How Do Low Oil Prices Affect Different Transportation Modes?

Posted by PLS Logistics October 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The price of oil, mainly due to increased output from North American fracking, has dropped significantly in the past few months. Oil affects just about every industry in the US economy, especially freight transportation.

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September Transportation News Recap

Posted by PLS Logistics September 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM

 Here is a quick summary of some of the most talked about transportation, supply chain and logistics topics from September 2015:

  • Diesel Prices Fluctuating. The US average retail diesel price dropped 4.7 cents a gallon in early September - this was the 14th straight week of declines. The diesel average has shed .40 cents since Memorial Day. The week of September 14th, after a week of price increases, the price of diesel fuel fell by 1.7 cents again.
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Do I Need Logistics Help for Mining, Oil & Gas Operations?

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

The mining, oil and gas industries have the most complex supply chain challenges. Exploration tends to be in remote locations with no transportation infrastructure, and typically requires bulk equipment and an extensive safety policy. Any shipping disruption results in significant loss for an industrial company.

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The Best Way to Drive Consistency in Freight Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics September 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM

The supply chain is always moving and prone to disruptions, which can make consistent delivery difficult. You want customers to trust that you’ll meet their expectations, but disruptions are often out of a company’s control. Your customer won’t care what the problem is; they will only view delays as poor service.

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Highlighting Change for Truckers #NTDAW

Posted by PLS Logistics September 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM

 New technological advancements, changes in regulations and shifting shipping trends have made the transportation industry an exciting, and often challenging, environment to work in. Truck drivers especially are noticing new trends in the industry – from same-day delivery expectations to automated vehicles and a proposal to lower the age minimum of drivers.

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What’s Happening with Hours of Service (HOS) Rules?

Posted by PLS Logistics September 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM

In July 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented some significant changes to the way drivers record their hours on duty. The 3 main changes included were:

  • Drivers have to include two 1:00 am – 5:00 am time intervals within the required 34-hour restart period
  • Drivers can only restart once per week (168 hours)
  • Drivers are required to take one 30 minute rest break during every 8 hours of driving
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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Posted by PLS Logistics September 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Truck drivers are one of the most important, yet unappreciated professionals in the US. The job isn’t easy - it’s full of risks and challenges. Truck drivers deliver about 70% of all freight in the U.S. -- they provide life’s essentials. Almost 80% of US communities depend solely on the trucking industry for the delivery of goods.  Without drivers, there would be no food at the supermarket, no medicine in the hospitals, and no fuel at the gas station.

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7 Benefits of Centralized Transportation Management

Posted by PLS Logistics September 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

If your business is interested in increasing visibility, improving performance and reducing spend, then TMS technology is the tool you need. TMS software offers an assortment of benefits, including better management, simple monitoring, aggregated data and stress-free integration. By improving freight management, scheduling, operations and reporting, this technology provides superior customer service, flexibility and intelligence.

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3PLs Drive Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions

Posted by PLS Logistics September 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Environmentally-friendly business processes are good for the bottom line and the ecosystem. While most companies have stepped up to keep customers educated on their green initiatives, many have yet to expand those efforts throughout the supply chain.

More than 3,700 companies participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent global system for companies to measure, disclose, manage and share climate and water information and sustainable initiatives. According to a recent CDP report, 43% of respondents say they have achieved year-on-year emissions reductions, but only 28% of their suppliers can say the same.

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Advantages of Combining Freight for Backhauls

Posted by PLS Logistics September 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Shippers everywhere have faced limited capacity because of the driver shortage and shrinking numbers of trucks in the industry. These shippers must discover effective ways to handle transportation with limited resources. A shipper can learn how to be carrier-friendly or spend time searching for the cheapest freight rates, but they can also take advantage of continuous moves. Combining freight for backhaul rates isn’t a new transportation strategy, and it proves to be cost-effective and time-saving.

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