6 Innovative Solutions for Safe Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics May 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Trucking companies have an undeniable commitment to provide safety and security for their fleet, drivers and others on the road. Luckily, today’s technology is designed to prevent accidents from happening and to protect all people in case of an accident.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 90% of all truck-involved accidents are caused by a human factor. Because of this, there is a push for the development and implementation of safety technology so that drivers can mitigate risk on the road.

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Attracting New Drivers: 7 Smart Changes to Make

Posted by PLS Logistics May 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

With the US economy expanding at an accelerated pace, many organizations are having trouble filling logistics jobs, especially truck driver positions. The issue isn’t new or sudden, but the pressure for trucking companies is rising as an employment peak in trucking is near, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Carriers are short by at least 30,000 drivers and suffer from a low retention rate.

To hire new truck drivers, transportation companies should consider these 7 best practices:

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5 Tips for Shippers New to LTL Freight

Posted by PLS Logistics May 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Are you ready to develop a less than truckload (LTL) transportation plan? LTL shipping doesn’t have to be time-consuming or stressful. Whether you plan to ship LTL freight regularly, or if you’ll only ship a few packages a month, you will benefit from these 5 tips which explain how to avoid unnecessary costs, determine price and optimize efficiency.

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3 Ways Hurricane Season Impacts Your Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics May 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. Because these superstorms wreak havoc to the nation’s infrastructure, shippers should prepare for weather-related disruptions. Past hurricanes have opened shipper’s eyes, as disruptions in delivery, tracking and safety have caused significant problems.

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Speed Limiter Rule: Coming Soon

Posted by PLS Logistics May 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Transportation Secretary, Andrew Foxx, told a congressional subcommittee that a proposed rule requiring heavy vehicle speed limiters will be issued no later than this fall. Supporters of the speed limiter rule believe highways will be safer and fuel consumption will be reduced.

The rule targets trucks that travel on highways with speed limits of 55 mph or higher. No speed limit has been determined, but since big truck tires are not designed to go over 75 mph, the limiters will likely be set at 65 mph.

The rule was proposed in 2013 and has been delayed 21 times. The government states that the mandate has been delayed as they continue to examine safety data and

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7 Surprising Shipping Mistakes that Cost You

Posted by PLS Logistics May 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Unanticipated costs and unexpected delays are can negatively impact your supply chain, but there are ways to increase its efficiency. Some of the most common shipping mistakes include not knowing which transport mode to choose, being unclear about government rules, and not understanding different price structures. Avoid these common shipping errors to get your freight to its final destination on time, with fewer expenses.

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Is This the Last Short-Term Transportation Fix?

Posted by PLS Logistics May 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM

On April 30th, it was reported that yet another short-term fix to infrastructure will be implemented sometime in May.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is creating a short-term bill worth between $8 – 10 billion, which is expected to last through the end of the year.  Ryan is working with Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

The current plan could be linked to Ryan’s ongoing tax reform project.  He is clear that gas taxes will not be raised for infrastructure funding, although it’s still unsure where they will find funds for this short-term fix.

Some states have already canceled large construction projects due to the uncertain future of funding for infrastructure.  The point of this bill is to provide enough funding to get through the summer construction season so states can continue projects as pl

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LTL Shipping Costs Set to Rise in 2015

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

The less-than-truckload (LTL) sector has seen little growth or profit in the last decade. But now, LTL carriers anticipate one of its most profitable years since 2004.

A recent Logistics Management article cites a number of factors in transportation and the economy for the revival of LTL carriers. Industrial and retail industries are experiencing rapid growth; quickly fulfilling shipment volumes are increasing demand for LTL shipments. This demand is intensified by the ongoing capacity crunch in the truckload sector. Not to mention, dropping fuel prices could improve customer spending, which will increase shipments and further limit capacity.

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Supply Chain Disruption: 3 Future Solutions

Posted by PLS Logistics May 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Supply chain disruptions are unpredictable, and often inescapable, but they don’t have to destroy business operations. When supply chain disruptions occur, delays are unknown and there is a loss in time, money and labor.

For example, ports on the West Coast recently experienced a short-term shutdown, which affected transport of imported and exported goods. More than 40% of all cargo shipped into the US comes through the 29 West Coast ports. There’s never a good time for supply chain disruptions, but this specific situation caused financial harm to businesses and the economy because of lasting effects from rerouting, inventory depletion, destroyed products, and slowed business procedures.

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Should the New CSA App Be Available to the Public?

Posted by PLS Logistics May 4, 2015 at 8:30 AM

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a smartphone app that provides safety data on interstate commercial vehicles. The Compliance, Safety, Accountability program app requires no log in and reveals carrier safety performance and ratings to the public. This information is available on FMCSA’s website as well.

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