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 Nashville, 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
Ready to scoop in Nashville on National Ice Cream Day? Consider a Sunday stroll to Sarabhas Creamery.As soon as you enter the Hillsboro Village location, your nose is filled with the sweet aroma of freshly churned ice cream and warm waffle bowls. The charming parlor is decorated with couches and tables, offering the space a homely feel. The tables showcase games such as Ludo and tabletop bowling.The Indian-style homemade ice cream menu includes amazing options if you're ready to try new flavors this weekend. Blue...
Ready to scoop in Nashville on National Ice Cream Day? Consider a Sunday stroll to Sarabhas Creamery.
As soon as you enter the Hillsboro Village location, your nose is filled with the sweet aroma of freshly churned ice cream and warm waffle bowls. The charming parlor is decorated with couches and tables, offering the space a homely feel. The tables showcase games such as Ludo and tabletop bowling.
The Indian-style homemade ice cream menu includes amazing options if you're ready to try new flavors this weekend. Blueberry cheesecake. Butter scotch. And kesar pista, a customer favorite, is made with saffron and pistachios, a unique and flavorful option.
"We make all ice cream fresh in the store," said owner Guru Singh. "So, once we run out, we just make more."
The creamery also offers chai lattes, coffee and lemonade.
If you can't make your way to Sarabhas Creamery, stop by Cold Stone Creamery on the corner of Charlotte Pike and Brook Hollow Road. The ice cream eatery will be debuting pink waffle bowls and cones.
Feeling your inner barbie? Cold Stone is adding a Barbie flavored ice cream to its line on National Ice Cream Day. The flavor is expected to be popular with the hype surrounding the upcoming "Barbie" movie, set to be released July 20.
This month, Baskin-Robbins debuted its MEGA STUF Cone, a sweet treat which combines waffle cones drizzled inside Oreo creme, scoops of Baskin-Robbins classic Oreo Cookies n' Cream ice cream and Oreo creme filing topped with whipped cream and Oreo cookie pieces. Also debuted in July: OREO MEGA STUF Cappuccino Blast, which adds drizzles of Oreo creme.
We all know Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays. But you can order a peach milkshake before or after National Ice Cream Day. Just don't wait too long: This seasonal item is here for a limited time.
Orange Cream Shake returns at Arby's for Summer 2023. The shake is a combination of vanilla ice cream and orange syrup. The refreshing shake is only available for a limited time and is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a sweet and tangy treat.
The long-awaited opening of Mill Ridge Park was marked not by a ribbon cutting, but the ringing of a bell.A handful of children and community members pulled on a long, bright yellow ribbon to ring an old farm bell Wednesday morning in Antioch. Hundreds more around them rang handheld bells and cheered during the opening ceremony."I'm coming here every day of my life!" 10-year-old Shayla Shukri exclaimed as she skipped over to the chalkboard wall with her Tennessee Nature Academy classmates.Not far...
The long-awaited opening of Mill Ridge Park was marked not by a ribbon cutting, but the ringing of a bell.
A handful of children and community members pulled on a long, bright yellow ribbon to ring an old farm bell Wednesday morning in Antioch. Hundreds more around them rang handheld bells and cheered during the opening ceremony.
"I'm coming here every day of my life!" 10-year-old Shayla Shukri exclaimed as she skipped over to the chalkboard wall with her Tennessee Nature Academy classmates.
Not far away, 1-year-old Augie Rice was grinning ear to ear as he ran across the rubber turf below a gigantic jungle gym. Childlike joy and wonder came out in even the adults gathered as they explored the park's features.
The first of the park's three phases is now complete after a two-year development. It boasts a sprawling lawn for events, a 52-foot slide towering over a playground, a basketball court, several nature trails and a walking loop, among other features. It even has an interactive musical art installation that activates as people walk on it.
Here are four things to know about Mill Ridge Park, which is part of Nashville's Plan to Play master greenspace plan.
The park sits directly across from Cane Ridge High School off Old Hickory Boulevard and weaves together existing spaces like an urban farm, historic sites, natural areas, woods, native plants and creeks. The first phase includes grassland, a garden and a hilltop to explore. Around 300 new trees were also planted in the first phase, along with plants and native wildflowers. Guests were given handmade seed bombs to throw into the park's wildflower patch or to take home.
The park also has playgrounds for various ages, outdoor exercise equipment and a basketball court. There is a quarter-mile circular path for walking and running. Friends of Mill Ridge Park President Wesley Trigg pointed to the "intangible assets" of the park, like bringing a diverse group of people together and creating a safe, healthy space to enjoy.
"It's what we like to call, at Friends of Mill Ridge Park, a quality of life," Trigg said during the ceremony.
He was among many city leaders, including Mayor John Cooper and Metro Parks Director Tim Netsch, gathered at the event. Metro Council members Antoinette Lee and Joy Styles were also on hand, and both nodded to former council member Jacobia Dowell's work in the early development for the park.
Perhaps the most striking feature is the park's 52-foot curved slide, which is fully enclosed.
"I will neither confirm nor deny that I've been down it," Trigg joked.
