Because a drayage load can mean a few different things, confusion among carriers is common. Many carriers link drayage with going into a port, but that isn't always true. While all drayage loads typically originate from a port of entry, there are often several legs of a drayage journey before a container turns up at its final stop. Legs of a drayage load may include:
You may be thinking, what's so important about drayage? It's such a small step in the container storage transport process. In reality, it's an integral piece needed in the logistics industry and a crucial part of U.S. supply chain management.
To truly understand the importance of drayage, let's use flowers as an example. Most cut flower shipments enter the market from areas in South America until they end up at Dutch auction houses. Once there, wholesalers purchase flowers in bulk and send those products to retail outlets worldwide. Because flowers are perishable, they typically need to be refrigerated and are often shipped in reefer containers. These refrigerated vessels must maintain a certain temp to prevent loss.
Drayage companies like RelyEx allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services. Drayage companies allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind, because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services.
If port drayage is compromised, it can cause delays and even fines. You know the packages you get delivered to your front door from apps like Amazon? Without drayage and drayage brokers, one or two-day shipping times wouldn't even be possible.
As a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S. alone, it seems like drayage shipping issues shouldn't exist. But the fact is inefficiencies and congestion are still major problems at ports. Whether it's a lack of carriers, absent chassis, or overburdened terminals, delays lead to missed deadlines, lost revenue, and worse.
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At RelyEx, we like to consider ourselves problem solvers. The nature of the container drayage industry presents new challenges every day, but we're firm believers that there's a solution to every hurdle we encounter. And while some drayage businesses implement a reactive approach, RelyEx customers choose us for our proactive mindset. We take pride in solving your company's drayage challenges to help you avoid frustrating fees, missed expectations, and delayed shipments. We strive to make every transaction successful and streamlined by partnering with shippers who prioritize transparent, prompt, and accurate communication.
RelyEx approaches your business from the customer's perspective - a unique approach that helps us provide high-quality, effective drayage services. We've been in the customers' shoes, know their pain points, and because of that, provide first-hand solutions to stressful supply chain issues. With over 30 years of collective knowledge, our team excels in:
Our varied, high-level drayage shipping experience helps us achieve our overarching goal: expertly managing your freight movement needs. That way, you can direct your time and focus on growing the core aspects of your business while we handle the heavy lifting. Throw in proactive planning to avoid bottleneck situations and strong communication for transparent customer relations, and you can see why so many companies trust RelyEx.
When it comes to shipping logistics, it only takes one mistake by a mediocre worker to disrupt your business. That's why, at RelyEx, we pride ourselves on forming and nurturing relationships with carriers who match our standards of care. Our founding partner started his career transporting freight for companies as an on-demand carrier. He uses that knowledge to maximize the resources of our carriers so that our customer's expectations aren't just met - they're exceeded.
Based in the port city of Charlotte, RelyEx has a keen understanding of the challenges of managing the inbound and outbound flow of containers. Our team of container drayage experts provides your business with unique solutions to nuanced shipping problems, minimizing demurrage and ensuring the successful delivery of your freight.
Customers choose RelyEx because:
Some drayage brokers don't care how customers feel about their service as long as they sign a contract and get paid. As a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx takes the opposite approach. We're motivated by the opportunity to overachieve for our customers and to provide them with the best logistics experience possible. With professional experience as carriers and shippers ourselves, we know the roadblocks and challenges you're facing. We excel at mapping out the best plans of action to solve those problems. But that's just the start.
Our tracking experts monitor and manage every aspect of your drayage shipment from booking to delivery, 24/7. Once booked, we look for the availability of your containers hourly once they're at port. When they arrive, our team acts quickly to access your storage containers when they're available.
Plus, RelyEx ensures your company's requirements are met by the carrier during loading and delivery and provide necessary documentation as fast as possible. With real-time tracking updates and access to our customer service professionals, your team has complete visibility throughout the shipping process.
Over the years, RelyEx has built a strong network of drayage carriers, transloading locations, and container storage spaces to provide you with the best possible options to match your drayage service needs. We know that searching for quality service presents an added layer of complexity and stress to our customers. That's why we work hard to take that off your plate by connecting you with our reliable shipping partners.
With a background moving freight as an on-demand carrier, our founding partner understands how to maximize the resources and equipment of our carriers to match your needs.
