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Add Resilience to Supply Chains

Add Resilience to Supply Chains

Natural disasters and other events have exposed weaknesses in lean global, regional, and domestic supply chains, disrupting connections between companies, their suppliers, and their customers. In the next phase of supply chain development, companies are creating ways to circumvent disruptions and minimize their impact on the business. This white paper looks at issues that companies should consider when developing a more resilient supply chain.

Many companies decide to implement a TMS to compete more effectively, improve visibility, optimize freight, and lower their supply chain costs. It is challenging to select the best TMS in the United States and Europe, but it is even more challenging to assess TMS options for China. The questions in this white paper can help evaluate how prepared a provider is to fully support the TMS solution and address the company's specific business requirements in this market so the company can achieve its desired objectives.

Natural disasters and other events have exposed weaknesses in lean global, regional, and domestic supply chains, disrupting connections between companies, their suppliers, and their customers. In the next phase of supply chain development, companies are creating ways to circumvent disruptions and minimize their impact on the business. This white paper looks at issues that companies should consider when developing a more resilient supply chain.

When the time is right for your business to issue a request for proposal (RFP), there are several key considerations that can determine the difference between achieving your goals and spinning your wheels. We've boiled them down to a few important factors to help ensure you choose the provider that best fits your organizational strategy.

More shippers today appear to be outsourcing some or all of their logistics. How does a company decide that outsourcing logistics is the right choice? This white paper can help companies decide, set expectations for what outsourcing can contribute to the organization, and how much of a role the company will need to play to achieve the successful business outcomes they seek.

Successfully managing your global supply chain is a competitive necessity. Achieving an optimized global supply chain is challenging, yet can be achieved by combining a global transportation management system (TMS) with the expertise of TMS power users. This white paper explores:

  • How to companies can navigate the complexities of a global market
  • What TMS technology features are important to consider
  • Why TMS power users are vital to maximizing the value of the TMS technology
  • How best-in-class companies are preparing for and for and deploying global TMS + expertise solutions

Anecdotal evidence and some qualitative research suggests that "favored shippers"—companies for which carriers prefer to haul freight—obtain better pricing and service. But do they? In this paper, Iowa State University researchers explain how they sought to understand the voice of U.S. truckload carriers and quantitatively measured the effects of "favored shipper" characteristics on transportation costs. Their results determined which characteristics actually make shippers favored in the transportation marketplace.

Does paying higher rates bring better carrier service? Researchers at MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) worked with C.H. Robinson and TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson, to find out. This white paper provides highlights of the findings:

  • Whether paying more results in better on time pickup or delivery percentages.
  • Whether there is a correlation between acceptance ratios and carrier pricing in a lane.
  • Whether there is any correlation between on time pickup and on time delivery.

Competitive pressures in many industries require shippers to more effectively manage freight flows across multiple channels. This white paper explores the role that a transportation management system (TMS) can play to support the challenges of multichannel operations and achieve better results.

Shippers with large volumes of freight may be more apt to depend on a drop trailer program, but live loading can add elasticity in capacity and can be an effective way to accommodate changing business conditions. When used together, these complementary strategies can deliver the greatest advantages to a shipper’s logistics operations. Discover how you can add elasticity in capacity to your supply chain by considering such factors as how you operate your dock, how much space you have for staging, the flexibility of loading times, and number of shifts.

Chemical manufacturers face unique supply chain requirements. The way a chemical company responds to supply chain risks can ultimately determine their success. Research shows leading chemical companies possess the right supply chain skills to consistently meet customer requirements at high speeds and low costs.

There is currently no widely accepted, accurate template for calculating emissions for individual LTL shipments. Graduate students at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) used actual LTL shipment data from TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson, and a national LTL carrier to examine the issue. Discover why existing methodologies for measuring carbon emissions for LTL shipments are highly inaccurate; how a detailed model and a simplified model for calculating emissions performed; and how an easy-to-use formula derived from the simplified model can help companies measure LTL carbon emissions now with greater accuracy.

Air cargo can be an important and highly efficient component of today’s optimized supply chain. For many products, markets, and industries, air cargo is the critical link that allows organizations to respond to customer demands in a timely manner. Multiple air shipment options, as well as advancements in reporting and aircraft efficiency, make air cargo essential for many supply chains.

When streamlining supply chain processes, effective shippers discover that looking through a lens of simplicity, rather than complexity, can often unearth solutions that deliver time and cost savings results. One simple solution to increase visibility, improve load planning, raise service standards, and lighten carrier workloads is to manage freight delivery appointments. Overall, a well-run, centralized preset delivery appointment process that streamlines procedures and sets specific expectations delivers substantial supply chain benefits. Read how preset delivery appointment scheduling can effectively deliver products to receivers, keep costs down, and uphold brand reputation.

