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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Your Top 5 Questions on NOx Standards Answered

Posted by PLS Logistics January 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing a rule that would set new standards to reduce NOx emissions from heavy-duty truck engines beginning in 2024. The agency last tightened its NOx standards for truck engines in 2010 to 0.2 gram per brake horsepower-hour.

The California Air Rescue Board is pushing for a lower NOx standard, as low as .02, so they can meet the federal ambient air quality standards for the ozone. That would be a 90% reduction in NOx emissions.

What is NOx? Nitrogen Oxides. NOx pollutes air with its chemical compounds. NOx represents a family of 7 compounds. The EPA regulates nitrogen dioxide, NO2, as a surrogate for this family of compounds because it’s the most prevalent form of NOx in the atmosphere and is generated by human activity.

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The Interrelated Issues Facing the Trucking Industry

Posted by PLS Logistics January 6, 2017 at 11:45 AM

The American Trucking Association projects that the trucking industry is poised for serious growth by 2022. The forecast suggests that overall revenue for the industry will rise almost 66% and tonnage will increase 24% by 2022.

However, 2016’s economy saw slow growth, shipping rates and volumes. Due to low demand, excess inventory and infrastructure bottlenecks, revenue YOY only rose 0.2%. But 2017’s trucking outlook improves: demand, spending and manufacturing are expected to pick up.

The driver shortage still overshadows the industry, and is expected to get worse. There aren’t enough qualified drivers filling open positions, and the aging workforce is retiring.

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Market Update: Seasonal Freight Surge and Consumer Forecast

Posted by PLS Logistics November 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Adobe Digital Intelligence says that 31% of consumers start shopping before November 1, and 27% will start before Thanksgiving, so the supply chain plans for the holiday season for months and months in advance. So many of the year’s sales occur during the short two-month season, so the logistics process needs to be efficient enough to handle the increase of purchases. It’s estimated that retailers derive 20-30% of their annual profit during November and December. “The holiday season puts great pressure on supply chains because everyone peaks at the same time,” says NRS vice president of logistics and supply chain solutions.

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Did Brake Safety Week Create a Rate Surge?

Posted by PLS Logistics September 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The week of September 11-17, 2016 was Brake Safety Week, an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial motor vehicle brake safety.

More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998.

During the 7-day period, law enforcement agencies across North America conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and anti-lock braking system violations as part of CVSA’s Brake Safety Week.

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3 Incredibly Simple Ways to Get Better Transportation Rates

Posted by PLS Logistics August 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Getting low rates for transportation services is challenging. The problem is that most people don’t have time to learn the complexities of the transportation industry. And, most people don’t understand the pricing leverage they already have.

For shippers of any size, there are three easy ways to get the lowest contract rates.

  1.  Get to it. Right Now. You’re Almost Too Late.

You need to start looking for a transportation partner right away. Freight rates are

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CSA Scores to Make Early Comeback?

Posted by PLS Logistics July 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

In 2015, the FAST Act required FMCSA to remove CSA (Compliance, Safety and Accountability) information from public view. It also mandated that FMCSA repair the CSA program so that scores can be used as a consistent, reliable safety measure.

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Don't Be Blindsided By CVSA Roadcheck

Posted by PLS Logistics May 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct its 29th Annual International Roadcheck from June 7th – 9th. The Roadcheck is the largest of its kind, covering all of North America.

Shippers and carriers both need to prepare for the Roadcheck. Disruptions, delayed deliveries, higher transport costs and lost opportunities threaten supply chains during this three day event.

Despite the annual occurrence of this inspection, many shippers and carriers are penalized from a lack of preparation.

Carrier Preparation

One out-of-service (OOS) violation costs $1,000, not including the driver’s down time and the resulting repair work. A little bit of preparation can spare you unnecessary costs.

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Shipper Strategy: What to Do as ELD Mandate Threatens Capacity

Posted by PLS Logistics May 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The trucking industry is adjusting as fuel prices fluctuate, the driver shortage continues, and new regulations are authorized.

The ELD mandate is causing waves of concern among shippers and carriers. The rule could drastically change the trucking landscape.

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Shocking Statistics about Cargo Theft

Posted by PLS Logistics April 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM

A new report finds that the number of recorded cargo thefts and the average value of the freight attacks declined in 2015. But, regardless of this data, cargo theft is a real problem. Cargo’s value continues to increase, and thieves are sophisticated. Cargo theft is estimated to cost shippers and trucking companies at least $30 billion a year in the US, according to the FBI.

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