Like other industries, the global logistics space is complex. Mistakes will be made, and problems will happen. With those truths in mind, RelyEx has built its reputation as problem solvers. Unlike other drayage companies, we don't shy away from this industry's complexities because we take pride in solving problems. Even better, we aim to do what's needed to avoid those problems altogether.
As your logistics partner, we will provide your company with accurate, transparent, and prompt communication. If there are unexpected issues, we'll notify you immediately and will provide several options to remedy the problem. We even offer custom reporting for large clients who need at-the-moment updates and quick access to shipment documentation.
Why let the unpredictability of your industry dictate your success? With a background working in manufacturing, our founders are familiar with the demands of managing production schedules and sales orders. That experience makes it abundantly clear to us that every business and industry is different. If you struggle with seasonal surges or other factors, our team supports your business with a mapped-out plan and schedule, so you stay ahead of the game.QUOTE REQUEST
Typically, shippers need four specific documents to clear shipments through customs: A Bill of Lading (or BOL), a commercial invoice, a packing list, and an arrival notice. Seasoned drayage brokers like RelyEx are used to preparing these documents, but new shippers tend to miss this step due to inexperience.
If a shipper only pays for part of their shipment, a vessel operator may refuse to release their freight until their bill is fully paid. Payment delays lead to cargo detention at the port of entry, which triggers demurrage charges.QUOTE REQUEST
Paperwork is needed when you're shipping goods with a drayage company. When documents like the Certificate of Origin or Bill of Lading arrive at their destination late, you can expect demurrage fees. RelyEx avoids this situation entirely by being proactive when submitting paperwork.
Additional causes for demurrage fees can include:
At RelyEx, we know first-hand how stressful supply chain problems can be for business owners. Though drayage shipping might seem minor on the surface, it affects every stage of your shipping process. And when inevitable hurdles manifest, RelyEx propels you over the proverbial roadblocks with a proactive mindset and a passion for challenging projects. We believe that all problems have a solution, and our unique vantage point allows us to provide first-hand solutions to customers in a wide array of industries.
When it comes to your business, don't settle for anything less than RelyEx. Contact our office today to learn more about how we make your shipping experience streamlined and stress-free.843-885-3082
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's almost game day in Charlotte, and fans are gearing up for the kickoff of the 2023 Duke's Mayo Bowl.The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bank of America Stadium.For one WVU fan, being a fan is a lifestyle.What You Need To Know Christmas might be over, but in Jaci Didier’s house the tree stays up year round.As her mom says, it’s not your typical tree, it’s a Mountaineers tree, a l...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's almost game day in Charlotte, and fans are gearing up for the kickoff of the 2023 Duke's Mayo Bowl.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bank of America Stadium.
For one WVU fan, being a fan is a lifestyle.
Christmas might be over, but in Jaci Didier’s house the tree stays up year round.
As her mom says, it’s not your typical tree, it’s a Mountaineers tree, a love for the school that grew by age 3.
"We've had season tickets for 40 years. I don't remember a fall growing up without being in Morgantown. I know as much about football as most men you meet, because I was an only granddaughter to my grandfather who played football at WVU. So I was brought up in the sport, the love of it, and even when moving to Charlotte, I knew there were a lot of us here," Didier said.
She says the Mountaineers traditions started with her parents, who introduced her to the true meaning of tailgating.
"My parents have a huge tailgate in West Virginia every single game. It's three families, four families that do it together, and we have about 50 to 70 people at every tailgate," Didier said.
That love for the gold and blue is being passed down to her kids.
"By 2, she could sing 'Country Roads,' she knew it by heart. Now she can almost sing the whole song. I think it's just, you know, something that brings you together with your family, something to sit and watch, something to care about," Didier said.
But it’s not just the excitement she shares with seeing her team play at home. She says it’s also the impact the game will have on Charlotte.
"We'll have a lot of people heading south on (Interstate) 77 to be here for the game. So it's just the economic impact ... how many people will be here, since there aren't really tailgate spots anymore, how many bars, how many restaurants around the stadium? The hotels will benefit from the influx," Didier said.
Looking at her diploma, she says the team holds a special place in her heart.
