Top 3 Reasons to Use Intermodal Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics July 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

For those who have shipments moving more than 750 miles, shipping by truck and train or ship, rather than just over-the- road (OTR), can add value to the overall supply chain and drive significant savings in transportation spend.  The top 3 reasons for shippers to use intermodal transportation are lower costs, consistent capacity and quality service. 

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Final Rule for ESCs

Posted by PLS Logistics July 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM

In early June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a rule requiring new heavy duty trucks to be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC) systems. In 2017, the rule will affect all trucks and buses exceeding 26,000 pounds in total weight. Electronic stability control systems are widely used in passenger vehicles and light trucks, and many heavy vehicle trucks have voluntarily chosen to use ESCs.

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June Transportation News Round Up

Posted by PLS Logistics June 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

This month, there’s been many new developments and news stories affecting the transportation, logistics and supply chain industries. Here is a quick guide to 6 of the most talked about stories, check them out:

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Infographic: Fireworks and Hazardous Materials

Posted by PLS Logistics June 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Whatever your plans are for the 4th of July, you’ll inevitably run into some sort of fireworks display.  Whether it’s a professional show or relatives shooting off some bottle rockets in the backyard, it’s important to remember that fireworks are hazardous materials.  The following infographic explains why fireworks are considered hazardous materials and how to stay safe during Fourth of July celebrations.  

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What Can We Expect for the Rest of 2015?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Earlier this year, we predicted what opportunities and trends would be most popular within the supply chain and transportation industry. Supply chains, no matter the industry or company size, must keep up with the latest developments and news affecting transportation, logistics and business partners. As technology springs forward, 3PLs and shippers find more collaboration – working toward innovative solutions for time and cost savings.

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Is a Non-Asset Based 3PL Right for Your Company?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 23, 2015 at 8:30 AM

There are several benefits for your business when outsourcing the supply chain; as it will reduce costs, improve service and allow the shipper to focus on core competency. Third-party logistics firms give you a chance to provide value through solutions, service and expansion.

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The Foolproof Guide to Understanding CSA

Posted by PLS Logistics June 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

What is CSA?

There are more than 500 million trucks and bus carriers in the US and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does its best to execute safety regulations for all of them. In 2010, the FMCSA launched the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety. The measure was intended to reduce crashes and injuries and better report safety problems.

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Dry Van Shipping: 8 Facts

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

1) Dry van shipping is the most common type of freight transportation in the US. Dry van trailers, or enclosed box trailers, could be described simply as a box on wheels with doors in the back. It has no temperature control and is designed to carry pallets or boxes of cargo and any type of equipment.

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A Helpful Guide to Over Dimensional Flatbed Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics June 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

When weight and dimensions are more than the standard legal size, then the shipment is considered over dimensional. Shippers have to pay attention to their freight’s weight and dimensions, especially if it will be shipped on an over dimensional flatbed trailer.  

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6 Reasons to Outsource Transportation to a 3PL Provider

Posted by PLS Logistics June 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Outsourcing transportation processes to a third party logistics provider is more common than some shippers might think.  3PLs offer a suite of services, including supply chain management.  Efficient transportation is a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace and many companies now focus on optimizing logistics functions. 

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