Monthly Archives: February 2016

Rising Transportation and Logistics costs, Research

Inbound Freight Costs are Rising. What are logistics managers doing to better manage costs?

Inbound Freight Costs are Rising. What are logistics managers doing to better manage costs?

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INBOUND LOGISTICS IS A COMPLEX PROCESS that can consume more than 40% of the average organization’s annual freight budget, according to Aberdeen Group, which estimates that total inbound freight spend alone consumes between 3.6% to 5.2% of a firm’s total annual sales. Due to inbound freight savings’ direct impact on the organizational bottom line, shippers that make it a supply chain priority reap significant inventory efficiencies, better cost containment, and a higher chance of achieving productivity and service goals.

The Independent Steel Alliance and PLS Logistics Services Partner to Provide Independent Rebar Fabricators with Logistics Services

ATLANTA, GA – February 25, 2016

The Independent Steel Alliance (“ISA”) has signed a transportation partnership agreement with PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading logistics management services provider. This agreement will allow ISA’s purchasing members to receive freight transportation services at competitive rates while earning loyalty rebates in exchange for selecting PLS as their preferred carrier.
Said ISA Executive Director Chris Casey, “Traditionally, our rebar fabricator members place an order with a supplier and simply use the carrier designated by the supplier. With the PLS partnership, ISA Members will be able to shop the supplier’s freight rates with PLS and receive competitive pricing. When our Members select PLS as their freight carrier, PLS will pay a rebate to the Members. It’s a win-win for both parties.”

“In today’s competitive environment, cost effective transportation solutions are critical to long-term survival, and PLS is pleased to further enhance the competitive position of ISA Members,” said Greg Burns, President and CEO of PLS Logistics Services. “The fabricated rebar industry is a freight-intensive one, and this agreement enables ISA Member companies to realize significant cost savings by leveraging the buying power of the largest flatbed network in North America.”
PLS currently has branch offices nationwide in Pittsburgh, PA, Philadelphia, PA, Jacksonville, FL, Tampa, FL, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, Phoenix, AZ, St. Louis, MO, Seattle, WA, Las Vegas, NV and Charlotte, NC. In 2015, Inc. Magazine ranked PLS Logistics Services among the 5000 List of Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies.

About Independent Steel Alliance

Atlanta-based Independent Steel Alliance is a member-owned purchasing cooperative of independent rebar fabricators in the US and Canada. ISA’s mission is to achieve measurable and significant financial returns for its members by leveraging collective purchases for patronage rebates from suppliers. In its first three years of operations, ISA Members have earned significant rebates by supporting ISA Supplier-Partners. ISA is also a leader in providing unique content and networking opportunities tailored specifically for the independent rebar fabricator community.

For more information about ISA, including information about joining the cooperative, visit the ISA website at http://www.IndependentSteelAlliance.com.

About PLS Logistics Services

PLS Logistics Services is a leading provider of logistics management, brokerage and technology services for shippers across all industries. PLS handles millions of loads annually across all major freight modes: flatbed, van, LTL, rail and barge, air and ocean. The PLS carrier network consists of over 20,000+ trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5194.

Contacts

For Independent Steel Alliance
Chris Casey
Executive Director
(404) 577-0207
Chris@IndependentSteelAlliance.com

For PLS Logistics Services
Caitlin Kelly
Content Marketing Manager
(724) 814-5194
publicrelations@plslogistics.com

PLS Logistics Services Continues Expansion, Opens Office in Las Vegas

New Office to Bring More than 200 Jobs to Las Vegas, Nevada

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – February 15, 2016

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology enabled supply chain and freight brokerage services, announced today that it has opened a new branch office in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is PLS’ 13th office nationwide, and was opened to meet the needs of PLS’ expanding client base.
The office opened February 15, 2016 with an initial team of 20 employees and expects to hire 200 additional employees in 2016 from the Las Vegas area. The office is located in the Bank of America Plaza at 300 South 4th Street, Suite 600, Las Vegas, Nevada.

“PLS’ technology driven approach to transportation continues to drive growth and we are excited to announce the opening of our newest branch location,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO. “By adding new employees in the area, we will be able to tap into strong sales talent that Las Vegas offers and better support our shipping and carrier partners.”
PLS chose Las Vegas as an office location because of its access to quality professional talent, which is the key to PLS’ growth and expansion strategy. Interested candidates can apply immediately at plslogistics.com/careers or contact Stephanie Price at sprice@plslogistics.com. Prior logistics industry experience is not required, as employees receive extensive training and support.

About PLS

PLS Logistics Services is a leading provider of logistics management, brokerage and technology services for shippers across all industries. PLS handles millions of loads annually across all major freight modes: flatbed, van, LTL, rail and barge, air and ocean. The PLS carrier network consists of over 20,000+ trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies.

To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5194.

Media Contact

Caitlin Kelly
Content Marketing Manager
(724) 814-5194
publicrelations@plslogistics.com