Archive for Transportation

The Path to Sustainability Begins with Visibility

The largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States currently comes from transportation, surpassing electricity emissions in 2017 for the first time since 1978. Precisely because of these daunting figures, the vast majority of the world’s largest companies are adopting initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their supply chains, and adopting environmentally friendly policies across their business. Patagonia, for instance, has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025; IKEA has set […]

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Transportation Execution and Visibility Success

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article that gave a snapshot of the transportation execution and visibility systems market. In that article, I highlighted the evolving nature of technology and how machine learning, IoT, and blockchain are helping to fuel market growth. I also highlighted the that are contributing to rapid growth, such as the ROI connected to these systems, capacity fluctuations, and e-commerce. In order for the market to continue to grow, buyers […]

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A Loophole Protecting Impaired Truck Drivers is About to Close

A loophole in a law designed to keep drunk and drug impaired truck drivers off the road is finally about to close. This will improve road safety by preventing 900 crashes. The trucking industry has long been in favor of this regulation.

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Transportation Execution Snapshot

I am finishing up my latest market study on global transportation execution and visibility systems. Transportation Execution Solutions (TE) allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, and pay in the system. Visibility solutions allow real-time asset tracking across the entire distribution network. This enables improved estimated arrival times of goods. Visibility solutions are playing a larger role in the market, as real-time tracking of assets becomes more important. Suppliers of visibility […]

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Brexit’s Profound Impact on Cross-Border Shipping

By the end of October 2019, with or without an agreement, Brexit will have a major impact on cross-border shipping. Businesses that haven’t already prepared should start by better understanding the specific nature and extent of the looming changes. By proactively addressing potential challenges to shipping operations brought on by Brexit, businesses can work to ensure a smooth transition, provide a seamless customer experience, proficiently manage delays and keep costs in line with expectations. Change […]

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Digital Transformation of Supply Chain

Much of the conversation these days about supply chain centers around the “digital disruption” of the business. The very definition of “disruption” implies a major disturbance; that it’s all changing too rapidly and upending the accepted way of doing things. But in reality, we have been living within the digital transformation of supply chain for quite some time. Consider this, right now at C.H. Robinson, almost 70 percent of our interactions are completely digital. We […]

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Politics and Autonomous Trucks

Autonomous trucks will be technologically feasible for operation on the interstate in three years? Will they be on the road? The politics are difficult. There are trade-offs involving safety, jobs, and consumer prices. Even if the autonomous vehicle industry can make a valid argument that their trucks are statistically safer, will voters and politicians respond rationally to an accident with fatalities? Humans are not wired to think scientifically. We respond to powerful anecdotes much more readily than statistics.

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Transportation Trends: First Autonomous Spotters, Then Autonomous Trucks.

Autonomous vehicles, such as yard and shuttle trucks that operate in in controlled environments, such as ports, manufacturing plants, and distribution center yards will be the first to go mainstream. ZF revealed autonomous Terminal Yard Tractor to the world last year. Running defined lanes within a restricted area, the yard trucks present an easy use case for moving freight from point A to point B autonomously.

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What Truck Driver Shortage?

The ATA, an association for truck carriers, has been reporting a truck driver shortage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says this widely reported shortage does not exist. We as an industry have been too willing to accept the research of a self-interested body as credible. We should have known better.

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Beware of Real-time Transportation Visibility “Big Hat, No Carrier”

Real-time transportation visibility has become a powerful tool for shippers and logistics services providers (LSPs). Because the market is so hot, a number of transportation visibility vendors have entered the space and, to get attention, have made big claims about their tracking capabilities, which are misleading potential users. What we are seeing is a bad case of “Big Hat, No Cattle”. If you haven’t heard the term before, it’s an old Texas saying about making […]

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