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.
But anytime challenges exist, so too do innovative solutions.QUOTE REQUEST
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 Mesa, 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
MESA, Ariz. - If you go on a trip, you may buy a T-shirt or small knickknack to remember your vacation. But for many younger p...
MESA, Ariz. - If you go on a trip, you may buy a T-shirt or small knickknack to remember your vacation. But for many younger people, they want a more permanent souvenir. It’s a trend called ‘tattoo tourism,’ and one local artist is cashing in.
For about eight hours at Next Wave Tattoo in Mesa, tattooist Kenneth Shaw works his magic.
"I would describe it as abstract realism and surrealism," Shaw said. "There's realistic elements in it, but then I'm going to add funky shapes or geometrical patterns to it to give it a different look."
Shaw who opened his shop in 2009, was obsessed with art as a kid.
"I was just the type of kid that would go home from school, and I would just draw all day," Shaw said.
Now, he leaves a permanent impression on anyone who books with him. Like Stephanie Yonts, who traveled from New Mexico. This is her second tattoo from Shaw.
"I knew that it would be something I’d be proud of to remind me of where I came from, but also it’s incredibly vibrant and meaningful to me," Yonts said.
For her first tattoo with Shaw, the 30-year-old had to book a year in advance. She is not alone.
People often buy t-shirts or some knickknack to remember the vacations they took, but these days, some are opting for souvenirs that are more permanent. A tattoo artist in Mesa is there to help. FOX 10's Ellen McNamara reports.
"It’s always great having that feeling that someone is willing to wait for your work," Shaw said.
Because Shaw has nearly 130,000 Instagram followers, people from around the world see and want his work. His bright designs stand out. Shaw doesn't travel out of town for work, but about half of his clients travel to him.
Clients, or tat-tourists, from Amsterdam, Canada, Oregon and California travel to the valley just to see him.
Tattoo tourism is a relatively new trend popular with millennials and Gen Zers. Social media easily connects people with an ink master.
"Over the last year, it’s been huge," Shaw said. "I've noticed a lot more people actually plan their vacations around their tattoos."
Regardless of where his clients come from, Shaw wants them to leave with artwork that can be a conversation starter, just like Yonts' finished product.
"When I tattoo people, I want them to have something truly unique to them not just something that some guy down the street can do," Shaw said.
Shaw is booked up through 2024, so clients must wait until early 2025 to get a tattoo from him. The tattoos that take a full day are not cheap.
The city of Mesa has partnered with Local First Arizona to open a new food hall with the aim of supporting local businesses and chefs.Chandler also ...
The city of Mesa has partnered with Local First Arizona to open a new food hall with the aim of supporting local businesses and chefs.
Chandler also recently announced plans for an upcoming food hall, but the two cities' concepts are vastly different. While Chandler's food hall will double as an entertainment venue, conceptual designs for the Mesa project refer to the food hall as a "restaurant incubator" and is described as functioning as a stepping-stone from Local First Arizona's pre-existing community kitchen, which offers aspiring restaurateurs assistance building menus and getting a business up and running.
After "graduating" from the community kitchen, a space in the food hall would provide an opportunity for restauranteurs to gain practical experience before moving on to opening permanent brick and mortar restaurants.
The Mesa food hall will include one or two permanent eateries, plus four to five rotating businesses, so guests always have something new to try.
Local First Arizona is already accepting applications from business owners who wish to have a stall in the food hall. Owners must be based in Mesa and already have a city business license to apply.
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The site is inside a 12,000 square-foot historic building on the southwest corner of Main Street and MacDonald near the Nile Theater in Mesa.
Construction on the "food incubator" is expected to begin in early 2024, with a projected opening date of fall 2025.
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For the first time ever, the Downtown Mesa BBQ Classic, in association with the Kansas City Barbecue Society, will celebrate barbecue culture and bring pitmasters together to compete head-to-head for a chance to win $2,000 on Nov. 3 and 4.The competition is open to all levels, from those with local barbecue businesses to people who just love to smoke. And applications for the contest are still open for those who want to compete for One-Meat, Masters Series, and People’s Choice awards. The only catch? All contests ...
For the first time ever, the Downtown Mesa BBQ Classic, in association with the Kansas City Barbecue Society, will celebrate barbecue culture and bring pitmasters together to compete head-to-head for a chance to win $2,000 on Nov. 3 and 4.
The competition is open to all levels, from those with local barbecue businesses to people who just love to smoke. And applications for the contest are still open for those who want to compete for One-Meat, Masters Series, and People’s Choice awards. The only catch? All contests must be Kansas City Barbecue Society members to participate.
Ticket are on sale now for those who want to sample the goods. Besides Kansas, Texas and North Carolina style, barbecue.
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Nancy Hormann, president and executive director of the Downtown Mesa Association, said that the BBQ Classic started with a previous board chair who was a Kansas City certified barbecue judge.
