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PLS Logistics Services Releases Mobile Apps for Shippers, Dispatchers, Carriers

Cranberry Township, PA – December 5, 2016

PLS Logistics Services (PLS), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management and freight brokerage services, announced today it has released two mobile applications: PLS Live Track and PLS Carrier Connect. Live Track is used by client-shippers and Carrier Connect is used by dispatchers and drivers.

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Live Track enhances the shipper experience with shipment status notifications, reporting capabilities, map-based tracking, search and filter options. Live Track enables shippers to view documents and photos captured by drivers using PLS Carrier Connect.

Carrier Connect allows drivers to instantly share their location, receive dispatch information, upload photos of scale tickets, PODs and freight. The app allows drivers to look for available shipments from the PLS network.

“Our new apps give carriers real-time network visibility and will significantly improve the productivity and profitability of our carrier partners. For our shipper partners, our new apps provide location services on all loads and real-time KPIs to enhance supply chain and shipment visibility,” said Greg Burns, CEO and President of PLS Logistics Services. He continues, “We are excited by the accomplishments of the PLS technology and product management teams in driving innovative, intuitive solutions for our shipper and carrier partners.”

The Live Track app is currently available to iPhone and iPad users in the Apple Store. The Carrier Connect app can be downloaded on Android devices in the Google Play Store. You can see a video demo of the Live Track and Carrier Connect apps on the PLS YouTube channel.

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 61,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. PLS has been recognized as a top 25 freight brokerage firm. To learn more visit www.plslogistics.com.

Media Contact
Caitlin Orosz, Content Marketing Manager
724. 814. 5194, publicrelations@plslogistics.com

The North American Steel Alliance Signs Agreement with PLS Logistics for Transportation Services

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa., Nov. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The North American Steel Alliance (“NASA”), a member-owned purchasing cooperative service in the metals distribution industry, has signed a transportation partnership agreement with PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading logistics management services provider. This agreement will allow NASA’s Purchasing Members to receive freight transportation services at competitive rates while earning loyalty rebates in exchange for selecting PLS as their preferred carrier.

“We are pleased to join forces with PLS Logistics Services, as a preferred supplier to North American Steel Alliance,” announced NASA’s CEO Lonnie Terry. “Transportation expenses are a significant line item for our members. This program provides a long-term opportunity for our organizations to confidently leverage both inbound and outbound shipments to obtain the greatest economies while receiving excellent service. This is our first significant step in leveraging NASA freight.”

“In today’s competitive environment, procuring low cost, reliable transportation is critical to long-term survival, and PLS is pleased to further enhance the competitive position of NASA Members,” said Greg Burns, President and CEO of PLS Logistics Services. “This agreement enables NASA Member companies to leverage 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, and Charlotte, NC. Inc. Magazine has ranked PLS Logistics Services among the 5000 List of Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies for the past three years.

About North American Steel Alliance

Incorporated in November of 1996, North American Steel Alliance is a member-owned purchasing cooperative serving the metals distribution industry. Today, NASA is comprised of over 118 independently operated steel service centers throughout the United States and Canada with over 365 distribution and processing facilities. Collectively, NASA represents annual revenues exceeding $9B dollars. Since 2007, the National Cooperative Business Association recognized NASA as one of the top 10 purchasing cooperatives in North America.

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 45,000+ trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies.

Media Contact
Caitlin Orosz, Content Marketing Manager
724. 814. 5194, publicrelations@plslogistics.com

PLS Logistics Services Featured in Logistics Tech Outlook’s Top 10 3PL Technology Solution Providers 2016

FREMONT, CA— PLS Logistics Services, a recognized leader in industrial freight shipping, has been announced as one of the 2016’s top 3PL Technology solution provider in the latest edition of Logistics Tech Outlook.

“We take pride in ourselves to honor PLS Logistics Services for earning a spot in our ranking list which features elite group of companies that is setting new benchmark in Logistics industry,” said Linda James, Managing Editor of Logistics Tech Outlook. “PLS Logistics Services provides everything a business needs to gain a competitive edge in today’s rapidly changing transportation environment.”

PLS’ proprietary web-based transportation management system – PLS PROSM – ensures that every freight move is optimized and tendered at the lowest cost, meeting service requirements while providing increased visibility through tracking, administration and reporting.

PLS provides flexible solutions that add value and efficiency to clients supply chain. It provides customize solutions based on their business requirements – whether they need all transportation initiatives outsourced, help with inbound freight management, outbound shipment visibility, individual plant, or individual mode management.

About PLS Logistics Services
PLS Logistics Services is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management, freight brokerage and outsourced transportation solutions for shippers across all industries. PLS handles millions of loads annually across all major freight modes: flatbed, van, LTL, rail, barge, air and ocean. The PLS carrier network consists of over 45,000 trucking companies, Class-1 railroads and major barge companies.

Logistics Tech Outlook is a technology magazine published from Fremont, California. It acts as an excellent platform for enterprises to showcase their innovative solutions that are setting new foot prints in the logistics industry. This magazine insight about the latest trending technologies that helps organizations to overcome the challenges faced in their business and remain competitive in market place. For more info, visit: www.logisticstechoutlook.com/

PLS Logistics Services Remains One of the Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies

PLS Logistics Services Remains One of the Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies
PLS RANKS FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE YEAR ON INC. 5000 LIST
Cranberry Township, PA – October 25, 2016

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management and freight brokerage services, was recognized on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. The prestigious ranking represents the most successful private companies in America.

5000_color-stackedThis is PLS’ 3rd consecutive year on the Inc. 5000 list. Only a tiny fraction of the nation’s companies has demonstrated such remarkably consistent high growth. This year, PLS is number 4975 on the list. Greg Burns, President and CEO of PLS said, “To be recognized as part of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies for 3 straight years is an honor. Our growth would not be possible without the dedication of our employees and the strong support of our shipper and carrier partners.”

The ranking is based on growth and revenue over the past 3 years. PLS continues to expand as an industry leader; counting 8,000 active clients, a 25% increase over the prior year and opened branch offices in San Antonio and Charlotte. Recently, PLS has increased its TIA surety bond to $1,000,000, well above the industry requirement of $75,000. Noted Burns, “In a challenging year for transportation, it is most gratifying to achieve yet another year of record revenues and is a strong testament to our regional and end-market diversification.”

