Corporate News

Long Beach Port Update
Jan 15, 2015

Hundreds of longshore workers plan to take to the streets on January 22 to protest their employers’ decision to suspend vessel unloading night shifts at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are planning a community march down Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro to object to the Pacific Maritime Association’s move to not unload ships at night in order to move containers at congested terminal yards. 
This comes at a time when the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, considered the nation’s busiest seaport complex handling 40 percent of U.S. imports, is experiencing epic congestion due to the arrival of bigger ships carrying more cargo, the lack of available chassis, which are trailers that hitch to trucks that are needed to haul containers, the labor talks and other issues. 

3PL Acquisition – Jamesburg NJ
Jan 05, 2015

PLC runs a full-service operation in our Jamesburg NJ terminal. Services include Trucking, Air Freight, Import/Export, and a full menu of 3PL offerings that include Warehousing, Value Add, and Fulfillment on behalf of our shoe, wearing apparel, and retail clients. The Company recently acquired a 3PL operation that provides services to the food industry in the form of dry goods and cold storage. The acquisition enlarges PLC’s footprint in NJ to 210,000 sq. ft. and a total of 49 dock-high doors. Additionally, we have well over 6,000 rack spaces to utilize along with a two-room cold storage capacity of over 20,000 sq. ft. This investment cements PLC’s standing in the logistics marketplace and helps diversify our portfolio along the way.

Long Beach Port Update
Jul 01, 2014

The current contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and employers is due to expire tomorrow, July 1, but nearly all observers are expecting talks to continue. The contract actually expires at 5:00 p.m.,  but observers say they don’t expect a deal will be reached until the middle of July and that ports will continue to operate while the labor negotiations continue.

Diesel Rises to $3.951; Price Is Highest Since September
Feb 04, 2014

Diesel rose for a second straight week, gaining 4.7 cents to $3.951 a gallon, led by big spikes in the Northeast, the Department of Energy reported.

The national increase, which followed a 3.1-cent upturn last week, left trucking’s main fuel at its highest level since September. The gain also was the biggest since then.

Oil prices topped $98 last week, the highest level this year.

Study: New rest-time rules may drive up trucking costs
Jan 12, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Nearly three out of five companies responding to a survey by the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute think new federal regulations mandating rest time for truckers could lead to greater transportation costs.
The new hours-of-service rules from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which went into place July 1, are designed to improve driver safety by reducing truck driver fatigue.
The rules, which reduce the maximum number of weekly driving hours to 70 from 82 and mandate a 30-minute rest break prior to the eighth hour on duty, also could slow the transportation of products or force companies to add more truckers to the road, the researchers said.
The study surveyed 417 companies and found that 58% of expected an increase in their carrier rates. They anticipated passing on the costs to their customers in the long term.
This is not a realistic solution, said Mary Holcomb, an associate professor and the study’s author.
“In this economy, companies won’t want to damage the relationships with their customers by raising prices,” Holcomb said. “Carriers may be unable to absorb these increased costs, so companies will have to improve their operations in order to minimize their impact.”
Holcomb is the Niedert Supply Chain Fellow in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, which is based in the College of Business Administration.
Holcomb’s study identifies ways companies could mitigate those costs. She noted that some of those businesses are incorporating new initiatives.
“Many of them also will be a doubling down on efforts already underway,” she said.
Efforts to transport products more efficiently and control costs include the following:
* Extending lead time for some customers.
* Increasing customer delivery windows.
* Improving shipment consolidation.
* Increasing the use of “drop and hook,” which involves dropping a loaded trailer at a customer’s facility and hooking up and leaving with another loaded trailer.
The research also uncovered actions that many companies have yet to consider. Fewer than 5% of the polled companies planned to reduce costs by consolidating shipments with other companies.
“The logistics of coordinating shipping across companies is often too complex to sustain,” said Dean Vavalides, logistics analyst for Pilot Flying J who collaborated on the study. “It just requires too much synchronization.”
Holcomb added she was surprised to discover that so few companies plan on shifting transportation methods from truck to rail although research showed that long-haul moves have been the most impacted by the hours-of-service rule change.
Switching the long-haul moves from truck to rail could reduce the arrival time, she said.
The university’s Global Supply Chain Institute will conduct a follow-up study in mid-2014 on the long-term impact of the hours-of-service rules.
Holcomb’s concerns about the new regulations were shared by Duane Long, chairman of the Raleigh, N.C.-based Longistics.
Long called on Congress to support the TRUE Safety Act, a bill introduced by Reps. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.; Tom Rice, R-S.C.; and Michael Michaud, D-Maine; to stay the new rules until an independent review can be completed.
“Drivers, motor carriers and researchers have identified and documented a clear and wide disparity from FMCSA’s rhetoric and trucking’s new, more costly operating reality,” Long said.
“Congress should postpone the effective date of these new provisions until the Government Accountability Office can objectively evaluate the data and methodology used by FMCSA,” he said.

