4 Seasons of Freight

Posted by PLS Logistics February 15, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Winter Olympics, Valentine’s Day... it’s February 2018! Still the beginning of the year, and we are all looking forward to the upcoming months and forecasting what 2018 will bring us in transportation industry.

Of course, every year is different. However, bad year or good year – there is always a certain pattern. According to this pattern, we forecast and plan for the whole year. So, what does this pattern look like?

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5 Trending Transportation Updates: July 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics August 3, 2017 at 8:03 AM

Drone Delivery Approved in China

SF Holding, a Chinese delivery company, has obtained a license from the country’s military to use drones to deliver commercial packages. Find out more here.

Amazon Beings Research for Box-Packing Warehouse Robots

The retail giant is hoping to add more robots to its payroll. Robots currently run the warehouse for gathering items for orders besides the last step, picking items of various shapes and packing the right ones into correct boxes. Will this be the last of their human employees in the warehouse? Find out more here.

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Over-sized Freight Shipping 101

Posted by PLS Logistics August 1, 2017 at 7:50 AM

Heavy haul is a big deal (pun intended). Overweight or over-dimensional loads require closer attention and better planning to avoid delivery disruptions or unplanned expenses. Handling an over-sized load for the first time might be stressful and terrifying, but with some basic knowledge and preparations - you will easily ace it! So, what should you know?

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Beginner’s Guide to Intermodal Freight Service

Posted by PLS Logistics April 4, 2017 at 9:30 AM

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index (ICI) rose in October 2016, reflecting a moderately favorable environment for intermodal transportation. The ICI looks at a variety of factors including truck capacity, fuel prices, rail service, intermodal rates, and more.

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8 Things to Know if You've Never Worked with a Freight Broker

Posted by PLS Logistics March 16, 2017 at 9:04 AM

A substantial amount of over-the-road freight transportation is handled by freight brokers.  A freight broker is a person or company that brings together a shipper (with freight to move) and a qualified carrier (who has capacity to move the freight).

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Transportation Outlook: What if There's Another Recession?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM

As of June 2016, the U.S. economic outlook is uncertain. There are hopeful signs: employers are still hiring new workers, more jobs and cheaper gas have led to a small bump in consumer spending, and home builders are in full swing. MarketWatch predicts 2.5% GDP growth in the second quarter of 2016.

And, there are signs of an impending recession: consumer spending was severely hampered by education and healthcare costs despite cheap gas, overall inventory to sales ratios are high and continue to rise, and the Chinese economy is stumbling.

With conflicting signs, nobody can say with certainty where the U.S. economy is headed. But given the damage the 2008 recession did to the freight transportation industry, questions have to be asked – what happens if there’s another recession? How will this impact freight transport, and how can that impact be mitigated?

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