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Discussing the Highway Bill: An Interview with NAM Director Robyn Boerstling

NAM Robyn Boerstling

We are fortunate to have Robyn Boerstling as our guest on Transportfolio® this week. Robyn is the director of transportation and infrastructure policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). This is her busiest season because Congress is currently tackling how to fund the next highway bill, more formally known as the surface transportation authorization.
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Market Update: Transportation Industry News

Market-Updates DomesticIn the transportation industry, there are many moving parts that can impact your day-to-day operations. From monitoring carrier capacity and driver shortages to tracking diesel pricing and government regulations, staying current on relevant news means you will be better equipped to make knowledgeable business decisions and drive growth and efficiency into your supply chain. This month’s Market Update highlights key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America, including the latest Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) reading, which, while at the highest it’s been since 2010, has been predicted to be short-lived.
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Flatbed Procurement: What’s Your Strategy?

Flatbed Procurement: What’s Your Strategy?

Flatbed eBook

Whether you believe it or not, the key to successfully securing flatbed capacity (without breaking the bank) isn’t always about chasing the lowest price. What truly matters is the strength of your relationships with flatbed carriers. Even shippers who have more difficult freight requirements can improve acceptance rates and thrive during a tight flatbed market. To get started, you’ll need to find answers for these eight questions.
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The Secret Sauce of Being a Top 3PL: Real People Making a Real Impact

vote3PL

As general manager of the C.H. Robinson Global Forwarding office in Cleveland, OH, I’m used to all kinds of emails landing in my inbox, and responding to them quickly. I must admit, though, that I was thrown off for just a moment when I received a message from our corporate office with an invitation to be included in the efforts to win the top spot in Inbound Logistics’ Top 3PL Annual Survey.
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3 Ways to Become an Attractive Shipper to Carriers

3 ways to become an attractive shipper to carriers

Attractive Shipper

I saw a news report that said truck driving is the easiest, most available type of job you can get today, and the least attractive job there is. Detention is one big reason. Shippers and receivers know already that detention at their facilities impact a driver’s hours of service (HOS), but they may not know how to correct it. I’ve done more work recently with companies to assess dock congestion, obtain transportation tools to support a solution, and turn shippers into the kind that carriers want to work with. Here’s how we collaborated with one customer on a project like this.
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