E-log mandate, driver database rules expected in January 2014, per DOT report
Jan 10, 2014

A proposed rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices is expected to be published in the Federal Register Jan. 29, according to a monthly Department of Transportation report, which says the rule is projected to clear the White House’s Office of Management and Budget Jan. 17.
The report also says the rule will have a 60-day comment period that will last until April 1.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule is also set to clear the OMB Jan. 17, and the DOT report projects that the rule will be published in the Federal Register Jan. 31.
The rule will establish a database of drivers who have failed or refused drug or alcohol tests, and carriers will be required to submit failed or refused tests to the database. Carriers also will be required to query the database when hiring drivers.
The electronic logging device (formerly known as electronic onboard recorders) rule will not only mandate the use of e-logs but will set device standards and address driver harassment relative to e-log use.
In its monthly update in December, FMCSA projected the rule would be published Dec. 23.
Also in the report was an update on the agency’s Safety Fitness Determination rule, which is now projected to be published Aug. 4, with a projected OMB clearance of July 24.
The rule would change the data set and methodology FMCSA uses to produce an overall safety score for a carrier. Now, it uses only data from compliance reviews, whereas the rule would allow the agency to use data from its BASIC scores in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability system; roadside inspections; and crash data.
A rule complementing the e-log mandate — designed to prevent the coercion of drivers to drive in violation of safety rules by carriers, shippers, receivers or other intermediaries — is projected to clear the OMB April 14 and be published in the Federal Register on April 23.

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Aug 05, 2013

Paul Martins has been in the transportation industry for the past 28 years and joined the PLC team in August of this year.

Paul’s career includes 16 years with UPS holding several senior level positions including Director of UPS Air Cargo, Director of UPS Airlines and Director of International Business Development.   In 2003 Paul joined Mercury Air Cargo as President and COO overseeing their worldwide handling and logistics companies as well as their subsidiary airline sales company, Hermes Aviation.  Since 2008 until joining PLC, Paul was Senior Vice President for the logistics and expedited shipping services company, Towne Air Freight and President of their wholly owned subsidiary, Towne Network Solutions.    During his tenure with Towne, Paul helped to oversee their growth from 31 terminals to 67 terminals in North America as well as their revenue growth which doubled during the past 5 years

Paul is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston and the Executive Leadership Programs at Bellarmine University in Louisville and Emory University in Atlanta. An avid golfer, he currently resides in Redondo Beach, with his wife Rona. 

Vice President of Operations
Jul 15, 2013

Walter E. Gaines is a highly skilled Senior Enterprising Executive with 25+ years of experience in General and Yield Management, Sales and Operations. His wealth of experience and expertise comes from leading asset and non-asset Warehouse & Distribution – Transportation and Logistics companies. He is a Skilled Architect in start-ups and has acted as a change agent in turn-around situations. This has involved migrating entrepreneurial companies to process driven entities, strengthening the infrastructure enabling sustained growth.

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House delays bill that could have undone hours rule
Jul 10, 2013

The House has pulled a transportation bill that could have potentially reversed the new hours of service rule that went into effect this month.

The House reportedly may consider bringing the bill back to the floor after its August recess.

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WIN Sales Conference in Madrid Spain
May 03, 2013

PLC Sales Managers and Executives will be attending the upcoming WIN Sales Conference in Madrid Spain, May 22-24, 2013. The conference is intended to help further international Sales development and cooperation between all member companies and countries. The Worldwide Independent Network – WIN – is comprised of 71 independent forwarding and logistics companies from all continents fully committed to freight management and the provision of worldwide total supply chain solutions.