"It's always been such a big part of my life and a part of who I am ... but when you move somewhere like this, and there's so many of you, and it's such an active alumni group, you get to make friends all over again from college, and it just keeps your love of that university even stronger," Didier said.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Florida man went viral online after he was caught on camera screaming at multiple people at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.The video, which took off on TikTok and spread to other social media platforms, shows the man shouting at an American Airlines ticket clerk during a flight delay."Hello everybody, American Airlines [expletive] us over," the man yelled into the crowd near the gate.He then had a heated...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Florida man went viral online after he was caught on camera screaming at multiple people at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The video, which took off on TikTok and spread to other social media platforms, shows the man shouting at an American Airlines ticket clerk during a flight delay.
"Hello everybody, American Airlines [expletive] us over," the man yelled into the crowd near the gate.
He then had a heated exchanged with another passenger who was in a wheelchair. WCNC Charlotte has since learned the man was upset about not being able to get home to see his dogs.
The man's husband attempted to calm him down, but his attempts were mostly unsuccessful. It's unclear if the couple made it on the flight or found another way home. Many Charlotte flights were affected by heavy rain and fog this week, making for a real travel nightmare for people heading home after the holidays.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Fantasia Barrino hosted a private screening of the movie The Color Purple for about 200 people in Charlotte on Saturday night. It was held at the Regal Cinemas in Stonecrest. She says holding a screening in North Carolina was important.“This is home,” Barrino said. “Where I was raised. This is where I was brought up. I still live here, and I won’t go nowhere.”Her guests consisted of athletes, musicians, family, friends, and young people. Fantasia had words of advice for you...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Fantasia Barrino hosted a private screening of the movie The Color Purple for about 200 people in Charlotte on Saturday night. It was held at the Regal Cinemas in Stonecrest. She says holding a screening in North Carolina was important.
“This is home,” Barrino said. “Where I was raised. This is where I was brought up. I still live here, and I won’t go nowhere.”
Her guests consisted of athletes, musicians, family, friends, and young people. Fantasia had words of advice for young people who are still trying to find their way in life. Fantasia tells WBTV she lost everything twice but hung in there and never gave up.
“You have to continue to fight,” she said. “Nothing comes easy…You all have a gift,” she said. “You don’t have to follow nobody else’s footsteps. I’m not telling you it’s going to come easy. And you don’t have to be a celebrity. You don’t have to be a superstar. You can be a lawyer, doctor, teacher, or whatever you want to be. Hard work pays off.”
Fantasia’s mother, Diane Barrino, was also present at the screening. This was her first time seeing the movie and was looking forward to seeing her child perform in it. She tells WBTV that seeing the success her daughter is experiencing is confirmation of what she heard from above. She always believes Fantasia would use her voice to help and encourage others.
“I am excited because it lets me know that God is a promise keeper,” Diane Barrino said. “If He said it – He’ll do it and He’ll bring it to pass.”
K-Ci Hailey from K-Ci and JoJo and Jodeci singing group is Fantasia’s first cousin. He is proud that Fantasia comes from the Carolinas, a place where talented people come from.
“We’re the bomb,” K-Ci Hailey said. “I love it man – like myself, Jodeci, cousin Fantasia, cousin Anthony Hamilton, Cousin Stephanie Mills – we just doing it all.”
At the screening, we told guests that the state of Florida had banned the novel The Color Purple from the school system because of the content. Former Carolinas Panther Thomas Davis’s wife Kelly Davis says despite the ban she is determined to tell her children about what The Color Purple is all about.
“Us as parents we teach our kids,” Kelly Davis said. “And it starts at home. We teach them history. We teach them the things they need to know. So, they have seen the original The Color Purple, and they are excited to see the new Color Purple.”
Fantasia believes The Color Purple will be a movie that will bring healing. She says she almost didn’t play the role of Celie.
“Not because of money,” Fantasia said. “They could have offered loads of money, but I knew this was blood work - this was heavy work. We’re tapping into our ancestors. And so, I had to stop my therapy and allow Celie to be my therapist. That was scary but I am so glad I did it because if I was healed, I know everybody that leaves out of those two theaters tonight - they are going to feel something. It is not a Black thing - it’s a world thing. It’s a humanity thing. And families need to come together.”
While at the screening WBTV asked Fantasia about her Airbnb experience. Fantasia says things have worked out. She recently went on social media to say her family and guests were asked to leave the house after there were reports of loud noises. Fantasia disputes those claims.