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 45,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. PLS has been recognized as a top 25 freight brokerage firm. To learn more visit www.plslogistics.com.

Media Contact
Caitlin Orosz, Content Marketing Manager
724. 814. 5194, publicrelations@plslogistics.com

PLS Logistics Services Named as One of Pittsburgh’s Fastest Growing Companies

PLS Ranks on Top 100 List for 2nd Consecutive Year

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – August 23, 2016

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management and freight brokerage services, has been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in the Pittsburgh region by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

The list is created annually, and determined by a company’s growth rate over a three-year period. On August 18, the Pittsburgh Business Times revealed 100 of Western Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing companies at an awards ceremony. This year, PLS ranks 67th on the list.

“We’re honored to be recognized with other successful companies in the region,” said Greg Burns, President and CEO of PLS. “This is the second consecutive year PLS has been named to the fastest-growing companies list, and this would not be possible without the strong support of our shipper and carrier partners, along with the hard work and dedication of our team members,” he said.

PLS was also named to the Inc. 5000 list as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. PLS has 12 office locations and more than 700 employees nationwide.

About PLS Logistics Services

PLS Logistics Services is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management, freight brokerage and outsourced transportation solutions for shippers across all industries. PLS handles millions of loads annually across all major freight modes: flatbed, van, LTL, rail, barge, air and ocean. The PLS carrier network consists of over 45,000 trucking companies, Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (888) 814-8486.

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

PLS Logistics Contributes to the Blue Jeans Go Green™ Recycling Program

Cranberry Township, PA — July 12, 2016

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management and freight brokerage services, has collected and donated denim to the Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program.

Employees recycled their old blue jeans, jackets, shorts and skirts, which will be turned into natural cotton fiber insulation. PLS collected 100 pairs of blue jeans over two weeks.

“We’re excited to participate with the Blue Jeans Go Green™ program. Our business is about sustainability and we are pleased to support this worthy cause,” said Greg Burns, President of PLS Logistics Services. “PLS employees have donated to the program, and are enthusiastic to provide transportation services at cost to participating firms involved in the program.”

Since 2006, the Cotton Incorporated Blue Jeans Go Green™ program has helped rebuild communities by providing hundreds of thousands of square feet of UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation to Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the country.

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. PLS has been recognized as a top 25 freight brokerage firm. To learn more visit www.plslogistics.com.

About Cotton Incorporated

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. cotton producers and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, conducts worldwide research and promotion activities to increase the demand for and profitability of cotton.

For more information about the Blue Jeans Go Green program and to learn how to get involved, please visit www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org.

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

PLS Logistics Services Recognized as a Great Supply Chain Partner in Annual Poll

PLS Logistics Services Recognized as a Great Supply Chain Partner in Annual Poll

PLS IS NAMED ON SUPPLYCHAINBRAIN’S 2016 LIST OF 100 GREAT SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERS

Cranberry Township, PA – July 1, 2016

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management and freight brokerage services, has been named to SupplyChainBrain’s annual list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners.

“Each year, our list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners features a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services,” said Brad Berger, Publisher of SupplyChainBrain. This year, Berger continues, “we received literally hundreds of nominations from solutions providers in every aspect of supply chain management.”
The list is compiled through an online poll, where the publication asks supply chain professionals to nominate vendors and service providers whose solutions have made an impact of their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.

Greg Burns, CEO and President of PLS Logistics Services, acknowledged the achievement by saying, “Our success wouldn’t be possible without the support and feedback of our valued customers and carrier partners. We work hard to provide ongoing value to our customers through innovative transportation management, brokerage and technology solutions.”

PLS will appear in the 2016 July/August issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine as a celebrated member of this year’s 100 Greatest Supply Chain Partners.

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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 45,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more visit www.plslogistics.com.

About SupplyChainBrain

SupplyChainBrain, the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource, is accessed year round through a wide range of ever evolving multi-media formats by hundreds of thousands of senior level industry executives. In addition to addressing the fundamental principles of supply-chain management, SupplyChainBrain identifies emerging trends, technologies and best practices, forward thinking ideas and cutting-edge solutions ~ and continues to write and report about these as they evolve and mature.

Media Contact:
Caitlin Kelly, Content Marketing Manager
publicrelations@plslogistics.com

PLS Logistics Services Named to Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms List

PLS Ranks for 9th Consecutive Year on Transport Topics List

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – April 13, 2016

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management and freight brokerage services, has been named to the top 25 on Transport Topics list of Top 50 Freight Brokerage Firms for 2015.

The annual list ranks freight brokerage firms based on net revenue. The Top Brokerage Firm list is part of Transport Topics’ Logistics 50, a yearly review of the largest logistics companies.

This marks the 9th consecutive year that PLS has ranked in the top 25 of the list. “We’ve built strong partnerships with carriers and shippers. Their confidence in PLS has been a fundamental reason for our market growth,” says Greg Burns, PLS President and CEO.

“We are especially gratified to have achieved our results through organic growth, which remains a critical differentiator for PLS,” added Burns.

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.

Media Contact

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

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

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Low oil prices, growing supply inventories and decreasing global demand have created new challenges in the oil and gas (O&G) industry. Historically, O&G companies’ soaring profits masked the poor state of logistics operations within their supply chains. Now that profits are thin, oil and gas companies are rushing to save money wherever they can. O&G companies realize the savings potential in their disordered logistics processes, specifically in transportation management.

PLS Logistics Services Continues Expansion, Opens Office in Charlotte

New Office to Bring 200 Jobs to Charlotte, North Carolina

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – January 18, 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 Charlotte, North Carolina. This is PLS’ 12th office nationwide, and was opened to meet the needs of PLS’ expanding client base.
The office opened January 18, 2016 with an initial team of 20 employees and expects to hire 200 additional employees over the next several years. The office is located in the Fifth Third Center Building at 201 North Tryon Street, Suite 1500, Charlotte, North Carolina.
“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 the strong sales talent that Charlotte offers and better support our shipping and carrier partners.”
PLS chose Charlotte as a new 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 McKenzie Roark at eroark@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

PLS Logistics Services Continues Expansion, Opens Office in San Antonio

New Office to Bring Jobs to South Texas

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – December 14, 2015

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 San Antonio, Texas. This is PLS’ 11th office nationwide, and was opened to meet the needs of PLS’ expanding client base.

