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PLS Logistics Strengthens Partnership With The Independent Steel Alliance

CRANBERRY TWP., PA (March 20, 2018) — PLS Logistics Services, one of the largest industrial 3PL transportation service provider in North America, has partnered with the Independent Steel Alliance to sponsor their Annual Shareholders Meeting in Napa Valley, CA, in April.

The Independent Steel Alliance (ISA) is a purchasing cooperative of independently-owned and operated rebar fabricators in the U.S. and Canada. The ISA helps provide a tangible financial return to its members along with giving members the benefit of highly focused peer-to-peer engagement. The shareholders meeting will bring together ISA members and suppliers to participate in the conversation about the steel industry.

PLS Logistics Services is an industry leader in moving steel and products related to steel across North America. As a supplier of the ISA, PLS Logistics has chosen to sponsor this meeting to further PLS’s involvement and success in the steel industry. PLS Logistics Services’ scale, history in the steel industry, and quality of service are all factors that lead to the decision to become a sponsor of the ISA meeting.

“This sponsorship is a great way for PLS to further our involvement in the steel industry to build an alliance and strengthen the relationship between PLS and steel manufacturers and carriers,” said Greg Burns, President, Chairman, and CEO of PLS Logistics.

The 2018 ISA Annual Shareholders meeting will take place from April 11 to April 13. The ISA Annual Meeting is open to current fabricator members and supplier-partners. For more information about joining ISA, please visit www.independentsteelalliance.com.

About Independent Steel Alliance

Independent Steel Alliance is a member-owned purchasing cooperative of independent rebar fabricators in the US and Canada. Launched in 2013, ISA’s mission is to achieve measurable and significant financial returns for its members by leveraging collective purchases for patronage rebates from suppliers.

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 40,000 pre-qualified 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
Kelsey Magilton, Marketing Manager
724 – 814 – 5074
publicrelations@plslogistics.com

 

ISA Contact

Chris Casey Ph.D., ISA Executive Director
404 – 577 – 0207
Chris@IndependentSteelAlliance.com

PLS Provides Hurricane Harvey Support

Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to a Tropical Depression has impacted the lives of millions in the Gulf Coast region.  While the rain subsided in heavily affected areas, the after effects of this hurricane will be seen for the weeks and months to come.  The PLS Houston employees are back in the office as of 9/5/17 and our employees on site in Baytown are back to their duties.

Fortunately, PLS prepares for the unexpected. PLS Logistics Services has been shipping to the eastern Texas and western Louisiana areas. Our 10 offices across the United States have been working together to bounce back from the Hurricane Harvey transportation impacts.

PLS Harvey Initiatives

  • The flooding conditions are improving across southeast Texas; however, rivers continue to overflow with the excess rainfall. Closed or flooded conditions are still present on both major and minor routes.
  • Our logistics professionals are actively researching affected areas. We are monitoring flood and weather conditions to ensure a safe delivery of your load.
  • The impacts from hurricane Harvey are being felt beyond the areas hit by the storm. Truck and trailer availability can be affected due to major disruptions in areas. We are working hard to accommodate to all shipper and carrier service needs.
  • To ensure proper delivery, our dedicated staff is contacting consignee and receiver locations to assess for damage and conditions our carriers and shippers need to be aware of.
  • PLS is tracking shipments closely by GPS and cell trackers and will update our shippers/receivers/carriers of possible extended delays.
  • To ensure your satisfaction, our team is continually monitoring fluctuations in market rates.
  • Should damage occur, PLS is available to coordinate and process claims as quickly as possible.
  • PLS Logistics Services is adjusting work hours to accommodate to increased after-hours emergencies. Our staff is here for you, whenever you need us.

PLS is actively working with shippers and carriers, rescheduling loads as needed. We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates on loads that have been rescheduled. If you have any loads moving down to the affected areas, let us know and we can help facilitate those shipments.

PLS Gives BackHurricane relief

PLS is teaming up with the American Red Cross and GoFundMe to raise money for the affected communities. PLS will donate 100% of the profits from all Texas freight moves the week of Sept. 4th to the American Red Cross.

