8 Things to Know if You've Never Worked with a Freight Broker

Posted by PLS Logistics March 16, 2017 at 9:04 AM

A substantial amount of over-the-road freight transportation is handled by freight brokers.  A freight broker is a person or company that brings together a shipper (with freight to move) and a qualified carrier (who has capacity to move the freight).

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Everything You Need to Know: Spot Market Freight

Posted by PLS Logistics March 2, 2017 at 9:12 AM

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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State of the Market: 3PL Relationships Focus on Adding Value

Posted by PLS Logistics February 16, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In the past, shippers and their third-party logistics providers stuck to a uniformly transactional relationship. This relationship was one of utility for both parties, and lacked any true value or longevity.

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Data-Driven Decisions Rule the Modern Supply Chain

Posted by PLS Logistics February 9, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Shifting capacity, increased shipper demands and unpredictable disruptions make informed decision-making a top priority for logistics professionals. For shippers trying to optimize the supply chain, efficiency is the number one priority, and analytics drives results.

71% of shippers said real-time analytics from 3PLs help them better understand shipping alternatives.

The challenge? Data accuracy. An estimated 80% of relevant data is unstructured.

But, in transportation there are many sources of structured data to provide business intelligence. Costs, demand forecasts, bar code systems, claims data, RFIDs, mobile sources, surveys, and delivery performance are a few places for a shipper to collect data.

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8 Fascinating Statistics from Shippers about 3PLs

Posted by PLS Logistics January 17, 2017 at 8:50 AM

3PLs have two fundamental responsibilities – leading customer relationships that focus on supply chain services and providing the management of those services. Most 3PLs have achieved a clear focus on what they do best, and on what expertise they can provide in order to enhance a shipper-client’s supply chain.

3PLs and customers are becoming more proficient at what they do (individually and together) which improves the quality of the relationship. 91% of 3PL users and 97% of 3PL providers report their relationships are successful and their work has positive results. Successful relationships are defined by openness, transparency and effective communication between the two parties.

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Same-Day Delivery: 3 Logistics Questions Shippers Need to Answer

Posted by PLS Logistics December 12, 2016 at 2:45 PM

  1. Who is the Same-Day Delivery Consumer?

Consumer expectations are growing. Why? Since companies have tested the same-day delivery option, consumers expect it as the standard. Coldwell Banker says about 53% of US customers are more likely to make an online purchase if they are offered same-day delivery.

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3 Incredibly Simple Ways to Get Better Transportation Rates

Posted by PLS Logistics August 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Getting low rates for transportation services is challenging. The problem is that most people don’t have time to learn the complexities of the transportation industry. And, most people don’t understand the pricing leverage they already have.

For shippers of any size, there are three easy ways to get the lowest contract rates.

  1.  Get to it. Right Now. You’re Almost Too Late.

You need to start looking for a transportation partner right away. Freight rates are

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Don't Be Blindsided By CVSA Roadcheck

Posted by PLS Logistics May 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct its 29th Annual International Roadcheck from June 7th – 9th. The Roadcheck is the largest of its kind, covering all of North America.

Shippers and carriers both need to prepare for the Roadcheck. Disruptions, delayed deliveries, higher transport costs and lost opportunities threaten supply chains during this three day event.

Despite the annual occurrence of this inspection, many shippers and carriers are penalized from a lack of preparation.

Carrier Preparation

One out-of-service (OOS) violation costs $1,000, not including the driver’s down time and the resulting repair work. A little bit of preparation can spare you unnecessary costs.

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7 Practical, Profitable Goals for Your Next Freight Assessment

Posted by PLS Logistics May 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Shippers are always looking for opportunities to easily reduce transportation spend. One of the best ways to drive logistics-related savings is by reviewing processes and using technology. Shippers who review supply chain processes and transportation performance, while taking advantage of historical and real-time data, will eliminate costs without an effect on efficiency.

  1. Use the right mode. To find the best freight rates and service, figure out which transportation mode works best for your cargo. Choosing a mode is dependent on knowing your load size, freight volume, and specific regulations to discover whether you should use truckload shipping, LTL shipping, intermodal freight moves, or a mixture of those options.
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Shipper Strategy: What to Do as ELD Mandate Threatens Capacity

Posted by PLS Logistics May 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The trucking industry is adjusting as fuel prices fluctuate, the driver shortage continues, and new regulations are authorized.

The ELD mandate is causing waves of concern among shippers and carriers. The rule could drastically change the trucking landscape.

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