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4 Innovations That Will Seriously Effect Last Mile Delivery

Posted by PLS Logistics April 18, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Continued growth of e-commerce and heightened customer expectations have prompted huge innovation in last-mile delivery practices. Last-mile delivery involves three main players – customers, merchants, and delivery providers – each with a different set of challenges and expectations.

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Driverless Trucks: A Labor Force Threat or an Invaluable Industry Opportunity?

Posted by PLS Logistics April 13, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Trucking has provided drivers and families with a decent living for decades. Although the demand for truckers has been persistent, most don’t expect it to last forever, especially since major truck manufacturers and startups have been busy testing automated and driverless trucks.

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The Importance of Building Successful Relationships in Emerging Markets

Posted by PLS Logistics April 11, 2017 at 9:02 AM

Analyzation of countries such as Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia, prove that emerging markets are popular again, as suppliers are increasingly flocking to these new manufacturing hubs. Small, independent suppliers within emerging markets offer great benefits to established retailers in developed markets, and the relationship is one that is valuable and extremely worthwhile for both parties.

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Opinions on Outsourcing: Whose WMS Should Be Utilized When Outsourcing to a 3PL?

Posted by PLS Logistics April 6, 2017 at 9:02 AM

An efficient warehouse management system (WMS) is an invaluable part of a company’s distribution strategy. As omnichannel fulfillment becomes increasingly more popular and complex, WMS systems are too. Companies need to be able to plan and optimize orders quickly and accurately.

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Beginner’s Guide to Intermodal Freight Service

Posted by PLS Logistics April 4, 2017 at 9:30 AM

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index (ICI) rose in October 2016, reflecting a moderately favorable environment for intermodal transportation. The ICI looks at a variety of factors including truck capacity, fuel prices, rail service, intermodal rates, and more.

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7 Trending Transportation Updates: March 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics March 30, 2017 at 10:55 AM


  1. Somali Pirates Hijack First Commercial Ship Since 2012. Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, Somali authorities said last week, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012. (Read more here.)
  2. Amazon Plans Air Cargo Services for Chinese Retailers. The Seattle-based company plans to launch a site that will enable sellers from China to use its services to transport their goods to international markets. (Read more here.)
  3. Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations. The Uber vehicle was not responsible for the incident, and there were no injuries. (Read more here.)
  4. Hiring Pace Picks Up in Trucking Sector. Trucking fleets stepped up hiring at the fastest pace in five years in February, adding 10,600 jobs in a display of confidence as companies across U.S. industries ramped up payrolls. (Read more here.)
  5. Shippers Look to Sails to Cut Fuel Costs. Maersk will attach two experimental high-tech sails onto one of its tankers as part of a pilot testing their efficiency and usability. These modern sails could reduce average fuel consumption by 7-10% on global shipping routes, developers say. (Read more here.)
  6. Truckers Prepare for Era of Driverless Trucks. Daimler AG and its business units, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Trucks, has its “Future Truck 2025” already on the highways, and has partnered with Uber Technologies Inc. Apple, Microsoft, Ford, and many others are also involved in the development of autonomous vehicles. (Read more here.)
  7. LTLs Offer Storage to Speed Up E-Commerce Deliveries. Less-than-truckload companies hoping to capitalize on e-commerce are offering shippers short-term storage in terminals and shifting more business from Class 8 trucks to Class 5 and Class 6 straight trucks, according to industry executives. (Read more here.)

 

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Trending Topic: Can Small Retailers Meet “Fast and Free” Shipping Demands?

Posted by PLS Logistics March 28, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Nowadays, we’re living in the age of the “spoiled consumer.” E-commerce shoppers have an undying demand for both fast and free shipping, one that has been perpetuated by benefits like Amazon’s Prime membership, a $99 per year membership that qualifies buyers for free two-day shipping on eligible products. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a Prime member who will buy a product with no “Prime” logo without extensive searching for a substitute that comes with the free two-day shipping benefits first.

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Why Shippers Love Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by PLS Logistics March 23, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Visibility refers to understanding what goes on between the start and end of a process. With supply chain visibility, companies can analyze data and evaluate suppliers, processes and prices.

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Here’s How Grocery Retailers Can Reel in Millenial Shoppers

Posted by PLS Logistics March 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Grocery retailers spend hours, days, and even months trying to differentiate their brand and make themselves the consumer’s go-to store. In an industry that touches almost every target market, this can be tough.

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8 Things to Know if You've Never Worked with a Freight Broker

Posted by PLS Logistics March 16, 2017 at 9:04 AM

A substantial amount of over-the-road freight transportation is handled by freight brokers.  A freight broker is a person or company that brings together a shipper (with freight to move) and a qualified carrier (who has capacity to move the freight).

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