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Transportation Management

Is Your Supply Chain Ready to Go Digital?

supply-chain-technologyEverybody is talking about the digital transformation of supply chains. “Digitalization” is much more than a buzzword—it’s a very real shift in supply chain management, and the evidence supporting the critical nature of digital transformation is mounting. With the technology available, there’s great potential to use it to improve supply chains. Read More…

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

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

7 Ways to Use a TMS to Add Flexibility in a Multichannel Environment

IoTKeeping pace with constantly changing multichannel models can be a formidable supply chain challenge. Increased competition and the quest for growth are driving the need to react quickly to changing market demands, all while maintaining high service standards and meeting consumers’ rising expectations. TMS technology can play a key role in helping companies develop new multichannel capabilities and improve existing ones.

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- Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
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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…