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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Shippers: Don't Believe These 4 Myths about TMS Software

Posted by PLS Logistics October 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM


  1. A software as a service (SaaS) transportation management system (TMS) solution doesn’t add value, is expensive, and doesn’t present ROI for years.
  • A TMS sanctions effective and fast decision making. It has a customizable interface, streamlines operations, reduces carrier overhead charges, optimizes routes, and has track and trace features.
  • A TMS identifies supply chain pain points and logistics challenges that might have been disregarded.
  • The SaaS model of TMS software requires little to no IT or monetary investment, unlike traditional software. SaaS solutions don’t require costly upgrades. With a SaaS solution, the shipper’s organization pays for what is used.
  • Implementing a TMS creates immediate ROI because it takes away the manual processes. A TMS enables better processes, delivering better customer service at a lower cost. In a 2011 ARC Advisory group survey, 40% of respondents felt that TMS software offers a strong ROI, and that if they were to give up their TMS and go back to manual processes, their total freight spend would increase.

 

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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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How to Use a TMS to Manage Inbound Transportation (And Gain Visibility)

Posted by PLS Logistics October 6, 2016 at 7:50 AM

Inbound freight management is multifaceted and can eat up more than 40% of the average organization’s annual freight budget, according to Aberdeen Group. Since inbound freight savings have a direct impact on an organization’s bottom line, shippers that make it a supply chain priority reap inventory efficiencies, cost containment and enhanced productivity and service.

Companies expect to receive about 34,000 inbound shipments every month, so even decidedly successful inbound freight shippers are likely to encounter glitches. 35% of shippers claim that lack of visibility is one of the biggest challenges of inbound transportation, while 37% say determining hidden costs, and 25% say data analysis and decision support are the greatest challenges. Shippers experiencing challenges with inbound freight management might not be fully leveraging available optimization logic with a transportation management system (TMS).

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The 3 Most Popular Uses of TMS Technology

Posted by PLS Logistics October 4, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Supply chains are increasingly complex, and companies who leverage technology find competitive rates, enhanced operations, greater flexibility, and cost reductions. Logistics providers continue to work in order to provide added value to their client’s supply chain processes. Successful 3PL relationships include committed and ongoing value through technology -- access to historical and real-time reports can be used to make data-driven decisions that enable lasting results.

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How Important is Accuracy on the BOL?

Posted by PLS Logistics August 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM

A bill of lading (BOL) acts as evidence: a receipt and a document of freight services. It’s proof of a contract between a carrier and shipper. It’s a legally binding document, containing relevant information about the shipment. A BOL includes pickup and delivery addresses, a place to note any freight damage, shipping/purchase order numbers, special shipping instructions and other details so the freight is delivered and invoiced properly.

2 Most Common BOLs

  • Straight: Non-negotiable. Where goods have been paid for and the shipment will be delivered to a consignee upon confirmation of ID.
  • Order: Where the goods and BOL can be transferred by endorsement to third parties.
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5 Tips for Small Businesses to Ship On-Time, Every-Time

Posted by PLS Logistics August 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Delivering products on-time is crucial in any industry. With businesses and consumers alike, this final touchpoint in the supply chain represents your ability to fulfill their needs competently. It is especially important for small businesses to deliver products on-time, as a poor reputation can be detrimental to the bottom-line.

Whether you are shipping to consumers or businesses, delayed shipments should be taken seriously. Late deliveries slow down the entire supply chain and hurt customer relationships, which can have serious consequences for your bottom line: 70% of consumers may not shop with a retailer again after receiving a late shipment, and 86% of consumers say their expectation for on-time delivery increases in peak seasons like the holiday shopping season.

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Are Railroads the Golden Standard of Real-Time Data?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Shippers and trucking companies alike could learn a few things from the ways rail companies, especially Union Pacific (UP), are implementing real-time, big data technology to overcome supply chain obstacles.

Union Pacific had several problems to address, and technology was the only solution.

UP’s Problems

Freight rail companies like UP face unique problems. There are 140,000 miles of railroad tracks across the U.S. that move 5 million tons of goods a day. Maintaining visibility into train and track conditions across this vast, high-traffic network is extremely difficult.

Adding to the challenge is the fact that most freight rail cars don’t have electric power. This means that RFID technology, which has been used by passenger trains since the early 90s, is not a viable means of visibility into train location.

The lack of electric power also means a lack of knowledge into train and track conditions. Heavy duty trucks have the capability to utilize technology which can notify a carrier of truck malfunctions so that a crash or delay can be avoided as best as possible. Freight train cars do not have this capability.

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3 Ways Supply Chain Cost Analyses Help Your Business

Posted by PLS Logistics April 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Are you overpaying for inbound shipments? Should you switch from LTL to truckload shipments? Are your supply chain and dock loading processes proficient?

Understanding costs in the supply chain is just as important as reducing them. In order to enact profitable change, TMS reports provide insight into trends, inefficiencies, support and monetary KPIs. With actionable data, businesses are enabled to make better, faster decisions for transportation and supply chain optimization.

A transportation cost analysis will help you analyze efficiency and reduce transportation spend.

Here are 3 reports that are customized for shippers from a transportation management system (TMS). These reports can be compared over time and filtered to show exact locations or facilities, so that you can see the ROI of decisions and impact of pain points and/or opportunities.

Light Load Detail and Cost: Light load details vary across customers. Once the weight is defined, then a report is generated showing how much of the designated weight the customer uses and how much unused space is being paid for.

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