State of Rail Transportation: Rising Costs but Still Viable Option for Shippers

Posted by PLS Logistics February 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Rail transportation has historically been cheaper and slower than over-the-road (OTR) transportation. It’s a valuable service for raw materials, freight that is not time-sensitive or freight that is expensive to haul. As OTR costs rise, many shippers look for new opportunities to reduce overall transportation spend, and despite the current rise in rail costs, intermodal is a practical alternative.

Rail Transportation is Experiencing a Slump

Rail companies, since the fourth quarter of 2015, have seen revenues fall. In fact, Q4 revenues for the top 6 rail companies were down by one fifth of what they were in 2014, and could drop by another 20% in 2016. On top of this, rail companies have planned less capital expenditure projects for 2016, due to lower expected revenues.

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November Transportation News Recap

Posted by PLS Logistics November 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Here’s a look at news stories from the supply chain, logistics and transportation industries from November 2015:

  • Bigger Trucks Shot Down. After a long battle, the call for increased truck size was shot down by the House. However, the motion only denies language about bigger trucks in the highway bill, they could still become a reality someday.
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The Causes and Effects of Demurrage

Posted by PLS Logistics October 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Importers and exporters are facing a problem: demurrage. It’s often a surprise for them -- both in terms of suddenness and financial loss. Fall 2014’s peak season proved how port congestion can make steamship lines increase demurrage charges and worsen the situation for importers. Careful planning and monitoring of loading/unloading operations and the drayage process can help shippers avoid demurrage fees.

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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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Shippers Turn to Intermodal for Savings

Posted by PLS Logistics March 31, 2015 at 8:00 AM


Choosing the best transportation mode is a crucial step in shrinking time and cost of moving freight between a shipper and a point of purchase. There are pros and cons to each mode of transportation, depending on the type of freight being moved, and there is an optimal route for every shipment.

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