The Debate: CDL Minimum Age

Posted by PLS Logistics August 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM

 

The Commercial Driver Act (S.1672), introduced last month by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) would let truck drivers under the age of 21 operate commercial motor vehicles across state lines. Now, 18- to 20-year old drivers are only allowed to drive intrastate. Participating states would have to enter the agreement and standardize the licensingrequirement for drivers who will travel between states.

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The 6 Step Freight Claim Process

Posted by PLS Logistics August 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Handling freight claims requires time and effort from a shipper. There are certain processes , rules and regulations that should be followed to ensure freight claims are resolved. A third party logistics (3PL) provider, like PLS Logistics, works on behalf of the shipper and processes a clients’ freight claim from beginning to end. A 3PL does not have liability for freight loss or damage; instead it works as a liaison with trucking companies and provides communication through the claims process. Shippers benefit from the expertise of freight claims’ management, when claims are properly filed and processed without any holdups.

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Market Update: Shippers are Outsourcing Transportation Management

Posted by PLS Logistics August 24, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Why are Logistics Costs Rising?

According to the 26th Annual State of Logistics Report, the cost of logistics for U.S. businesses in 2014 rose 3.1 percent to just under $1.45 trillion. The total cost of logistics is equal to about 8.3 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), a value that, by itself, is not alarming; however, all signs indicate that this number will rise significantly in the coming years.

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Tips to Avoid Failure in Inbound Vendor Management

Posted by PLS Logistics August 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Inbound transportation management is complex and requires a lot of attention. It often leaves shippers at a loss for proper strategy and tools. Inbound supply chain processes usually suffer because of a lack of control and poor visibility, compared to outbound transportation initiatives. According to an Aberdeen survey, 90% of shippers say they are not prepared to manage inbound freight. Deploying effective inbound management improves transportation efficiency, reduces cycle time and leads to cost reduction.

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Reduce Cycle Time, Improve Efficiency

Posted by PLS Logistics August 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

In logistics, time is critical. A company’s cycle time is a significant, yet complex process that runs from the time a vendor ships materials to you through the point when you ship the final product to the customer. Cycle time is a measurement of how many units of product are received, produced and shipped in a certain period of time, and it indicates the general efficiency of the supply chain. A company’s cycle time consists of several linked parts:

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Pros and Cons of Different Trailer Types

Posted by PLS Logistics August 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM

 

When shipping freight over-the-road, a shipper can choose from a variety of trailer options: dry van, flatbed, refrigerated and more. Each transportation mode has advantages and disadvantages to both the shipper and the carrier hauling the freight.

Carriers determine the pros and cons of the various trailer types based on wait times, freight availability and haul length. Continue reading to learn what carriers think about these 3 major truckload trailers. 

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Logistics Challenges of Same Day Delivery

Posted by PLS Logistics August 13, 2015 at 1:30 PM

How do some businesses keep pace with customer demands, while others fail? What logistics challenges do businesses face with same day delivery? Here, we answer these questions and examine lessons learned from companies like GAP and Starbucks.

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4 Logistics Solutions for Struggling CPG Shippers

Posted by PLS Logistics August 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Two Major Obstacles for Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Shippers

CPG shippers have been facing significant obstacles in transportation over the past few years.  A recent study from the Boston Consulting Group and the Grocery Manufacturers Association shows that 80% of CPG shippers consider shipping their biggest business obstacle.  What are the main obstacles in transportation for CPG shippers?

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Peak Season: Not What it Used to Be

Posted by PLS Logistics August 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Many experts in the transportation industry expect this year’s peak season to be suppressed.  While there will likely be an increased amount of shipping activity and e-commerce demand, it will not be like years past. 

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Automated Trucks are Here: How Should Drivers Prepare?

Posted by PLS Logistics August 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Google founder, Sergey Brin, believes self-driving vehicles will be legal for all US roads by 2017. Some, however, are more skeptical about the launch of automated vehicles. Long hours of testing and significant regulatory changes could take years. But, undeniably, automated vehicles will change the transportation industry in the foreseeable future.

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