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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. www.linkedin.com/in/markderks/

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

Back to the Core in 2014

Core in 2014 with world

All the talk about thinking locally and acting globally has become more than a bit clichéd. And, with everyone in business able to sell products and services anywhere in the world with relative ease, how do we determine exactly what is important on a local basis and what needs to be consistent no matter where in the world you are working, or whom you are working with? » Read More

Logistics: Think the Back Nine at the Masters is Pressure?

Logistics and golf

This week in Augusta, GA, the Masters Tournament begins. Anyone that has been there knows it is a magical place. Everything runs perfectly, from the concessions and the crowds watching the event to the retail experience. Nothing seems to have been missed, including a well-executed supply chain. While logistics may not be the first thing that crosses your mind when you think about the Masters, it is a crucial ingredient to ensure everything runs smoothly at one of the world’s premier sporting events. And anyone would agree they do run it smoothly! » Read More