The office opened December 14, 2015 with an initial team of 10 employees and 40 new hires in 2016 from the San Antonio area. The office is located in the Weston Centre at 112 East Pecan Street, 6th Floor, San Antonio, Texas and is expected to create more than 200 jobs in the region over the next three years.

“PLS’ technology driven approach to transportation continues to drive growth and we are excited to announce the opening of the third branch location in Texas,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO. “By adding new employees in San Antonio, we will be able to tap into strong sales talent and better support our shipping and carrier partners.”

PLS chose San Antonio as a new 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 Kristin Baldwin at kbaldwin@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 15,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

Media Contact

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

PLS Logistics Services Continues Expansion, Opens Office in Seattle

New Office to Bring 200 New Jobs to the Seattle Area

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – October 26, 2015

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 Seattle, Washington. This is PLS’ tenth office nationwide, and was opened to meet the needs of PLS’ expanding client base.
The office opened October 26, 2015, with an initial team of 9 employees and 20 new hires from the greater Seattle area. The office is located at the Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave, Suite 210, Seattle Washington and is expected to create over 200 jobs in the region over the next three years.

“PLS’ technology driven approach to transportation continues to drive growth and we are excited to announce the opening of our first West Coast branch location,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO. “By adding new employees in the Seattle area, we will be able to tap into the strong sales talent and better support our shipping and carrier partners in the Western US.”
PLS chose Seattle as a new 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 http://plslogistics.com/careers or contact Alexis D’Souza at adsouza@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 15,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Named One of Pittsburgh’s Coolest Office Spaces

PLS Logistics Services Named One of Pittsburgh’s Coolest Office Spaces

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – September 23, 2015

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology enabled transportation management and freight brokerage services, was recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s coolest offices by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Throughout the month of September, the Pittsburgh Business Times is showcasing the most inspiring and attractive office spaces in and around Pittsburgh. PLS has nine branch offices nationwide including the two remarkable office locations in the Pittsburgh area – Cranberry Township and the South Side. PLS’ other offices are located in Jacksonville, FL, Tampa, FL, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, St. Louis, MO.

“PLS’ investment in our office space reflects our work hard play hard culture. Our offices have been designed to encourage teamwork and open communication,” says Greg Burns, Chairman, President and CEO of PLS.
PLS has 9 current locations and anticipates reaching twenty locations across the nation by 2018. The broad office network leverages PLS technology, carrier and shipper base while providing PLS employees the opportunity to relocate across the nation.

About PLS

With more than 600 employees nationwide, PLS Logistics Services provides transportation management and freight brokerage services across all industries using all major freight modes. 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) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Named One of Pittsburgh’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies

PLS Logistics Services Named One of Pittsburgh’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – August 24, 2015

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology enabled transportation management and freight brokerage services, was named one of Pittsburgh’s 100 fastest growing companies by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The Pittsburgh 100 ranks the fastest-growing private companies in Western Pennsylvania.

On Aug. 20, the Pittsburgh Business Times unveiled the Pittsburgh 100 Class of 2015, consisting of 100 firms that had the largest rate of growth over a three-year period from 2012 to 2014. PLS ranked 83rd on the list of the region’s fastest-growing companies.

An awards ceremony was held at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh to highlight this year’s winners. Greg Burns, Chairman, President & CEO of PLS, said, “It’s an honor to be named to the Pittsburgh 100 list,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO. “Our success would not be possible without the support of our valued customers, carrier partners and the hard work and dedication of our employees. By providing initial and ongoing value to our customers through innovative transportation management and brokerage solutions, we are poised for even more growth in the future.”

With more than 600 employees nationwide, PLS Logistics Services provides transportation management and freight brokerage services across all industries using all major freight modes. The company’s carrier network consists of more than 20,000 trucking companies, major railroads and barge companies.

About PLS

PLS Logistics Services is a leading provider of technology enabled transportation management, freight brokerage and outsourced transportation solutions for shippers across all industries.  PLS handles millions of loads annually across all major freight modes: flatbed, van, LTL, rail, barge, air and ocean.  The PLS carrier network consists of over 20,000 trucking companies, Class-1 railroads and major barge companies.  To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (888) 814-8486.

Media Contact

T.J. Muehlfeld
Senior Director of Marketing
(724) 814-8634
publicrelations@plslogistics.com

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Leveraging big data is extremely valuable in transportation and logistics planning. When managed properly, big data can be used to make better transportation decisions and can help enhance business operations.

PLS Logistics Services Ranks on Inc. 5000 List of Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies

PLS Logistics Services Ranks on Inc. 5000 List of Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – August 13, 2015

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology enabled transportation management and freight brokerage services, was named to the 2015 Inc. 5000 list, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

This year, PLS ranks as number 4921 on the Inc. 5000 list. The ranking is based on growth and revenue over the past 3 years. During that time, PLS grew by 45%, with 2014 revenue coming in over $515 million, and created 225 new jobs. All of this growth was 100% organic. “It’s an honor to be named to the Inc. 5000 list,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO. “Our success would not be possible without the support of our valued customers, carrier partners and the hard work and dedication of our employees. By providing initial and ongoing value to our customers through innovative transportation management and brokerage solutions, we are poised for even more growth in the future.”

With more than 600 employees nationwide, PLS Logistics Services provides transportation management and freight brokerage services across all industries using all major freight modes. The company’s carrier network consists of more than 20,000 trucking companies, major railroads and barge companies.

About PLS

PLS Logistics Services is a leading provider of technology enabled transportation management, freight brokerage and outsourced transportation solutions for shippers across all industries.  PLS handles millions of loads annually across all major freight modes: flatbed, van, LTL, rail, barge, air and ocean.  The PLS carrier network consists of over 20,000 trucking companies, Class-1 railroads and major barge companies.  To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (888) 814-8486.

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PLS Logistics Services Recognized by Pittsburgh Business Times in List of Largest Private Companies

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology enabled  transportation management  and freight brokerage services, was featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2015 List of the Largest Pittsburgh-area Private Companies. The annual list highlights privately owned area businesses with annual revenue above $20 million.

