Driverless Trucks: A Labor Force Threat or an Invaluable Industry Opportunity?

Posted by PLS Logistics April 13, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Trucking has provided drivers and families with a decent living for decades. Although the demand for truckers has been persistent, most don’t expect it to last forever, especially since major truck manufacturers and startups have been busy testing automated and driverless trucks.

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4 Reasons Why Transportation is Crucial to Manufacturing Operations

Posted by PLS Logistics January 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The driver shortage, government regulations and rising operating costs are some of the biggest challenges facing the transportation industry. The number of drivers is quickly decreasing, and the remaining drivers are demanding a salary raise. Due to these challenges, higher shipping costs are anticipated.

Rate increases will prove troublesome for manufacturers who are already taking extensive steps to reduce shipping costs. Many manufacturers are nearshoring and reshoring operations to avoid the costs of international shipping. Some manufacturers are redesigning product packaging to make their freight more attractive and cheaper to transport.

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How Will Shippers Meet Growing Demand?

Posted by PLS Logistics October 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The American Trucking Association (ATA) recently released a freight transportation forecast, predicting growth through the year 2026. According to Forecast, overall freight tonnage will grow 25.5% from 2013 to 2025 and freight revenues will surge 72%.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Palletizing

Posted by PLS Logistics July 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Palletizing may seem like a simple task of stacking boxes in the right order, yet doing this without the proper skills and knowledge may cause freight damage. Improper palletizing can lead to 50% of boxes’ compression strength loss.

We’ve created a useful palletizing guide to help you with shipment consolidation.

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6 Reasons to Outsource Transportation to a 3PL Provider

Posted by PLS Logistics June 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Outsourcing transportation processes to a third party logistics provider is more common than some shippers might think.  3PLs offer a suite of services, including supply chain management.  Efficient transportation is a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace and many companies now focus on optimizing logistics functions. 

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6 Key Benefits of Inbound Freight Management

Posted by PLS Logistics April 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Transportation accounts for almost 50% of an average company’s logistics costs. Shippers can gain more control of these costs when they choose to make inbound freight management a supply chain priority. With inbound vendor management, attention is focused on shipment integrity, customer satisfaction and tracking information. Choosing to manage inbound freight gives shippers a chance to improve reliability, gain visibility and reduce costs.

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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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Industry Expectations: 2015

Posted by PLS Logistics December 23, 2014 at 7:30 AM

 

The New Year is quickly approaching, which means new challenges and opportunities can be anticipated; specifically in the supply chain and logistics industry.

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What a 3PL Can Do For You

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 In its simplest form, a 3PL (Third Party Logistics) firm  coordinates and manages functions for a smooth  transfer of output and production.  These firms are a  valuable asset to the companies that utilize them as  they add value and expertise to the supply chain. They  take the hassle out of logistics through the optimization  of supply chains and on-time deliveries at a lower cost  to the companies.

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How to Optimize Your Supply Chain Network

Posted by PLS Admin July 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Suppliers, manufacturing plants, distribution centers and customers all make up a supply chain network.  When optimizing your supply chain network, customer demand must be satisfied while keeping logistics costs steady and under control. According to Optimum Profit Consulting, “Strategic Network Optimization calculates the most optimal (highest profit or lowest cost) way to source supplies, production and distribution across the supply chain network.”

 

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