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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