In 2014, PLS’ revenue was over $515 million dollars, placing the company 20th on the list of the region’s 100 largest companies. Greg Burns, Chairman, President and CEO of PLS Logistics Services said, “It’s an honor for PLS to be recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the region’s largest privately held companies. We anticipate even more growth in the coming year and look forward to continuing our investment in job creation and customer service in this region.”

PLS has over 700 employees and 10 offices worldwide. The company looks forward to adding even more jobs and offices in its next fiscal year.

The Pittsburgh Business Times is a diversified business media company serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and publishes stories daily. It is published by the American City Business Journals and was established in 1981.

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) 814-5100.

A Simple Guide To Driving Customer Loyalty Through Freight Management

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Freight management plays a large role in the customer experience, and as you probably know, customer satisfaction is more important than ever. Some companies and e-retailers dedicate their entire business plan to the customer experience. End consumers are now demanding such a high level of service that the whole supply chain environment is changing to accommodate them. The customer is and always will be a priority, but now customers of B2C and B2B businesses are demanding very similar things.

Expectations In Transportation And Logistics (2015 Edition)

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We are predicting that a variety of factors will greatly shape the industry in 2015.

Influences include:

  • Big Data
  • Driver Demographics
  • Capacity Shortage
  • Omni-channel Experience

This eBook will help identify the most efficient ways to resolve this year’s challenges.

DOT Regulations

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In this eBook, you will gain insight into the current rules and regulations imposed on the transportation industry by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The Hours of Service (HOS) Rule, ELD Mandate, minimum levels of financial responsibility, heavy vehicle speed limiters and no-defect DVIRs will be explained and their impact will be made clear.

Shippers Complete Guide to Understanding LTL

Shippers Complete Guide To Understanding LTL

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In this eBook, you will learn all about the basics of shipping LTL freight. The world of LTL can be a nightmare. Learn how to be carrier-friendly in order to secure capacity whenever you need it, and learn to ship correctly to avoid unnecessary charges.

Are You Using Expedited Shipping The Right Way?

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  • Why consistent delivery is the primary element in gaining customer satisfaction
  • How to plan for expedited shipping instead of using it as a rushed solution
  • How to reduce expedited shipping costs
  • The value of JIT inventory
  • Why expedited transportation is an effective shipping strategy

JSW Steel (USA) Inc. Announces Agreement with PLS Logistics Services

BAYTOWN, Texas, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — JSW Steel (USA) Inc. (“JSW”) has entered into an agreement with PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), the largest industrial 3PL transportation services provider in North America. PLS will provide transportation and logistics solutions for outbound steel plate shipments from JSW’s plant in Baytown, Texas.

JSW operates one of the widest carbon plate mills in North America. JSW services shipyards, oilfield fabricators, heavy equipment producers, machinery makers and many other OEMs and distributors who need high-quality carbon plate and large diameter pipe.John Hritz, President and CEO of JSW commented, “I recall negotiating and concluding PLS’ first large steel manufacturing logistics contract when I was with another steel entity, and they have grown exponentially since then. We are pleased to partner with them going forward.”

“PLS’ technology-driven approach ensures that every freight move is optimized and tendered at the lowest cost, meeting service requirements while providing increased visibility through tracking, administration and reporting,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO.

PLS provides opportunities to overcome transportation challenges, such as load time delays and limited capacity. PLS expands JSW’s supply chain and offers broader and faster service to their customer network.

PLS’ scale, rich history in the steel industry, quality of service and competitive rates assure JSW that they can expand their volume and shipping needs.

About JSW Steel (USA) Inc.

JSW is a Texas-based corporation specializing in the production of discreet carbon steel plate thickness up to 6″and widths up to 160″, as well as large diameter pipe up to 80′ long with wall thickness up to 1″. Strategically located 30 miles southeast of Houston, JSW has the ideal site and capabilities to serve its global energy, rail and tank car, utility pole customers, and shipbuilding industries. To learn more, visit JSWSteel.US.

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) 814-5100.

Logistics Management Best Practices

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Logistics operations are responsible for providing excellent service to satisfy rising customer demands.  Learn how to provide value to your customers, starting now.  In this PLS whitepaper, you will learn 5 areas in logistics that typically need improvement, the most successful methods of logistics optimization, and how good logistics practices translate to the customer experience.

Freight to Finance

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CFOs and supply chain managers view transportation differently; CFOs want to cut costs at every opportunity and supply chain managers want to add value to their services.  Transportation is crucial to the customer experience and a company’s bottom line.  Learn how to break down organizational silos and work together to make your logistics operations a competitive differentiator.

Freight Management Today: How to Compete for Capacity

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The economy, the driver shortage, government regulations, and other factors are tightening capacity in the freight industry. As U.S. freight volume steadily increases, shippers must compete for capacity like never before.

Some transportation sectors, such as flatbed trucking, are stretched tighter than others. Experts predict there’s no telling when balance might be restored. Learn how to compete for capacity during this shortage. This whitepaper discusses:

  • How the capacity shortage came to be
  • The current state of the freight industry
  • Unique situation of metals manufacturers
  • 3 strategies shippers are using to get capacity
  • Analysis of the best strategy

Logistics Management for Mining Companies

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The logistics challenges of mining companies are unique and complex. Despite this, investments in logistics people, processes and systems often take a back seat to core investments around finding, extracting and processing minerals. Logistics costs as a percent of a mining company’s total operating costs may be small, but mining companies can uncover literally millions of dollars in hidden profits by reexamining how they address logistics challenges.

This white paper examines five freight-related challenges faced by mining companies and how 3PLs can help address them.

1st Annual Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Carrier Survey

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PLS has announced the results of its first annual survey of industrial freight carriers on the use of liquefied natural gas powered trucks.

To determine the potential of LNG vehicle use for industrial freight, PLS Logistics Services surveyed senior executives at 100 large industrial freight carriers.   PLS survey respondents are key decision makers at some of the largest industrial trucking companies in the U.S.

