Shipping Materials Guide

Posted by PLS Logistics February 27, 2018 at 7:42 AM

If you’re not convinced that shipping materials matter, take a closer look the next time you’re at the grocery store. There’s a reason why eggs don’t come packaged in bags the way potatoes are, even though they’re roughly the same size and shape. The reason being, of course, that you can drop a bag of potatoes on top of another bag of potatoes and still have usable potatoes. Drop a bag of eggs onto another bag of eggs, however, and the results are much different. The egg carton is a prime example of why shipping materials are so important — as well as why using the wrong shipping materials can spell disaster — no matter what you’re shipping.

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The Importance of Our Truck Drivers

Posted by PLS Logistics February 22, 2018 at 7:45 AM

The world is in constant growth and it’s difficult to keep up sometimes. We as a population grow, and as we grow, the more is needed. Everything from building materials for homes, consumer goods for pleasure, and barrels of oil for our vehicles are circulated around the world. But how do we keep up with such a demand? Well, the answer is the same that we have had in the past, truck drivers.

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4 Tips to Help You Handle Your High-Value Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics October 10, 2017 at 7:50 AM

When you need to move a smaller high-value shipment, you undoubtedly consider shipping it LTL. This is definitely the most efficient way, but what about the classic LTL risks? The freight will be handled and transferred multiple times between origin and destination increasing the risk of loss and damage.

Let’s take a look at a few tips which might help you eliminate these risks and ensure your high-value shipment is delivered on time and ‘in one piece’.

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5 Tips to Choose the Perfect LTL Freight Carrier

Posted by PLS Logistics October 5, 2017 at 7:45 AM

LTL shipments and quotes have been a popular discussion in recent weeks of the PLS blog. We’ve covered everything from LTL quotes for beginners to LTL shipping mistakes. Now we’re going to go in depth on how to choose the perfect LTL freight carrier with these 5 tips.

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LTL Quotes for Beginners

Posted by PLS Logistics September 5, 2017 at 8:58 AM

We have covered the benefits of LTL shipping in a few previous blog posts – now it’s time to get down to practice! Here you are with a few pallets you are planning to ship as less-than-truckload, but you have never quoted any LTL loads before – where should you start?

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Perks of Using a 3PL for your LTL Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics August 31, 2017 at 7:50 AM

LTL, or Less-then-Truckload, is quite popular across the board nowadays. If there is no rush -  there is no reason to pay for the whole truck to ship just a few pallets. This is where LTL comes in handy.

It might seem easier to handle your LTL shipments directly through the LTL carrier, cutting out the middle-man – a 3PL. But is it really the case? Let’s look at a few benefits of shipping your LTL freight through a 3PL.

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Are you Making These LTL Shipping Mistakes?

Posted by PLS Logistics August 8, 2017 at 7:50 AM

Many shippers consider LTL (Less-then Truckload) as an option for their smaller shipments for obvious cost-saving reasons. Why pay for the whole truck if your freight only occupies a few feet of deckspace?

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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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Trending Transportation Updates: February 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics February 28, 2017 at 9:29 AM

  1. “Trucking Futures Exchange” Could Launch This Summer: DAT Solutions and Transvix have teamed up to create a futures exchange that will allow trucking companies, 3PL’s, and shippers to better combat spot market rate uncertainty. The Exchange would use a similar process to the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. Futures contracts will be bought and sold on commodities like fuel, oil, or grain. (Read more: The Interrelated Issues Facing the Trucking Industry)
  2. Diesel Inches Up 0.7 cents to $2.572 a Gallon: The stronger bite of OPEC production cuts lifted the price of crude to nearly $54 a barrel, analysts said. This is diesel’s second increase after four consecutive weeks of declines. Diesel now costs 58.9 cents more than it was a year ago, when the price was $1.983 a gallon, DOE said.
  3. UPS Moves Closer to Octocopter Drone Deliveries: On February 21, UPS launched an unmanned aerial vehicle from the roof of a UPS truck in Florida. The drone successfully dropped off a package at a home nearby, and then returned to the truck after it moved 2,000 feet from the launch location. UPS hopes the drone implementation will cut costs and ease delivery in complicated places, such as rural areas that have a large distance between stops. However, Mark Wallace, UPS Senior Vice President of Global Engineering and Sustainability, assures customers that the drones will not replace the brown-clad service providers we know and love. (Read more: 5 Common Problems Vendors Have with Routing Guides)
    1. UPS Moves Closer to Octocopter Drone Deliveries: On February 21, UPS launched an unmanned aerial vehicle from the roof of a UPS truck in Florida. The drone successfully dropped off a package at a home nearby, and then returned to the truck after it moved 2,000 feet from the launch location. UPS hopes the drone implementation will cut costs and ease delivery in complicated places, such as rural areas that have a large distance between stops. However, Mark Wallace, UPS Senior Vice President of Global Engineering and Sustainability, assures customers that the drones will not replace the brown-clad service providers we know and love.

Read Next: 6 Trending Transportation Updates: January 2017

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4 Recommendations to Save Money on LTL Shipments in 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics December 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

LTL carriers saw all-time high revenues in 2014, then due to a decrease in fuel prices, revenue dropped in 2015. Balanced supply and demand kept LTL prices from dropping in 2016, and JOC.com reports that LTL carriers are looking forward to 2017 as freight volumes are predicted to be higher. Next year, the LTL sector could see a capacity crunch due to the ELD mandate, a slow economy and pricing models. LTL pricing is expected to increase in 2017 and fuel costs aren’t likely to see change. In order to cut LTL freight shipping costs, shippers need to be exact with freight’s weight and dimensions, package and pallet the freight properly, consider consolidation, and utilize transportation management systems.

Infographic: Breaking Down the Costs of LTL Shipping

  1. Weight and Dimensions
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