Top Findings: What Makes a Favored Shipper?

Talking Logistics

Researchers at Iowa State University analyzed data provided by C.H. Bobby Martens is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain in the Iowa State University College of Business. What makes carriers prefer to move one shipper’s freight over another’s?

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Collaborating on Supply Chain Research

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Robinson has partnered with several universities to conduct industry research, including MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics, Iowa State University’s Supply Chain and Information Systems department, and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management Supply and Operations team. Here’s part of what he said: The reason we chose MIT and Iowa State is that they really like transportation.

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Green Supply Chain News on Is Big Wind Running Over Local Farmers in Iowa, Other States

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Local Farmers in Hawkeye Stare Saying Life Around Turbine Farms is Not Good

Is Your Routing Guide Ready for a Tune Up?


Research from Iowa State University shows that routing guides, like car maintenance, have a limited life span. Is your routing guide ready for a tune up? Transportfolio. Asking, “What’s the point of conducting regular procurement events?”

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What Does Decreasing Boxcar Fleet Mean for U.S. Capacity?

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I called upon the CyBIZ Lab at the Iowa State University College of Business to look at the implications for equipment and rates in the coming decades. […]. Part of my job is to watch transportation trends and help our customers prepare for what might happen next. So when three customers asked me the same question recently—was a capacity crisis coming with so many boxcars going out of service?—I I immediately took steps to look into it.

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Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates


Our research at Iowa State University shows that transportation costs don’t actually rise during end-of-month surges. Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates. Do month-end or quarter-end surges still affect your transportation costs?

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How to Use Freight Attributes to Your Greatest Shipping Advantage


A few years ago, we conducted some research with Iowa State University. How to Use Freight Attributes to Your Greatest Shipping Advantage | C.H. Robinson. With the end of the year quickly approaching, some industries enter their busiest transportation season and others hit a shipping slowdown.

3 Cheers for the Spring Freight Season!

DAT Solutions

Other TriHaul routes take you from Atlanta to Chicago via Iowa or West Virginia. Spring has sprung, bringing a long-awaited upward trend in freight volume.and RATES!! For all trailer types!!!

Biobased Product Market Growth is Tied to Performance…but Production Credits Will Help!


Iowa has also identified biobased products as a targeted growth sector for the state, and have advocated for a biobased production credit to be established. [1] 1] Interviews suggest that a biorenewable chemical production tax credit would be fundamental to the ultimate location decision in or outside Iowa for new projects. 1] Brent Willett & Joe Hrdlicka, “The Case for a Renewable Biochemical Production Tax Credit”, Iowa Biotechnology Association, 2016.

DAT Introduces New Broker Benchmarking Service

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But comparative data such as profit per employee or the percentage of gross profit that is paid to salaries--that information just isn’t out there,” said Gerald Moore Chief Operating Officer of Hybrid Transit Systems in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Biobased Economy Continues to Grow: USDA Secretary Announces NC State-Duke Study Results on Monday


Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, briefly ran in the 2008 presidential race and was considered by Hillary Clinton as a potential running mate in 2016. I’m writing to share an exciting new report released today entitled “ An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: 2016 Update.”. This new report shows how the U.S. biobased industry continues to grow and generate substantial economic activity and American jobs. A full copy of the report can be downloaded here.

What Makes an Effective OS&D Strategy?


white paper that was based on research conducted by Iowa State University in conjunction with C.H. One of the most popular downloads from the C.H. Robinson website in 2015 was the Do “Favored Shippers” Really Receive Better Pricing and Service?

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[INFOGRAPHIC, REPORT, & INTERACTIVE MAP] The US Manufacturing Workforce & Making it In America


percent, 458,400 jobs), Iowa (14.0 While US manufacturing has been hit hard by nearly two decades of policy failures that have damaged its international competitiveness, it remains a vital part of the U.S. economy. The US manufacturing sector employed 12 million workers in 2013, or about 8.8

Preparing for ELDs: Changes Shippers Can Make Today


Iowa State University research uncovered a direct correlation between dwell time and the end price paid for a shipment. The holidays aren’t the only thing looming on the horizon.

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Becoming the Next Auto Hub


states under consideration are: Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Global car makers are facing massive costs to quickly develop new technologies by delving into the production of lower-emission cars and self-driving cars. The competition to be on top of the automotive industry means creating unusual partnerships.

