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How to Build a Strong Relationship with Your 3PL

Posted by PLS Logistics May 22, 2018 at 7:45 AM

More and more companies of all sizes are turning to 3PLs for help with their transportation management. Supply chains are becoming more complex, and securing capacity has become a challenge. 3PLs bring their expertise and solid resources to help shippers improve their logistics operations, while also driving cost savings, and generally make shippers’ day-to-day transportation challenges easier.

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When To Replace Your TMS System

Posted by PLS Logistics May 17, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Deciding when you should replace your transportation management system (TMS) can be tricky. You don’t want to wait until the software begins to hold you back and affects the visibility of your supply chain. Many companies TMS’s enable some planning, optimization and routing tasks. Many new systems are delivering so much more than what is necessary to help make your job easier.

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First Steps in Outsourcing Your Transportation Management

Posted by PLS Logistics May 15, 2018 at 7:43 AM

Many companies eventually come to the point when they realize it’s time to outsource their transportation management. Whether you are a large company or a small business, a good 3PL can help make your logistics operations more efficient and less stressful as well as increase customer satisfaction and help reduce transportation costs.

 Managing your transportation needs, even if you don’t ship that much, may often be quite a hassle. If you are not a logistics professional, but transportation management is part of your duties – are you sure your logistics operations are as efficient as they could be? Are you doing well in times of capacity crisis?

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Minimizing the Impact of the ELD Mandate

Posted by PLS Logistics May 10, 2018 at 7:45 AM

The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is causing major changes to the industry and is making drivers want to leave the transportation industry instead of using the ELD. The regulation of the ELD rule began on April 1 after a three-month grace period allowing drivers to implement the device.

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How to Compete with E-Commerce Giants

Posted by PLS Logistics May 8, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Today it seems like e-commerce giants are taking over the industry. It is possible for small and mid-sized companies to compete with these e-commerce companies with a little bit of creativity, a strong supply chain and great customer service. Companies like Amazon can often seem difficult to compete with, but following these helpful tips can help your business stand out among these companies and bring in customers.

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Do You Need Carrier Vetting?

Posted by PLS Logistics May 3, 2018 at 7:45 AM

We have previously discussed a few things shippers should understand when they start shipping truckloads. Unlike LTL, the full truckload world is characterized by a very large number of carriers. They come in all shapes and forms, from a one-man operation to a large carrier with thousands of company trucks. What does it mean for shippers and/or brokers?

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Trending Transportation Updates: April 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics May 1, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Truck Driver Shortage Spurs Rising Prices

A rise in prices is the result of this blunt reality: there aren’t enough truck drivers delivering goods to stores. The shortage of truck drivers is not only raising freight costs, but retail costs as well. This is nothing new, as the driver shortage has been going on for years due to baby boomers retiring and very few millennial's wanting to be away from home weeks at a time on transport. To read more about the driver shortage and rising prices, click here.

 

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Benefits of a Transportation Management System (TMS)

Posted by PLS Logistics April 26, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Many companies could easily improve their supply chains by utilizing a transportation management system (TMS). Some companies chose not to use a TMS, and other companies may just not have a good understanding of what exactly a TMS is. It is important to know exactly what a TMS is and how it can help your company save money and time.

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Air Shipping for Beginners

Posted by PLS Logistics April 24, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Globalization is not just a commonly-used term, it’s our reality. The world is becoming “smaller” and much more interconnected than ever before. People are involved in the events unfolding not only in their own country, but across the globe – we travel, we move and we interact. Many companies today are no longer limiting their operations to one country and are going global.

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Surviving the Capacity Crunch

Posted by PLS Logistics April 19, 2018 at 7:45 AM

After this years hurricanes, the new ELD mandate and the ongoing driver shortage, the trucking industry is facing a capacity crunch. The capacity crunch is creating a drastic increase in freight rates. The trucking capacity crunch is making it harder and harder for both shippers and carriers to survive in the industry. Although the higher-than-average economic growth is a good thing, it is causing manufacturers and suppliers to do more business than before, making it difficult to secure carrier capacity. Shippers and carriers need to work together in this time of need to keep costs low while serving customers efficiently.

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