With ever-more conference calls taking up so much of our time these days, US forwarder CH Robinson has hit upon a novel means of wrapping them up swiftly.

Don’t let anyone speak. Except the execs.

To keep its quarterly earnings calls brief (sort of), the US forwarder now asks analysts to submit questions in writing beforehand, then dial in to listen to the response.

The strategy succeeds in a) somewhat shortening a tedious process, and b) creating less opportunity for executives to be ...

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