The Tennessean team tried out the slide ahead of the opening. While it's most definitely fun, it's also not for the faint of heart (and more intended for children). Wear good shoes and be ready to scale spiraling, but solidified, netting to the top before a swift, thrilling ride down the tube.
"The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades," Cooper said as he opened his remarks at the ceremony, quoting lyrics from a Timbuk 3 song.
Cooper praised the team behind the park, along with those who saw through the development of Ravenwood Park, which opened in the Donelson-Hermitage neighborhood in July.
"In the modern era, community seems so fragile," Cooper said. "Zoom and all these technologies are challenging.... Things like parks create community, because we still have need to see each other and be together. In this space, we will long celebrate that."
The musical art installation includes columns with speakers in them surrounded by pressure-activated strips embedded in the walkway that trigger different sounds and notes. It features sounds sampled from the Cane Ridge High School band, known as the Rhythmic Ravens.
"Come on, it takes everyone!" Netsch said as he trotted around the speakers and motioned for others to join.
Friends of Mill Ridge Park Executive Director Darrell Hawks envisions people making friends with strangers through the installation.
"It encourages interaction without having to speak the same language," Hawks said as he alternated dancing around the columns and chatting about the park.
Friends of Mill Ridge Park has been hosting everything from kite festivals to yoga classes on the land over the last several years, well before the official opening.
"To have this common space where we can arrive at Mill Ridge Park is really special," Hawks said.
Phase one includes festival grounds, along with a handful of mid-sized pavilions. A larger pavilion is still in the works. The Great Lawn has space for more than 1,000 people to gather. The pavilions are first-come, first-serve unless a reservation has been made ahead of time.
The first phase has space for around 125 cars to park, with plans for more as the second and third phases unfold. Hawks said the team has plans to use the existing lots for food trucks and events, alongside parking.
A "grand park celebration" is set for Sep. 30 with live music, food, activities, giveaways and a family-friendly 5K. More details are still forthcoming.
With the first phase complete, the team behind the park is now strategizing how to utilize the new space while pushing forward on the next two phases.
"It's like we've been training for a marathon for years and now we're at the starting line," Hawks said. "Now that the park is open, it changes our universe. It changes the impact we can have.... That's exciting, but it's also daunting."
Ongoing plans for the park unite long-standing spaces, like farmland and natural areas. It will also preserve historic sites like houses, barns and a stone well, while working to conserve, restore or reforest natural habitats.
Ready to see it for yourself? Check out friendsofmillridgepark.org for a list of events, park information and more.
NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 32 teams from Aug. 1-Sept. 1. Today, three important questions facing the Nashville Predators.Predators 32 in 32: Season preview | Top prospects | ...
NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 32 teams from Aug. 1-Sept. 1. Today, three important questions facing the Nashville Predators.
1. How will the Predators score more goals this season?
Nashville finished 28th in goals (223) last season, then parted ways with two of its top-six forwards when it traded Ryan Johansen to the Colorado Avalanche and bought out the remaining three years of Matt Duchene's contract.
New coach Andrew Brunette, who replaced John Hynes, will bring a more offensive background. Brunette served as the Florida Panthers' interim coach for 75 games during the 2021-22 season, when they led the NHL with 337 goals and had a power-play success rate of 24.4 percent, tied with the Predators for fifth in the League. When Brunette was an associate coach with the New Jersey Devils last season, they finished tied for fourth in the NHL with 289 goals.
Brunette is also likely to bring his touch to the Nashville power play, which finished 27th in the League last season (17.6 percent).
The Predators should get an offensive boost with forward Filip Forsberg and defenseman Roman Josi having recovered from injuries. Forsberg's season ended Feb. 11 (upper body), and Josi's ended March 18 when he suffered a concussion.
2. Can the young centers continue to develop?
In signing O'Reilly, the Predators assured themselves of a veteran, first-line center. But a key to Nashville's hopes of improved offense is the continued development of centers, including Cody Glass, Tommy Novak and Juuso Parssinen. Each played a key role in helping the Predators remain in contention for a Stanley Cup Playoff berth through 80 games last season despite a roster that was depleted due to injuries.
Glass, 24, who was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round (No. 6) of the 2017 NHL Draft, had an NHL career-high 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 72 games for Nashville last season. Novak, 26, had only played 27 NHL games before last season. But after getting promoted from the AHL last December, he had 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 51 games for the Predators. Parssinen, 22, arrived ahead of schedule in the NHL last November and had 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 45 games despite missing about six weeks with an upper-body injury.
3. Will the Predators consider trading Juuse Saros?
This was a question raised at times last season, especially when the Predators became sellers leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline. Saros, 28, is considered by many as one of the League's top goalies. He finished fourth last season in voting for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goalie in the NHL, after finishing third in 2021-22 and sixth in 2020-21. Saros is under contract for $5 million in each of the next two seasons.
It would be hard to imagine trading Saros if the Predators are in the playoff mix. Another factor would be the progress of goalie prospect Yaroslav Askarov, their first-round selection (No. 11) in the 2020 NHL Draft. If there are definitive signs that Askarov looks like the goalie of the future, Nashville might be more inclined to see what assets it could get for Saros.
