How Supply Chain Improved Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Caitlin Kelly November 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM

 

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Thanksgiving Travel - Top 10 Most Congested Roads

Posted by T.J. Muehlfeld November 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

For the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, thousands of cars will be on the road as people throughout the US travel to be with friends and family. About 91% of Thanksgiving trips are made by car. What does that mean for carriers? Hours added to travel time.

Last year, congestion on the nation’s highways added over $9.2 billion in operation costs to the trucking industry. California led the nation with over $1.7 billion in costs.

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Third Party Logistics Explained

Posted by Michelle Markey November 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

 

So what is a 3PL anyway…and what can they do for me?  If you are new to logistics, you might ask this question multiple times a day.  Or if you are a shipper, this might guide you to selecting the right Third Party Logistics Services company.

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Join the PLS Freight Broker Agent Program

Posted by Brianne McCurley November 13, 2014 at 5:06 PM

PLS Logistics Services is actively recruiting experienced Freight Brokers for the Freight Broker Agent Program.

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Join the PLS Carrier Network Program

Posted by Brianne McCurley November 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Stay busy moving freight, not doing paperwork.

Carriers need to focus on hauling freight and less time with back-office busy work. Join the PLS carrier network program to ensure you have a streamlined back-office with consolidated billing. Every minute you spend searching for loads is wasted revenue. Our simple technology and high shipping demand will keep your fleet focused on generating revenue.

Our demand for freight shipments has never been greater. With new offices opening throughout the country, we need high-quality carriers to meet the increase in demand. When your fleet is moving freight, your business is making money. Keeping your fleet busy and your lanes full is our commitment to you.

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Transportation Management in the Post-PC World

Posted by Brianne McCurley November 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

With the popularity of mobile devices, consumer behavior has changed dramatically. Consumers have moved past the committed early adopters and entered the fast-followers phase with technology being the driving force. Smartphones and tablets are powerful tools that are selling fast and easily taking over the PC market.

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Three Ways Carriers Can Recruit New Drivers

Posted by Conor Flynn November 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The transportation industry faces a unique problem in today’s economy: hiring new drivers. Most current truck drivers are approaching retirement, and few people are willing or able to replace them. This means that freight carriers must start getting creative and investing heavily in the ways they recruit new drivers. There are many ways to recruit, but there’s a common theme in all of them.

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Five Facts about Logistics and Transportation

Posted by PLS Admin October 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

According to the DOT, logistics is defined as “the cost-effective process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient movement and storage of goods from the point of origin to the end-user.” They define transport as “the movement of products and people from one point to another via air, sea, road, and rail.” Transportation and logistics have become an integral part of how businesses operateand run their supply chain today. Here are five facts about the logistics and transportation industry:

 

  1. The transport and logistics industry is made up of six industry sectors: road transport, rail, aviation, maritime, warehousing, and storage services. It is one of the world’s largest industries.
  2. The U.S. economy depends on trucks to deliver nearly 70% of all freight transported annually, accounting for $671 billion worth of manufactured and retail goods.
  3. There are close to 3.5 million truck drivers moving freight. In other words, one in every 15 people working in the U.S. is employed in the trucking industry.
  4. Shippers who partner with outsourced logistics service providers report an average cost reduction of 13%.
  5. 94% of 3PLs and 88% of shippers believe that communication, flexibility and openness are the main factors that help make them successful.
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LTL Freight Rates on the Rise

Posted by PLS Admin October 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Less-than-truckload rates are on the rise. LTL carriers, Conway Freight, UPS and ABF Freight Systems, have recently announced general rate increases that will hit customers in the coming months. This is the second time this year that general rate increases were announced (Read our blog post about the April GRIs, LTL Freight Carriers announce General Rates Increases).

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Supply Chain Management Strategy: What a True Partner Should Do

Posted by PLS Admin October 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

supply-chain-managementThe checklist below gives a brief overview of the factors that a true supply chain management partner should offer.

Supplier & Inventory Management
  • Keep service levels consistent with stocking levels
  • Provide real-time inventory visibility
  • Forecast demand accurately
  • Eliminate lost sales because products are out-of-stock
  • Provide control over inventory investments
  • Introduce speed and flexibility into the order process
  • Increase error-free deliveries
  • Reduce cost of transportation, warehousing, and distribution
  • Streamline purchasing process
  • Improve supplier collaboration

 

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