Shipper Strategy: Flower Demand and Reefer Rates

Posted by PLS Logistics February 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Demand for reefers is not only seasonal, but regional.

In late November 2016, reefer load and truck posts rebounded after the Thanksgiving holiday. Load posts jumped 49%, yielding a 36% increase in the load-to-truck ratio. That's the highest reefer ratio since March 2015. Then, in January 2017, reefer load posts dropped 9%, compared to December 2016. From January 29 to February 4, DAT Trendlines show that reefer load posts dipped 5%, and the national average reefer rate fell 6 cents to $1.91 per mile to accommodate the loss in demand.

Despite fluctuating demand, reefer trailers can be expected to rise in February, thanks to Valentine’s Day, the biggest flower-selling holiday of the year.

For Valentine’s Day, fresh flowers have been arriving at sea ports and airports, where they are transferred to temperature-controlled warehouses and onto reefers for delivery to flower markets and distribution centers around the country.

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Beginner’s Guide to PLS PRO, Transportation Management System

Posted by PLS Logistics January 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

TMS software is credited for saving companies money; those who manage transportation poorly spend $53 for every $1,000 of total spend on outbound transportation, while those utilizing a TMS only spend $6.35 per $1,000.

PLS created a SaaS based software, PLS PRO, that is highly configurable, adaptable and dynamic. PLS PRO is an online transportation management tool that enables shippers to oversee, operate and adjust shipments using a centralized network – regardless of shipment size or customer requirement. PLS built PLS PRO to be a simple, effective way to monitor logistics processes.

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How this Company Grew Visibility with a 3PL Partnership

Posted by PLS Logistics April 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

A common transportation challenge of B2B and B2C businesses is lack of supply chain visibility. Without visibility, deliveries are slower, inventory management suffers and it’s more difficult to manage risk. These challenges are linked to additional costs and unhappy customers.

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Case Study: Manufacturer Reduces Freight Spend Through Automation

Posted by PLS Logistics January 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM


A North American producer of refractory bricks and mortars, with a network of over 30 plants and distribution centers throughout U.S. and Canada, was concerned about their transportation strategy. The company was apprehensive about their total freight spend, but didn’t know the best way to reduce costs.

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Lessons Learned from Supply Chain Disruption

Posted by PLS Logistics January 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Supply chain disruptions span from day-to-day risks like malfunctioning equipment to high-impact threats like natural disasters.

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Transportation Management Done Right: 3 Examples to Learn From

Posted by PLS Logistics December 17, 2015 at 8:30 AM

There are an array of challenges when it comes to successfully applying an outsourced transportation management strategy. Companies want to make freight moves as efficient as possible, which means centralized systems, qualified carriers, managed schedules and visibility. Realizing opportunities for transportation efficiency starts with identifying challenges. Below, we examine different challenges from 3 companies and how PLS solutions created and maintain notable results.

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How to Reduce Inbound Freight Costs by Tens of Thousands of Dollars

Posted by PLS Logistics December 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

PLS Logistics is partners with a consumer goods manufacturer who has multiple locations. The client sells products to major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and Lowe’s. The company’s annual freight spend is a few million dollars.

When the client was pressured by its retailer buyers for lower costs, they needed to optimize transportation management to find cost savings. The client felt they could decrease overall transportation spend, but they had no visibility into the shipping processes and could not identify any inefficiencies.

PLS assessed the consumer goods manufacturer’s transportation functions and found several problems, which included:

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