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Why Real-Time Visibility Should be Core to Your Supply Chain Strategy

Using technology to drive strategy and improve performance—and ultimately create financial value—is top of mind for shippers today managing complex global supply chains. A key component of this technology trend is the need for a supply chain visibility platform.

Research shows that having real-time supply chain visibility is necessary to build a responsive, resilient, competitive, and profitable operation. According to Gartner, “By 2023, 50% of global leading enterprises will have invested in real-time transportation visibility solutions.” In our own survey of 3,000 shippers, over 60% of technology decision-makers said they desire improvements in visibility. Furthermore, 65% said they either have or are planning to implement real-time visibility and insight tools in the next two years. Read More…

- Director of Commercial and Product Strategy

Best Practices to Improve Your Truckload Service and Price

truckload_best_practicesWhile shippers face the difficult market conditions of tight capacity and increased consumer demands, they are also being challenged to find transportation cost savings and improve customer satisfaction. As shippers compete for capacity, many are asking what they could be doing to secure the best truckload performance and rates. Why do some shippers receive better service, and which best practices can others learn from them? Read More…

Three Mega Trends Driving Supply Chain Transformations

Digital transformation is one topic that is dominating our industry—and rightfully so, considering the significant competitive advantages and opportunities it brings to global supply chains. It’s rare to come across an industry article or conference that doesn’t reference how supply chains are being disrupted, automated, and optimized through digitalization. We recently participated in two conferences that both focused on this topic: Transparency 18, a freight visibility summit hosted by FreightWaves, and the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference—Move to Mastery: Innovate, Disrupt, and Scale the Digital Supply Chain.

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- President, Managed Services
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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

Pillars to a Successful Transportation Experience: Carrier Management

transportation_managementAs the market continues to change, what’s your transportation strategy for handling fluctuations? An unclear plan may let you down. Rather than reacting to changes that happen to your supply chain, it’s always better to have a carrier management strategy that allows you to be proactive—no matter what the market has in store. Read More…

- Director, Research and Market Intelligence, C.H. Robinson
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