Which Type of Trailer is Right For You?

Posted by PLS Logistics July 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM

When shipping freight over-the-road, a shipper can choose from a variety of trailer options: dry van, flatbed, refrigerated and more. Each transportation mode has advantages and disadvantages to both the shipper and the carrier hauling the freight.

Carriers determine the pros and cons of the various trailer types based on wait times, freight availability and haul length. Today we will be covering the good and the bad, and everything in between, about the three most popular trailer types.

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4 Reasons To Use A 3PL In Times Of Capacity Crisis

Posted by PLS Logistics January 9, 2018 at 7:30 AM

It’s not a secret that we are all currently operating in the conditions of the record-breaking capacity crunch. The crisis has been caused by several factors which we have previously discussed in our blog post, even more so with the ELD mandate finally going into effect on December 18th.

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Busting The Myths About Non-Asset Based 3PL’s

Posted by PLS Logistics December 21, 2017 at 7:35 AM

We understand why it might often be assumed that an asset-based carrier has more advantages than a 3PL. Quite often, shippers don’t feel comfortable working with non-asset based 3PL’s and end up limiting, and thus hurting, their supply chain.

There are a few common myths surrounding the never-ending Asset Based VS Non-Asset Based battle. It’s time to look at these misconceptions and destroy the myths.

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Why Are Rates Skyrocketing?

Posted by PLS Logistics October 3, 2017 at 7:40 AM

Anyone connected with transportation is well aware of the latest market trends and conditions. We have been witnessing a steady increase in truckload rates lately. Experts predict this is only the beginning and spot market rates will keep climbing in the foreseeable future. Capacity is tighter than ever and its load to truck ratio in September is breaking the records.

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ELD Mandate: What you need to know

Posted by PLS Logistics September 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate has been a wildly popular topic of discussion for years. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that motor carriers must begin using ELDs on all trucks and commercial buses. Carriers and drivers have until December 18, 2017 to comply.

What does this mean for you?

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Can Shippers Help Increase Truck Capacity?

Posted by PLS Logistics September 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Truck capacity goes hand in hand with truck rates: the lower the capacity – the higher the rates. Simple math! We have witnessed the usual seasonal rate spikes in the recent years, but outside of that, major rate increases have been rather limited.

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4 Tips for Shipping this Fourth

Posted by PLS Logistics June 27, 2017 at 7:58 AM

Who doesn’t love the holidays? Family, friends, and food- what more could you ask for?

However, if your job is logistics-related, it might be a bit more complicated than that. Your excitement and holiday anticipation (if not the holiday itself!) may be heavily affected by the stress and pressure of trying to keep everything under control. Unforeseen delays and disruptions are inevitable, but we can do our best to be ready for the holiday shipping and minimize the potential risks.

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Your Guide to Private and Dedicated Fleets

Posted by PLS Logistics May 9, 2017 at 8:04 AM

No matter the company, the ability to compete in a challenging economic climate is a necessity, and the amount of time, money, and energy spent on finding new ways to do this is exponential. Companies that don’t use the right type of fleet risk higher costs, inefficient service, low reliability, and wasted time. Re-evaluating the type of fleet your company uses can bring an invaluable advantage.

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Market Update: Secure Capacity with These 3 Tips

Posted by PLS Logistics March 14, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Shippers are expecting higher rates and less capacity this year, so many are trying to lock in contract rates and secure trucks before the spike. Carriers have been hammered by low fuel prices, strict regulations, and rising equipment costs.

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Consider This When Choosing Your Next DC Location

Posted by PLS Logistics March 7, 2017 at 9:02 AM

When a company outgrows its distribution capacity, it expands by opening a new distribution center (DC). The best approach to choosing your new DC location is to evaluate your entire logistics strategy.

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