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10 Interesting Facts about Ocean Freight Shipping

Almost 90 percent of goods and food are shipped to us on overseas journeys. Transocean delivery lets manufacturers and suppliers move an enormous amount of freight to opposite parts of the world. To help people gain a better understanding of the ins and outs of ocean shipping, here are some interesting facts about ocean freight:

  • All of the goods on an ocean shipment are moved in containers that usually are 20 – 40 feet tall in size.
  • Sea shipping is not the fastest option but can be one of the cheapest options for transporting large amounts of goods. For example, you will pay almost the same cost for 200 kg shipment and 2000 kg one.
  • As truck shipment types differ, ocean delivery options also differ and provide shippers with options. There are two main kinds of container fulfillment: full container load (FCL), which means your freight takes all the container capacity, and less-than-container load (LCL), which suggests partial load and therefore partial payment.
  • The largest ship can transfer up to 18,000 containers, and to put that into perspective, it would equal 745 million bananas. The ship carrying that number of containers could give every single European a banana, and there would still be some leftover.
  • Ocean shipping is one of the most sustainable types of transportation. A vessel from China to France emits less gas than a truck going from Houston to Oklahoma City.
  • Pirates are a real danger. On average, there are two ships stolen by pirates every day. Somalian pirates’ attacks occur more often than violence in South Africa, making there an extremely high level of crime.
  • 98 percent of seafarers are male. One-third of them are Filipinos.
  • There are nearly 55,000 commercial ships covering the water surface.
  • The biggest fleet owners are Germany, Japan and Greece. The industry is rather private and keeps information on the inside of associations. The official association of ship owners in Greece, for instance, does not even disclose the number of members in the organization.
  • Surprisingly, almost 33 percent of freight ships have no means of communication with the outer world while in the ocean.

Ocean shipping is one of the oldest and most convenient methods to move goods across the world. Despite its low cost, there is a lot of work to do when arranging pick up from the port or to the port for delivery. This may be challenging and difficult, but PLS Logistics Services offer transportation management solutions for any of your shipping needs. Read more about our transportation solutions here.

Trending Transportation Updates: November 2018

There were many new and exciting developments throughout the transportation and shipping industry during this month. Check out some of the top stories that made headlines during November!

Largest Ocean Carriers Announced a Formation of Industry Association

The ocean shipping giants, A.P. Moller Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express (ONE), recently confirmed their plan to set a global association in their announcement. The organization will be a non-profit, and all of the ocean carriers will be invited to join when it is officially established. The main purpose of this decision is to smooth the shipping processes and create common standards inside the industry. According to the release, it will help the industry gain more transparency, and easily implement new technologies. To read more about new association, click here.

Walmart Will Open an AI Lab in One of its New York Stores

The retail giant announced its plan to create an Intelligence Retail Lab right in Levittown, New York. Walmart executives claim developing AI technologies and applications will help them proactively improve the customer’s experience and business performance by identifying which products are in low demand, and replace them effectively. To read more about the AI lab, click here.

Amazon is Building an Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville

In its latest press release, Amazon revealed that a new supply chain hub is about to open in Nashville, Tennessee. The facility will handle more than 5,000 employees and costs $230 million in investments. Apart from the Center of Excellence, the retailer will also open two new headquarters in New York City and Virginia. To read more about center in Nashville, click here.

California Fire Impacts Thousands, Including Logistics Workers and Truckers

Three wildfires caused an enormous amount of fatalities and property damage in Northern and Central California and have continued to impact supply chain performance in the affected areas. Smoke areas endanger truck drivers and workers because of hazards and bad road visibility. When the largest burning began, a huge Amazon warehouse with 2,000 employees in Sacramento, CA, was closed because of the health damage due to hazardous gas emissions. To read more about California’s fire impact, click here.

Trending Transportation Updates: October 2018

October was full of many significant events, bringing in new advanced developments to the industry. Here are some industry updates from last month!

Uber Announces “Powerloop” and Plans Drone Delivery by 2021

Uber has been extremely active with new projects recently, including the start of Uber Freight in August. The tech start-up has released the launch of “Powerloop,” a trailer rent program that will reduce delay time used on unloading the truck. While the unloading is going to proceed without driver presence, the pool-trailer system lets drivers focus on transporting freight. Along with the Powerloop project, WSJ recently published that Uber is working on a drone delivery program which is planned to be released in 2021. To read more about Uber’s Powerloop, click here.

