The Top 10 Blog Topics of 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics December 28, 2017 at 7:33 AM

  1. Everything You Need to Know: Spot Market Freight: Have you ever wondered about how the product you buy from a store ended up there? The complexities of a supply chain and the steps for moving freight to its end location are often overlooked. But, for manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers, logistics is a top priority to business operations. Accurately planning for efficient transportation routes and potential delays comes with many challenges, which is why many shippers turn to a freight broker to ship goods.
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8 Crucial Steps for an Optimal 3PL Experience

Posted by PLS Logistics April 25, 2017 at 11:32 AM

Trust and respect: two words that are imperative for a mutually rewarding outsourcing relationship. It seems easy, right?

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The Remarkable Impact of Processing Big Data in Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics February 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Only 23% of companies have a big data strategy, which isn’t surprising, considering there’s an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each day. It’s impossible to analyze it all, but leveraging big data in transportation and logistics can enhance operations and elevate the bottom line.

Big data has nearly limitless potential. It’s a powerful tool that transforms everything it touches. A transportation management system (TMS) can turn data into something indispensable – actionable intelligence.

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How to Use Big Data in Freight Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics January 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Big data has been a buzzword for some time, and for good reason. There are some pretty radical potential applications of big data, such as accurate demand forecasting or industry-wide real-time visibility. Oracle calls big data the “electricity of the twenty-first century – a new kind of power that transforms everything it touches in business, government and private life.”

But how does it apply to freight transportation?
Most transportation data revolves around operating a transportation management system (TMS), which tracks and analyzes freight performance. Implementing a big data initiative can be overwhelming and the return on investment is hard to predict.

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Tips to Avoid Failure in Inbound Vendor Management

Posted by PLS Logistics August 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Inbound transportation management is complex and requires a lot of attention. It often leaves shippers at a loss for proper strategy and tools. Inbound supply chain processes usually suffer because of a lack of control and poor visibility, compared to outbound transportation initiatives. According to an Aberdeen survey, 90% of shippers say they are not prepared to manage inbound freight. Deploying effective inbound management improves transportation efficiency, reduces cycle time and leads to cost reduction.

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3PL Technology Helps Enhance Customer Experiences

Posted by PLS Logistics April 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM

3PLs and shippers work closely to form collaborative relationships that produce better customer experiences for the end-consumer. The relationship between shippers, suppliers, carriers and logistics experts is important, but complex. In a 3PL-shipper relationship, 3PLs deliver shippers a competitive advantage through integrated technology.

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Lower Transportation Spend with Big Data

Posted by PLS Logistics April 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Big data is the practice of collecting electronic information from various sources and applying analytics to identify patterns, trends and intelligence. Leveraging big data can be extremely valuable in transportation and logistics planning. Many shippers become overwhelmed by big data and demand for solutions that simplify the process of utilizing data to make supply chain decisions is increasing. When leveraged and managed properly, big data can be used to make smarter transportation decisions and optimize supply chains.  

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Create Visibility through Reporting

Posted by PLS Logistics March 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Customized reporting capabilities provide supply chain visibility and enable process improvements. If you are working with a 3PL, access to clear, concise, timely and customizable reports should be an essential element of your partnership.  Shippers should have the ability to filter, sort and manage their data in real time to make decisions and improvements.

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