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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:

Why Are Drayage Companies in Seattle, WA So Important?

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.

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RelyEx Solves Problems

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.

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RelyEx Has a Unique Vantage Point

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:

  • Inventory Management
  • Logistics
  • Purchasing
  • Finance

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.

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RelyEx Nurtures Strong Carrier Relationships

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 Seattle, 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.

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Customers choose RelyEx because:

  • We are a reliable drayage logistics partner that manages your freight from beginning to end
  • We have a rare industry vantage point with 30+ years of client-side experience
  • We foster and fortify the strongest vendor relations
  • We take a proactive approach to problem-solving, not a reactive approach
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Your Drayage Shipments Managed from Start to Finish

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.

We Source Top-Notch Operators at the Best Prices

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.

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We Make Transparent, Timely Communication a Priority

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.

We Have Robust Project Management Experience

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.

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Paperwork Errors

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.

Payment Delays

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.

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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:

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  • Custom Released Containers
  • Storage Containers Are Too Heavy

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The Supply Chain Partner You Can Count On

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.

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Seahawks Announce Uniform Combo For Week 3 vs. Panthers

This season marks the 10-year anniversary of the Seahawks first world championship as they beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII during the 2013-14 season. The Seahawks will host the Carolina Panthers at Lumen Field this Sunday and the organization will honor the Super Bowl winning team at half time.One way the Seahawks are paying homage to the historic season that took place a decade ago is that the team will wear the white jersey and college navy pants at home for the first time ever. This is the same uniform combination that...

This season marks the 10-year anniversary of the Seahawks first world championship as they beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII during the 2013-14 season. The Seahawks will host the Carolina Panthers at Lumen Field this Sunday and the organization will honor the Super Bowl winning team at half time.

One way the Seahawks are paying homage to the historic season that took place a decade ago is that the team will wear the white jersey and college navy pants at home for the first time ever. This is the same uniform combination that the team wore for their first Super Bowl victory.

On February 2, 2014, the Seattle Seahawks traveled to East Rutherford, NJ to take on the AFC Champion Denver Broncos led by MVP quarterback Peyton Manning. It was a battle of the top defense in the league in the Seahawks versus the number one ranked offense in the league in the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks defense led by the Legion of Boom held the high-powered Denver offense to only eight points en route to Seattle's first championship.

During the Super Bowl season, the Seahawks wore the white jerseys with college navy pants three times, including the Super Bowl victory. They first wore them in a rematch against the Atlanta Falcons who knocked the Seahawks out of the playoffs in the Divisional round of the previous season. In 2013, the Seahawks went to Atlanta and beat the Falcons by a score of 33-10. The next time the Seahawks would wear them would be in a game vs. the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey, the site of Super Bowl XLVIII. The Legion of Boom and the defense would go on to shut out Eli Manning and the New York Giants, giving the Seahawks a 23-0 victory. The Seahawks would wear these uniforms one more time during the season, their next trip to Met Life Stadium for the Super Bowl. With the team's 43-8 win in the Super Bowl, the Seahawks won all three contests when wearing these uniforms and outscored their opponents 99 to 18 during the 2013-14 season.

The Seahawks most recently wore this uniform combo in Week 2 of this season where they beat the Detroit Lions by a score of 37-31 in overtime. With that victory, the Seahawks improved their record to 25-19 when wearing them in the regular season and postseason. The team will hope to add another victory to their record when they wear them this week when the Carolina Panthers come to town.

Week 3 Injury Report: Seahawks vs. Panthers

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Details on the Seahawks’ injury situation heading into their Week 3 matchup against the Panthers, including practice status designations.

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The Seahawks were missing some key contributors for Wednesday afternoon's practice as they are recovering from injuries. Most notably, DK Metcalf and Riq Woolen did not practice due to injuries they suffered in the Week 2 overtime victory in Detroit. Woolen exited the game in Detroit and did not return due to a chest injury and his status for Sunday's contest is in question. "He's pretty sore. It's going to be a pretty good recovery for him to get back," said coach Pete Carroll regarding the Pro Bowl cornerback. The injury doesn't seem too severe as Carroll dismissed the idea of Woolen being placed on injured reserve.

