Which Type of Trailer is Right For You?

Posted by PLS Logistics July 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM

When shipping freight over-the-road, a shipper can choose from a variety of trailer options: dry van, flatbed, refrigerated and more. Each transportation mode has advantages and disadvantages to both the shipper and the carrier hauling the freight.

Carriers determine the pros and cons of the various trailer types based on wait times, freight availability and haul length. Today we will be covering the good and the bad, and everything in between, about the three most popular trailer types.

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What’s Up With Diesel Prices?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM

This past week brought some great news for truck drivers. After a long period of 11 weeks of increasing prices, the U.S. average retail price of diesel decreased, dropping by .3 cent to $3.285, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration report on June 4.

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Expectations in Freight Transportation (2017 Edition)

Posted by PLS Logistics November 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM

The latest American Trucking Association (ATA) report predicts freight volumes and the amount of goods moved by truck will grow. Shipping rates are expected to increase as existing capacity is negatively affected by economic conditions and new regulations.

In the US Freight Transportation Forecast to 2027, between 2016 and 2027, overall freight tonnage will grow a total of 35%. During the same period, the amount of freight moved by trucks will grow at 27%. Even though economic and carrier conditions favor a “shipper’s market”, a realignment of factors – capacity, inventory, interest rates – will results in higher transportation rates in 2017.

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The Latest HOS Update

Posted by PLS Logistics March 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours of service (HOS) rules have been controversial and complicated. A lot of talk has surrounded the HOS regulations, and whether they will become a rule again or not is up in the air. However, it appears the HOS rules have been dealt a decisive blow. 
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When Partial Truckload Shipping is Right for Your Freight

Posted by PLS Logistics March 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

What is Partial Truckload Shipping?

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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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5 Drawbacks of Facilities that are Not Carrier-Friendly

Posted by PLS Logistics October 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Shippers can’t rely solely on attracting drivers and carriers by paying higher rates during the capacity crunch. Carriers have the privilege to choose which shippers to work with, based on facilities, dependable schedules and flexible contracts. A shipper might assume they’ve proposed an attractive freight rate, but if the facility doesn’t provide restrooms and parking lots for the drivers, it might be more difficult to secure space for your shipments.

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The Debate: CDL Minimum Age

Posted by PLS Logistics August 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM


The Commercial Driver Act (S.1672), introduced last month by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) would let truck drivers under the age of 21 operate commercial motor vehicles across state lines. Now, 18- to 20-year old drivers are only allowed to drive intrastate. Participating states would have to enter the agreement and standardize the licensingrequirement for drivers who will travel between states.

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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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