PLS Logistics Services Continues Expansion, Opening Office in Phoenix

New office to bring 200 new jobs to Phoenix
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – April 8, 2015

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 Phoenix. This is PLS’ ninth office nationwide, and was opened to meet the needs of PLS’ expanding regional client base.

The office opened Monday April 6, 2015, with an initial team of 13 employees, 6 who were previously located at other successful PLS offices across the country, and 7 new hires from the Phoenix area. Located at 7001 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, Arizona the office is expected to create over 200 jobs in the greater Phoenix area over the next three years.

“PLS’ technology driven approach continues to drive growth and we are excited to announce the opening of our new branch office in Phoenix,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO.  “By adding new employees in the area, we will be able to tap into the strong sales talent in the Phoenix market.”

PLS chose the Phoenix 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 http://plslogistics.com/careers or contact Katelyn Huntoon at khuntoon@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 15,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies.  To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Hires Jon Herberger as Chief Information Officer

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – April 6, 2015

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology enabled supply chain and freight brokerage services, today announced that Jon Herberger has joined the company as its Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Herberger most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Imagitas, a marketing services company that connects marketers with their consumer segments through government communication channels in the US. Before joining Imagitas, he held senior technology management positions at N.E.W. Customer Service Companies Inc. and Electronic Data Systems.

“Jon brings over 20 years of progressive experience managing mission-critical projects and providing strategic, complex IT solutions for business objectives and strategic growth” says Greg Burns, Chairman, President and CEO of PLS Logistics Services. “I am pleased to welcome a seasoned strategic technology executive to the PLS leadership team. Jon will play a critical role in PLS’ future growth as we continue to develop industry leading technology enabled solutions that give our customers a competitive advantage.”
“I am excited to be joining PLS at a time when they are experiencing rapid growth and expansion, driven by their technology. Technology is more critical than ever in supply chain management and PLS’ innovative approach will continue to be a differentiator as they add even more value for customers in the future,” noted Herberger.
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, barge, air and ocean. The PLS carrier network consists of over 15,000 trucking companies, Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Hires Dave Mabon as Chief Operating Officer

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – March 11, 2015

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of technology enabled supply chain and freight brokerage services, today announced that Dave Mabon has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Mabon most recently served in a variety of executive leadership positions with GENCO, a North American logistics provider.  Previously, he directed sales and marketing for Kuehne + Nagel’s Contract Logistics business unit and served on their International Logistics Steering Committee.  Mr. Mabon started his logistics career with APL.

“Dave brings over 25 years of logistics leadership experience to PLS, with a strong track record of driving growth” says Greg Burns, Chairman, President and CEO of PLS Logistics Services. “I am pleased to welcome a seasoned supply chain executive to the PLS leadership team.  Dave will play a critical role in guiding our future growth and expansion plans.”

“I am excited to be joining PLS at a time when they are experiencing rapid growth and expansion. PLS’s unique scalable systems offering provides actionable data enabling customers to drive growth in challenging market conditions,” noted Mabon.

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, barge, air and ocean.  The PLS carrier network consists of over 15,000 trucking companies, Class-1 railroads and major barge companies.  To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Continues to Grow, Opening Office in Philadelphia

New office to bring 150 new jobs to Philadelphia

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of third party logistics solutions and freight brokerage services, announced today that it has opened a new branch office in Philadelphia. This is PLS’ eighth office nationwide, and was opened to meet the needs of PLS’ expanding regional client base.

The office opened Monday February 23, 2015, with an initial team of 31 employees, 18 who were previously located at other successful PLS offices across the country, and 13 new hires from the Philadelphia area. Located at Constitution Place, Suite 1200, 325-41 Chestnut Street, the office is expected to create over 250 jobs in the greater Philadelphia area over the next three years.

“PLS continues to experience rapid growth and we are excited to announce the opening of our new branch office in Philadelphia,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO. “By adding new employees in the area, we will be able to tap into the strong sales talent in the Philadelphia market.”

PLS chose the Philadelphia 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 http://plslogistics.com/careers or contact Minda Muenzer-White at mwhite@plslogistics.com or 724-814-5202. 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 15,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Continues to Grow, Opening Office in St. Louis

New office to bring 150 new jobs to St. Louis

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – February 5, 2015

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of third party logistics solutions and freight brokerage services, today announced that it has opened a new branch office in St. Louis. This is PLS’ seventh office nationwide, and was opened to meet the needs of PLS’ expanding regional client base.

The office opened Monday February 2, 2015, with an initial team of 25 employees, eight who were previously located at other successful PLS offices across the country, and 17 new hires from the St. Louis area. Located at 707 North 2nd Street, the office is expected to create over 150 jobs in the greater St. Louis area over the next three years.

“PLS continues to experience rapid growth and we are excited to announce the opening of our new branch office in St. Louis,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO. “By adding new employees in the area, we will be able to tap into the strong sales talent in the St. Louis market.”

PLS chose the St. Louis 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 http://plslogistics.com/careers or contact Hannah Dwiggins at hdwiggins@plslogistics.com or 724-814-8657. 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 15,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Named to Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms List

Company moved up two spots from their 2013 ranking from Transport Topics

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – November 20, 2014

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of 3rd party logistics solutions and freight brokerage services, was named to the Transport Topics Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms list for 2014. Moving up two spots from the 2013 ranking, PLS continues to experience rapid double digit organic growth in a period of tight truck capacity.

“We’ve built strong partnerships with carriers and shippers alike and their belief in PLS has been a key reason for our market share growth.” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman, President and CEO. “We’re excited about our recent office openings in the Tampa and Dallas markets and we look forward to additional expansion in 2015 and beyond.”

This marks the 8th year that PLS has made this list. “We are especially gratified to have achieved our results through organic growth and promotions of our internal talent which remains a critical differentiator for PLS,” added Burns.

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 15,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Moves into Larger Office in Tampa Due to Growth

Rapid growth and expansion plans in the Tampa region spurs need for new office

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – November 4, 2014

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of 3rd party logistics solutions and freight brokerage services, moved into a new office space in Tampa on November 3, 2014 to accommodate their rapid growth in the region. The Tampa office opened on December 30, 2013, with nine employees and since then has grown to 60. The office plans to add 150 new jobs in the next 18 months.

tampa-08“We’re very pleased with the quality of talent we have found in Tampa,” says Bob Janeda, PLS’ Senior Vice President of Transportation. “We’re rapidly expanding our client base in the greater Tampa area, and we will be looking for more top-notch sales talent to support our growth in the region.”

