Supply Chain Management Best Practices: Efficiency, Effectiveness

Posted by PLS Logistics November 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Supply chains are multifaceted and can be a noteworthy source of competitive advantage. To improve efficiency and effectiveness, companies have to improve predictability, optimize costs, minimize working capital, mitigate risk, and analyze data. Companies who strategically improve even one area of the supply chain create a ripple effect of operational advantages. A resourceful, successful supply chain helps businesses save money – from faster delivery time, shorter factory processing time, better inventory management.

What is supply chain efficiency?

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Supply Chain Collaboration: Benefits of Partnering with Your Competition

Posted by PLS Logistics November 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Supply chain relationships have evolved to be central to the success of 3PLs and their customers. Companies are finding innovative ways to make collaboration work for shared benefit, and by teaming up with suppliers, buyers and competitors, companies are reaping benefits of cost efficiencies and monetary availability.

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5 Things Carriers Should Stop (Now)

Posted by PLS Logistics June 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Whether you’re a business owner, a freight forwarder or a 3PL company, your performance relies on the productivity and efficiency of trucking companies. Even if your own business processes and activities are perfectly adept, the supply chain still depends on how quickly and carefully trucks deliver freight from point A to point B.

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The Differences between Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management

Posted by PLS Logistics June 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM

The terms “logistics management” and “supply chain management” are easily confused. Each word is used to describe very similar functions and operations in the transportation industry. Most professionals in the US determine logistics as a subcategory of supply chain management.  However, in Europe, Logistics Management (LM) is considered to be a more widespread concept than Supply Chain Management (SCM). The US model is described in our previous blog post.

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Supply Chain Disruption: 3 Future Solutions

Posted by PLS Logistics May 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Supply chain disruptions are unpredictable, and often inescapable, but they don’t have to destroy business operations. When supply chain disruptions occur, delays are unknown and there is a loss in time, money and labor.

For example, ports on the West Coast recently experienced a short-term shutdown, which affected transport of imported and exported goods. More than 40% of all cargo shipped into the US comes through the 29 West Coast ports. There’s never a good time for supply chain disruptions, but this specific situation caused financial harm to businesses and the economy because of lasting effects from rerouting, inventory depletion, destroyed products, and slowed business procedures.

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5 Best Practices for Supply Chain Management Strategies

Posted by PLS Logistics March 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Implementing an operative supply chain management strategy is essential to efficiently transfer products throughout your supply chain. Customers demand their products quickly, and if your supply chain is inefficient shippers won’t be able to fulfill demand. Having a proper SCM strategy can complement and support business strategy, drive down operational costs, maximize efficiencies, strengthen supply chain partnerships, and provide clear purpose to achieve goals.

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Managing Produce Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics March 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Refrigerated freight is a transportation method used when the cargo being shipped must be controlled by a defined temperature. Produce is one of the many products transported by a refrigerated trailer. Refrigerated, or reefer, transport should account for a trailer’s operating characteristics, the load temperature and transit temperature of the product.

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How to Set Up a BYOD Policy

Posted by PLS Logistics February 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Smartphones and tablets are embedded into every aspect of our life; think about how personal devices can change – or, have already changed working environments and communication processes in companies. The hype over the BYOD (bring your own device) trend started years ago, yet it yields questions and predictions.  Gartner forecasts that by 2017, half of employers will require workers to supply their own device at work. Whether it’s good or bad for business, it’s happening – and logistics companies better be prepared for the changes.

Pros for BYOD:

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The Importance of Logistics Management

Posted by PLS Admin July 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Importance-of-logistics-managementLogistics management is an integral factor in the success of any manufacturing company’s operations and has a direct impact on their bottom line.

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The Importance of a Supply Chain Management Strategy

Posted by PLS Admin June 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM


Supply chain management is the overall management of all the links incorporated in the process of the production and transportation of goods and services. Supply chain management is a major player in product customization, quality control, cost reductions, and speed-to-market. Therefore, an effective supply chain management strategy is important to implement in order to have a smooth transition of products throughout your supply chain.

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