Intermodal vs. Multimodal Freight

Posted by PLS Logistics September 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM

It is important to know the difference between intermodal shipping and multimodal shipping to make sure that you are using the best shipping method for your shipment. Many people often confuse intermodal and multimodal shipping. Deciding when to use intermodal or multimodal transport depends on several factors, such as the total cost difference, time savings, and if the shipper wants multiple independent contacts. 

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How TMS Technology Can Benefit a Supply Chain

Posted by PLS Logistics August 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

While operating in a progressively complex logistics world, companies in this day and age need all the help they can get to help them work smarter, easier and more efficiently. Customers are becoming increasingly more demanding, and the need for more improved supply chain visibility continues to pose a challenge for companies. Technology like Transportation Management Systems (TMS) are now more important than ever. The TMS plays a crucial role in helping shippers overcome these challenges and thrive in the increasingly competitive logistics industry.

Since more and more additions to TMS are continuously being tested for the future, it is important that your business isn't left behind. Here are some reasons we believe investing in a TMS could be beneficial to your supply chain.

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How are Fuel Surcharges Calculated?

Posted by PLS Logistics July 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM

You may have heard some unwritten rules about fuel surcharges, or come across fuel surcharge calculators on the internet, but they don’t really go into depth about what is happening behind the scenes.

Knowing how to calculate a fuel surcharge will help you immensely - whether you book your own loads and set your own rates, or you lease with a company that does it all for you. This way you will know whether the surcharge your company pays you will offset your increased fuel costs.

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Everything You Need to Know: Dry Van Shipping

Posted by PLS Logistics July 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Dry van shipping is one of the most popular and widely trusted freight transportation methods available. It has remained a preferred means of transportation due to the high availability and numerous benefits of having an enclosed trailer throughout the shipping process. In today's blog post, we will dive deeper into everything you need to know about dry van shipping.

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10 Tips for Palletizing

Posted by PLS Logistics July 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM

The knowledge of how to properly palletize is very important in order to prevent many accidents that happen all the time in warehouses. This knowledge will help you save a ton of time and money dealing will freight damage, as well as frustration over these damaged goods.

To help ensure that you don't have to deal with the nightmare of freight damage, we will cover 10 essential tips for palletizing your boxes.

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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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The Ins and Outs of Freight Rates

Posted by PLS Logistics June 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Moving freight starts with determining what the fair rate for your shipment is. Obviously, carriers and shippers want to make sure they are getting or paying a decent price for a load. Carriers don’t want to lose money, and customers don’t want to pay more than they should.

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The Top 10 Blog Topics of 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics December 28, 2017 at 7:33 AM

  1. Everything You Need to Know: Spot Market Freight: Have you ever wondered about how the product you buy from a store ended up there? The complexities of a supply chain and the steps for moving freight to its end location are often overlooked. But, for manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers, logistics is a top priority to business operations. Accurately planning for efficient transportation routes and potential delays comes with many challenges, which is why many shippers turn to a freight broker to ship goods.
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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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Tips to Minimize Your Risk of Freight Damage

Posted by PLS Logistics December 12, 2017 at 8:25 AM

No one likes damaged freight. Not only does it cost money and relationship with your customers, but also adds more stress and pressure to your daily operations. Freight claims are usually time-consuming and, honestly, quite unpleasant to deal with.

Let’s be realistic – it’s impossible to avoid freight damage altogether. Eventually, it will happen. Can we do anything to minimize the risk and reduce unpleasant experiences? We sure can! All it takes is being proactive and considerate!

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