5 Tips for a Fast and Efficient Freight Claim Experience

Posted by PLS Logistics July 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM

It has been said that the one area that most shippers are the most uncomfortable and confused with is navigating claims for cargo loss and damage. However, this does not mean that understanding the process of freight claims isn’t imperative to running an efficient business. Here are 5 tips to make sure that your freight claim experience is as fast and efficient as possible:

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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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Which Type of Trailer is Right For You?

Posted by PLS Logistics July 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM

When shipping freight over-the-road, a shipper can choose from a variety of trailer options: dry van, flatbed, refrigerated and more. Each transportation mode has advantages and disadvantages to both the shipper and the carrier hauling the freight.

Carriers determine the pros and cons of the various trailer types based on wait times, freight availability and haul length. Today we will be covering the good and the bad, and everything in between, about the three most popular trailer types.

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How to Weigh and Measure Your Load for Shipment

Posted by PLS Logistics June 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Size matters when you’re talking about freight. Space is limited, and how much it will cost you to ship your freight depends on having the most accurate measurements of your load. If you think you can just eyeball your load and record what you think the load’s measurements are on the bill of lading, think again. Inaccurate measurements — even ones off by a few inches — could cost you a lot. Any discrepancies between what the bill of lading says and the load’s actual measurements can lead to handling problems that could result in damaged goods. It also could increase your costs thanks to delays and unexpected surcharges.

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Trending Transportation Updates: May 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics June 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There is no doubt that May had many newsworthy developments. Here are the top trending transportation updates ranging from the U.S.'s steel tariffs to the trending truck driver shortage. 

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Tips to Save on LTL Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics April 5, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Basically, the whole idea of LTL (less-than-truckload) shipping is to save money and only pay for the space you use instead of paying for the whole truck. The transit will be longer, but it will be much cheaper than moving a smaller load as a truckload. LTL shipments seem easy to arrange and handle perfectly on your first try, but are they?

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LTL Shipping Made Easy: What Should You Know

Posted by PLS Logistics March 1, 2018 at 7:47 AM

Less-than-truckload (LTL) is often our go-to for smaller shipments. It is more structured and often more cost-effective than simply shipping your freight as a partial load, not to mention that it’s much easier to arrange.

While offering plenty of benefits, LTL shipping has quite a few traps for someone new and inexperienced in the field. Last week we looked into LTL carrier liability, and we strongly recommend familiarizing yourself with the topic before scheduling an LTL move. Today, we will talk about choosing LTL carriers and minimizing the risk of potential issues.

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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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