Four Things to Expect in 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics January 2, 2018 at 7:30 AM

We are officially into 2018, the year of opportunity and change. 2017 laid out the foundations for what is to come. In today’s blog, we break down what you can expect to see throughout the year in the realm of logistics and transportation. It’s going to be quite the busy year!

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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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4 Tips to become an Eco-Friendly Shipper

Posted by PLS Logistics September 26, 2017 at 7:45 AM

The circulation of goods is a vital part of our lives, even if we don’t realize it. If your job is logistics-related – you know how much freight is moving around the country and across the globe on daily basis. The environmental impact cannot be underestimated. Getting rid of emissions and pollution entirely will take some time and a technological break-through.

However, shippers can do small things to contribute to the greener transportation industry.  How can you make your supply chain go green?

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Best Practices: Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics June 20, 2017 at 7:45 AM

Moving things from point A to point B is what we do. It’s how we do it that makes us successful. There are a variety of Transportation Best Practices that help us run our well-oiled machine. We’ve compiled 4 best practices to help you and your company operate your business.

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5 Trending Transportation Updates: May 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics June 15, 2017 at 8:11 AM

More Diabetic Drivers Seek Exemptions. Insulin-dependent drivers are requesting exemption to stay behind the wheel, but the current approval process is inefficient. Drivers face long-waits when seeking exemptions due to vague medial guidelines. However, over half of drivers seeking exemptions are getting the FMCSA approval stamp, compared to 39% two years ago. (Read more here).

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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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Reviewing 2016’s Intermodal Predictions & Anticipating 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics October 11, 2016 at 10:05 AM

Intermodal transportation is a hybrid system that relies on an interchangeable relationship among truck, rail and barge. Intermodal transport is a reliable mode, providing standardized transit schedules, low costs and easy access to equipment.

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Are Railroads the Golden Standard of Real-Time Data?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Shippers and trucking companies alike could learn a few things from the ways rail companies, especially Union Pacific (UP), are implementing real-time, big data technology to overcome supply chain obstacles.

Union Pacific had several problems to address, and technology was the only solution.

UP’s Problems

Freight rail companies like UP face unique problems. There are 140,000 miles of railroad tracks across the U.S. that move 5 million tons of goods a day. Maintaining visibility into train and track conditions across this vast, high-traffic network is extremely difficult.

Adding to the challenge is the fact that most freight rail cars don’t have electric power. This means that RFID technology, which has been used by passenger trains since the early 90s, is not a viable means of visibility into train location.

The lack of electric power also means a lack of knowledge into train and track conditions. Heavy duty trucks have the capability to utilize technology which can notify a carrier of truck malfunctions so that a crash or delay can be avoided as best as possible. Freight train cars do not have this capability.

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Intermodal Transportation Prepares for a Surge

Posted by PLS Logistics February 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Intermodal transportation prepares for a surge in freight volume due to the driver shortage, increased demand, heightened government regulations, environmental issues and the damaged highway infrastructure.

Intermodal and rail, once considered slow and undependable, are now defined by proficiency, economy and sustainability. Rail has regained transportation market share because it has the capacity, safety and rates that shippers are searching for. Through intermodal transportation, shippers realize the benefits of combining transportation modes for custom freight solutions. (Check out this blog to learn more: Shippers Turn to Intermodal for Savings).

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Intermodal Transport - The Quick Guide

Posted by PLS Admin November 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

What should a shipper know about intermodal transportation before utilizing it? What are the challenges and peculiarities of this transport mode? In this quick guide, you will find basic intermodal information that may come in handy.

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