The majority of the jobs created by PLS’ Tampa office will be entry level sales positions. These positions offer unlimited growth and earning potential, with many employees quickly advancing into sales management roles.

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 15,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies. To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Opens Branch Office in Dallas

PLS Logistics Services Opens Branch Office in Dallas

New sales branch to bring 120 jobs to Dallas region over the next three years

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of 3rd party logistics solutions and freight brokerage services, opened a satellite office in Dallas, Texas on March 3, 2014.  The company opened this office to meet the needs of its expanding regional client base.  The new office, which is a remodeled warehouse that features a 24 hour gym inside, is located in the Historic West End at 1701 N. Market Street, Suite 440 Dallas, TX 75202.  PLS expects to create 120 jobs in the greater Dallas area over the next three years.

Dallas_Skyline_day_1234069992949“The opening of our Dallas office is very exciting for PLS,” says Bob Janeda, PLS’ Senior Vice President of Transportation.  “This office will allow us to better serve our growing client base in the Dallas area as well as tap into the incredible population of young, talented professionals this region provides.”

The majority of the jobs created by PLS in its’ Dallas office will be entry level sales positions. These positions offer unlimited growth and earning potential – nearly all of PLS’ sales management team has been promoted from within.

Candidates can contact Hannah Esposito at mesposito@plslogistics.com, or apply online at http://plslogistics.com/careers. Prior logistics industry is not required, and employees will receive extensive training and support.

PLS is growing rapidly, and with the addition of the Dallas office, now has satellite offices in Jacksonville, Tampa, Houston, Dallas, and Pittsburgh’s South Side in addition to its’ corporate headquarters in Cranberry Township, PA.

About PLS

PLS Logistics Services is a leading provider of logistics management, brokerage and technology services for shippers across all industries.  PLS handles over one million loads annually across all major freight modes: flatbed, van, LTL, rail & barge, air & ocean.  The PLS network consists of over 15,000 trucking companies along with Class-1 railroads and major barge companies.  To learn more, visit www.plslogistics.com or call (724) 814-5100.

PLS Logistics Services Opening Branch Office in Pittsburgh’s South Side

PLS Logistics Services Opening Branch Office in Pittsburgh’s South Side.

New sales branch to bring over 100 new jobs to Pittsburgh region.

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of logistics solutions and freight brokerage services, today announced that it will begin operations in the South Side of Pittsburgh starting the first week of February, 2014.  The company will open this new satellite office to meet the needs of its expanding regional client base.  The new South Side office is located on the Fifth Floor of 2100 Wharton Street, and is expected to create over 100 jobs in the greater Pittsburgh area.

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“PLS is excited to announce the opening of our new South Side sales office,” says Bob Janeda, PLS’ Vice President of Talent Acquisition.  “With highly acclaimed colleges and universities located close by, the Pittsburgh region has a lot of young professional talent.  PLS offers great sales career opportunities for these entry-level employees with tremendous growth potential.  The vast majority of our sales leadership team has been promoted from within.”

PLS chose the South Side of Pittsburgh for the new sales office because of its access to quality professional talent, which is the key to the PLS growth and expansion strategy.  Interested candidates can apply immediately by visiting http://plslogistics.com/careers.  Prior logistics industry is not required, as employees receive extensive training and support.

PLS Logistics Services Opens New Branch Office in Tampa

PLS Logistics Services Opens New Branch Office in Tampa.

New sales branch to bring 120 jobs to Tampa region over the next three years.

PLS Logistics Services (“PLS”), a leading provider of 3rd party logistics solutions and freight brokerage services, opened a satellite office in Tampa, Florida on January 2, 2014.  The company opened this office to meet the needs of its expanding regional client base.  The new office is located at 4631 Woodland Corporate Blvd., Suite 209 Tampa, FL 33614, and is expected to create 120 jobs in the greater Tampa area over the next three years.

“PLS is excited to announce the opening of our new Tampa sales office,” says Bob Janeda, PLS’ Vice President.  “We will be able to better serve our growing client base in the greater Tampa area and also capitalize on the population of young, talented professionals this region provides.”

Tampa-skylineThe majority of the jobs created by PLS in its’ Tampa office will be entry level sales positions. These positions offer unlimited growth & earning potential and the vast majority of PLS’ sales management team has been promoted from within. Interested candidates can apply immediately by visiting http://plslogistics.com/careers. Prior logistics industry is not required, as employees receive extensive training and support.

PLS is growing rapidly, and with the addition of the Tampa office, now has satellite offices in Jacksonville, Tampa, and Houston in addition to its’ corporate headquarters in Cranberry Township, PA.  Two more offices are planned to open in the first quarter of 2014 in Pittsburgh and Dallas.

PLS Logistics Services Ranked Among Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms

PLS Logistics Services ranked among Transport Topics’ Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms for 2013.

The ranking is a part of the Transport Topics Logistics 50, an annual survey of the largest logistics companies in North America, covering freight management and forwarding, brokerage services and warehousing and distribution. To view the Transport Topics Logistics 50 and Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms rankings in their entirety, visit http://ttnews.com/log50/

PLS Announces Opening of Houston Office

PLS’ Houston, TX Facility Reflects Growth and National Expansion Plans.

PLS today announced that it will open a new office in Houston, TX on May 28, 2013. The new office is consistent with management’s strategy to penetrate new markets and further enhance market share in North America.

“PLS is excited about the opening of our new Houston Branch,” says Greg Burns, PLS’ Chairman & CEO. “We feel that Houston, with it’s strong economic growth and status as a global headquarters for the energy sector, is a good fit with PLS’ industrial shipper and carrier base. Additionally, we believe that Houston has much to offer in terms of sales talent, and we look forward to expanding our presence there.”

The new office in Houston will consist of seven experienced employees from the firm’s Cranberry, PA location, combined with nine initial hires from the Houston area. PLS expects to hire an additional 100 employees from the Houston market over the next two years. Interested candidates can apply online by visiting http://plslogistics.com/careers.