"He was telling us how he went all over the country for the fun of it and judged barbecue contests. Then he said we ought to do one here. So we said, OK, let's look into it," Hormann said.
"We knew that there was one that had been happening up in Payson for years and that one went away and then they had another one in Kingman and that one went away," Hormann said. "They all stopped and didn't do it and they haven't brought it back yet."
They decided to launch the event at the beginning of November and hope to host the event annually.
Attendees can learn about different barbecue styles, cooking techniques and the art of barbecuing by interacting with competitors and experienced judges as skilled pitmasters compete in various categories like chicken, pork, ribs, and brisket.
"They're still signing up," Hormann said. "We have, I believe, 14 competitors at the moment, but it's still early. They all seem to sign up at the last minute. So at that point, there are about 10 judges per table and one table captain. So there's a lot of eating to do."
The judges, including local community members who underwent training, will evaluate the entries based on taste, texture, and technique.
In addition to the barbecue competition, the event includes a craft festival featuring a variety of artisans and people selling sauces, rubs and barbecue essentials.
"We're doing this in conjunction with craft festival," Hormann said. "It's all different kinds of crafts and one of the crafts is craft Q, so we're bringing in local barbecue people from all over the Valley and the public is gonna get to vote on who's their favorite barbecue."
There will be live music from local musicians throughout the event, adding to the festive atmosphere and enhancing your overall experience. And there's a possibility there may be a small beer garden near the barbecue area, but this detail had not yet been finalized.
Attendees will also have the chance to sample plenty of barbecue.
Attendance is free, but attendees will be able to purchase a $20 people’s choice ticket with coupons for 10 samples.
"You buy a ticket, you go through and you get a taste from each of the competitors and then you have one token and you put that token in that barbecue person's jar and the one who has the most tokens is who wins," Hormann said.
Guests can also purchase full-size and tasting portions of bbq without a people's choice ticket.
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The number of judges for the barbecue competition can vary based on the number of competitors and the specific setup of the event. Hormann said there are typically 10 judges per table, along with one table captain. The judges are responsible for evaluating the barbecue entries in different categories such as chicken, pork, ribs, and brisket.
"It's not as much about the sauce but about the cook," Hormann said. "It's taste and texture and how the rib meat falls off the bone or do you bite it off the bone? You know, those are different things. It's very intricate the way they judge them."
All contest awards will be presented following the conclusion of judging and voting, in categories including:
Masters Series Prize:
4 Meat Competition Prize (Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt, Brisket):
1 Meat Competition Prize (Pork Ribs):
Those interested in competing can apply through the Downtown Mesa BBQ Classic website.
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Attendance is free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 and 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Saturday, Nov. 4.
Where: 100 N. Center St., Mesa.
Details: 480-890-2613, bbq-brews-blues.squarespace.com.
CenturyLink/Quantum Fiber - Best fiber internet provider in MesaT-Mobile Home Internet - Best alternative to wired home internet in MesaHigh-speed fiber internet service is on its way to Mesa -- but it isn't widely available just yet. Until then, most residents have a choice between Cox and a slew of slower wireless providers.Last year, AT&T Fiber announced it was coming ...
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High-speed fiber internet service is on its way to Mesa -- but it isn't widely available just yet. Until then, most residents have a choice between Cox and a slew of slower wireless providers.
Last year, AT&T Fiber announced it was coming to Mesa in 2023, but it’s still yet to go live. Though Google Fiber started delivering internet service to Mesa in late March, it isn't yet widely available. Along with CenturyLink’s fiber service, that means Mesa will soon be home to the three highest rated internet providers in the American Customer Satisfaction Index's annual survey. For now, though, about 10% of Mesa households are wired up for fiber.
Our team considers speeds, pricing, customer service and overall value to recommend the best internet service in Mesa across a variety of categories. Our evaluation includes referencing a proprietary database built over years of reviewing internet services. We validate that against provider information by spot-checking local addresses for service availability. We also do a close read of providers' terms and conditions and, when needed, will call ISPs to verify the details.
Our process has some limitations you should know about. Pricing and speed data is variable: Certain addresses may qualify for different tiers of service, and monthly costs may vary, even within a city. The best way to identify your particular options is to plug your address into a provider's website.
Note that the prices, speeds and other information listed above and in the provider cards below may differ from what we found in our research. The cards display the full range of a provider's pricing and speeds across the US, according to our database of plan information provided directly by ISPs, while the text is specific to what’s available in Mesa. The prices referenced within this article’s text come from our research and include applicable discounts for setting up automatic payments each month -- a standard industry offering. Other discounts and promotions might be available as well, for things like committing to a contract or bundling with a cellphone plan.
To learn more about how we review internet providers, visit our full methodology page.
There are three main internet providers in Mesa worth considering: Cox, CenturyLink Fiber and T-Mobile Home Internet. We've also included an overview of some other internet providers serving the area, though most of them don't measure up, or they come with significant drawbacks.
