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Kevin McCarthy — Director of Consulting Services

Kevin McCarthy is a director of C.H. Robinson consulting services with over 25 years of experience in the logistics industry. Prior to joining the company, Kevin gained extensive transportation experience working for both large and small shippers. He has an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business.

Don’t Waste Your Time Playing Truckload Fuel Surcharge Games

Don’t Waste Your Time Playing Truckload Fuel Surcharge Games

Fuel Game

Over the last few years, both gas and diesel fuel prices have been trending downwards. While lower prices at the pump probably bring welcome savings to your personal pocketbook, changing fuel prices impact the trucking industry in a different way, thanks to fuel surcharge programs. » Read More

What REALLY Impacts Carrier Rates and Service—Lead Time

Chapter 1: What REALLY Impacts Carrier Rates and Service—Lead Time.Transportfolio

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Truckload service may seem like an art to some. But it’s most definitely a science. Over time, you develop ideas about how to improve a process. But until you can actually prove it, it’s just a hypothesis. That’s why truckload and supply chain research is so important. Because the findings can actually prove (or disprove) a theory. The results can improve your truckload rates and services and ultimately help you develop better working relationships with carriers.
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Counterpoint: Why Trucks Will Uncouple from Human Drivers Sooner than You Think

Why Trucks Will Uncouple from Human Drivers Sooner than You Think

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The driverless truck is no longer a fanciful idea that will materialize in some future world. The technology has advanced rapidly over recent years, and I believe that we’ll see these automated vehicles on our highways in the near future. Here’s why. » Read More

Making Sense of Truckload Surcharges: Index, Peg, & Escalator

Fuel Surcharges

Can shippers make truckload (TL) rates fuel surcharges less expensive by altering the way fuel surcharge programs are structured?

Fuel surcharges reflect fluctuations in prices at the pump. When prices rise above an agreed threshold, carriers receive a credit; when below the threshold, shippers are compensated. The fairness of this mechanism is the subject of much debate in the industry. » Read More

Why Do Transportation Budgets Fail?

Why Do Transportation Budgets Fail?

CSCMP Recap

Why do transportation budgets fail? It’s a thorny topic, even for transportation professionals trying to trace an increase back to its source. Imagine what it’s like for senior executives who have no background in transportation as they try to understand it.

At a CSCMP conference session, participants offered case after case of how business decisions—both unintentional and intentional—can wreak havoc on transportation spend. » Read More