Archive for C.H. Robinson

Why Do Some Shippers Receive Better Prices from Carriers?

When it comes to getting a good price, there are things that one would reasonably suppose would lead a shipper to get better pricing when dealing with carriers. But do they? For example, one might reasonably expect that the way a shipper treats drivers when they arrive on site to pick up or drop off a load, could affect price or service levels. For example, is there an onerous driver check in process? Do the […]

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3PL Market Witnesses Further Decline

The 3PL market has experienced further declines in the 4th Quarter.

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Declining Oil prices, Fluctuating Currency Hold Back Growth for 3PLs in Second Quarter 2015

The 3PL market has shown negative growth in the second quarter of 2015 mainly because of the declining reporting currency of the 3PLs. Below is the list of y-o-y comparison of various currencies in which the 3PLs report their revenues. Reporting Currency Y-O-Y Decline % Danish Krone -19.4% Euro -19.4% Kuwait Dollars -6.7% South Korean Won -6.1% Swizz Franc -5.6% Yen -15.7% ARC Advisory Group (Logistics Viewpoints) tracks the quarterly revenue results of the most […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 18-22, 2013)

Yesterday morning, I stood at my kitchen window and watched leaves fall from the trees. They floated down, one after another, to the dead grass below, where other leaves had fallen, yesterday and the day before. What made them drop today? I looked for patterns in their flight, but saw none. Each leaf acted alone, unaware of time and place, like me in the quiet house, watching leaves fall from the trees. In this week’s […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 4-8, 2013)

Forget cloud, social, and mobile. Forget WMS and TMS. Forget BI and analytics. As was confirmed for me yet again this week at a conference, the most utilized supply chain and logistics application, the reigning champ of them all, is the Excel spreadsheet. As the saying goes, old habits die hard. In other news… JDA Software to Release Next-Generation Solution for In-Store E-Commerce Picking Operations C.H. Robinson Reports Third Quarter Results XPO Logistics Announces Third […]

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Guest Commentary: P.O. Management Programs – Know Pain, Know Gain!

As a participant in managing all or part of your company’s supply chain, you may know the pain of answering sometimes difficult questions. Where is my order? Why is it late? When will it get here? Why didn’t the vendor let us know? What should I tell the client?  Who is responsible? What is this going to cost? You could answer them with a purchase order (P.O.) management system. But implementing one means dealing with […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 30 – October 4, 2013)

Is it ironic that the U.S. government partially shut down on Tuesday, the same day I was scheduled to give a talk on collaboration? I’m thinking of sending my representatives in Congress a copy of the book Getting to We, written by my friends Kate Vitasek and Jeanette Nyden — and also inviting them and all members of Congress to participate in my upcoming conversation with Kate and Jeanette on Talking Logistics. You never know, […]

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Continuous Moves (Part 2)

Last week, I discussed continuous moves in networks where they could be planned with a high degree of certainty. But there is another form of continuous moves — a more ad hoc, opportunistic type of move — that can be very difficult to operationalize. There are several reasons for this. First, when a carrier commits to a lane rate, the rate is based on the carrier balancing its network. A shipper is often getting an […]

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Continuous Moves (Part 1)

I’m working on developing a supplier selection tool for Transportation Management Systems (TMS), and one form of optimization a TMS can support is “continuous moves.”  I wanted to learn more about continuous moves and so I called several of our Logistics Viewpoints sponsors to discuss this topic. First of all, what is a continuous move? Continuous moves involve a shipper stringing loads together for their carrier, so that the carrier can better utilize a particular […]

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3PLs, What’s More Valuable Than Another Twitter Follower?

I have long argued that third party logistics providers (3PLs) should set themselves apart from the competition by fully harnessing the power and value of their customer and employee communities (see “If Operational Excellence is a Given, Then What Else Matters for 3PLs?” and “Operational Excellence is Not Enough–Why 3PLs Must Leverage Their Most Valuable Asset”). Take user/customer conferences as an example. While software vendors have been organizing user conferences for many years, the concept […]

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