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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The 14-Hour Driving Window Dilemma

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

The FMCSA issued hours of service (HOS) regulations for truck drivers that limit the maximum time that can be driven in a period. Recently in the transportation industry, the OODIA made a petition to the FMCSA to create more flexibility for drivers so that traffic, weather or dock delays don’t impact their drive time availability. They are requesting that drivers who fall under the HOS regulations are given a rest break (up to three hours) once for every 14-hour duty. This rest break would be to stop the continuous 14-hour window drivers are given to operate. However, this would not eliminate the consecutive 10-hour off-duty break that is required before each shift.

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The Importance of Our Truck Drivers

Posted by PLS Logistics February 22, 2018 at 7:45 AM

The world is in constant growth and it’s difficult to keep up sometimes. We as a population grow, and as we grow, the more is needed. Everything from building materials for homes, consumer goods for pleasure, and barrels of oil for our vehicles are circulated around the world. But how do we keep up with such a demand? Well, the answer is the same that we have had in the past, truck drivers.

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Logistics of Love: Journey of the Rose

Posted by PLS Logistics February 13, 2018 at 7:35 AM

When you picture Valentine’s Day in your mind, what do you see? Chocolates, hearts, giant stuffed teddy bears, and "lovey-dovey" cards. But isn’t there something that is even more common on that day? Yes, flowers! But not just any flower, roses, vibrant red roses. These beautiful and delicate flowers are a true symbol of love and a staple when February 14th arrives. Their growing popularity has called for higher import numbers. In fact, an average of 198 million roses are produced each year just for Valentine’s Day. That's a lot of flowers...

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The Talks of NAFTA, What's Going On?

Posted by PLS Logistics February 8, 2018 at 7:30 AM

The discussion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been popular the month of January with officials from the US, Mexico. and Canada ending round 6 talks in Montreal, Quebec on the 29th. Ever since President Trump made the announcement that NAFTA was the "worst trade deal the US has ever signed" during his 2016 election race, tensions have been high in North America because of uncertainty.

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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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Owner-Operator Insurance, Do You Have It?

Posted by PLS Logistics January 25, 2018 at 7:48 AM

You are now an official owner-operator, the freedom feels great, right? No longer are you stuck with destinations and loads that you can’t make decisions on while in a fleet that is not your own. It’s a big step into the new role, but the opportunities are endless. The time couldn’t have been better if you made the switch, rates are soaring high and capacity is at a shortage. With the shorter capacity, you can now be a little choosier about the loads you plan to take.

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Choosing the Right 3PL for 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics January 18, 2018 at 7:44 AM

With all the discussion about capacity and high rates in the transportation industry, the task of finding a new 3PL to move your product is not any easier. 2018, the time of record diesel prices, higher than normal truck rates and a pretty tight capacity. You may have looked into a new provider recently but were faced with the daunting question of WHO? Well, look no further, as well have a thought out list of what to look for when choosing a 3PL that works for you.

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The Features of a Successful Transportation Management System (TMS)

Posted by PLS Logistics January 11, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Sometimes technology can be frustrating, but with the right product, it doesn't have to be. An effective Transportation Management System (TMS) can relieve frustration out of your day if you’re a shipper, carrier, or 3PL. A TMS combines the latest technology in an easy formula to make a one-stop-shop. It can offer the most value to a shipper and provide unlimited strategic potential for all parties along the supply chain.

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Four Things to Expect in 2018

Posted by PLS Logistics January 2, 2018 at 7:30 AM

We are officially into 2018, the year of opportunity and change. 2017 laid out the foundations for what is to come. In today’s blog, we break down what you can expect to see throughout the year in the realm of logistics and transportation. It’s going to be quite the busy year!

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