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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.


Transportation Management in the Oil & Gas Industry

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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.


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.