Tackling the Super Bowl Supply Chain

Posted by PLS Logistics January 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

 

On Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will face off to determine who will be crowned Super Bowl XLIX champion. In 2014, 112.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the Super Bowl (and the ever popular and expensive commercials). So, how does one of the biggest sporting events in the world meet the demands of fans, players, attendees and others?

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Dry Van Peak Seasons and Rates

Posted by PLS Logistics January 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

 

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Why Carriers Apply Dimensional Weight Pricing

Posted by PLS Logistics January 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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The History of Containers

Posted by PLS Logistics January 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM

 

Last month, the British Council celebrated its 80th anniversary and created a list of 80 moments that shaped the world in the last 80 years. Included among the great and global events on the list, such as the invention of email and women’s equality movement, there is one that reshaped the transportation industry and the world once and forever: containerization.

A standard shipping container is widely used and indispensable; we hardly remember the way it appeared and began its influence on logistics. It seems ordinary to use a container with standardized dimensions so it’s easy to load and unload, transport goods efficiently and seamlessly through all transport modes, however, there is a long history behind this invention, and, of course, an outstanding person.

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How the Economy Affects Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics January 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

As one can assume, the strength of the economy and the current market conditions are closely related.  In order to get a feel of the current state of the economy, one would take a look at several different macroeconomic factors.  Some of these factors include: interest rate announcements, Gross Domestic Product, Consumer Price Index, housing starts, jobless claims, and government fiscal and monetary policy. With an understanding of each indicator you would be able to get an idea of the strength of the economy.

                There are several market conditions that affect the transportation industry. Specific market trends, such as seasonality have a large impact on the industry. During the fourth quarter, October through December, we see an increase in demand of transportation services.  This is logical, as many companies prepare for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. Also, it is important to note that transportation made up 9.5% of GDP in 2013. This is a large share and could be used as an estimate of the direction of the transportation industry. Unfortunately, even with the high percentage of GDP, the transportation industry struggles from a driver shortage.  Within the next five years, the majority of the ‘baby boomers’ will be ready to retire, if they haven’t done so already.  That means many quality drivers will be retiring, no longer offering their expertise to their clients. The transportation industry is having trouble finding new talent to fill these positions. While this problem is one that many industries face, it has affected transportation greatly.

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Understanding Local, Regional and National Carriers

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

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Inbound Freight: Cut Costs and Gain Control

Posted by PLS Logistics January 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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10 Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

Posted by PLS Logistics January 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

 

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What Are Fuel Surcharges Costing You?

Posted by PLS Logistics January 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM

 

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Supply and Demand: Carrier Capacity

Posted by PLS Logistics December 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

 

The trucking capacity crunch is a major concern for shippers in need of transportation services. With less trucks, less drivers, an aging workforce and HOS rule changes, carriers’ capacity is limited. Shippers are demanding more capacity than carriers can supply.

The capacity crunch is a challenge for carriers and shippers alike. Carriers have to be selective when choosing who and where to haul freight. Shippers have to increase their freight budgets and keep strong relationships with carriers. Each party has to leverage the benefits of what they can offer.

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