Supply Chain Expertise and Technology Blog by TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson

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…

Supply Chains Still Have to Make the Human Connection

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It can be difficult to assimilate the sheer number of new technologies and trends that are reshaping supply chains. And as we struggle to keep pace with these innovations, the importance of the human element can be overlooked. Yet the performance of people and how they interrelate remain critical, perhaps more than ever, to the performance of supply chains. Read More…

Strategic Shift: Carrier Relationships

TMS technology and truck driver relationships

After deploying a TMS + managed services solution, shippers can often shift their focus from tactical execution to more strategic initiatives. An example of such an initiative is improving carrier relationships and overall performance.

This is an area of freight network management that can yield huge benefits. The performance of transportation service providers is critical to the efficiency of the network. A TMS combined with managed services can identify opportunities for improvement that were not apparent prior to the system’s implementation. Read More…

8 Things About Procuring Transportation Your Carriers Won’t Tell You

Procuring transportation

Service providers react in many different ways to transportation procurement events. Applauding is not often one of them. In general, carriers don’t particularly like procurement events for reasons that have little to do with adding value for shippers.

While this observation is unlikely to bruise your ego, it’s still worth thinking about. The reasons why procurement events represent something of a downer for carriers underscore why they are a good idea for shippers.   Read More…

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