“PLS has a large number of employees, shippers and trucking partners in Texas and Houston and we want to do our part to assist in the recovery efforts of this catastrophic storm,” says President and CEO Greg Burns. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”

PLS employees and customers can donate to the American Red Cross through the company’s GoFundMe page titled “PLS Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund”.  Alternatively, any shipper using PLS trucking services the week of Sept. 4th for Texas related freight will have 100% of profits from those shipments donated to the American Red Cross. Shippers can contact their local PLS Account Executive or their local PLS office with any Texas freight needs. With over 500 employees, the company’s goal is to raise funds for its employees, customers, and vendors in addition to the Company’s donation.

To visit our GoFundMe page, follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/PLS-Harvey-Relief-Fund

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PLS will donate 100% of Profits from TX Moves to the American Red Cross the Week of September 4th

Cranberry Twp., PA, August 30, 2017 – PLS Logistics Services, a leading 3rd party logistics provider, has committed to donate 100% of profits from its Texas freight moves for the week of September 4th to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  

PLS is teaming up with the American Red Cross and GoFundMe to raise money for the affected communities. PLS will donate 100% of the profits from all Texas freight moves next week to the American Red Cross.

“PLS has a large number of employees, shippers and trucking partners in Texas and Houston and we want to do our part to assist in the recovery efforts of this catastrophic storm,” says President and CEO Greg Burns. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”

PLS employees and customers can donate to the American Red Cross through the company’s GoFundMe page titled “PLS Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund”.  Alternatively, any shipper using PLS trucking services the week of Sept. 4th for Texas related freight will have 100% of profits from those shipments donated to the American Red Cross. Shippers can contact their local PLS Account Executive or their local PLS office with any Texas freight needs. With over 500 employees, the company’s goal is to raise funds from its employees, customers, and vendors in addition to the Company’s donation.

While Hurricane Harvey has forced the closure of the PLS Houston office, all employees have been verified as safe. In the next several weeks, the PLS team will work tirelessly to help our customers maintain their delivery schedules, stay informed and assist them in any way possible.

To visit our GoFundMe page, follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/PLS-Harvey-Relief-Fund

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 40,000 pre-qualified 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:

Kelsey Magilton, Marketing Manager

(724) 814–5074

publicrelations@plslogistics.com

Freight Inquiries:

Dallas Branch
John Berberick
(496)513-4841
jberberick@plslogistics.com
Houston Branch
Andrew Barricks
(713)518-1128
abarricks@plslogistics.com
National Accounts
Joe Bielawski
(724)814-5846
jbielawski@plslogistics.com

Basic Guide to CSA scores

There’s a never-ending battle of cheap vs. safety. Which will you choose – cheaper or safer? Going with safer over cheaper might (and will) save you a lot of trouble and money in the long run. It’s not worth to lose a dollar while trying to save a dime, right?

Carrier.jpgBut how can we find out what’s safer? That’s where CSA scores come into play. The Compliance Safety Accountability is a project launched by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) back in 2010. The main purpose of this initiative is to improve safety on the roads for heavy trucks and buses.

What are the CSA scores anyway? The evaluation is based on seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories, commonly referred to as BASICs. These include:

  • Hours of Service
  • Unsafe driving
  • Driver fitness
  • Controlled substances/alcohol
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Hazardous compliance
  • Crash Indicator

Violations in each category count against general carrier safety. Of course, you cannot treat a broken tail light and driving under influence as equally critical violations. Violations are ranked by severity each subject to a certain amount of points. The combination of violations defines a general safety Out of Service percentage for Driver and Vehicle. Many shippers and 3PL’s have certain Out of Service thresholds in place for the carriers they use on their loads.

Understanding and considering CSA scores when pre-screening carriers for your loads is a helpful tool. Although implementing CSA scores seemed like a win-win at first, it caused a lot of controversial feedback. The push-back resulted in limiting the public access to these scores back in 2015.

FMCSA has been working on improving carrier safety evaluation to smoothen the process. Currently, the data is available on the FMCSA website. The scores in each category, except Crash Indicator and Hazardous compliance, are public. You can access the data on the recent violations under each available category, as well as historical data, which shows general trends – are the violations continuously rising? can you clearly tell the carrier is working hard on boosting their safety scores?

