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Regulation

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

Logistics lessons

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.

Here are some on-the-ground observations. Read More…

Swimming Against the Congestion Current

CongestionCosts

If we could eavesdrop on the freight industry’s water cooler conversations the chances are that we’d hear a lot about traffic congestion. Transportation managers deal with it and talk about it all the time, yet there is one vital aspect of this topic that they tend to overlook: how trucks idled by traffic snarls work against the fuel efficiencies that the industry is working hard to achieve.

More awareness of this conflict and the associated costs might help to persuade the industry to address infrastructure investment needs that are at the root of these delays.  Read More…

- Director, Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson
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Regulation Roundup: Part Two

Regulatory update

To help you keep tabs on government rulemaking, we have put together this brief guide to freight-related regulations currently moving through the legislative process.

In last week’s post we summarized the progress of three broad initiatives: reauthorization of the Transportation Bill, Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), and new rules from the California Air Resource Board (CARB). This week we take a look at Hours of Service Rules, truck weight standards, and proposals for the introduction of electronic on board recorders. Read More…

- Director, Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson
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Regulation Roundup: Part One

Regulatory update

Keeping up with regulatory change is tough for busy operational managers. But even a working knowledge of what is coming down the pike prepares you for the possible impacts of new legislation and regulation.

To help you stay on top of the various initiatives now underway, and assess the potential changes to your business operating environments, here is a snapshot of the legislative and regulatory pipeline. This week we look at three broad topics: reauthorization of the Transportation Bill, Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) , and new rules from the California Air Resource Board (CARB). Read More…