The Features of a Successful Transportation Management System (TMS)

Posted by PLS Logistics January 11, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Sometimes technology can be frustrating, but with the right product, it doesn't have to be. An effective Transportation Management System (TMS) can relieve frustration out of your day if you’re a shipper, carrier, or 3PL. A TMS combines the latest technology in an easy formula to make a one-stop-shop. It can offer the most value to a shipper and provide unlimited strategic potential for all parties along the supply chain.

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It’s the Holiday Season Again, Time for Shipping Delays

Posted by PLS Logistics December 19, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Still searching online last-minute holiday gifts? Well, you are one of the millions this holiday season to use an e-commerce site to do their shopping. Whether you ordered something for your home, business, or a loved one, expect to see some delays in delivery.

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4 Tips to Help You Handle Your High-Value Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics October 10, 2017 at 7:50 AM

When you need to move a smaller high-value shipment, you undoubtedly consider shipping it LTL. This is definitely the most efficient way, but what about the classic LTL risks? The freight will be handled and transferred multiple times between origin and destination increasing the risk of loss and damage.

Let’s take a look at a few tips which might help you eliminate these risks and ensure your high-value shipment is delivered on time and ‘in one piece’.

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5 Tips to Choose the Perfect LTL Freight Carrier

Posted by PLS Logistics October 5, 2017 at 7:45 AM

LTL shipments and quotes have been a popular discussion in recent weeks of the PLS blog. We’ve covered everything from LTL quotes for beginners to LTL shipping mistakes. Now we’re going to go in depth on how to choose the perfect LTL freight carrier with these 5 tips.

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Does Carrier Performance Improve When Shippers Pay More?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

With industry experts predicting an increase in freight rates later this year, pressure is growing for shippers to reduce transportation spend. But, if a shipper pays lower freight rates than their peers, will it negatively affect the carrier’s performance? A recent study set out to answer this question.

Performance criteria in the study included metrics like transit time, technical competencies, flexibility in disruption, information, and claim history.

There was no absolute relationship between carrier performance and freight rate. But, when shippers paid below market average, there was a visible decrease in on time delivery. An average rate $50 below market price led to less than 40% on time delivery. A rate $20 below market price led to 40-70% on time delivery. Shippers with on time delivery between 80-90% paid just over the market standard. There was little to no rate incentive for achieving 90-100% on time delivery.

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