How to Become a Shipper of Choice

Posted by PLS Logistics April 12, 2018 at 7:45 AM

The need for more truck drivers is rapidly increasing today as the shipping industry undergoes a driver shortage. With a driver shortage, rising equipment costs and new regulations, shippers are in competition with one another to gain carrier’s business. It is more important than ever for shippers to find creative, appealing ways to attract carriers and become a shipper of choice.

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Mistakes Small Businesses Make in Supply Chain Management

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

Small businesses often have limited human resources and have employees in charge of a wide array of different tasks. If the business has the need to ship certain products occasionally or on a regular basis, one of these tasks is managing their supply chain. Well, how hard can it be to get the product from point A to point B, you may ask? Honest answer: if you want it to be efficient and successful, it may not be that easy! Employee’s do their best to keep customers happy and costs under control. At the same time, there are certain common mistakes small businesses often make in managing their supply chain which may end up negatively affecting their customer satisfaction rate as well and their bottom line.

Let’s look at a few things that might be hurting your business:

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Tips to Save on LTL Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics April 5, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Basically, the whole idea of LTL (less-than-truckload) shipping is to save money and only pay for the space you use instead of paying for the whole truck. The transit will be longer, but it will be much cheaper than moving a smaller load as a truckload. LTL shipments seem easy to arrange and handle perfectly on your first try, but are they?

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Trending Transportation Updates: March 2018

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

E-Commerce Trends

E-commerce is constantly changing the way consumers communicate with businesses all over the world. 74% of shoppers said that they prefer free shipping over fast shipping. This statistic can help companies, especially small and mid-sized businesses, gain an understanding of what promotions or offers to run to keep customers satisfied with shipping options. 1.7 billion people said that they shopped online in 2017. With e-commerce becoming to prevalent in today’s society, this number is expected to rise in the coming months of 2018. To read more about e-commerce trends, click here.

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Freight Claims Do's & Don'ts

Posted by PLS Logistics March 29, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Having damaged freight can cause anyone to get frustrated. Filing a freight claim can even be more frustrating to someone who is not familiar with the process. There is a lot that goes into the freight claims process and it is important to know that damaged freight isn’t the only type of freight claim you may encounter. We will go over what freight claims are, how to properly file a freight claim and the do’s and don’ts when it comes to the freight claims process. 

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Basic Guide to LTL Freight Class

Posted by PLS Logistics March 27, 2018 at 7:45 AM

While LTL shipping is pretty straight-forward, freight class may seem quite confusing for many. At the same time, knowing the right class of your freight is essential for shipping LTL. When shippers first come across having to move an LTL load, determining and understanding freight class may be quite a challenge.

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Truckers, Self-Driving Trucks Aren’t That Bad

Posted by PLS Logistics March 22, 2018 at 7:35 AM

Self-driving trucks have been the topic of the year for 2018 so far. With last year’s announcement of the Tesla Truck, it has only grown in hype. Uber and Tesla have been front running the autonomous market for some time and are in competition to have the first truck on the market. But there are other companies around the world as well in regions such as Asia and Europe. The concept of a self-driving truck has been around for years, so why all the commotion about it now?

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New ELD Waiver For Agriculture Carriers

Posted by PLS Logistics March 20, 2018 at 7:45 AM

We are two weeks away from one of the most discussed dates in the transportation industry this year. Carriers were given a grace period between December 18 and April 1 to ensure ELD compliance. The soft launch was intended to facilitate the transition. Despite the push-back from carriers and attempts to overturn the new regulation, FMCSA will begin full enforcement of the ELD compliance on April 1.

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The 14-Hour Driving Window Dilemma

Posted by PLS Logistics March 15, 2018 at 7:45 AM

The FMCSA issued hours of service (HOS) regulations for truck drivers that limit the maximum time that can be driven in a period. Recently in the transportation industry, the OODIA made a petition to the FMCSA to create more flexibility for drivers so that traffic, weather or dock delays don’t impact their drive time availability. They are requesting that drivers who fall under the HOS regulations are given a rest break (up to three hours) once for every 14-hour duty. This rest break would be to stop the continuous 14-hour window drivers are given to operate. However, this would not eliminate the consecutive 10-hour off-duty break that is required before each shift.

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What Are Chameleon Carriers?

Posted by PLS Logistics March 13, 2018 at 7:40 AM

Most shippers and 3PL’s are practicing quite strict and thorough carrier vetting procedures nowadays. This is an absolute must in today’s freight world – implementing and following thorough processes for carrier screening is the only way to ensure you’re dispatching your or your customer’s freight into good hands.

However, checking carrier’s USDOT and screening their safety does not guarantee they are actually “clean”, even though they show good safety scores. Unfortunately, there is an unpleasant phenomenon in the trucking industry called “chameleon carriers”.

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