Logistics Opportunity Assessment

It is a free, no-obligation assessment of your logistics functions. This will enable us to better find ways to improve service and find cost savings.

If you want to outsource your logistics to a 3PL, you can try logistics opportunity assessment. To deeply understand your business and deliver the most value, we offer a logistics opportunity assessment (LOA).

What is Logistics Opportunity Assessment?

LOA is a comprehensive analysis of your current logistics processes, with business requirements taken into account. It is a three-stage process of research, evaluation and implementation of improvements to help your company enhance processes and save costs.

Two Stages of Logistics Opportunity Assessment

STAGE 1: Strategic Cost Analysis

After signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), we will benchmark freight rates and measure, categorize and assess the various elements of your total freight cost. PLS will give

you a detailed assessment of freight spend by mode, carrier, geographic and seasonal orientation.

STAGE 2: On-Site Evaluation

We recognize the need to understand your entire logistics process before proposing a solution. Our team of logistics engineers will see first-hand how all of your operations are functioning. This will give us further insight, and knowing your entire process will give us a clearer picture of the obstacles your company faces.

The visit will focus on detailed interviews with personnel from the following areas:

  • Sales/Inside Sales/Order Entry
  • Purchasing
  • Production Planning
  • Operations and Shipping
  • Traffic and Carrier Management
  • Accounts Payable
  • Information Technology

This part of evaluation usually takes one to two days to execute.

From the information acquired from both stages of analysis, we will develop a customized logistics proposal. The proposal will contain a quantifiable savings strategy and a realistic service approach to meet your unique requirements.

What information do we need for LOA?

Ideally, the analysis is performed with no less than six months of data. This data should include:

  • Shipments Dates
  • Unique Load Numbers (BOL, Shipment Number)
  • Origin (City, State, Zip)
  • Destination (City, State, Zip)
  • Miles
  • Actual Weight
  • Bill Weight
  • Carrier
  • Rate (Include Unit of Measure)
  • Linehaul Cost
  • Accessorial Charges
 

    The quality and quantity of data will impact the effectiveness of our assessment. It is most convenient for this data to be delivered in a Microsoft Excel format. We do have the flexibility to accommodate copying and cataloging of freight bills on-site, but this will add several days to the assessment process.