Or maybe you’re reminded of events that serve free food. But very few of us think about truckload capacity when we hear the phrase. And maybe we should. Read More…

How to Prepare for Tight Truckload Capacity

truckload_capacityIn the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey—and as Hurricane Irma moves closer— truckload capacity is tighter than it has been for years, giving some shippers challenges in covering freight. Here are the factors at work, along with some suggestions for what you can do now to prepare yourself for the market ahead. Read More…

5 Differences Between Europe and U.S. Transportation Procurement

truckload_procurementAs companies expand globally through mergers or organic growth, many are faced with the decision of whether or not to combine logistics teams and apply a universal truckload procurement strategy across multiple regions. However, differences between markets do require adjustments. To obtain the most effective results, best practice requires adaptations to truckload procurement strategies. In this post, I’ll shed some light on the chief differences between Europe’s truckload procurement practices and those in the United States—and why it matters. Read More…