Shipper Strategy: Flower Demand and Reefer Rates

Posted by PLS Logistics February 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Demand for reefers is not only seasonal, but regional.

In late November 2016, reefer load and truck posts rebounded after the Thanksgiving holiday. Load posts jumped 49%, yielding a 36% increase in the load-to-truck ratio. That's the highest reefer ratio since March 2015. Then, in January 2017, reefer load posts dropped 9%, compared to December 2016. From January 29 to February 4, DAT Trendlines show that reefer load posts dipped 5%, and the national average reefer rate fell 6 cents to $1.91 per mile to accommodate the loss in demand.

Despite fluctuating demand, reefer trailers can be expected to rise in February, thanks to Valentine’s Day, the biggest flower-selling holiday of the year.

For Valentine’s Day, fresh flowers have been arriving at sea ports and airports, where they are transferred to temperature-controlled warehouses and onto reefers for delivery to flower markets and distribution centers around the country.

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Research Shows Rates Have Gone up in December for 3 Years

Posted by PLS Logistics December 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The first week of December 2016 had the highest week of volumes on the spot market in the past 2 years. DAT reports that the increase of available loads is because of e-commerce shopping. Denver and Memphis in particular saw load availability soar because those markets are distribution hubs for e-commerce.

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Tips for Delivering Temperature-Sensitive Goods

Posted by PLS Logistics February 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Shippers are able to manage the challenge of transporting temperature-sensitive goods; from farm produce to fresh flowers, thanks to refrigerated shipping trailers. Refrigerated trailers can remove or pump heat or create a cool environment for products to be transported in. Refrigerated trailers are designed to maintain the pre-cooled cargo temperature. Maintaining the temperature in a refrigerated shipping trailer, or reefer, is necessary in order to not compromise the product. Failing to maintain the proper shipment temperature can result in serious consequences like wasted or damaged products and sunken costs.

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Refrigerated Shipping Trailers: 7 Facts

Posted by PLS Logistics August 4, 2015 at 8:30 AM


  1. An American inventor, Fred Jones, developed the first automated cooling system designed for shipping trailers. In 1939, a patent was acquired by Jones and Joe Numero for a vehicle air-conditioning system, the Thermo King, which helped launch the refrigerated shipping industry. The U.S. Thermo Control Company was the first manufacturer of refrigerated trucks. Today, the technology is used in trains, trucks and planes.
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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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10 Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

Posted by PLS Logistics January 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While most people dread their commute to work during inclement winter weather and try to avoid the roads if possible, truck drivers have no choice but to drive through these winter storms.  Obviously, safety is critical for these drivers and we’ve developed a checklist of 10 tips that all truck drivers should adhere to when preparing to venture out in the winter wonderland.  

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How Does My Tree Get to Me?

Posted by PLS Logistics December 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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