Surviving the Peak Season of Freight

Posted by PLS Logistics September 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Fall – a time where the weather gets cooler, leaves begin to fall and the shipping industry enters into its peak season. The peak season of freight ranges from August to October and consists of higher rates and overall freight volume. This year, the peak shipping season could be tougher than ever before.

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How are Fuel Surcharges Calculated?

Posted by PLS Logistics July 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM

You may have heard some unwritten rules about fuel surcharges, or come across fuel surcharge calculators on the internet, but they don’t really go into depth about what is happening behind the scenes.

Knowing how to calculate a fuel surcharge will help you immensely - whether you book your own loads and set your own rates, or you lease with a company that does it all for you. This way you will know whether the surcharge your company pays you will offset your increased fuel costs.

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Everything You Need to Know: Dry Van Shipping

Posted by PLS Logistics July 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Dry van shipping is one of the most popular and widely trusted freight transportation methods available. It has remained a preferred means of transportation due to the high availability and numerous benefits of having an enclosed trailer throughout the shipping process. In today's blog post, we will dive deeper into everything you need to know about dry van shipping.

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10 Tips for Palletizing

Posted by PLS Logistics July 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM

The knowledge of how to properly palletize is very important in order to prevent many accidents that happen all the time in warehouses. This knowledge will help you save a ton of time and money dealing will freight damage, as well as frustration over these damaged goods.

To help ensure that you don't have to deal with the nightmare of freight damage, we will cover 10 essential tips for palletizing your boxes.

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How to Weigh and Measure Your Load for Shipment

Posted by PLS Logistics June 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Size matters when you’re talking about freight. Space is limited, and how much it will cost you to ship your freight depends on having the most accurate measurements of your load. If you think you can just eyeball your load and record what you think the load’s measurements are on the bill of lading, think again. Inaccurate measurements — even ones off by a few inches — could cost you a lot. Any discrepancies between what the bill of lading says and the load’s actual measurements can lead to handling problems that could result in damaged goods. It also could increase your costs thanks to delays and unexpected surcharges.

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Common Mistakes New Shippers Make

Posted by PLS Logistics June 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM

When companies just start getting into the shipping world, everything is new and confusing. It’s great to have a logistics professional on board to help guide the company through the shipping challenges. Unfortunately, not every company has the luxury of having a freight guru on their team if shipping hasn’t been a big deal for them.

What happens when there is the need to start shipping? Shipping duties often fall on the shoulders of an existing employee, for example, a sales person. There are a couple common mistakes “fresh” shippers make due to their lack of hands-on experience.

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How to Become a Shipper of Choice

Posted by PLS Logistics April 12, 2018 at 7:45 AM

The need for more truck drivers is rapidly increasing today as the shipping industry undergoes a driver shortage. With a driver shortage, rising equipment costs and new regulations, shippers are in competition with one another to gain carrier’s business. It is more important than ever for shippers to find creative, appealing ways to attract carriers and become a shipper of choice.

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Tips to Save on LTL Shipments

Posted by PLS Logistics April 5, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Basically, the whole idea of LTL (less-than-truckload) shipping is to save money and only pay for the space you use instead of paying for the whole truck. The transit will be longer, but it will be much cheaper than moving a smaller load as a truckload. LTL shipments seem easy to arrange and handle perfectly on your first try, but are they?

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The Importance of Our Truck Drivers

Posted by PLS Logistics February 22, 2018 at 7:45 AM

The world is in constant growth and it’s difficult to keep up sometimes. We as a population grow, and as we grow, the more is needed. Everything from building materials for homes, consumer goods for pleasure, and barrels of oil for our vehicles are circulated around the world. But how do we keep up with such a demand? Well, the answer is the same that we have had in the past, truck drivers.

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Ocean Freight Shipping: Let's talk LCL

Posted by PLS Logistics February 6, 2018 at 7:37 AM

International shipping comes in different shapes and forms. Shippers can choose the most suitable transportation mode for their shipment depending on what they need: quick transit or cost-savings. Air shipping will offer fast transit times, but it will come at a cost. Ocean shipping will be significantly slower, but at the same time, much friendlier-priced.

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