What’s Up With Diesel Prices?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM

This past week brought some great news for truck drivers. After a long period of 11 weeks of increasing prices, the U.S. average retail price of diesel decreased, dropping by .3 cent to $3.285, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration report on June 4.

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Common Mistakes New Shippers Make

Posted by PLS Logistics June 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM

When companies just start getting into the shipping world, everything is new and confusing. It’s great to have a logistics professional on board to help guide the company through the shipping challenges. Unfortunately, not every company has the luxury of having a freight guru on their team if shipping hasn’t been a big deal for them.

What happens when there is the need to start shipping? Shipping duties often fall on the shoulders of an existing employee, for example, a sales person. There are a couple common mistakes “fresh” shippers make due to their lack of hands-on experience.

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Trending Transportation Updates: May 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics June 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There is no doubt that May had many newsworthy developments. Here are the top trending transportation updates ranging from the U.S.'s steel tariffs to the trending truck driver shortage. 

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The Ins and Outs of Freight Rates

Posted by PLS Logistics June 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Moving freight starts with determining what the fair rate for your shipment is. Obviously, carriers and shippers want to make sure they are getting or paying a decent price for a load. Carriers don’t want to lose money, and customers don’t want to pay more than they should.

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Why Freight Visibility is Important

Posted by PLS Logistics May 31, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Along the supply chain, goods must be transported to and from suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, retailers and end users. Brokers, 3PL’s and freight haulers are involved in bringing a product to market, and because of this, visibility into freight location and status is essential.

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Prepare for Worse Trucking Shortage Conditions

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

In the past two months, the U.S. has been experiencing a severe trucking shortage since the new electronic logging device (ELD) was implemented. Since the enforcement of the ELD mandate on April 1, the trucking capacity crunch has seemed to worsen.

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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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