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Mark Derks — Director of Global Marketing

Mark Derks is currently director of global marketing for C.H. Robinson where he leads their marketing communications and brand management initiatives. His leadership responsibilities include marketing strategy, execution, and operations oversight for North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia. He has over 20 years of involvement in supply chain logistics and transportation.

Supply Chain Trends in 2016: A Year of Defining Change

Supply Chain Trends in 2016: A Year of Defining Change.Transportfolio by C.H. Robinson


It’s been a big year for the transportation industry. From the Panama Canal opening to a record year in ecommerce, the happenings of 2016 have kept everyone on their toes. When I think about what we can take away from this year and what we can expect in 2017, three major themes come to mind.
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Black Friday: An Impossible Feat without Logistics

BlackFridayPostImageWho could forget the frenzy over Cabbage Patch Kids® dolls in 1983, the quest for a Nintendo® Game Boy™ in 1991, the Tyco® Tickle Me Elmo mania of 1996, or the invasion of the Furby in 1998? With Black Friday approaching, what will be the must-have toy of the year? Building blocks and gaming consoles are always safe bets, but the smart money this year is on any collectable from a certain movie taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

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Supply Chain Disruptions: Comparing Best in Class to All Others

Supply Chain Disruptions: Comparing Best in Class to All Others

Supply Chain Infographic

No matter how much you try, planning can only lessen, never eliminate, the risk of certain disruptions because it’s impossible to plan for every eventuality. What potential supply chain disruptions keep you up at night? All too often we only focus on negative supply chain disruptions, but sometimes positive changes can distort our plans just as easily. » Read More

Personal Connections Define Top 3PLs

Personal Connections Define Top 3PLs

2014 Vote 3PL

In 2013, for the third year in a row, the readers of Inbound Logistics once again voted C.H. Robinson as the #1 top 3PL in the industry. We all know the numerous recognition programs in the marketplace, and that they often have different opinions for number one. Unlike some programs, Inbound Logistics’ program is based on the votes of customers—the people we work with every day. This recognition from the people we serve is the highest honor possible. Every vote is a vote of confidence and satisfaction for the service we provide, the relationships we appreciate, and the commitment we’ve made to the success of our customers. The approval of the people we work hard for is the best compliment we can ever receive. » Read More

Managing Weather’s Impact on Transportation Capacity and Costs

Managing Weather’s Impact on Transportation Capacity and Costs

Winter Impact on Transportation

Editor’s Note: Last week, Mark Derks contributed a blog post for Logistics Viewpoints. We’re sharing his original post here because topics on the transportation market are always relevant topics. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, Managing Weather’s Impact on Transportation Capacity and Costs.

Empty shelves at the grocery store, higher priced retail items, just-in-time deliveries, and extra-long transit times are all becoming normal occurrences thanks to the inundation of recent winter storms. If your job involves transportation or the supply chain you’ve probably been impacted particularly hard—namely in the form of transportation delays and rising costs. These unexpected transportation changes this early in the year make satisfying customers and staying on budget particularly challenging. » Read More