Trending Transportation Updates: January 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics February 1, 2018 at 7:30 AM

2018 Winter Storms Were in Full Effect

Early January was the time for snow. The East Coast was hit hard at the start of the year with snow squalls reaching as far as northern Florida. Regions around Lake Erie saw heavy snow the first week of January, with record-breaking accumulation of over 133 inches. Major roadways were shut down causing large delays and disruptions to markets with restrictions to trucking. Not long after, the major storm Inga swept through the Northeast, Midwest, and South. Inga was one of the largest winter storms in recent history. Many states were unprepared and lack the means of snow and ice removal creating gridlocks. Airports where heavily disrupted, roadways were closed, and schools/ businesses shut down.

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5 Trending Transportation Updates: June 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics July 6, 2017 at 7:45 AM

Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods: Major Produce Shipper on the Rise

Amazon is pending the purchase of Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion. Amazon will become a major shipper of the difficult market of fresh produce. This new player could mean serious changes for other produce shippers (Read more here).

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Market Update: Dangerously Low Fuel Costs

Posted by PLS Admin March 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM

The sharp and sustained decline in the price of oil has had far reaching consequences across the U.S. economy. There are numerous factors that have caused oil prices to drop. And now, with an excess oil supply, the effects are all encompassing, with positive and negative impacts on carriers and shippers.

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Understanding Risk for Midstream Transport

Posted by PLS Logistics December 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Moving over dimensional machinery, hazardous products and required equipment to natural gas processing plants and compressor stations on- or off- highway can present safety problems. Every shipment is a large risk for midstream oil companies because the penalty for an accident or non-compliance is enormous.

Oil and gas companies, especially midstream companies, face more risks as transportation becomes more competitive. In order to maintain high safety standards, companies vet and choose reliable carriers, create routing guides and track work activity. However, these activities become harder as capacity dwindles and reliable carriers are less available.

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How Do Low Oil Prices Affect Different Transportation Modes?

Posted by PLS Logistics October 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The price of oil, mainly due to increased output from North American fracking, has dropped significantly in the past few months. Oil affects just about every industry in the US economy, especially freight transportation.

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Why Fuel Surcharges Don’t Match Cheap Gas Prices

Posted by PLS Logistics March 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The cost of oil has been falling and so have gas prices; reaching lows that haven’t been seen in over a decade.  Even though diesel fuel hasn’t seen price drops like regular gasoline, carriers are still seeing a difference in their bottom line.  However, they are not profiting as you would expect. 

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Oil and Gas Companies: Expand Freight Networks Now

Posted by PLS Admin August 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Transportation plays a critical role in the economics of oil and gas development, and vice versa.  The need to ship Shale Gas creates a high demand for motor freight.

Today, many oil and gas industry suppliers lean heavily on the same set of core carriers.  For obvious reasons, shippers trust carriers that have been reliable in the past.  However, as the industry grows into new geographic regions, this strategy leaves companies short on capacity in an already historic year of capacity shortages.  

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Liquefied Natural Gas: Not the Final Fuel Solution

Posted by PLS Logistics June 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

LNG-vs-DeiselThere are benefits for those using LNG, but there are also setbacks. LNG, or Liquefied Natural Gas, is a type of natural gas that the trucking industry has slowly resorted to using for fuel. While many are hopping on the LNG bandwagon, others are taking a more cautious approach. The future of LNG is unclear; however it seems to only be a short-term solution for those in the freight industry.

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Three Benefits for Oil & Gas Companies Expanding their Freight Carrier Network

Posted by PLS Admin January 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Transportation requirements in the oil & gas industry can be unique and complex, such as stringing services for line pipe delivery.  Higher safety standards and the need for specialized equipment limit the base of qualified carriers, making it harder for suppliers to quickly and economically manage freight to project sites.  

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