Do regular procurement events help control transportation costs, or are frequent rebids a waste of time? To answer the question, Iowa State University examined how carriers adjust and honor contract rates between procurement events. This white paper explains that a freight transportation procurement strategy based on regular procurement events can deliver substantial cost savings and network efficiencies.

To reduce overall costs, shippers often modify their fuel surcharges by changing the index, raising the peg, or raising the escalator. But which of these methods actually can achieve the goal? Using the latest research on fuel surcharges, this paper explains how fuel surcharge works, what actually happens to costs as shippers employ three common tactics to modify fuel surcharges, and which of these three tactics can lower costs.

Air and ocean consolidation can provide strategic benefits for shippers. This white paper explores global consolidation options and the outcomes companies can expect when consolidating their freight.

Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson collaborated to examine how the Panama Canal Expansion in 2016 will impact logistics. Expansion could shift 10% of container traffic between East Asia and the U.S. from West Coast ports to East Coast ports. The battleground on which U.S. ports compete for customers will move several hundred miles west, to a region that accounts for more than 15% of GDP. And shippers and carriers may have to adapt their strategies and operations as logistics grows more complex.

As U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) steps up enforcement of customs regulatory compliance, more companies are facing a customs audit. This white paper explains the factors that increase the risk of being audited, how companies can develop an audit team, and how a customs audit can improve processes and lead to better communications with CBP.

Preparing an ongoing strategy for truckload procurement can help you gain access to capacity, regardless of economic and market conditions. This white paper explains how you can align your business goals and outcomes with carriers’ for better rates and exceptional service over time.

Globalization puts forward opportunities to companies of any size who can effectively provide or source products and services in dynamic markets. Review our white paper and learn:

  • How to gain a competitive advantage through global transportation logistics
  • Factors that influence international shipments
  • Five characteristics of a global TMS and why companies worldwide should consider TMS technology

When RFPs ask carriers for point-to-point pricing on long haul loads, many lanes are classified as "low volume," subject to more costly spot market pricing. By aggregating low volume lanes—defining origin and destination sizes more broadly—you can increase the total shipments moving in a lane and obtain more favorable contract pricing, saving up to 15 percent over spot market rates.

Most industry observers agree that Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA 2010) will dramatically affect U.S. motor carriers. Find out what CSA 2010 is, how it differs from the former carrier safety program, and what options you should consider as you prepare your supply chain for implementation.

It’s mission critical to optimize efficiencies and savings while moving freight around the world. Find out how to employ best practices in global forwarding:

  • How to get more use out of available space with cargo consolidation
  • How to estimate exposure and manage cargo risk
  • Why understanding Incoterms®, free trade agreements, and ACE may lead to savings and efficiency improvements

With so many transportation solutions available in the market today, how do you know which one is right for your business? This white paper acts as your guide and demonstrates how to evaluate, implement, and maintain an ideal outsource relationship.

Learn how taking control of your inbound freight can help you drive performance and identify deeper supply chain savings.

We've created a checklist of our top transportation management best practices and techniques to help you capture savings and discover opportunities for improvement.

C.H. Robinson, TMC, and graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) conducted research that shows how giving carriers more lead time can lead to significant savings in transportation costs.

How can you achieve the greatest transportation savings with the least amount of effort? Discover ten ways to cut transportation costs and find out what kind of results you can achieve.

Pursuing warehouse solutions in China is a strategic move for companies hoping to cut costs by shipping directly to end customers. Learn more about the benefits of overseas warehousing, potential challenges, and implementation strategies to help you determine if a China warehouse solution is right for you.

Your truckload procurement strategy can lead to excellent customer service and significant savings—if you can avoid common pitfalls. Read this white paper to learn more about the dynamics that influence the truckload market and how shipper and carrier networks can be aligned for optimal performance. You’ll also discover what tools you will need to execute a strategic procurement plan.

In today's trucking industry, shippers must understand how their freight complements an individual carrier's network. Since not all freight is attractive to carriers, this white paper introduces the primary influencers to their price and volume commitments, which could help you reduce costs for both your carriers and customers.

Coordinate worldwide suppliers and vendors so your global freight arrives on time, wherever you do business. This white paper highlights how to use global vendor management programs, including:

  • How purchase order (PO) management works
  • How companies combine global consolidation, visibility, and PO management to meet specific goals
  • How these programs are helping companies control global freight more efficiently and cost effectively

Logistics outsourcing agreements can require the provider to place highly knowledgeable, strategic staff onsite at the company’s location. This paper looks at the strategic onsite role—both from the perspective of companies that utilize these highly skilled resources and the onsite staff themselves. It explores:

  • Best practices that can increase successful outcomes
  • How to measure the success of a strategic onsite relationship
  • Questions you should ask a potential provider about their onsite employees

Considering sending out an RFP for a TMS that includes managed services? Download our fully customizable sample RFP template to help you evaluate potential providers in key selection criteria.



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