7 Trending Transportation Updates: March 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics March 30, 2017 at 10:55 AM

  1. Somali Pirates Hijack First Commercial Ship Since 2012. Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, Somali authorities said last week, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012. (Read more here.)
  2. Amazon Plans Air Cargo Services for Chinese Retailers. The Seattle-based company plans to launch a site that will enable sellers from China to use its services to transport their goods to international markets. (Read more here.)
  3. Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations. The Uber vehicle was not responsible for the incident, and there were no injuries. (Read more here.)
  4. Hiring Pace Picks Up in Trucking Sector. Trucking fleets stepped up hiring at the fastest pace in five years in February, adding 10,600 jobs in a display of confidence as companies across U.S. industries ramped up payrolls. (Read more here.)
  5. Shippers Look to Sails to Cut Fuel Costs. Maersk will attach two experimental high-tech sails onto one of its tankers as part of a pilot testing their efficiency and usability. These modern sails could reduce average fuel consumption by 7-10% on global shipping routes, developers say. (Read more here.)
  6. Truckers Prepare for Era of Driverless Trucks. Daimler AG and its business units, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Trucks, has its “Future Truck 2025” already on the highways, and has partnered with Uber Technologies Inc. Apple, Microsoft, Ford, and many others are also involved in the development of autonomous vehicles. (Read more here.)
  7. LTLs Offer Storage to Speed Up E-Commerce Deliveries. Less-than-truckload companies hoping to capitalize on e-commerce are offering shippers short-term storage in terminals and shifting more business from Class 8 trucks to Class 5 and Class 6 straight trucks, according to industry executives. (Read more here.)


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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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Consider This When Choosing Your Next DC Location

Posted by PLS Logistics March 7, 2017 at 9:02 AM

When a company outgrows its distribution capacity, it expands by opening a new distribution center (DC). The best approach to choosing your new DC location is to evaluate your entire logistics strategy.

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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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6 Trending Transportation Updates: January 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics January 31, 2017 at 9:30 AM

  1. US Manufacturing Expect Rising Profit in 2017. Manufacturing has expanded at the fastest pace in 2 years, and US manufacturing firms expect to see revenues accelerate 4.6% next year. (Blog: Manufacturing Productivity Generates Focus on Transportation)
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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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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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The Interrelated Issues Facing the Trucking Industry

Posted by PLS Logistics January 6, 2017 at 11:45 AM

The American Trucking Association projects that the trucking industry is poised for serious growth by 2022. The forecast suggests that overall revenue for the industry will rise almost 66% and tonnage will increase 24% by 2022.

However, 2016’s economy saw slow growth, shipping rates and volumes. Due to low demand, excess inventory and infrastructure bottlenecks, revenue YOY only rose 0.2%. But 2017’s trucking outlook improves: demand, spending and manufacturing are expected to pick up.

The driver shortage still overshadows the industry, and is expected to get worse. There aren’t enough qualified drivers filling open positions, and the aging workforce is retiring.

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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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5 Trending Transportation Updates: December 2016

Posted by PLS Logistics December 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  1. Amazon Innovation: Grocery Stores. Amazon’s first big venture into brick-and-mortal is revolutionary: a grocery store with no cashiers or checkout lines. In the new store, shoppers will scan their Amazon Go app, and the technology will keep track of what you are picking up and add them to your virtual shopping cart. (Read: Omnichannel Takes on Food Industry & Gains Consumer Support)

  2. Elaine Chao to Lead Department of Transportation. President-elect Trump has chosen Chao, who has had experience in the White House under President George W. Bush, for Secretary of Transportation. Chao said that given the nation’s need to improve infrastructure, it’s important to find ways to expedite the process of making repairs and building new constructions and decreasing regulatory burdens.

  3. Post-Election Hope for Alaska Mines, Toll Supporters and Consumer Confidence. Miners expect the EPA to announce in Q1 that it will let the application process for a copper and gold mine in Alaska to proceed. The EPA has been blocking the mine project for nearly 3 years. (Source)
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