Freight and Logistics Blog

Is Your Lowest Bid Really the Cheapest Option?

Mauri Sparks - Monday, April 10, 2017

Shopping for the lowest price seems like a no-brainer in any buying situation. But, how can seeking lower prices in the short term negatively impact your bottom line in the long term?

We're talking about truckload and bulk shippers' use of annual RFQs for determining the right carriers to handle specific lanes, usually secured early in the fiscal year. In this industry-standard method, shippers seek a predictable and repeatable schedule with one or a few companies over a long period of time. Contrast this with the spot market where shippers put individual loads out to bid from several carriers via brokerages.


What Carriers Must Do to Be Poised for Success in 2017

Mauri Sparks - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Trucking companies will see higher rates in 2017. This may look good on the surface, but the challenges of balancing capacity against demand will likely become even steeper and more difficult to navigate. These tips will help you plan the right route to success.


What Shippers Must Do to Get the Best Rates in 2017

Mauri Sparks - Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The forecast for 2017 is that truckload shipping rates will rise. What can shippers do to insulate themselves from such increases? The best tactic is to hope for the best but plan for the worst, and that means locking in contracts, building relationships and thinking long-term. Text

2017 Shipping Rates Expected to Rise

Mauri Sparks - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Let's take a look at projections for truckload shipping rates in 2017 and discuss some of the factors driving the changes.


Election 2016 and Your Supply Chain

Mauri Sparks - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

It’s been a long election cycle, and everyone is ready to put Election Day in the rear-view mirror. The market is particularly concerned about how the next President of the United States might impact trade and the supply chain. A GT Nexus survey found that 46% of companies surveyed expect to be impacted by the incoming trade policies of either presidential candidate; worryingly, 68% lack the supply chain flexibility needed to adapt to incoming risks. Text

5 Ways Shippers Get Low Cost & High Service

Mauri Sparks - Monday, October 10, 2016

The modern marketplace hasn’t been kind to shippers. According to The 24th Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation, transportation has been steadily increasing as a percent of sales since 2014, and the result has been enormous pressure to reduce costs. A whopping 75% of shippers cite reducing transportation costs as their top priority.


3 Things US Shippers Need to Know About the Expanded Panama Canal

Mauri Sparks - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Panama Canal expansion is impacting supply chains from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes, and it’s poised to impact even companies not directly involved in the ports. Here’s everything you need to know. Text

Four Indicators it's Time to Fire Your Carrier

Mauri Sparks - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Outsourcing is on the rise in logistics: 73% of shippers indicate they are increasing the use of outsourced logistics services, according to a Korn Ferry survey, with 60% of users outsourcing transportation specifically. And customers (shippers) are overwhelmingly pleased with the experience: 93% told Korn Ferry that they’ve found their outsourcing relationship to be generally successful.  Text

Why Top Transportation Companies Don't Own Trucks

Mauri Sparks - Thursday, June 16, 2016

Should a shipper care if their transportation company owns their own trucks? Or should the sole focus be on whether they move your freight efficiently and effectively? Transportation and logistics is a $1.45 trillion industry and there is not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to moving freight. In fact, many large and very successful transportation companies do not own trucks. C.H. Robinson is one of those companies. Text

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