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An Uneven Road Ahead for Driverless Vehicles

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While autonomous vehicles may seem like a futuristic fairy tale to some, these technological game-changers may be closer to reality than you think. Recently, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will issue guidelines for driverless cars by the middle of this summer. The announcement appears to bring autonomous vehicles closer to certainty, but will the introduction of self-driving cars—and by extension, autonomous trucks—match the pace at which the technology is developing?
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How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Possibility of a Government Shutdown

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Most congressional watchers are predicting that the federal government will shut down for at least a short period of time before the end of the year. Whether this is a result of the federal budget that needs to be authorized or raising the federal debt ceiling, the political dynamics that caused the 2013 government shutdown remain largely the same.

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Government Update: FMCSA Changes

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On November 4, 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released some long-awaited changes to the presentation of the BASIC data and the information available on a motor carrier’s roadside inspection history. The intent of this release is to alleviate some of the confusion that had existed between the official safety rating of a motor carrier (Satisfactory, Conditional, Unsatisfactory, or Not Rated) and the BASIC data that is used as a prioritization tool for safety interventions and compliance reviews. Read More…

- Director, Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson
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Do you have the right TMS technology to measure new regulations and laws?

Transportation management systems and HOS

Now that we are over a month into the new Hours of Service (HOS) provisions, you may be asking yourself the same burning question that I am:  How can technology help measure the impact of the new laws?

There is no simple answer to this question because of the many influencing factors in the marketplace. If you’re a shipper that experienced some capacity tightness in the beginning of July, can you determine if that tightness was truly due to the HOS changes or was it the usual cyclical spike in demand that is caused by the produce season? Perhaps the Fourth of July holiday weekend played a role because many truck drivers plan vacations and family time that take them off the roads. It’s possible you did not see any effects within your network, and carriers’ commitments during this period were unchanged. Read More…

Logistics Lessons from the Eurozone Crisis

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The Eurozone crisis continues to ripple through the world’s economies, but what are the supply chain management implications of Europe’s financial difficulties?

Companies that do business in Europe have already experienced the fallout of the crisis. But even if you are not active in the region it is wise to be aware of its impact on global supply chains.

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