NHL.com fantasy rank: 36Reason for optimism: Josi leads NHL defensemen in points (155 in 147 games), power-play goals (19) and shots on goal (550) over the past two seasons. Although the Predators are retooling after trading center Ryan Johansen to the Colorado Avalanche and buying out the contract of forward ...
NHL.com fantasy rank: 36
Reason for optimism: Josi leads NHL defensemen in points (155 in 147 games), power-play goals (19) and shots on goal (550) over the past two seasons. Although the Predators are retooling after trading center Ryan Johansen to the Colorado Avalanche and buying out the contract of forward Matt Duchene (who signed with the Dallas Stars), Josi has a high fantasy floor and remains a top-five defenseman option.
NHL.com point projection: 71
Filip Forsberg, LW
NHL.com fantasy rank: 90
Reason for optimism: Forsberg, who missed the final two months of last season because of an upper-body injury, is one season removed from NHL career highs in goals (42), points (84 in 69 games) and power-play points (27) in 2021-22. He could be a big fantasy beneficiary of the Predators signing Ryan O'Reilly (four years) to be their No. 1 center.
NHL.com point projection: 70
Juuse Saros, G
NHL.com fantasy rank: 91
Reason for optimism: Although Nashville missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season after qualifying in each of the previous eight, Saros remained among the NHL leaders in wins (33; tied for seventh), games played (64; tied with Connor Hellebuyck of Winnipeg Jets for first) and save percentage (.919; tied for fourth; minimum 40 games). Saros is a top-10 fantasy goalie option and could form one of the best tandems in keeper and dynasty leagues with prospect Yaroslav Askarov, the No. 11 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
NHL.com win projection: 30
NHL.com fantasy rank: 131
Reason for optimism: O'Reilly had 20 points in 24 games (regular season and playoffs combined) after being acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in a trade last season and could be a top-100 overall player again if he plays on a line with Forsberg and on the first power play with Josi. O'Reilly's best season came in 2018-19, when he had an NHL career-high 77 points (28 goals, 49 assists) with the St. Louis Blues and then won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason, when he had 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 26 games.
NHL.com point projection: 63
MIAMI, Florida – Inter Miami and Nashville SC have punched their tickets to the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup after their respective wins in the 2023 Leagues Cup semifinals.Lionel Messi scored his ninth goal in six matches to lead Inter Miami to a 4-1 victory at Philadelphia, while Nashville SC eliminated five-time Concacaf champions Monterrey 2-0 in Nashville.It marks the first ever Concacaf Champions Cup qualification for both Inter Miami and Nashville SC.Here is the full list of teams currently qu...
MIAMI, Florida – Inter Miami and Nashville SC have punched their tickets to the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup after their respective wins in the 2023 Leagues Cup semifinals.
Lionel Messi scored his ninth goal in six matches to lead Inter Miami to a 4-1 victory at Philadelphia, while Nashville SC eliminated five-time Concacaf champions Monterrey 2-0 in Nashville.
It marks the first ever Concacaf Champions Cup qualification for both Inter Miami and Nashville SC.
Here is the full list of teams currently qualified for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup:
Five-time Concacaf champions Pachuca are back in the tournament for a second straight season after qualifying directly to the Round of 16 as 2022 Liga MX Apertura champions with the highest aggregate regular season points. Pachuca were Concacaf Champions Cup winners in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009-10 and 2016-17.
As 2022 Liga MX Apertura runners-up, Toluca have qualified for their first Concacaf Champions Cup since the 2019 edition. Toluca were winners of the Concacaf Champions Cup in 1968 and 2003 and runners-up in 2013-14.
No team is more decorated in the Concacaf region than seven-time champions Club America, who claimed the Concacaf Champions Cup in 1977, 1987, 1990, 1992, 2006, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Monterrey return to Concacaf play for a seventh time and are five-time Concacaf Champions Cup champions, having lifted the trophy in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2019 and 2021.
Chivas return to the Concacaf Champions Cup for the first time since their last title conquest in 2018 after qualifying as 2023 Liga MX Clausura runners-up. The Guadalajara-based club were also the very first Concacaf club champions in 1962, while finishing as runners-up in 1963 and 2007.
Tigres will appear in the Concacaf Champions Cup for an eighth time and will attempt to win their first title since 2020 after qualifying as 2023 Liga MX Clausura champions. Tigres have appeared in four Champions Cup finals overall, finishing as runners-up in the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2019 editions.
Inter Miami have qualified for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup as one of the two finalists in the 2023 Leagues Cup. It marks the first ever Concacaf Champions Cup qualification for Inter Miami.
Nashville SC have qualified for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup as one of the two finalists in the 2023 Leagues Cup. It marks the first ever Concacaf Champions Cup qualification for Nashville SC.
Vancouver have qualified for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup by virtue of winning the 2023 Canadian Championship. It will mark Vancouver’s fourth appearance in the Champions Cup, with their best finish coming in the 2016-17 edition as semifinalists.