New Overtime Rules "A Slap in the Face" to Freight Brokers

DAT Solutions

The new rules will add to costs and paperwork for employers, and the new non-exempt status may be viewed negatively by those affected, according to Gerald Moore, Chief Operating Officer for Hybrid Transit in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A Good TMS Can Help.

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From the Archives: The Journeys We Take, The Choices We Make

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across an open field halfway through the middle of nowhere; the little girls selling fruit drinks on a quiet sidewalk in Iowa and how they smiled with pure joy when we bought ten cups each; the headwinds, the uphills, and what we cherished the most, the downhills.

Overtime Rules Face Challenges in Courts and Congress

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The states named in the lawsuit include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Jaro Caban: “Establishing S&OP is a challenging journey”

Supply Chain Movement

It’s hard to imagine that Cargill began as a grain storage warehouse in Iowa, USA, in 1865. Nine questions about the topics on the supply chain agenda of a supply chain professional. In this edition: Jaro Caban, Global S&OP, Cargill Animal Nutrition.

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Market Updates and Favored Shippers: 2015 Transportfolio Recap


We teamed up with researchers from Iowa State University to find answers. The logistics industry is constantly evolving, and our customers are always looking for ways to adapt. This past year was no exception.

Driver Shortage in Trucking: Time for Plan B

Talking Logistics

The Minnesota-based firm’s $9 million a year in revenue “ could go to $13 million or $14 million overnight if I could put drivers in those trucks ,” said Charlie Hoag, manager of Copeland’s terminal in Des Moines, Iowa. . Last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported that employers added 288,000 jobs in June, which lowered the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

Top Findings: What Makes a “Favored Shipper”?


Researchers at Iowa State University analyzed data provided by C.H. What makes carriers prefer to move one shipper’s freight over another’s? Research shows that of all “favored shipper” qualities, longer dwell times result in higher transportation costs.

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What Does Decreasing Boxcar Fleet Mean for U.S. Capacity?


I called upon the CyBIZ Lab at the Iowa State University College of Business to look at the implications for equipment and rates in the coming decades. Part of my job is to watch transportation trends and help our customers prepare for what might happen next.

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Why Branch Put Down Roots in Minneapolis


From Iowa to Nebraska, and North Dakota to Wisconsin, the connections we made with Target employees was essential to our product development.

Transportation Network Planning: Public and Private Common Ground

Supply Chain View from the Field

Similarly, other presentations on commodity transportation flow maps in the state of Iowa, transportation models in the city of Chicago, and synchro-modalithy systems in the Netherlands provided fascinating new innovations in transportation modeling that will be important in helping to shape the environment for improvement. I spent the day in Washington DC listening to a variety of really intelligent people talk about transportation planning models.

Someday You Might Want to Branch Out


It helped you understand why you were sitting at some roadside stop in Iowa. Once upon a time… it was just you. You remember the moment.

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Why a Community?

Supply Chain Insights

It is about an Iowa corn farmer, that after hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his backyard. I have thought about this for a long time. I have envisioned a community where supply chain professionals could network freely and globally. I wanted to design a virtual environment where teams can share best practices and have fun.

What Customers are Saying About Web-Based DAT Power

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Stevie Nelson, a dispatcher at Rozenboom LLC/RZB Logistics, a broker-carrier in Bussey, Iowa, has been a fan of the “Custom Match” feature in DAT Power. For years, the DAT Power load board has been a software program that users downloaded to their computers.

America’s Most Luxurious Truck Stops

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Iowa 80 (Walcott, Iowa). Truck stops have come a long way over the years. In fact, it’s safe to say that some are simply awe-inspiring.

LTL Carrier Profile: YRC Freight

The Logistics of Logistics

Holland is a regional LTL carrier that provides service to the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin. LTL Carrier Profile: YRC Freight. YRC Freight is the third largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $3.2B in sales (estimated 2012). YRC Freight has 9.2% of the less than truckload (LTL) market. YRC Freight is the largest subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc.

Field of Grass


Driven by a vision, bordering on compulsion, Kinsella goes about creating a beautiful, magnificent baseball diamond out of the cornfields that surround his farmhouse in rural Iowa. “If you build it, they will come”.

DOT Gives $500 Million in Grants to Much-Needed Infrastructure Projects

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Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are included in the grant. The Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program is a federal grant program that funds projects within the federal trade corridors.