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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

Pillars to a Successful Transportation Experience: Carrier Management

transportation_managementAs the market continues to change, what’s your transportation strategy for handling fluctuations? An unclear plan may let you down. Rather than reacting to changes that happen to your supply chain, it’s always better to have a carrier management strategy that allows you to be proactive—no matter what the market has in store. Read More…

- Director, Research and Market Intelligence, C.H. Robinson
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Advancing into the Future of Logistics

SelfDrivingAs consumers, we’ve all seen the semiautonomous features that have been steadily added to the cars we drive. Adaptive cruise control, automated parallel parking, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning systems are all examples of relatively recent features that aim to add efficiency and safety to our commutes, road trips, and general running around town. In the same way advancements are happening in the consumer automobile space, new technologies are helping shape the future of logistics as well. Read More…

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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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…