2016 Trends in Logistics

Posted by PLS Logistics November 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

As the New Year approaches, the logistics industry can look forward to advances. New technology continues to develop, supply chains will be even more influenced by consumers, and shipping costs will increase. Logistics operations have changed dramatically in the last few years and 2016 will bring even more changes.

Here are some trends you can expect in 2016:

  1. Real-time inventory management. Leading reta
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How Retailers Overcome Challenges of Seasonal Demand

Posted by PLS Logistics November 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner, and retailers have been planning for the increase in sales for months. Most retailers have adopted to the omni-channel environment, merging numerous shopping channels for the convenience of the customer. Modern shoppers avoid the long lines and huge crowds associated with Black Friday to buy from online vendors who offer the same markdowns, plus free shipping and various return options.

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This Year’s 5 Biggest Trends in Consumer Packaged Goods Shipping

Posted by PLS Logistics November 18, 2015 at 1:00 PM

It has been another tough year for consumer packaged goods (CPG) shippers. In 2015, CPG shippers were hurt by the same trends that affected the industry last year, despite increased efforts to cut logistics costs and improve service.  Data collected from 2014 sheds light on what affected CPG shippers in 2015. Here are 5 trends that continue to affect CPG shippers in 2015:

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Technology Transforms the Trucking Industry

Posted by PLS Logistics November 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Technology has made supply chains and transportation more competitive, more convenient and more profitable. Technology’s biggest gain for shippers is actionable data. Shippers who examine transportation data develop strong operative initiatives, identify inefficiencies and improve inventory management.

What are some transportation sources that shippers can generate data from?

  • Transportation Management Software
  • Demand Forecasts
  • Claims Data
  • Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs)
  • Social Media, Blogs, Email Records
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How to Prepare Transportation for Holiday Returns

Posted by PLS Logistics November 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

The holiday season is upon us, and retailers must be prepared to avoid seasonal challenges. One major obstacle facing retailers: the rising number of e-commerce returns.

Return rates have amplified as the percentage of internet sales continues to develop. The shift to e-commerce sales, especially during the holidays, prompts impulse buying and a greater chance of the customer’s later regret, which results in higher return rates. The predicted rate of returns of total retail sales for the 2015 holiday season is 8.1%. Establishing an effective reverse logistics process allows retailers to minimize processing costs and increase the recovery value of returned goods.

Supply chain managers will face more complexity during the holiday season, Pitney Bowes 2015 Holiday Shipping Survey shows. The majority of shoppers prefer to return purchases in a nearby store, while 38% of shoppers choose to return a package through a shipping provider. Only 20% of shoppers like to have a carrier pick up a package from their home.

In order to keep up with competition, companies must offer a few return options and analyze sales in order to successfully condense returns.

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Market Update: State of Capacity and Transportation Costs

Posted by PLS Logistics November 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

This year has been less stressful for shippers compared to the strong customer demand and tight capacity of 2014. But, the situation is about to change. A recent market overview by the Journal of Commerce shows that both contract and spot market truck rates will increase.

The current recess of rate growth will end due to the expanding economy and shrinking capacity. Economic forecasts for 2015-2016 predict that development will accelerate from about 2.4% to 3%. David G. Ross, a managing director at Stifel, expects that truckload rates will rise 3-5% and LTL rates will rise 2-4% percent this year.

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Case Study: TMS Reporting Saves 20% for Steel Manufacturer

Posted by PLS Admin November 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM

A national, high-quality steel manufacturer was experiencing difficulty within its supply chain because of a limited scope and sole focus on outbound management. The company wanted to remain focused on their core competencies, but its transportation needs were taking up too much time and effort.

The steel manufacturer realized its need to outsource logistics functions to a 3PL. It needed to partner with a scalable transportation management expert who could handle a complicated, wide-ranging transportation network. As a steel manufacturer, the company needed a 3PL that prioritizes safety and could be responsible for various levels of transport.

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Long-Term Partnership with a 3PL – Successful Strategies

Posted by PLS Logistics November 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM

The process of outsourcing logistics management involves a lot of trust and a cost investment for both parties. Although 3PLs find new ways to provide value for clients, many shippers are not ready to initiate strategic and long-term relationships that require deeper implementation.

Outsourcing specific parts of business operations to an expert is not uncommon. Since a 3PL can reduce transportation costs and improve customer service, many companies outsource inbound and outbound transportation.

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Truck Drivers Enjoy Pay Increases, Shippers Pick Up the Tab

Posted by PLS Admin November 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Truck driver pay has increased 17% over the last two years and will continue to climb. Truck drivers haven’t seen pay raises in years. They’re now demanding more money, and carriers must oblige.

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Intermodal Transport - The Quick Guide

Posted by PLS Admin November 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

What should a shipper know about intermodal transportation before utilizing it? What are the challenges and peculiarities of this transport mode? In this quick guide, you will find basic intermodal information that may come in handy.

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