5 Challenges Logistics Managers Face Every Day

Posted by PLS Logistics July 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM

In present day global economics, logistics plays a key role in facilitating trade and, by extension, ensuring the success of business operations. Logistics managers have seen increasing challenges to create and keep efficient and effective logistics and supply chain methods. Here we discuss five of the biggest logistics challenges faced on a daily basis.

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4 Tips to Ensure On-time Shipping for Small Businesses

Posted by PLS Logistics October 19, 2017 at 7:45 AM

On time delivery is a crucial in any industry. This final touchpoint in the supply chain represents your ability to fulfill your customer’s needs competently. It’s especially important for small businesses to delivery products on-time, as a good reputation is essential to their bottom-line.

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5 Benefits a 3PL Can Offer Smaller Businesses

Posted by PLS Logistics August 22, 2017 at 7:45 AM

Are you a small business owner? Then you know that sometimes you can be overwhelmed with all the orders and the urgent need to meet all the delivery requirements, whether it’s the material needed for production or a final delivery to your customer.

Hiring someone specifically to manage your transportation needs doesn’t seem cost-efficient, but handling your supply chain is becoming more troublesome and overwhelming – and takes too much time which could’ve been spent on growing your business. Often, you’ll find yourself spending more money than you would with outsourcing. That’s where a 3PL can come to the rescue!

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Beginners Guide to Enterprise Labeling

Posted by PLS Logistics July 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Supply chains are becoming increasingly more complex; they are more global now than ever before. The more global they are becoming, the more emphasis there is on changing regulations and demanding customer needs.

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Understanding Hostage Freight

Posted by PLS Logistics July 13, 2017 at 8:04 AM

Have you ever been in a situation when your or your customer’s freight has been held hostage?

Hostage load scenario is stressful and unpleasant for all the parties involved, and the resolution might be very time- and energy-consuming.

Being prepared and aware of the potential risks is the best way to try and avoid these situations as much as possible.

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Opinions on Outsourcing: Whose WMS Should Be Utilized When Outsourcing to a 3PL?

Posted by PLS Logistics April 6, 2017 at 9:02 AM

An efficient warehouse management system (WMS) is an invaluable part of a company’s distribution strategy. As omnichannel fulfillment becomes increasingly more popular and complex, WMS systems are too. Companies need to be able to plan and optimize orders quickly and accurately.

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5 Tips for Small Businesses to Ship On-Time, Every-Time

Posted by PLS Logistics August 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Delivering products on-time is crucial in any industry. With businesses and consumers alike, this final touchpoint in the supply chain represents your ability to fulfill their needs competently. It is especially important for small businesses to deliver products on-time, as a poor reputation can be detrimental to the bottom-line.

Whether you are shipping to consumers or businesses, delayed shipments should be taken seriously. Late deliveries slow down the entire supply chain and hurt customer relationships, which can have serious consequences for your bottom line: 70% of consumers may not shop with a retailer again after receiving a late shipment, and 86% of consumers say their expectation for on-time delivery increases in peak seasons like the holiday shopping season.

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Addressing Customer Satisfaction with Freight Management

Posted by PLS Logistics January 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

In a few years, 89% of companies will compete almost entirely on customer experience. “Options are no longer a privilege during the shopping experience,” says Christoph Stehmann, COO of Digital Commerce Solutions, Pitney Bowes. “Retailers must focus on offering diverse options in order to attract consumers throughout their shopping experiences.”

Consumers are demanding because they’re more informed than ever before. The popularity of online shopping has empowered consumers to expect low prices, multiple shipping options, free returns and quick, on-time delivery.

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Why Warehouse Technology is the First Step in Fast Shipping

Posted by PLS Logistics December 22, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Companies implement supply chain management (SCM) strategies in order to meet customer expectations like fast delivery. Delivery time is the sum of fulfillment time and transport time. Companies are emphasizing the importance of fast fulfillment in order to reduce overall delivery time. Creating a SCM strategy includes aspects of logistics management and demand planning that work in tandem with a transportation strategy. It is a crucial step in reducing freight costs.

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How to Prepare Transportation for Holiday Returns

Posted by PLS Logistics November 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

The holiday season is upon us, and retailers must be prepared to avoid seasonal challenges. One major obstacle facing retailers: the rising number of e-commerce returns.

Return rates have amplified as the percentage of internet sales continues to develop. The shift to e-commerce sales, especially during the holidays, prompts impulse buying and a greater chance of the customer’s later regret, which results in higher return rates. The predicted rate of returns of total retail sales for the 2015 holiday season is 8.1%. Establishing an effective reverse logistics process allows retailers to minimize processing costs and increase the recovery value of returned goods.

Supply chain managers will face more complexity during the holiday season, Pitney Bowes 2015 Holiday Shipping Survey shows. The majority of shoppers prefer to return purchases in a nearby store, while 38% of shoppers choose to return a package through a shipping provider. Only 20% of shoppers like to have a carrier pick up a package from their home.

In order to keep up with competition, companies must offer a few return options and analyze sales in order to successfully condense returns.

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