LTL Freight: How to Avoid Surprise Fees

Today’s ground transportation environment has seen the impact of not only a lackluster economy but also the effects of other factors leading to increased cost of Less-Than-Truckload common carrier transportation services. As a result, carriers are focused on margin retention and improvement and sacrificing market share by culling low margin business. We should expect to see increases in prices within the next few months as trucking companies ensure their prices are compensatory to the services they provide.

LTL freight fees

Just as we are seeing in the deregulated airline industry, fares differ by carrier and many additional services or conveniences such as checked luggage or food come at an additional expense. As a result, finding a low airfare to board one plane may, overall, end up costing more when you add a checked luggage fee and business class seating, than a higher airfare with lower or waived luggage and business class fees.

Carrier rate bases can vary significantly, depending on their lane balance needs and the cost of performing standard services in their geographic service regions. LTL discount percentages can mean little at face value as most rate bases vary considerably from carrier to carrier. In addition to class less discount rates, carrier accessorial charges will vary, some significantly, allowing a quote with a low base rate to end considerably higher with the addition of accessorial charges such as fuel surcharges, limited access fees, residential delivery fees, weight and class change fees, over length, hazardous material or lift gate charges as well as many other requested services. These accessorial charges often lead to surprises on carrier invoices. These charges can be found in a carrier’s rules tariff and buyers will find that rules tariffs are lengthy and subject to change without notice.
Here are a few examples of surprises that shippers find on their freight invoices:

  1. Limited Access – Limited access fees can be assessed on both commercial and non-commercial delivery sites. A flat or per hundred weight charge may apply. Generally speaking, a limited access location is defined as meeting any of the following conditions:
    • Not open to the walk-in public during normal business hours.
    • Not having personnel readily available to assist with the delivery or pickup function.
    • Not having access to loading dock or platform.
    • Sites where carriers are delayed with security related inspections and processes prior to freight tender.
    • Examples would be private residences, camps, churches, government facilities, farms, schools, prisons, carnivals, mini-storage facilities, nursing homes, outpatient medical facilities and other such locations.
  2. Over-Dimensional or Excessive Length Charges – Varies by carrier rules tarrif and can apply on shipments with a single handling unit with lengths generally in excess of 10 linear feet. These charges are subject to a minimum fee and can increase depending on the length of the product.
  3. Weight Change Charges – Shipments subject to a weight change after inspection may be assessed a flat fee to cover the cost of carrier invoice changes in addition to the increased cost associated with the higher shipment weight .

As a result of the wide variances of rate bases and accessorial fees, it is important to evaluate carrier options prior to tendering shipments to an LTL carrier. Short of checking each quoted carrier’s rules tariff for accessorial price application, the most practical tool available is a transportation management system (TMS) that houses a comprehensive listing of additional fees. Accessorial charges such as limited access, over-dimensional or excessive length, and weight change charges may not be known at time of carrier tender. However, you have the ability to control the costs that you know up front. Consequently, whichever method you choose to utilize, accessorial and special service charges can add up and potentially cost more than a shipper may anticipate. A good 3PL and TMS can help you navigate through the myriad of additional charges and protect your margin by helping you with quote your shipments accurately.

PLS Releases 2nd Annual LNG Motor Carrier Survey Results

PLS’ 2nd Annual Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Motor Carrier Survey Indicates Growing Interest.

PLS has announced the results of its 2nd annual survey of industrial freight carriers on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered trucks.

Natural gas production is becoming big business in North America.  According to the Energy Information Administration, demand for this cheaper, cleaner energy source will drive a steady rise in natural gas usage for years to come – for usage in homes, businesses and industrial plants.  The question remains, will LNG vehicles become a significant factor in long-haul freight?

To determine the potential of LNG vehicle use for industrial freight, PLS Logistics Services surveyed senior executives at 100 large industrial freight carriers.   PLS survey respondents represent key decision makers at some of the largest industrial trucking companies in the United States.

Highlights from the Survey:

  • There has been a significant increase in respondents who plan to purchase LNG vehicles compared to the previous year’s results.
  • There has been a major shift in attitude among the majority of respondents, who now believe LNG is a viable alternative to diesel.
  • Large carriers appear to be leading the industry with plans to adopt LNG technology while smaller operators are more resistant.
  • Potential barriers to the use of LNG remain, with refueling infrastructure still a key issue, followed closely by the higher cost of LNG compatible engines.
  • Both 2013 and 2012 survey results indicate that heavy-haul carriers are receiving little pressure from customers to provide a natural gas shipping option, despite the potential cost advantages.

Commenting on the survey results, PLS Logistics Services’ Chairman and CEO Greg Burns noted:

“The results of our latest survey show significant movement within the trucking industry toward adoption of LNG technology.   PLS believes LNG has an important role to play as a U.S. energy source, and our future surveys will track adoption rates and attitudes towards this alternative fuel in the future. “

More detailed survey results are available via PLS’ website:

PLS 2nd Annual LNG Motor Carrier Survey Results

7 Factors that Determine LTL Pricing

LTL shipments typically weigh between 151 and 20,000 lbs. LTL carriers will usually apply a discount on shipments starting at 151 lbs on one pallet and up to 5,000 lbs on 5 pallets. Shipments larger than 5 pallets can still ship with an LTL carrier but these moves are normally considered volume moves and are spot quoted by the carrier’s rate department.

LTL Pricing Factors

LTL rates can be very confusing. Unlike truckload which has rates usually based on a per-mile rate or a price per-hundred weight plus a fuel charge, many factors regulate LTL rates which will most definitely impact the cost of a shipment.

Less-than-truckload (LTL) mode of shipping is used for smaller shipments that are too large to be sent as parcel but too small to fill an entire truckload. LTL carriers collect freight from various shippers and consolidate that freight onto trailers for line-haul to the delivering terminal or to a hub terminal where the freight will be further sorted and consolidated for additional line-hauls.

In most cases, drivers start the day by loading up and heading out to make deliveries first, then begin making pickups once the trailer has been emptied for return to the terminal for sorting and delivery next day; thus, most pickups are made in the afternoon and most deliveries are performed in the morning.