“The owner has been absolutely amazing,” Fantasia said. “And I thank him for that.”
The Color Purple opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
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Conner Harrell gave North Carolina a chance.Missing seven starters in Duke’s Mayo Bowl Wednesday, including star quarterback Drake Maye, the Tar Heels turned to a redshirt freshman signal caller.Harrell, a 6-foot-tall dual-threat quarterback, gave North Carolina a promising performance in a 30-10 loss to West Virginia. He finished with 18-of-27 completions for 199 yards while rushing for 39...
Conner Harrell gave North Carolina a chance.
Missing seven starters in Duke’s Mayo Bowl Wednesday, including star quarterback Drake Maye, the Tar Heels turned to a redshirt freshman signal caller.
Harrell, a 6-foot-tall dual-threat quarterback, gave North Carolina a promising performance in a 30-10 loss to West Virginia. He finished with 18-of-27 completions for 199 yards while rushing for 39 yards.
“Gotta do better on every phase of the game,” Harrell told reporters postgame. “I think I did make some throws, scrambled sometimes when I needed to. Obviously I’ll get to see the film, see what’s going on, but I got some stuff to carry on.”
Harrell took the field for Carolina (8-5) inside a Bank of America Stadium whose lower bowls were covered in navy-and-gold from the start. West Virginia’s (9-4) fans dominated the crowd of 42,925, and the Mountaineers scored a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
It felt like West Virginia could blow the game open at the onset, but Harrell and the Tar Heels kept it close early.
Harrell was shifty, using his legs to create opportunities on the ground. Trailing late in the first half, Carolina’s offense was moving downfield and Harrell uncorked a toss toward the back corner of the end zone, where J.J. Jones made a fine catch to record the Tar Heels’ only touchdown.
“I thought Conner competed,” Carolina head coach Mack Brown said in his postgame press conference. “I didn’t think we helped him enough. We didn’t give him enough protection.”
Harrell actually tweaked his ankle during the first half, Brown said, causing them to limit his running game before trying to open the field more in the second half.
Harrell’s main blemishes were a pair of interceptions: one forced high pass over the middle, and then a fine one-handed pick by Mountaineers defensive back Tyrin Bradley.
“The second one was inches away,” Brown said. “The young guy made a great play. ... The guy jumped up and made a great catch, and Conner didn’t quite get it high enough. He’ll learn a lot from tonight’s game.”
Harrell hails from Alabaster, Alabama — south of Birmingham — and redshirted last year after a standout high school career. He’d appeared in four games during this regular season, backing up Maye. Brown emphasized that he was impressed with what he saw from his young quarterback.
As West Virginia head coach Neal Brown received the annual “Mayo bath,” Mack Brown spoke to his Tar Heels in their locker room. He told his players he was satisfied with their fight in a losing effort, as the skipper didn’t feel he saw anyone “lay down and quit.”
Some of his players won’t be suiting up in baby blue and white again next fall, but one of them at least indicated his intention.
Specifically, asked if he’d been promised a future opportunity yet in Carolina, Harrell said: “I’ll be competing for the starting job.”
This story was originally published December 27, 2023, 10:13 PM.
READ MOREIt was busy year in Charlotte; from stories that captured the attention of an entire community to ones so eloquently told that it forced us to keep reading to find out what happened and why. These stories were the ones that stuck with us in 2023.Expand AllAs we’re wrapping up the year, we’re looking back fondly at the memories made and the special experiences we’ve had in Charlotte — many of them at some of the city’s best restaurants.We shared ...
It was busy year in Charlotte; from stories that captured the attention of an entire community to ones so eloquently told that it forced us to keep reading to find out what happened and why. These stories were the ones that stuck with us in 2023.
As we’re wrapping up the year, we’re looking back fondly at the memories made and the special experiences we’ve had in Charlotte — many of them at some of the city’s best restaurants.
We shared our favorite meals of 2023, and we asked to hear what yours were, too — because sharing is caring. (And if you want to look back for even more fun, you can check out your favorite meals from 2022, as well.)
Here are the best meals that CharlotteFive readers shared from this year:
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This story was originally published December 28, 2023, 6:30 AM.
Heidi Finley is a writer and editor for CharlotteFive and the Charlotte Observer. Outside of work, you will most likely find her in the suburbs driving kids around, volunteering and indulging in foodie pursuits.