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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Expectations in Freight Transportation (2017 Edition)

Posted by PLS Logistics November 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM

The latest American Trucking Association (ATA) report predicts freight volumes and the amount of goods moved by truck will grow. Shipping rates are expected to increase as existing capacity is negatively affected by economic conditions and new regulations.

In the US Freight Transportation Forecast to 2027, between 2016 and 2027, overall freight tonnage will grow a total of 35%. During the same period, the amount of freight moved by trucks will grow at 27%. Even though economic and carrier conditions favor a “shipper’s market”, a realignment of factors – capacity, inventory, interest rates – will results in higher transportation rates in 2017.

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3 Ways Megaships Provide Opportunities for U.S. Ports

Posted by PLS Logistics May 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Efficiency in the international cargo transportation network is a critical factor for the health of the global economy. It’s no secret that U.S. ports lack in efficiency, capacity and technology compared to Asian and European ports, especially since the arrival of megaships.

Megaships, the largest of which can hold up to 20,000 TEUs, have created congestion at U.S. ports, and they’ve revealed deeper problems with American container transportation infrastructure.

What’s Wrong with U.S. Ports?

There are many challenges that create congestion and inefficiency at U.S. ports, but major problems include:

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FAST Act will not be Fast Enough for U.S. Infrastructure

Posted by PLS Logistics May 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM

For decades, U.S. infrastructure has been supported by last-second, short-term funding that’s been far from adequate. The recent implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was a much-needed boost in funding, but shocking new statistics from the DOT have brought into question whether it will be enough to stabilize our crumbling infrastructure.

Freight Activity will Increase Dramatically

The DOT’s Bureau of Transportation (BTS) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently released data forecasting freight growth in the next few decades. The data reveals an extreme rise in freight tonnage and a healthy, vibrant economy.

The BTS and FHWA predict daily over-the-road (OTR) freight tonnage to grow 40% by 2045 to 25 billion tons, with the value of that freight increasing 92% to $37 trillion. Compare that to 2015, where 18.1 billion tons of goods valued at $19.2 trillion are moved via trucks daily.

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5 Ways to Increase Shipping Speed Without Using Expedited Services

Posted by PLS Logistics April 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

You need to send your freight quickly but don’t want to pay for expedited freight – it’s a dilemma all shippers face. Many companies rely on expedited shipping, but, with some simple operational changes, you can contain transportation costs and meet service expectations at the same time.

Expedited shipping services are a sure way to consistently provide high service levels, and in some scenarios it makes sense to pay extra for fast delivery, but expedited shipping will quickly blow a hole in your transportation budget.

So, how can you improve shipping speed without paying extra for expedited services? Follow these 5 tips:

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