Here are 7 factors that determine LTL pricing:

  1. Minimums. The pricing that is increasing the fastest with LTL carriers is the absolute minimum charge (AMC). This minimum charge is the charge below which a carrier simply will not go. Carriers are constantly requesting a 2-3% increase on contract rates, but $5 increases in the minimum charge. If the minimum charge is $70.00, a $5 increase equates to a 7.1% increase. Carriers are doing this because the costs a carrier experiences for a minimum charge shipment far exceeds the costs they experience for heavier shipments
  2. Distance. Typically, the longer the haul, the higher the price per-hundred weight will be. Many LTL carriers only serve a specific geographic region so you must consider how many zip codes a carrier services directly. If a shipment is sent to a location outside a carrier’s normal service area, the trucking company will transfer the shipment to another LTL carrier for final delivery. This is called interlining, a practice that may result in higher costs due to lower discounts and higher minimum charges.
  3. Base Rates. All LTL carriers establish their own base rates. These rates are quoted per 100 pounds (aka – CWT),  and will vary from carrier to carrier and from lane to lane. The CWT calculation is based on the freight classification. A good fact to point out is carriers will modify their base rate depending on their need for additional volume and increase gross costs for lanes where they have a good balance between trucks and freight.
  4. Freight All Kinds (FAK). Freight all kinds is an arrangement between the client and the carrier that enables multiple products with different classes to be shipped and billed at the same freight class. For example, a client that ships multiple commodities ranging from 50 to 100 could negotiate an FAK with the carrier to rate all items at class 70. This can be a source of significant savings for clients by reducing the amount paid on higher class shipments.
  5. Weight. Rates are structured so that the more a shipment weights, the less you pay per hundred pounds. As the weight of the LTL shipment increases and approaches the lowest weight in the next heaviest weight group, it will be rated at the lowest weight category and rate in that weight group.
  6. Classification of Freight. Every piece of freight has a classification within the LTL world. Classes are published by National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). NMFC has established 18 different classes ranging from 50 to 500. The class is determined by product density, value, stow-ability, handling and liability. Lower classes represent very dense freight that is difficult to damage and is easy to handle. Lower classes have lower rates. Conversely, higher classes represent lighter / less dense freight that typically takes up more space. The higher the class, the higher the rate will be. For additional information on freight classification see our post – 4 Characteristics that Determine Your LTL Freight Class.
  7. Accessorials. Accessorial charges stem from extra services performed by the carrier that goes beyond the typical dock to dock / business to business pick up and deliveries. Common examples of these charges are lift gate service, residential pickup or delivery, limited access locations (i.e. jails, prisons, churches, schools, storage units) and inside delivery. Accessorial charges can be negotiated to a flat rate or even waived altogether. A fuel surcharge is the most common accessorial as it’s typically factored in on every shipment.

If you lack the specifics of your freight as it relates to the above information, it could lead to a 25-40% increase in your freight charge. Fortunately, the unnecessary costs are avoidable. Getting to know these 7 characteristics of an LTL freight rate will help you control costs.

What do you think? Are there any other factors that affect LTL pricing? Leave your comments below!

5 Ways to Drive LTL Freight Savings

Many companies today are working in an environment of fierce competition and razor sharp profit margins.  What separates the top performing companies from the rest of the pack is how well they are able to adhere to standard operating procedures and continue to improve upon those processes.  One example of this is how companies control the carrier selection decisions that are made by their suppliers and how these suppliers are being utilized.  When there are hundreds or even thousands of vendors to reign in, this can be a daunting task for many companies to manage.  How can companies ensure they optimize savings opportunities without experiencing a reduction in service levels?LTL Freight Savings

  1. Understand your supplier network:   Determine where your key suppliers are located and how often are they shipping product to your facilities.  Could shipment order quantities be increased to reduce the frequency of LTL shipments?  Reducing the frequency of shipments will reduce the occurrence of minimum charges and ultimately yield larger freight savings and lower cost per pound over the course of the year.
  2. Create visibility into your freight expenditures:   By developing reporting that captures where you are spending your LTL transportation dollars at the vendor level, a company can better understand where there may be opportunities to reduce cost.  Which shipments do you pay the freight for and have control of today and are their opportunities to convert pay terms to maximize savings?  A reputable third party logistics provider can capture this critical information with the use of a transportation management system (TMS).
  3. Consolidate your supplier base:   Are there opportunities to buy more products from regional suppliers to reduce transportation expense?  Companies do need to have redundant sources of supply as contingency and for leverage in negotiations, but key regional vendors can be established in many cases.  Reducing the length of haul can enable you to use more regional LTL carriers and in turn, potentially reduce your transportation expense while simultaneously improving your average transit times.  Generally speaking, regional LTL carriers’ networks are better positioned to provide more reliable and faster transit times than their national LTL carrier counterparts.
  4. Monitor & enforce vendor compliance:   Are your vendors sticking to the plan?  Vendors need to understand and be held accountable for their carrier selection decision.  If vendors are not selecting the least cost carrier, have they been given the authorization to do so?  If a vendor violates the rules for carrier selection, hold them accountable by enforcing chargeback penalties.  Having a single point of contact for your vendors will help to reduce the chances of incurring unnecessary expenses.  Consider outsourcing the vendor compliance and carrier selection process to a third party LTL provider that has a robust LTL TMS.  This will remove the expense and burden from the shoulders of in-house staffing as these third parties can provide flexible resource levels to handle surges in incoming requests.
  5. Communicate with your vendor base:   Distribute a vendor instruction letter.  To ensure an efficient transaction, this letter should detail who to contact to request an LTL shipment and what information will be required such as purchase order numbers, origin/destination contact information, freight class, and weight.   When a shipment needs to be expedited or a carrier other than the least cost option needs to be selected for service reasons, ensure the vendors are aware of the proper procedure for authorizing these additional expenses in advance.   Remember to provide feedback to your vendor base on their carrier selection performance- both positive and negative.  Solid reporting at the vendor level that quantifies the cost of these lost LTL freight savings will help to change behaviors and provide negotiating power at supplier negotiation time.

Incorporating these behaviors into your vendor assessments will enable your company to monitor your vendor network, leverage opportunities for shipment consolidation, maximize vendor compliance to preferred carrier routing, and ensure vendors are aware of your standard operating procedures.