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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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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5 Benefits a 3PL Can Offer Smaller Businesses

Posted by PLS Logistics August 22, 2017 at 7:45 AM

Are you a small business owner? Then you know that sometimes you can be overwhelmed with all the orders and the urgent need to meet all the delivery requirements, whether it’s the material needed for production or a final delivery to your customer.

Hiring someone specifically to manage your transportation needs doesn’t seem cost-efficient, but handling your supply chain is becoming more troublesome and overwhelming – and takes too much time which could’ve been spent on growing your business. Often, you’ll find yourself spending more money than you would with outsourcing. That’s where a 3PL can come to the rescue!

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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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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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Consider This When Choosing Your Next DC Location

Posted by PLS Logistics March 7, 2017 at 9:02 AM

When a company outgrows its distribution capacity, it expands by opening a new distribution center (DC). The best approach to choosing your new DC location is to evaluate your entire logistics strategy.

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Lessons Learned from Supply Chain Disruption

Posted by PLS Logistics January 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Supply chain disruptions span from day-to-day risks like malfunctioning equipment to high-impact threats like natural disasters.

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6 Facts about Inbound Freight Management

Posted by PLS Logistics December 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM

  1. Inbound freight accounts for an average of 40% of total freight spend, and 90% of shippers say they are not prepared to manage inbound freight.

  2. Over 80% of companies have inbound freight.


  3. 75% of companies report that inbound freight management is a key focus.
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The Difference between TMS and MTS in Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics December 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

It’s easy to confuse the various services of third party logistics companies. The confusion may be because of the many service offerings, or because companies don’t want to waste time worrying about transportation, or it may be due to a general unfamiliarity with the logistics industry. Either way, it’s important for shippers to understand the difference between transportation management systems (TMS) and managed transportation services (MTS).

Transportation management systems and managed transportation services are not exclusive, but are different.

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