In the end, it’s all about information. Making an evaluated decision backed up by some actual data is never a bad idea.

 

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Beginner’s Guide to PLS PRO, Transportation Management System

guide to transportation management systemTMS software is credited for saving companies money; those who manage transportation poorly spend $53 for every $1,000 of total spend on outbound transportation, while those utilizing a TMS only spend $6.35 per $1,000.

PLS created a SaaS-based software, PLS PRO, that is highly configurable, adaptable and dynamic. PLS PRO is an online transportation management tool that enables shippers to oversee, operate and adjust shipments using a centralized network – regardless of shipment size or customer requirement. PLS built PLS PRO to be a simple, effective way to monitor logistics processes.

Guide to Our Transportation Management System, PLS PRO

“Our TMS allows clients to spend less time managing freight movements and focus on their core business objectives,” says Greg Burns, PLS CEO, and President. PLS PRO can integrate and modify changes seamlessly and quickly. PLS PRO displays visibility across a client’s portfolio of shipments and functions through a centralized database, providing actionable intelligence on the data.

Case Study: A leading scaffolding, insulation and fireproofing company responsible for job site deliveries with multi-shipment orders incorporated PLS’ proprietary TMS, PLS PRO. As a result, the client saw an 11% cost reduction in core carrier program freight costs, a 5% cost reduction in overflow shipments, and eliminated monthly payments to a third party payment service provider. The client achieved their 98% on-time delivery goal while improving operational efficiency through online shipment requests and dock scheduling.

Read: Case Study, Manufacturer Reduces Freight Spend through Automation

Clients today want self-service technologies to empower decision-making. Burns says, “They do not want to go and talk to 100 trucking firms. They want a technology that allows them to quickly find the best trucking firm specific to their needs, with the best service performance.”

Capabilities

PLS PRO enables managers to control, design and fine-tune their transportation across various locations. With the PLS PRO TMS software, shipper-clients can choose the highest or lowest priced carrier, can limit options to its three most-preferred carriers, and choose a carrier based on location. The TMS’ dock scheduling and management module plan the dock for reloading, tracking, and tracing. The optimization engine monitors transported shipments, a truck’s capability to contain the shipment and optimization of routes. Users can analyze KPIs and keep specific metrics on the dashboard.

TMS technology supports a shipper’s desire to lower transportation rates – with the help of a TMS, shippers remove inefficiencies and focus on more efficient modes, lanes, and processes.Top 3PL Tech Logo.jpg

PLS Logistics Services was featured in Logistics Tech Outlook magazine in November 2016 as the company of the month, a top 3PL technology solutions provider, and a transportation and technology service provider that offers shippers dependable, cost-effective solutions. Click here to read the full article.

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Inside PLS Corporate Culture

Inside PLS Corporate Culture

At PLS Logistics, we truly believe that it is our culture that sets us apart. Not only do we strive to provide the best service and most efficient means to an end for our clients, we also seek to maintain a company atmosphere that is conducive to happy, healthy and productive employees.

Our employees are our lifeblood. Our attitude and culture reflect the strides we go through to ensure their satisfaction.

At-A-Glance:

Walking into to a PLS office is unlike walking into a typical office environment. You aren’t greeted by a stuffy lobby or a security gate; you immediately can see our employees hard at work. The sales floor greets you first where you can observe the passion that our employees have. It can be compared to the sales floor on Wall Street –an intense environment. High ceilings and low walls create an open atmosphere that encourages interaction between employees in different departments.

Employee Life:

It may sound a little cheesy, but PLS really is a family and our employee relationships reflect that attitude.

And with the company growing every day, there is no limit to how our employees enjoy themselves. Whether it’s catching some sun on the beach in Jacksonville, exploring the art scene in downtown Houston, or rooting for the Black-and-Gold in the heart of Pittsburgh, PLS employees have a litany of extracurricular activities to look forward to every year.

PLS believes in hard work and dedication; however, we also believe in rewarding hard work with some seriously awesome benefits.