Rolls Royce Collaborates with Intel for Self-Driven Vessels Project

Rolls Royce recently announced a partnership with tech giant, Intel, for constructing self-operated ships. The project is estimated to start in 2025. For the idea to become a reality, companies need powerful resources and a lot of work to be done. The sea environment is more variable and needs a broader, more flexible scalability of sensors that will be able to collect increased amounts of data from different characteristics. To read more about Rolls Royce and Intel project, please click here.

Walmart to Expand 2-day Shipping and Open the High-Tech Distribution Center

Walmart announced the plan to expand its 2-day shipping to a wide range of various items. Walmart will also be adding the new option of return delivery, which is when the customer will be able to return the purchased product to any brick-and-mortar store, and Walmart will deliver it to the primary seller. Another notable addition that’s about to start functioning soon is Walmart’s newest distribution center for fresh and frozen groceries. The facility will serve almost 200 stores and will be located in California. To read more about Walmart innovations, please click here.

Hurricane Michael Hits Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael swept through the Florida panhandle region in early October as a category 4 hurricane, which is one of the worst hurricanes since 1969. The areas that were affected by the storm experience substantial flooding and damages. At least 36 people died as a result of the hurricane, and many were left without homes or their belongings. To read more about the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, click here.

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.

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Key Factors That Impact the Transportation Industry


Busy_RoadTransportation is one of the most important elements in determining an organization’s overall logistics costs.  Companies are constantly trying to figure out the most efficient and cost-effective way to get their products from Point A to Point B.  What factors and trends determine the best way to deliver your products?  What factors influence freight demands?

Here are some of the factors that play into a company’s decision making process and/or transportation demand:

  • Shrinking capacity:   The economy, the driver shortage, government regulations, and other factors are tightening capacity in the freight industry.
  • Tightened budgets:  When looking to trim costs and improve profitability, companies tend to look at transportation as one of the first functional areas to save on costs.
  • Economy: Trends or changes in the national or regional economy affect the manufacturing and distribution process therefore affecting the demand for transportation.
  • Developments in technology:  Technological developments have streamlined and increased the productivity of company operations, created efficiencies for drivers and optimized the overall freight management process.
  • Lead time:  Advanced lead time notice can be tremendous in affecting a shipper’s freight spend. It is advantageous for shippers to make sure that their internal functional areas are clearly communicating as to when product will be ready to ship.  In turn, giving as much advance notice as possible to your 3PL or carrier will help reduce your shipping costs.  Ample lead time could also provide you with different modal options such as rail or barge which could prove to be much more cost effective.
  • Load time:  In today’s market and with tougher government regulations, carriers want to be as efficient as possible. Load time is a critical role in the shipping of your products.
  • Equipment type:  Consider the best type of equipment to move your product. Deferring to a particular type of equipment to ship your product could very well affect your bottom line freight spend. It could be more cost effective to use a specific type of equipment.
  • Driver-friendly facilities:  It is becoming a more common practice of shippers these days to provide “driver-friendly” facilities.    Encourage your team to communicate, work with and show drivers respect. Be more efficient with load times. Some facilities are maintaining driver break rooms to include showers and vending machines.  All of these factors and more are contributing to stronger relationships between shipper and carrier.

Want to learn more?  Contact us today to talk with an experienced professional who can help simplify your supply chain operations.


Five Facts about Logistics and Transportation

PLS_TruckAccording to the DOT, logistics is defined as “the cost-effective process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient movement and storage of goods from the point of origin to the end-user.” They define transport as “the movement of products and people from one point to another via air, sea, road, and rail.” Transportation and logistics have become an integral part of how businesses operateand run their supply chain today. Here are five facts about the logistics and transportation industry:


  1. The transport and logistics industry is made up of six industry sectors: road transport, rail, aviation, maritime, warehousing, and storage services. It is one of the world’s largest industries.
  2. The U.S. economy depends on trucks to deliver nearly 70% of all freight transported annually, accounting for $671 billion worth of manufactured and retail goods.
  3. There are close to 3.5 million truck drivers moving freight. In other words, one in every 15 people working in the U.S. is employed in the trucking industry.
  4. Shippers who partner with outsourced logistics service providers report an average cost reduction of 13%.
  5. 94% of 3PLs and 88% of shippers believe that communication, flexibility and openness are the main factors that help make them successful.

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To learn more about how you can reduce your transportation costs via a flexible 3PL provider, contacts PLS Logistics Services today for a FREE Transportation Cost Analysis or download a copy of the Freight Bill Analysis overview datasheet.