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About the Author

Steve Raetz — Director, Research and Market Intelligence

Steve has been with C.H. Robinson since 1989. He currently supports strategies designed to enhance the realized value that logistics operations have on supply chain and business initiatives. Steve is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato and serves on two university supply chain advisory boards.

Decrease Truckload Costs by Cutting Dwell Times

Decrease Truckload Costs by Cutting Dwell Times | Transportfolio


Just how long are you making drivers wait to load and unload? Like it or not, loading and unloading time eats into a truckload driver’s hours of service. So it should be no surprise that dwell time is one of the leading variables that could affect your truckload rates.
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Is Your Routing Guide Ready for a Tune Up?

Is your routing guide ready for a tune up?.Transportfolio


Asking, “What’s the point of conducting regular procurement events?” is just like asking, “What’s the point of conducting routine car maintenance?” You could skip some maintenance, but you’d probably pay for it in the end. And the same goes for procurement events. Whether it’s your supply chain or your car, regular “maintenance” can keep things running smoothly and save you money.
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As the Market Turns: Preparing for the Next Upswing in Carrier Rates

As the Market Turns: Preparing for the Next Upswing in Carrier Rates.Transportfolio


Rates represent a constant dilemma between shippers and carriers. Shippers face continual pressures to reduce costs, but truckload transportation providers expect to be paid fairly for their services as their costs, maintenance, and equipment quality continue to increase.
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An Uneven Road Ahead for Driverless Vehicles

An Uneven Road Ahead for Driverless Vehicles.Connect

Editor’s note: This blog post originally ran on Connect. Since driverless vehicles are a relevant topic for discussion, we wanted to share it with you here on Transportfolio.


While autonomous vehicles may seem like a futuristic fairy tale to some, these technological game-changers may be closer to reality than you think. Recently, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will issue guidelines for driverless cars by the middle of this summer. The announcement appears to bring autonomous vehicles closer to certainty, but will the introduction of self-driving cars—and by extension, autonomous trucks—match the pace at which the technology is developing?
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April Market Update: Transportation Industry News


The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March, nudging the unemployment rate to 5%. Despite the positive numbers, according to The Washington Post, a close eye is still being kept on the weakening global growth from the slowdown in China. Learn more about this and other marketplace topics in this month’s update. We welcome your thoughts on the issues that are impacting the transportation industry and your business.
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