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What is Freeze Protection?

Posted by PLS Admin January 30, 2018 at 7:38 AM

Winter is in full swing, and we are “lucky” to have an opportunity to experience all the negative side effects of severe winter weather. Last week we discussed a few tips to help you handle your shipping in winter. Today we want to continue the topic and get a bit more practical. Significant parts of the U.S. suffer from all kinds of severe weather during winter season, including very low temperatures.

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What Every Shipper Needs to Know About the Future Truck Driver Shortage

Posted by PLS Admin March 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM

The shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. has been a hot topic for some time. Most people in the industry have heard the statistics by now: we’re currently short 48,000 drivers, the shortage is expected to rise to 175,000 drivers by 2024 and carriers will need to hire 89,000 drivers a year over the next decade in order to keep up with demand.

Supply chain experts think the driver shortage will truly harm the nation’s economy, while many drivers and owner-operators think the shortage doesn’t even exist. While freight tonnage has been slowly rising since 2014, the question remains, why aren’t we seeing the effects of the driver shortage?

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5 Ways Shippers are Affected by Green Transportation Regulations

Posted by PLS Admin March 24, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Medium- and heavy-duty trucks move about 70% of America’s freight. These vehicles make up about 5% of traffic, and contribute 20% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and oil consumption in the transportation sector. This makes trucking firms a prime target for green initiatives, and in the past few years, the government has created regulations to reduce GHG emissions.

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Market Update: Dangerously Low Fuel Costs

Posted by PLS Admin March 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM

The sharp and sustained decline in the price of oil has had far reaching consequences across the U.S. economy. There are numerous factors that have caused oil prices to drop. And now, with an excess oil supply, the effects are all encompassing, with positive and negative impacts on carriers and shippers.

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Industrial Distributors Can Create Value With Transportation

Posted by PLS Admin March 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Industrial distributors are beginning to see the potential of proper transportation management, how it can add much needed value throughout their supply chain, and how it can address some of their toughest challenges. The challenges distributors face are unique, but the effects of these challenges are representative of the difficulties many are having in the broader industrial sector – restricted supply, plummeting demand, dropping revenues and out of control operating costs. 

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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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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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How to Ensure Cargo Security

Posted by PLS Admin November 2, 2015 at 10:30 AM

If you are lucky enough to avoid cargo theft issues in your transportation activities, you should still be prepared to face it. Cargo theft is one of the 5 main causes of freight claims, as research shows. According to FreightWatch International (FWI), the risk of cargo theft will increase this year, compared to 2014. Cargo theft prevention and recovery network, CargoNet, reported that almost 90 million dollars in cargo was stolen last year

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October Transportation News Recap

Posted by PLS Admin October 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM

 

Here are some of the most talked about transportation, supply chain and logistics topics from October 2015:

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