Corporate News

PLCX Makes Major Purchase to Bolster Fleet
May 02, 2016

PLC’s asset-based road division, Pacific Logistics Corp Expedited (“PLCX”), PLCX Website has signed an Asset Purchase agreement to acquire 20 new Kenworth T680 power units and 20 new Wabash Duraplate trailers. The tractors are highly evolved aerodynamic long-haul units, with a PACCAR MX-13 engine, automated transmission, and fuel efficient drive axles. These units have the Kenworth Idle Management System as standard equipment and have Wide-Base Super Single Tires. The PACCAR MX-13 engine, is pound for pound the most efficient powerplant ever designed for heavy duty trucks. The 10-speed automated manual transmission takes the guesswork out of shifting, reduces driver fatigue and simplifies operation. The Duraplate trailers provide best-in-class strength and durability. The high strength aluminum base plate in the lower sidewall withstands the most abusive freight hauls and resists damage from exterior sideswipes. The Wabash trailers are ideally suited for both general freight and heavy-haul freight. 

Driverless Trucks Will Soon Be a Reality
Apr 25, 2016

The introduction of driverless trucks could be the biggest change the transportation industry will ever see, and the concept is closer to reality than you might think. Vehicle manufacturers say drivers will still be essential in the next 10 years, and the technology will be there to assist drivers rather than take their jobs.

Daimler, one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers, demonstrated a prototype truck that drove autonomously on an autobahn in Germany, and successfully navigated a junction in real driving conditions. The trucks are equipped with a Highway Pilot assistance system that allows them to navigate successfully at speeds up to 53 mph. Daimler’s demonstration proved just how real the technology is.

There is no indication that autonomous technology will replace existing drivers in the future, but the technology helps free up drivers so they can work on other duties to maximize their time.

FDA Releases Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Food
Apr 05, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration released the long-awaited final rule for the Sanitary Transportation of Food. The rule, which is 283 pages long, was mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act, and will establish guidelines for custody of food products at every stage in the supply chain.

TIA filed comments on the proposed rule in 2014, with the goal of improving that proposal to adequately reflect the important role that third-party logistics companies play in the global food supply chain. At first review, the most immediate change from the proposed rule to the final rule is the treatment of brokers as shippers. This change may have a significant impact on TIA members’ responsibilities when managing or moving temperature-controlled food products.

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Intermodal Growth on the Rails
Mar 21, 2016

Rail intermodal continues to grow and to garner glowing reviews from users. Shippers select intermodal to move everything from raw materials such as grain and coal to manufactured goods including furniture and cars—plus produce and other food products. Long-haul freight transportation using rail and at least one other mode (typically truck) hit record volumes in 2015, with 13.7 million units moved—more than double the 5.9 million units shipped 25 years earlier in 1990, and about a 1.5-percent increase over 2014, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

More evidence of growth: The number of intermodal containers and trailers used in 2015 was up 1.6 percent when compared to the same period the year before.

Will intermodal growth continue? Shippers think so, and say they expect to see that 1.5-percent increase in intermodal volume hold steady through the third quarter of 2016, reveals Wolfe Research’s 2015 State of the Freight report, based on a survey of more than 600 shippers. ~ Sandra Beckwith / Inbound Logistics

Lawsuit Filed Against ELD Final Rule
Dec 15, 2015

The Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) has filed initial arguments against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) final rule mandating Electronic-Logging Device (ELD) use for all commercial motor vehicles (CMV). OOIDA argues in its appeal that ELD use does not advance or improve safety, it’s arbitrary and capricious and violates the Fourth Amendment for unlawful searches and seizures. OOIDA filed the legal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, the same court that in 2011 vacated FMCSA’s prior rule related to electronic logs, a limited mandate for certain noncompliant carriers. OOIDA led that challenge as well. OOIDA also listed other arguments in the legal brief requesting the court to vacate the rule:

  • That the mandate fails to comply with a congressional statute requiring ELDs to accurately and automatically record changes in drivers’ duty status. ELDs can only track vehicle movement and must rely on drivers to manually input changes in duty status, making the devices “no more reliable than paper logbooks for recording hours of service compliance,” OOIDA says.
  • That the current mandate continues to fail to ensure that ELDs will not be used to harass drivers — FMCSA’s own failure to provide for this requirement of existing law was the reason the 7th Circuit vacated the prior e-logs rule in 2011. FMCSA responded to such requirements by in part developing the parallel Driver Coercion rule and opening up new whistleblower architecture for driver complaints, and penalties for violating carriers.
MEM Terminal Expansion
May 15, 2015

Olive Branch MS – Furthering the PLC expansion into the Southern Region, this newly purchased terminal and property will serve as the epicenter of Hub & Spoke activities in the Southeast. (View Map) In addition, this becomes the new home of PLCX – - PLC’s over-the-road expedited trucking division! Footwear, retail, and beverage freight volumes continue to grow in this Memphis locale. This 90,000 sq. ft. terminal on nearly 10 acres will be utilized in support of the account business. 

Truck Driver Shortage
Apr 02, 2015

Bob Costello, the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) chief economist, says driver turnover at truckload fleets remained “very high” in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Turnover at large truckload fleets — which is a barometer of the driver shortage — fell one percentage point to an annualized rate of 96 percent in the fourth quarter, while turnover at smaller truckload carriers — those with less than $30 million in annual revenue — rose one percentage point to a rate of 95 percent in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the ATA spokesman said new information shows the nation is now short more than 35,000 truck drivers.

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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 12,000 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.

CEO Pacific Logistics Corp receives Above and Beyond and Patriotic Employer Award
Sep 02, 2014

California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve provided belated recognition, in the form of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve “Above and Beyond” award to Doug Hockersmith, CEO of Pacific Logistics Corp, for his personal and financial support for the 2013 family/holiday Day event of the US Army Reserve’s 349th Combat Support Hospital.

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