Why Shippers Love Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by PLS Logistics March 23, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Visibility refers to understanding what goes on between the start and end of a process. With supply chain visibility, companies can analyze data and evaluate suppliers, processes and prices.

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Market Update: Secure Capacity with These 3 Tips

Posted by PLS Logistics March 14, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Shippers are expecting higher rates and less capacity this year, so many are trying to lock in contract rates and secure trucks before the spike. Carriers have been hammered by low fuel prices, strict regulations, and rising equipment costs.

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LTL Shippers Pay More with Dim Weight Pricing

Posted by PLS Logistics October 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

From a supply chain perspective, using oversized packaging is not beneficial. Many companies have utilized one-size-fits-all boxes for their LTL shipments without realizing how dimensional weight systems work and how the package affects shipping costs. Typical ecommerce packages consist of 40% air and filler, leaving LTL trailers extremely light.  But this ignorance costs shippers a lot of money: in January 2015, FedEx and UPS shifted to dimensional weight pricing for all packages.

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What’s Happening with Hours of Service (HOS) Rules?

Posted by PLS Logistics September 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM

In July 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented some significant changes to the way drivers record their hours on duty. The 3 main changes included were:

  • Drivers have to include two 1:00 am – 5:00 am time intervals within the required 34-hour restart period
  • Drivers can only restart once per week (168 hours)
  • Drivers are required to take one 30 minute rest break during every 8 hours of driving
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The Foolproof Guide to Understanding CSA

Posted by PLS Logistics June 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

What is CSA?

There are more than 500 million trucks and bus carriers in the US and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does its best to execute safety regulations for all of them. In 2010, the FMCSA launched the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety. The measure was intended to reduce crashes and injuries and better report safety problems.

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3.4 Million Drivers is Not Enough

Posted by PLS Logistics June 3, 2015 at 9:30 AM

There is an undeniable tightness in the trucking industry’s driver market. Trucking employed more than 7 million people in 2014, 3.4 million of those were drivers. But still, carriers feel the real impact of the unwavering driver shortage. Why is America having a difficult time retaining and attracting truck drivers? Mostly because of strict regulations, relatively low pay and a universal lack of interest in the career. Carriers are working hard to end the problem, changing how they recruit and retain drivers – increasing pay and hiring new driver’s right out of training programs.

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6 Innovative Solutions for Safe Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics May 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Trucking companies have an undeniable commitment to provide safety and security for their fleet, drivers and others on the road. Luckily, today’s technology is designed to prevent accidents from happening and to protect all people in case of an accident.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 90% of all truck-involved accidents are caused by a human factor. Because of this, there is a push for the development and implementation of safety technology so that drivers can mitigate risk on the road.

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Attracting New Drivers: 7 Smart Changes to Make

Posted by PLS Logistics May 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

With the US economy expanding at an accelerated pace, many organizations are having trouble filling logistics jobs, especially truck driver positions. The issue isn’t new or sudden, but the pressure for trucking companies is rising as an employment peak in trucking is near, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Carriers are short by at least 30,000 drivers and suffer from a low retention rate.

To hire new truck drivers, transportation companies should consider these 7 best practices:

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3 Ways Hurricane Season Impacts Your Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics May 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. Because these superstorms wreak havoc to the nation’s infrastructure, shippers should prepare for weather-related disruptions. Past hurricanes have opened shipper’s eyes, as disruptions in delivery, tracking and safety have caused significant problems.

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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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