Source: CNET analysis of provider data.
The three providers listed above are the best choices for internet in Mesa, but if none of them serves your address, you do have a few other options:
The average price for internet service in Mesa is approximately $45 per month. CenturyLink’s 200Mbps fiber plan starts at just $30, but most plans start at around $50 per month. Worth noting: If you’re a Verizon or T-Mobile cellphone customer, you may qualify for a considerable monthly discount.
Source: CNET analysis of provider data.
Mesa residents have their choice of three different internet providers that offer "gig" speeds, defined as service that starts at 940Mbps: Cox, Verizon 5G Home and CenturyLink. CenturyLink is currently the only provider in the area that offers symmetrical upload and download speeds -- a significant benefit if you're looking for a connection that can support high-quality videoconferencing or online gaming on multiple devices simultaneously.
Source: CNET analysis of provider data.
Internet in Mesa is a mixed bag. Some addresses will have several great options, while others will have only one. Fiber is only available to about 10% of households in Mesa, so online gamers and people who work from home may need to opt for a more expensive cable plan if they're looking for faster upload speeds. Cox's plans fit that bill -- it's available almost everywhere and its fastest plans provide enough speed for almost any home.
Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it's impractical to personally test every ISP in a given city. So what's our approach? For starters, we tap into a proprietary database of pricing, availability and speed information that draws from our own historical ISP data, partner data and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov.
This guide leverages an in-house artificial intelligence tool called RAMP, which is trained on our own writing and uses our database to generate content about specific internet service providers that our writers can use in determining and presenting our picks for a given guide. Check CNET’s AI policy for more information about how our teams use (and don’t use) AI tools.
Because our database is not exhaustive, we go to the FCC’s website to check the primary data for ourselves and make sure we’re considering every ISP that provides service in an area. Plans and prices also vary by location, so we input local addresses on provider websites to find the specific options available to residents. To evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP's service, we look at sources including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of the time of our prepublication fact-check.
Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions:
While the answer to those questions is often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. To explore our process in more depth, visit our how we test ISPs page.
Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of the Southwest, Mesa, AZ is so much more than just another city on the map. It's a cultural haven, a place where history, modernity, and nature collide in the most harmonious ways. But the magic doesn't stop there. Dive a little deeper, and you'll uncover a thriving community with a love for sustainable innovations like astro turf. And speaking of which, there's one name that stands ta...
Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of the Southwest, Mesa, AZ is so much more than just another city on the map. It's a cultural haven, a place where history, modernity, and nature collide in the most harmonious ways. But the magic doesn't stop there. Dive a little deeper, and you'll uncover a thriving community with a love for sustainable innovations like astro turf. And speaking of which, there's one name that stands tall in this arena: Always Green Turf AZ.
The Charm of Mesa, AZ: A Journey Through Time
Walking through the streets of Mesa, the echoes of the past are evident. Ancient petroglyphs etched on rocks, centuries-old adobe structures, and a rich tapestry of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo cultures make this city a historian's dream. But it’s not all about the past; Mesa also has its pulse on the future. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the US, it's pioneering some of the most innovative solutions in sustainable living.
Enter astro turf.
Astro Turf: The Green Revolution
In the searing heat of the Southwest, maintaining a lush, green lawn can be quite a challenge. Water is precious, and natural grass can be a resource hog. This is where astro turf comes into play. It’s not just about having a green lawn anymore; it's about being responsible citizens of the Earth. Astro turf gives residents the lushness of natural grass without the need for excessive watering, mowing, or fertilizing.
And when we talk about astro turf in Mesa, we talk about Always Green Turf AZ.
Always Green Turf AZ: The Best in the Business
In the heart of Mesa, Always Green Turf AZ has been transforming landscapes and lives. It's not just about selling a product; it's about selling a dream, a vision of a sustainable future. With years of experience under their belt, they have mastered the art of installing and maintaining astro turf that looks as good as the real thing.
But what truly sets them apart?
Quality: Always Green Turf AZ doesn’t compromise on quality. They understand that a lawn is an investment, and they ensure their customers get the best value for their money.
Professionalism: From consultation to installation, the team exudes professionalism. They understand the unique needs of every client and tailor their solutions accordingly.
Community Involvement: Being based in Mesa, Always Green Turf AZ is not just a business; it's a part of the community. They have been involved in various community projects, showing their commitment to the city they love.
Mesa, AZ - A City with a Heart and Vision
Mesa isn't just another dot on the map. It's a city with soul, history, and a vision for the future. The adoption of sustainable solutions like astro turf by its residents and the unparalleled services offered by companies like Always Green Turf AZ showcase the spirit of this city. So, the next time you think of the Southwest, let your heart wander to Mesa, AZ, and discover the magic for yourself.
Always Green Turf AZ
204 S Mesa Dr, Mesa, AZ 85210
(480) 571 0285