Refrigerated Shipping Trailers: 7 Facts

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

  1. An American inventor, Fred Jones, developed the first automated cooling system designed for shipping trailers. In 1939, a patent was acquired by Jones and Joe Numero for a vehicle air-conditioning system, the Thermo King, which helped launch the refrigerated shipping industry. The U.S. Thermo Control Company was the first manufacturer of refrigerated trucks. Today, the technology is used in trains, trucks and planes.
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A Simple System for Small Shippers to Automate Transportation Management

Posted by PLS Logistics July 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Do you still coordinate transportation operations manually?  Shippers who operate this way don’t reach the best decisions and usually make costly administrative mistakes, sometimes without even knowing it.  Automating transportation management provides numerous opportunities to save money and time while creating better service for customers.

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July Transportation News Round Up

Posted by PLS Logistics July 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM

We’ve been keeping track of the various news stories affecting the transportation, supply chain and logistics industries. Here is a quick look at some of the most talked about topics:

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LTL Freight Shipping: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by PLS Logistics July 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

What is LTL Freight Shipping?

Less than truckload shipments typically weigh between 151 and 20,000 pounds. When a freight shipment isn’t large enough to fit into a 48- or 53-foot trailer, a shipper’s best option is to use LTL. This transportation option is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly when only some products need transported.

The benefits of LTL shipping include gaining control over shipment visibility, decreasing costs, and obtaining scheduling flexibility.

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Carriers – Reduce Emissions without Making Truck Changes

Posted by PLS Logistics July 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Over-the-road (OTR) freight carriers face pressure from shippers and customers who want impeccable service, and the government who wants advances on environmental performance. In March, President Obama made an executive order that mandates the U.S. government to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent over the next decade, setting an example for industries across the country.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Palletizing

Posted by PLS Logistics July 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Palletizing may seem like a simple task of stacking boxes in the right order, yet doing this without the proper skills and knowledge may cause freight damage. Improper palletizing can lead to 50% of boxes’ compression strength loss.

We’ve created a useful palletizing guide to help you with shipment consolidation.

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Infographic: The Cost of LTL Shipping

Posted by PLS Logistics July 20, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Less than truckload (LTL) shipping doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. In order to drive savings to your LTL transportation spend, it's important to understand the factors that determine LTL pricing, including, minimum rates, freight classifications and accessorial fees. And, many carriers are increasing their LTL shipping rates because of fuel prices and tight capacity. Learn how you can avoid additional fees and ship your LTL freight effectively.

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Drayage: Truck Turn Time

Posted by PLS Logistics July 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM

The drayage business is facing a crisis in ports from California to New Jersey. Congestion at coastal ports is adding millions to shipping costs while reducing productivity of drayage companies and threatening commerce’s explosion. Severe winter weather and spring floods slowed truck turn times at intermodal terminals as well. According to Tioga Group, drayage delays have added $348 million in supply chain costs and 15 million hours of work, lost.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Completing a Bill of Lading

Posted by PLS Logistics July 15, 2015 at 3:30 PM

What is a bill of lading?

The bill of lading (BOL) is a legally required document that must be completed before a freight shipment is hauled. A bill of lading protects both the carrier and the shipper. The document contains detailed information on the type, quantity and destination of the goods being carried. It is issued by a carrier and given to the shipper of goods.

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Discover New Markets with Cross Border Shipping

Posted by PLS Logistics July 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Moving goods across borders requires knowledge, flexibility and security. In North America, many companies have expanded or plan to expand their business operations throughout the continent. With cross border operations, there is an opportunity to reach new markets and increase profitability. According to the US Census, Canada is America’s largest trading partner and Mexico is America’s 3rd largest trading partner.

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