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

Archives for February 2012

LTL Avenues to More Efficient Networks

LTL Avenues

As we explained in our previous post (Demystifying LTL ), managing less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation can be less difficult than you might think, especially if you understand how these services are priced. But having cracked the LTL pricing code, how can you make the service more cost-effective?

Shippers often find major savings opportunities when they work to increase the density of the cargo they flow into LTL networks. This is not surprising given LTL’s fragmented nature compared to full truckload service. Read More…

Demystifying LTL


Less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation is generally perceived as complex compared to its truckload cousin. But the mode is not overly complicated provided users have all the relevant data at their fingertips. Moreover, once shippers master LTL they often discover untapped potential for substantial cost savings.

In this first post in a series on LTL, we set the scene with a look at how these shipments are priced. Read More…

Four Ways to Navigate Peaks and Valleys

If your business is highly cyclical, how do you derive value from a transportation management system (TMS) in an environment where there is a flood of orders or the flow of shipments has slowed to a trickle?

It’s an important question for anyone who has to justify an investment in the technology – and that surely includes freight managers who have bought into a TMS solution. Read More…

Carrier Friendly Policies – A Savings Boost?

Savings Boost
Can you save money by making it easier for carriers to do business with you? It’s not a new topic, but as a community, have we reached a definitive answer?

It may not be the most politically correct analogy, but I once had a customer describe this philosophy as “the beauty pageant of freight.”  From his perspective, the more attractive his freight was to the carrier community, the more apt he was to gain capacity at a fair price, and thus achieve his financial objectives. Read More…