Beginner’s Guide to Intermodal Freight Service

Posted by PLS Logistics April 4, 2017 at 9:30 AM

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index (ICI) rose in October 2016, reflecting a moderately favorable environment for intermodal transportation. The ICI looks at a variety of factors including truck capacity, fuel prices, rail service, intermodal rates, and more.

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Trending Topic: Can Small Retailers Meet “Fast and Free” Shipping Demands?

Posted by PLS Logistics March 28, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Nowadays, we’re living in the age of the “spoiled consumer.” E-commerce shoppers have an undying demand for both fast and free shipping, one that has been perpetuated by benefits like Amazon’s Prime membership, a $99 per year membership that qualifies buyers for free two-day shipping on eligible products. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a Prime member who will buy a product with no “Prime” logo without extensive searching for a substitute that comes with the free two-day shipping benefits first.

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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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Market Update: More Than Half of Shippers Look for Alternative Modes

Posted by PLS Logistics February 23, 2017 at 9:21 AM

The 2017 Capgemini Third-Party Logistics Study revealed that 3PLs and shippers are moving toward more meaningful relationships, where shippers rely on 3PLs to provide advanced solutions and real competitive advantages. One trend that emerged in the study is the shift from shippers using single-mode providers to using flexible solutions to utilize the most cost-effective method of moving freight.

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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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The Importance of Shipper's Insurance

Posted by PLS Logistics January 26, 2017 at 12:45 PM

  • Have you ever received damaged freight?
  • Has your cargo been lost or stolen?
  • Have you ever been denied on a claim settlement or paid significantly less than the value of your cargo?
  • Would you like to have your claims brought to resolution in a timelier manner?

All types of cargo are transported over-the-road. Shipping insurance provides protection against shipment damage or loss and a shippers’ exposure to financial loss.

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7 Facts about Hazardous Freight Shipping

Posted by PLS Logistics December 7, 2016 at 11:50 AM

  1. Hazardous materials are substances that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has determined are capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety or property when transported.

  2. There is an assortment of items that can be listed as dangerous: batteries, lithium tanks, magnets, dry ice, bleach and perfume. There are 9 classes of dangerous materials:
    • Explosives
    • Gasses
    • Flammable liquids
    • Flammable solids
    • Oxidizing substances
    • Toxic and infectious substances
    • Radioactive material
    • Corrosives
    • Misc.

  3. Hazardous materials regulations are in Subtitle B, Chapter 1 in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49, set by DOT. It lists more than 3,600 items as dangerous goods.
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5 Common Problems Vendors Have with Routing Guides

Posted by PLS Logistics December 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM

What is a routing guide?

Routing guides contain routing instructions and an established set of guidelines and requirements for manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling orders and shipping products or materials to a specific location, warehouse or DC. A routing guide is the foundation of transportation management.

The purpose of a routing guide is to create a streamlined process for inbound shipment delivery – specific packaging, labeling and transporting – regardless of the vendor. The routing guide includes modes and carriers to use in specific lanes, it can contain rates and service requirements.

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Shipper Strategy: Factors That Will Influence 2017 Transportation Management

Posted by PLS Logistics October 20, 2016 at 8:20 AM

By 2017, the US population is expected to rise to 332 million, a 70% increase from fifty years ago. Population growth in cities is placing a strain on existing transportation systems and creating demand for more transportation choices. Industries and consumers depend on the consistent, timely flow of goods and services. The mounting volume and availability of information and the rapid development and adoption of technologies is transforming all aspects of life – including transportation.

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Will Cuba be the Next Major Transportation Hub?

Posted by PLS Logistics October 18, 2016 at 9:50 AM

For cargo shipping, focus is on the Cuban port, Container Terminal Mariel (TC Mariel) which opened in January 2014. The Obama Administration has made it easier for container services to add Cuba as a port of call since they’ve reopened embassies and ended a 54-year diplomatic standstill with the country. In May 2016, the first US cruise ship docked in Cuba since 1978 - opening the door to more travel and business with Cuba, but there are still limitations on trade in goods and services - the US trade embargo is still in place.

The US Office of Foreign Assets Control broadened allowances for US vessels carrying certain agricultural or otherwise approved cargoes, extending them to non-US vessels. “Cuba does have the potential to act as a transshipment hub for US cargo, in a similar way to how Freeport, Bahamas does now,” said Drewry.

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