Proposed Amendment to Hours of Service Rule: What Does it Mean?

Posted by T.J. Muehlfeld July 2014

34-hour-restart-provisionOn June 5th, the United States Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-9 to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule to allow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) time to study its impact.

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How Parcel Shippers Avoid Dimensional Pricing

Posted by PLS Admin July 2014

Weight-vs-SizeFedEx and UPS have switched to a dimensional pricing program for ground shipments. This new system specifically applies to packages under 3 cubic feet, as both carriers already use dimensional pricing for packages bigger than 3 cubic feet.

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Alibaba Will Strain Freight Industry

Posted by T.J. Muehlfeld July 2014

AlibabaAlibaba, a Chinese e-commerce powerhouse who owns two online marketplaces that are larger than Amazon and eBay combined, has just launched a new U.S.-based online marketplace called ‘11 Main.’  

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What Determines LTL Freight Class?

Posted by Brianne McCurley July 2014

_What-Determines-LTL-Freight-ClassWhat is Freight Class?

When it comes to moving Less-than-Truckload shipments one of the first things to consider is how the product is defined by the trucking industry. Each shipment is defined by a classification, depending on the nature of the product. This Freight Classification plays a prominent role in calculating how much the carrier will charge you for transporting it. Choosing the wrong Freight Class could waste money, time, resources, and delay shipments. It is important to classify a shipment correctly.

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The Importance of Logistics Management

Posted by PLS Admin July 2014

Importance-of-logistics-managementLogistics management is an integral factor in the success of any manufacturing company’s operations and has a direct impact on their bottom line.

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A Quick Guide: How much inventory should you carry?

Posted by Brianne McCurley July 2014

How-much-inventoryAlthough they are closely connected, transportation and finance often hold opposing views when it comes to transportation costs.

While the Finance department mainly focuses on ways to become more profitable, logistics managers are more interested in analyzing their department’s budgets and metrics.

This discourse often causes a lack of communication between the CFO and logistics managers.

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Fourth of July: Hazardous Materials Transportation FAQs

Posted by Brianne McCurley July 2014

As small towns and cities across the United States put on fireworks shows in honor of the Fourth of July holiday, we thought it was appropriate to write about hazardous materials shipping.

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Trailer Equipment Guide

Posted by Brianne McCurley July 2014

We’ve created a brand new Trailer Equipment Guide that outlines the various types of truck trailers. See more information about Dry Vans, Reefers, Containers, Tankers, Hoppers, Flatbeds, and Drop Decks. View the new Trailer Equipment Guide and contact one of our brokerage sales representatives by phone, fax, e-mail, or social media for questions and free freight quotes. (This guide is offered as a reference tool only).

 

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4 Services to Look for in an LTL Freight Carrier

Posted by Brianne McCurley June 2014

Since the federal deregulation of the transportation industry in the late 1970’s, LTL transportation has morphed from a heavily unionized group of carriers operating in a largely non-competitive environment into a high tech, cost-effective and service-oriented transportation industry.

Today, national, regional, and inter-modal providers are in constant competition with each other for a share of the $30 billion plus market. Leaders of this pack rely heavily on anticipating the needs of customers who are savvier than ever before.

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Defending the Freight Broker

Posted by Brianne McCurley June 2014

All over the internet there’s blogs talking about how evil freight brokerage companies are and how they cheat carriers out of money, however, when you break it down, these accusations could not be farther from the truth.

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