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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3 Global Supply Chain Issues Affecting Your Bottom Line

Posted by PLS Logistics March 9, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Large, and even medium-sized, companies that are strictly domestic are becoming increasingly less common. Today, the clear majority of enterprise-class companies are global because the benefits of low-cost sourcing into other countries and selling into new foreign markets cannot be passed up.

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3 Steps to Cut Inbound Transportation Costs

Posted by PLS Logistics March 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Inbound freight management is multifaceted. A large manufacturer could have hundreds of suppliers, and a national retailer can expect business partners to deliver shipments to thousands of facilities.

42% of shippers refer to controlling costs as the greatest challenge with inbound freight management.

Transportation rates are rising; shippers report higher base rates, additional accessorial charges and higher premiums on expedited shipping. Businesses are scrambling to control costs and find logistics solutions that effectively manage these expenses.

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5 Tips for Shippers New to LTL Freight

Posted by PLS Logistics May 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Are you ready to develop a less than truckload (LTL) transportation plan? LTL shipping doesn’t have to be time-consuming or stressful. Whether you plan to ship LTL freight regularly, or if you’ll only ship a few packages a month, you will benefit from these 5 tips which explain how to avoid unnecessary costs, determine price and optimize efficiency.

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7 Surprising Shipping Mistakes that Cost You

Posted by PLS Logistics May 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Unanticipated costs and unexpected delays are can negatively impact your supply chain, but there are ways to increase its efficiency. Some of the most common shipping mistakes include not knowing which transport mode to choose, being unclear about government rules, and not understanding different price structures. Avoid these common shipping errors to get your freight to its final destination on time, with fewer expenses.

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Should Fuel Surcharges Cost Me This Much? Infographic

Posted by PLS Logistics April 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Fuel prices are constantly fluctuating.  Do your fuel surcharges reflect this?  Don’t know?  This infographic will explain everything you need to know about fuel surcharges and how a 3PL can make sure you’re paying a fair price.

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7 Steps to Reduce Freight Costs

Posted by PLS Logistics April 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Freight rates and carrier discounts are not the only factors that shape freight costs – there are more components shippers should consider. Reducing freight costs starts with understanding how cargo is moved through a particular supply chain. By getting all parts working efficiently, shippers can mitigate and manage costs.

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The Secret to Meet Demand

Posted by PLS Logistics March 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Seasonality affects almost all businesses. Supply production is rarely affected by seasonal factors, however demand for products is subject to the season’s fluctuation. Seasonality can be explained by philosophies, customs, weather and/or holidays.

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What Are Fuel Surcharges Costing You?

Posted by PLS Logistics January 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM

 

A fuel surcharge is an extra fee charged by trucking companies (or third parties) to cover the fluctuating cost of fuel. It is calculated as a percentage of base rate and is usually added to a shipper’s freight bill to cover the cost of operations. Fuel surcharge is dependent on the average fuel price that is reported by the government and can be different for each shipper or industry, based on fuel cost to revenue ratio. It is used to cover additional fuel costs and keeps carriers profitable, even when cost of fuel rises.

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LTL Freight: How to Avoid Surprise Fees

Posted by PLS Admin October 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Today’s ground transportation environment has seen the impact of not only a lackluster economy but also the effects of other factors leading to increased cost of Less-Than-Truckload common carrier transportation services. As a result, carriers are focused on margin retention and improvement and sacrificing market share by culling low margin business. We should expect to see increases in prices within the next few months as trucking companies ensure their prices are compensatory to the services they provide.

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