Archive for Steve Raetz

Research: What Leading Shippers Do to Obtain Better Truckload Rates and Performance

No doubt about it: this trucking environment is sending plenty of truckload budgets into the red. What can shippers do to navigate this market? Take your cue from the latest findings of MIT researchers. Using data from TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson , the researchers examined the best practices that separate Leaders from Laggards […]

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A “New Normal” in the Truckload Industry

There are so many trends impacting the trucking industry today — everything from regulations and technologies to fuel, labor, and economic conditions — that the industry is noticeably different than it was in the past. Is that creating a “new normal” in the trucking industry? What does that mean exactly, and more importantly, what steps […]

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Collaborating on Supply Chain Research

Is there a greater need for supply chain research today than in the past, and if so, why? That was my opening question to Steve Raetz, Director of Research and Market Intelligence at C.H. Robinson, in a recent episode of Talking Logistics titled, “When Shippers, 3PLS, and Universities Collaborate on Supply Chain Research.” Here’s a […]

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When Shippers, 3PLs, and Universities Collaborate on Supply Chain Research

What kind of insights and benefits can shippers, 3PLs, and universities obtain if they worked together on supply chain research projects? How do you define and select the projects to work on? What role does each party play in the process? What is the best way to communicate the research results to the supply chain community? […]

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Guest Commentary: Need Truckload Carrier Capacity? Diversify

Is the longest run of supply/demand balance since deregulation ending? As balance/price tensions mount, shippers seek assured capacity and predictable costs. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics continues to forecast that tonnage is increasing, but carriers seem to be replacing aging equipment rather than adding to their fleet sizes. It appears that capacity is tightening, but […]

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Supply Chain Learning: Think Beyond Traditional Paths

Two blog posts caught my attention this week related to supply chain education and leadership development. First, Kevin O’Marah at SCM World highlighted the Top 10 Industry Associations and Top 15 Universities that executives view as “markers of supply chain talent” (based on a survey of 331 executives). As Kevin explained, the survey didn’t define […]

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