Here’s How Grocery Retailers Can Reel in Millenial Shoppers

Posted by PLS Logistics March 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Grocery retailers spend hours, days, and even months trying to differentiate their brand and make themselves the consumer’s go-to store. In an industry that touches almost every target market, this can be tough.

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3 Global Supply Chain Issues Affecting Your Bottom Line

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

Large, and even medium-sized, companies that are strictly domestic are becoming increasingly less common. Today, the clear majority of enterprise-class companies are global because the benefits of low-cost sourcing into other countries and selling into new foreign markets cannot be passed up.

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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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What Your Inventory Reveals about Your Reverse Logistics

Posted by PLS Logistics December 8, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Supply chains share common goals: increase productivity, reduce costs, mitigate risks. Common goals for reverse logistics are to improve customer satisfaction, cut costs, maximize return on assets. Reversing the supply chain means taking in returns, recalls, damaged goods and overstocked merchandise and recapturing its value or disposing of it. With the popularity of online shopping, the supply chain has become more multifaceted, increasing the importance of an organization’s reverse logistics strategy and inventory management practices.

The Importance of Reverse Logistics

Of all products sold, an average of 8%-12% are returned, and the cost to return those units is 2-3 times more than bringing them to market.

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Shipper Strategy: Factors That Will Influence 2017 Transportation Management

Posted by PLS Logistics October 20, 2016 at 8:20 AM

By 2017, the US population is expected to rise to 332 million, a 70% increase from fifty years ago. Population growth in cities is placing a strain on existing transportation systems and creating demand for more transportation choices. Industries and consumers depend on the consistent, timely flow of goods and services. The mounting volume and availability of information and the rapid development and adoption of technologies is transforming all aspects of life – including transportation.

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Advice for Retail Shippers Struggling with Last Mile

Posted by PLS Logistics September 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Understanding Last Mile Logistics

Last mile logistics refers to the outbound transportation from a fulfillment or distribution center to the final delivery at the customer’s door. The last mile is the top priority for retail brands, but is also the most expensive, least efficient and most challenging part of the delivery process.

Read: 6 Signs it’s Time to Outsource Transportation Management

The e-commerce consumer market is growing; eMarketer forecasts that global B2C e-commerce will reach $2.3 trillion by 2017. With more shoppers comes increased need for quick fulfillment, generating further attention to the last mile.

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Logistics and Transportation Outlook: More Challenges Ahead

Posted by PLS Logistics August 4, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Last month, CSCMP and consulting firm A.T. Kearney released the highly anticipated 27th Annual State of Logistics Report. The report reveals a strong shippers’ market in 2016, a slow rise in transportation rates in 2017, and vaguely states there will be large obstacles to productivity in the future.

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A Fully Automated Transportation Industry is Closer than You Think

Posted by PLS Logistics June 2, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Over the last 30 years, the American population has increased 35%. It’s expected that 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. These facts amplify the pressure to correct infrastructure in order to support the movement of goods and people, and minimize related environmental impacts.

Although America’s multimodal freight system is proficient, moving approximately 63 tons of goods per American each year, the demand for more efficient freight moves is rising. The movement of goods is critical to economic strength.

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Trending Transportation News: February 2016

Posted by PLS Logistics February 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM


  • Non-Manufacturing Grows for 72nd Straight Month. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that non-manufacturing activity continues to point towards growth. ISM uses the NMI index to measure non-manufacturing growth and found the economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector continued to grow especially in finance/insurance, real estate/rental, agriculture, health care and public administration.
  • Customer Expectations Overpower Retailer Capabilities. The click and collect model is a blend of online convenience and in-person shopping. As many as 42% of consumers have tried the click and collect method, but stores are having trouble with execution. Retailers aren’t traditionally set up for real-time inventory and customer fulfillment.
  • PLS Opens 2 More Office Locations. In January, PLS opened its 12th branch office in Charlotte, North Carolina. In February, PLS opened its 13th branch office in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both offices opened to better support the company’s shipping and carrier partners.
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Why is Logistics Management Important?

Posted by PLS Logistics October 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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