Driverless Trucks: A Labor Force Threat or an Invaluable Industry Opportunity?

Posted by PLS Logistics April 13, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Trucking has provided drivers and families with a decent living for decades. Although the demand for truckers has been persistent, most don’t expect it to last forever, especially since major truck manufacturers and startups have been busy testing automated and driverless trucks.

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Here’s How Grocery Retailers Can Reel in Millenial Shoppers

Posted by PLS Logistics March 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Grocery retailers spend hours, days, and even months trying to differentiate their brand and make themselves the consumer’s go-to store. In an industry that touches almost every target market, this can be tough.

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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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Capabilities and Benefits of Shipment Tracking

Posted by PLS Logistics January 12, 2017 at 11:45 AM


Shipment tracking technology enables shippers to be in control of their transportation and locate freight at any point in its journey. Track and trace features are available on a transportation management system (TMS). With this technology, you have insight to carrier performance, transportation costs and market trends as you manage your logistics. Shipment tracking is a necessary element of supply chain management.

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Beginner’s Guide to PLS PRO, Transportation Management System

Posted by PLS Logistics January 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM


TMS software is credited for saving companies money; those who manage transportation poorly spend $53 for every $1,000 of total spend on outbound transportation, while those utilizing a TMS only spend $6.35 per $1,000.

PLS created a SaaS based software, PLS PRO, that is highly configurable, adaptable and dynamic. PLS PRO is an online transportation management tool that enables shippers to oversee, operate and adjust shipments using a centralized network – regardless of shipment size or customer requirement. PLS built PLS PRO to be a simple, effective way to monitor logistics processes.

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A Step Closer to Automation: DOT Rule for V2V

Posted by PLS Logistics January 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death and injury in the US – killing more than an average of 32,000 people a year. A 2007 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that almost half of all two-vehicle crashes are rear-end crashes, and the primary reason for rear-end crashes is driver inattention.

In order to reduce injuries and fatalities on America’s roadways, DOT has proposed a rule that would advance the use of connected vehicle technologies with the intention to considerably reduce accidents. Vehicle-to-vehicle systems (V2V) allow cars to communicate to each other in an effort to warn drivers about potential risks and to prevent crashes. The new DOT rule applies to passenger vehicles and would require automakers to include V2V technologies in all new light-duty vehicles.

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The Top 6 Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics December 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM

  1. Globalization

The supply chain is affected by the globalization of business, and those who work with international suppliers don’t have the same competitive advantage they once had. More markets are emerging in the global economy, and traditional supply and demand is changing. Industry Week reports that by 2025, global companies will have procurement managers based in China to source materials and services not only for their operations in that country, but for their entire organization. Brazil, Russia and India are predicted to become sources of supply and demand for global companies. Companies will have to be transparent in supply chain expansion strategies and offer suppliers visibility.

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8 Things We Know About Uber-Otto Technology

Posted by PLS Logistics November 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The trucking industry has a reputation for being low-margin, highly fragmented and cyclical. Many tech companies have interest in shaking up and rethinking the industry.

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3 Technology Applications to Advance Your Supply Chain

Posted by PLS Logistics October 12, 2016 at 2:05 PM

The fast e-commerce environment, which is increasing competition, and the initiative to use data to analyze trends and operational efficiency are contributing to the demand for hi-tech logistics solutions. Technology is the key driver to an organization’s supply chain efficiency and success. Shippers are familiar with transportation management software (TMS) systems that give them a competitive edge. New tools like mobile apps, cloud-based software and big data provide shippers immediate, enhanced visibility that breaks silos and generates communication, collaboration and efficiency.

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Advice for Retail Shippers Struggling with Last Mile

Posted by PLS Logistics September 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Understanding Last Mile Logistics

Last mile logistics refers to the outbound transportation from a fulfillment or distribution center to the final delivery at the customer’s door. The last mile is the top priority for retail brands, but is also the most expensive, least efficient and most challenging part of the delivery process.

Read: 6 Signs it’s Time to Outsource Transportation Management

The e-commerce consumer market is growing; eMarketer forecasts that global B2C e-commerce will reach $2.3 trillion by 2017. With more shoppers comes increased need for quick fulfillment, generating further attention to the last mile.

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