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Differences Matter in EU and U.S. Transportation Procurement

truckload_procurementAs companies expand globally through mergers or organic growth, many are faced with the decision whether 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…

Decrease Truckload Costs by Cutting Dwell Times

truckload-ratesJust how long are you making drivers wait to load and unload? Like it or not, loading and unloading time eats into a truckload driver’s hours of service. So it should be no surprise that dwell time is one of the leading variables that could affect your truckload rates. Read More…

- Director, Research and Market Intelligence, C.H. Robinson
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MIT Crossroads: An Opportunity to Imagine the Future of Supply Chains

GlobalTMSPostTechnology, disruptors, opportunities—three core areas of discussion this month at the Annual Crossroads supply chain event at MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT-CTL). The day-long event, if you haven’t been able to attend in the past, brings together MIT researchers to share insights across technology, social, and supply chain research areas.

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- Director, Research and Market Intelligence, C.H. Robinson
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Bundling Lanes Can Improve Truckload Rates and Service

Logistics Best PracticesEven in a down business year (e.g., 2008-2009) where transactional truckload shipments dropped by almost 80%, spot rates still cost more than contract rates. In your experience as a shipper, you may already have a general sense that combining and redefining some lanes—particularly low volume lanes—could help you find additional transportation cost savings. Read More…

Improving Logistics Efficiency: How Cities Can Join Forces to Combat Traffic Congestion

Urban LogisticsMany big cities around the world have implemented environmentally sustainable programs to reduce the traffic snarls that add costs to urban supply chains. Can the expertise they have gained in introducing these solutions be transferred to other traffic-choked cities? Read More…

- Associate Research Professor and Transport Research Group Manager, Zaragoza Logistics Center
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