Other Columns


  • Economic challenges continue springtime

    May 18, 2016

    I’m back from family vacation on the beaches of Florida and ready to dig into the latest economic and logistics news. Here is what we know.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • Data and Drones: What’s The Future of Logistics?

    May 6, 2016

    Every day, thanks to new technology, we shrink the borders between countries and take a step forward in our global economy. New machinery, computing systems and mobile devices are just a few examples of what’s led to instant, around-the-clock communications and streamlined logistics processes across the planet.

    Written by: Lauren Willison

  • 5 Misconceptions Shippers Have About Freight Brokers

    Apr 27, 2016

    If you often need to move goods with your shipping company, working with freight brokerages is likely a typical part of the process. As common as this collaboration is, it happens that shippers might have some misconceptions about the role and trustworthiness of freight brokers

    Written by: Vic Lance

  • How to Make Sure That Your Global TMS Is Truly Global

    Apr 13, 2016

    So you’ve decided to invest in a global transportation management system (TMS). Now do you know which key resources and criteria are needed to successfully develop and implement such a system?

    Written by: Matt Manning

  • 7 Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of Warehouse Robots

    Apr 13, 2016

    The benefits to the use of warehouse robots, loading, unloading and delivery are evident. Robots do not sleep. They do not drink. They do not complain, and they do not need a paycheck.

    Written by: Adam Robinson

  • Tips for Riding the Rollercoaster

    Mar 21, 2016

    What do to when business goes up and business goes down

    Written by: Andrea Obston

  • The Evolving Freight Forwarding Market

    Mar 9, 2016

    Last week, The Elite League and Logistics Trends & Insights LLC hosted a lively Twitter chat on the changing freight forwarding market.

    Written by: Cathy Morrow Roberson

  • The Ti Blog: IT in the Supply Chain- Digital Strategy or Strategy for the Digital Era?

    Mar 2, 2016

    As the presentations and discussions progressed at EFT’s 17th CIO Forum (Amsterdam, 16th-17th February), a recurring question on the nature of supply chain operations emerged – What, in 2016, does IT mean to supply chains?

    Written by: Nick Bailey

  • S&OP Made Good: The Importance of Investing In People

    Feb 1, 2016

    Many companies still struggle to get value out of their sales and operations planning processes. They invest heavily in technology and processes to reach for S&OP’s cross-functional potential, but end up with discouraging results. For companies that truly understand the role of people in an effective S&OP process, it’s a different story. Here’s what it takes to get the people dimension right.

    Written by: Hugh Williams

  • Change the Way You Look at Your Business

    Jan 28, 2016

    Change is inevitable and it’s happening faster than ever. Over his 35+ years in the transportation industry, Chuck Moyer has learned to monitor trends in the industry and to forecast the ones that will have the greatest impact.

    Written by: Andrea Obston

  • The Stunning Reality of Freight Costs … and What You Can Do About it

    Jan 22, 2016

    Every shipper and manufacturer thinks they know how to work the contract/spot market lane system to maximize their transportation spend – but trust me, they don’t. Hear me out and I’ll explain the problem and how to cure it.

    Written by: Dawn Strobel

  • The Future is in Precision-Guided Logistics

    Jan 22, 2016

    More and more companies are offering their customers delivery options. CoolBlue offers "Ordered today, delivered tonight" service, for example. In the construction sector, it's: "Ordered today, delivered to the site between 7 and 9 tomorrow morning" – unless you'd rather pick up your package at the pick-up point yourself tonight. Agreed is agreed.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

  • John's 2016 Logistics Crystal Ball

    Jan 13, 2016

    The new year brings a lot of prognosticating, so let’s look at where the logistics world is now and where it’s going in 2016. It is a confusing forecast because there are so many unknowns.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • Five Ways Postal Operations Can Profit From E-Commerce

    Jan 12, 2016

    Postal operators were in the right place at the right time when e-commerce started to take off earlier this century. Posts dominated the B2C parcel market in many countries, so it was natural that postal operators would benefit from e-commerce growth.

    Written by: Ian Kerr

  • New Year, New Logistics Landscape

    Jan 12, 2016

    The new year is a great time to consider change – and, difficult as it may be in the beginning, companies that depend on logistics and supply chain technologies need change in a big way.

    Written by: Dawn Strobel

  • City Logistics: Hub or no hub?

    Jan 12, 2016

    Countless books and articles have been written about urban distribution centers, logistics decoupling points, city hubs and urban consolidation centers. Every self-respecting European city has been the scene of such initiatives – the one more successful than the other, but all highly subsidized in any case. What can we learn from those initiatives? The best option could be no hub at all.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

  • Are Web Stores Causing Traffic Jams In Neighbourhoods?

    Jan 4, 2016

    Online shopping isn't creating more congestion – and it won't do that even when the number of web-store deliveries doubles to 200 million in 2020. But that doesn't stop my neighbors from complaining all over social media about the increasing number of delivery vans in the street.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

  • CIOs under Pressure as Retail Industry Transforms

    Dec 9, 2015

    Sales at Brick & Mortars fell 10% during the Thanksgiving holiday while online ordering increased its share of the retail spend pocket. Is it the end for Brick & Mortars?

    Written by: Cathy Morrow Roberson

  • 5 Change Management Tips to Create a Strategic Transportation Management Mindset

    Dec 9, 2015

    After deciding to use a third party logistics provider (3PL), you may be tempted to continue operating as you have previously. Unfortunately, failure to make and embrace changes will lead your organization to failure

    Written by: Adam Robinson

  • Thoughts On The Delivery Landscape

    Dec 9, 2015

    “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”.

    Written by: Raghu Ramachandran

  • More than Alibaba – China’s Retail Industry

    Dec 2, 2015

    Consulting firm, McKinsey noted “over the course of the next decade, the global face of the retail industry will change dramatically. Emerging markets will continue to see spectacular growth, both in regards to new shoppers and per capita spending”.

    Written by: Cathy Morrow Roberson

  • Q&A with Vidmantas Šidlauskas, Head of Procurement, Ruptela

    Nov 17, 2015

    A delegate's experience from last year Hi-Tech & Electronics Supply Chain Summit in Amsterdam

    Written by: Sarah Lafferty

  • What Makes an Effective OS&D Strategy?

    Nov 3, 2015

    One of the most popular downloads from the C.H. Robinson website in 2015 was the Do “Favored Shippers” Really Receive Better Pricing and Service? white paper that was based on research conducted by Iowa State University in conjunction with C.H. Robinson.

    Written by: Bryan Freeland

  • Soft News All Around

    Oct 27, 2015

    A flat economy affects the logistics market as we roll through October and baseball’s postseason. The September economic numbers were lackluster, pointing to a continued slow recovery.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • DHL Global Forwarding: Future-Proofing With Innovation

    Oct 27, 2015

    DHL is arguably the most innovative logistics provider, so it was exciting to see Mr. Joeri Kuik, VP at DHL Global Forwarding, Global Head of DHL Lead Logistics Partner and Chief Innovation Officer as one of the speakers at the recent eft 3PL Summit in Venlo. Kuik was a panelist on the Disruptive Technologies session and also held the floor speaking on Future Technologies and Innovations.

    Written by: editor