Trending Transportation Updates: September 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics October 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There were many new and exciting developments throughout the transportation and shipping industry during this month. Check out some of the top stories that made headlines during September!

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Trending Transportation Updates: July 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics August 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM

July was full of many newsworthy transportation, shipping and logistic developments. Here are some of July's top trending transportation updates:

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5 Tips for a Fast and Efficient Freight Claim Experience

Posted by PLS Logistics July 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM

It has been said that the one area that most shippers are the most uncomfortable and confused with is navigating claims for cargo loss and damage. However, this does not mean that understanding the process of freight claims isn’t imperative to running an efficient business. Here are 5 tips to make sure that your freight claim experience is as fast and efficient as possible:

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How are Fuel Surcharges Calculated?

Posted by PLS Logistics July 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM

You may have heard some unwritten rules about fuel surcharges, or come across fuel surcharge calculators on the internet, but they don’t really go into depth about what is happening behind the scenes.

Knowing how to calculate a fuel surcharge will help you immensely - whether you book your own loads and set your own rates, or you lease with a company that does it all for you. This way you will know whether the surcharge your company pays you will offset your increased fuel costs.

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Which Type of Trailer is Right For You?

Posted by PLS Logistics July 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM

When shipping freight over-the-road, a shipper can choose from a variety of trailer options: dry van, flatbed, refrigerated and more. Each transportation mode has advantages and disadvantages to both the shipper and the carrier hauling the freight.

Carriers determine the pros and cons of the various trailer types based on wait times, freight availability and haul length. Today we will be covering the good and the bad, and everything in between, about the three most popular trailer types.

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What’s Up With Diesel Prices?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM

This past week brought some great news for truck drivers. After a long period of 11 weeks of increasing prices, the U.S. average retail price of diesel decreased, dropping by .3 cent to $3.285, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration report on June 4.

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Truckers, Self-Driving Trucks Aren’t That Bad

Posted by PLS Logistics March 22, 2018 at 7:35 AM

Self-driving trucks have been the topic of the year for 2018 so far. With last year’s announcement of the Tesla Truck, it has only grown in hype. Uber and Tesla have been front running the autonomous market for some time and are in competition to have the first truck on the market. But there are other companies around the world as well in regions such as Asia and Europe. The concept of a self-driving truck has been around for years, so why all the commotion about it now?

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4 Seasons of Freight

Posted by PLS Logistics February 15, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Winter Olympics, Valentine’s Day... it’s February 2018! Still the beginning of the year, and we are all looking forward to the upcoming months and forecasting what 2018 will bring us in transportation industry.

Of course, every year is different. However, bad year or good year – there is always a certain pattern. According to this pattern, we forecast and plan for the whole year. So, what does this pattern look like?

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Trending Transportation Updates: January 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics February 1, 2018 at 7:30 AM

2018 Winter Storms Were in Full Effect

Early January was the time for snow. The East Coast was hit hard at the start of the year with snow squalls reaching as far as northern Florida. Regions around Lake Erie saw heavy snow the first week of January, with record-breaking accumulation of over 133 inches. Major roadways were shut down causing large delays and disruptions to markets with restrictions to trucking. Not long after, the major storm Inga swept through the Northeast, Midwest, and South. Inga was one of the largest winter storms in recent history. Many states were unprepared and lack the means of snow and ice removal creating gridlocks. Airports where heavily disrupted, roadways were closed, and schools/ businesses shut down.

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