Other events include:

  • Happy hours
  • Tailgates
  • Charity events
  • Professional sporting events
  • Company-sponsored sports teams
  • Sales Competitions

Don’t believe us? Follow us on Twitter @InsidePLS where we are constantly updating our followers with what’s going on inside PLS!

Testimonial:

PLS truly is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it!

I graduated in May and I never thought my first job out of school would be one that I would enjoy so much. The atmosphere at PLS is great, and I love how open and friendly everyone is, not to mention all of the parties and tailgates once the day is done!” –Sam W., Account Executive Trainee

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Great Cities to Start Your Career

Are you result-oriented and want to work on a team that drives success? Then PLS Logistics Services is the perfect company for you! PLS provides ample training so that you are prepared to grow and prosper in your logistics career. PLS currently holds offices in several cities throughout the US; which city will you work in?

Cranberry Township, PA

Cranberry Township is one of the fastest growing cities in the greater Pittsburgh area because of its ideal location—close to downtown, where you can discover world-renowned museums, delicious food, and rich history. In Pittsburgh, you’ll discover great entertainment – from art festivals to concerts, to professional sports. Plus, you can let loose and have fun at the office playing corn hole, enjoying a tailgate, or practicing your golf swing.

South Side, Pittsburgh, PA

The South Side is located in downtown Pittsburgh and is known for its restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shopping. This location is perfect for young professionals looking to make good money and enjoy the perks that come with living in such a beautiful city.

Philadelphia, PA

The city of brotherly love, Philadelphia —known for its rich American history. Not only can you grab a cheesesteak from an authentic restaurant, but you can also watch parades, explore museums, and cheer on your favorite sports team. At PLS Philadelphia we’re a motivated group that loves to go to Philly’s games, venture through the Love Park, and explore the Reading Terminal Market.

Tampa, FL

Tampa, a destination complete with professional sports teams, world-class performance halls, and one of the world’s largest casinos. In a beautiful city like Tampa, there’s always something to do — like a party at the Gasparilla Parade, visit the zoo and aquarium, or have fun at Adventure Island Waterpark. Plus, the PLS Tampa office is only a short car ride away from the beautiful beaches of Clearwater.

Jacksonville, FL

Working in Jacksonville is like working in paradise—with beaches, sunshine, and adventure all year-round. It is a big city with a hometown feel. Don’t miss Kingsley Plantation, the Museum of Science and History, or EverBank Field to cheer on the Jaguars. PLS Jacksonville is a fun, friendly, and exciting office that’s growing quickly!

Houston, TX

Houston is the city with no limits. The most populous city in Texas, it’s easy to have fun in this beautiful city on the bayou. You’ll be able to enjoy the great weather by visiting one of Houston’s nationally recognized parks, well-known golf courses, or catching a sporting event. Come work at our beautiful office in Houston and bask in the sun during your lunch break.

Dallas, TX

Dallas is the place where big things happen. The modern architecture and museums are famous both on and off the big screen. Parks and lakes give you a break from the hustle of the big city and allow you to indulge in the abundance of outdoor activities. Don’t forget to check out a Mavericks game at the American Airlines Arena, just around the corner for the PLS office! When you work at PLS Dallas, you’re in the heart of the historic district, which means delicious food, modern art, and top-of-the-line shopping.

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, the Valley of the Sun, has recently been named one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. It is also recognized for its striking golf courses, energetic nightclubs, and desirable weather. This adventure-filled city is the ultimate destination for those who love to hike and bike in the desert. Experience the mountain views, sports events, and fine dining this city has to offer when you work at the PLS office in Phoenix.

St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, the Gateway City, is filled with the finest restaurants, entertainment venues, and nightlife. Check out the world-famous Gateway Arch, beautiful botanical gardens, Six Flags Amusement Park, and see the Cardinals play at Busch Stadium. St. Louis is full of culture, art, and adventure—from the Delmar Loop to the Fabulous Fox Live Theater. The PLS St. Louis office is filled with a driven group of individuals who are determined to overcome challenges and have fun while doing it.

Interested in moving to one of these beautiful PLS offices? Come join our team by applying today!

Take this quiz at the bottom of our NExT page to see which city is perfect for you!

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