Why Fuel Surcharges Don’t Match Cheap Gas Prices

Posted by PLS Logistics March 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The cost of oil has been falling and so have gas prices; reaching lows that haven’t been seen in over a decade.  Even though diesel fuel hasn’t seen price drops like regular gasoline, carriers are still seeing a difference in their bottom line.  However, they are not profiting as you would expect. 

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Snow Piles on Trucking Delays

Posted by PLS Logistics February 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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6 Steps to Take When Your Freight is Damaged or Lost

Posted by PLS Logistics February 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Whether someone orders shoes online or ships tons of industrial equipment, one common problem can happen: the freight can become lost or damaged. The process for finding out who is responsible for damaged freight could take months, and discovering whether freight had been stolen or lost on route can be difficult. Shippers will never be able prevent all instances of lost or stolen cargo, but they can at least ensure that they are compensated for their loss and informed on the details to try and prevent future instances.

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What Carriers Look for in Shippers

Posted by PLS Logistics February 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Starting last year, demand for shipping outpaced capacity, making it easier for carriers to find quality shippers. Carriers are working hard to operate more efficiently and cope with the driver shortage. Even with substantial demand growth, most asset based trucking companies are not ready to add capacity; they are concerned about regulations, recruiting new drivers and rising trailer costs. With these tough circumstances, how can shippers change their business processes to be carrier-friendly and get their freight hauled?

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Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by PLS Logistics February 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM

 

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Why Use a Freight Broker?

Posted by PLS Logistics February 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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Benchmarking Your Supply Chain

Posted by PLS Logistics February 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Have you ever considered the best way to identify strengths and weaknesses in your company’s supply chain management? Or, have you focused on how to prioritize opportunities in improving supply chain components? For supply chain managers, it can be challenging to set a market strategy and tactical goals because there could be too much information that is poorly organized or has no reference points.  This is where benchmarking comes into play. Benchmarking measures the performance of company’s supply chain by considering quantity, value and time. Benchmarking formulates a tangible measure of the efficiency of main processes in the supply chain and serves to create a solid foundation of an organization’s performance. It also measures the impact of each improvement made by managers subject to proper measurement indicators.

Based on different purposes and outcomes, benchmarking can be divided into qualitative and quantitative. 

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How to Set Up a BYOD Policy

Posted by PLS Logistics February 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Smartphones and tablets are embedded into every aspect of our life; think about how personal devices can change – or, have already changed working environments and communication processes in companies. The hype over the BYOD (bring your own device) trend started years ago, yet it yields questions and predictions.  Gartner forecasts that by 2017, half of employers will require workers to supply their own device at work. Whether it’s good or bad for business, it’s happening – and logistics companies better be prepared for the changes.

Pros for BYOD:

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Supply Chains Prepare for Valentine’s Day Demand

Posted by PLS Logistics February 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Love is in the air! Or, in the case of many suppliers and retailers, on a freight truck. That’s right, all of the thoughtful gifts that you receive this Valentine’s Day made their way to your home through a complex, well-planned supply chain. With seasonal demand, suppliers, carriers and retailers must work together to optimize logistics to make your Valentine’s Day special.

61% of American consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day and overlook the control supply chains have on the holiday (and every other day). Nearly 70% of all freight moved in the US is on trucks, meaning that your Valentine’s Day would not be so lovely without committed carrier networks and drivers. We rely on trucking to ship tons of goods; from agricultural items and food products to coal and petroleum.

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Discover Your Competitive Advantage

Posted by PLS Logistics February 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

 

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