DK Metcalf returned to action against Detroit after leaving the game with a rib injury and is expected to be available on Sunday. "He's going to make it through the week, he'll be all right," said coach Carroll. "We'll take care of him, but he's going to be all right."

The team could be without left tackle Charles Cross for another week as he is dealing with a toe injury that he suffered in Week 1 and prevented him from playing in Week 2. The Seahawks will rely on Stone Forsythe if Cross can't go again.

A few other key members of the secondary missed the first practice of the week as Coby Bryant (toe) and Julian Love (hamstring) were unavailable. Also missing practice on the defensive side of the ball was Jarran Reed (groin), Devin Bush (shoulder) and Boye Mafe (knee). The depth on defense could potentially get a lot of reps in practice this week with many starters missing practice on Wednesday.

While many defenders missed practice, Jamal Adams was a full participant in practice as he is making his way towards playing for the first time since Week 1 of the 2022 season. While there is certainly optimism for his return, it's still uncertain if he will make it this Sunday. "There's always the possibility that he could play, because he's practicing with us, he'll go full-go today and have a great week, I hope," Carroll said. "We're planning on making sure we don't do it until the time is exactly right, so we're trying to measure that, sensing how he feels and all of that. He's really excited about how close he is, so we'll see what happens."

Tight end Will Dissly was another starter that was held out of practice on Wednesday afternoon as he is dealing with a shoulder injury. While Dissly missed practice, Noah Fant was a full participant despite dealing with a ribs injury.

A couple more offensive lineman got banged up in the most recent game as center Evan Brown and guard Phil Haynes were limited in practice on Wednesday.

The Carolina Panthers were missing some key players from practice as they are coming off a loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Their number one overall pick in this year's draft, Bryce Young, missed practice on Wednesday as he is dealing with an ankle injury. Star linebacker Brian Burns (ankle) and running back Miles Sanders (pectoral) were limited in practice.

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T Charles Cross (toe) TE Will Dissly (shoulder) WR DK Metcalf (ribs) CB Coby Bryant (toe) S Julian Love (hamstring) NT Jarran Reed (groin) CB Riq Woolen (chest) LB Devin Bush (shoulder) LB Boye Mafe (knee)

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A popular burger finds a second home, and 25 other Seattle restaurant openings

Two of the most-sought after burger and pizza joints in Seattle have expanded, but that won’t make scoring a burger or a slice that much easier. We explain below. But there are two dozen other openings around town, if patience is not your virtue. Our roll call of new restaurants below.10 latest Seattle restaurant closures — with best wishes to a local legendThe famous bacon cheeseburger that draws lines around the ...

Two of the most-sought after burger and pizza joints in Seattle have expanded, but that won’t make scoring a burger or a slice that much easier. We explain below. But there are two dozen other openings around town, if patience is not your virtue. Our roll call of new restaurants below.

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The famous bacon cheeseburger that draws lines around the block at Beast & Cleaver butcher shop is now also served at its offshoot Beast & Cleaver 49th Street, inside Fair Isle Brewing in the Ballard Brewery District. Since the famous burger comes from ground beef that’s been dry-aged for up to 130 days, supplies are limited. About 25 burgers will be offered Wednesdays-Fridays, and 50 burgers on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tivoli in Fremont is the new pizzeria hot spot from the same baking geeks behind Post Alley Pizza and Saint Bread. This distinctive pie starts out in a gas oven and gets a smoky finish in a wood-fired dome. Sandwiches, including its popular mortadella, are assembled on housemade focaccia.

Layers Sandwich Co., which was a runaway hit as a food truck, shifts to a brick-and-mortar location and has been rebranded as Layers Green Lake, but all the greatest hits remain — including its bestseller, the slow-roasted pork belly with a spread of Fresno chili pepper jam in a brioche bun. With a larger restaurant space comes an expanded breakfast menu of egg sandwiches and buttermilk biscuits.

MOTO expands to Belltown, though you can’t score its Detroit-style pie until after November since it’s already sold out. MOTO relies mostly on online orders, and according to management, all the available time slots have been filled until then. Psst, the pizzeria does offer some walk-in orders when doors open at 4 p.m., but management discourages customers from lining up since there usually aren’t that many surplus doughs available. MOTO, which has been a big hit in West Seattle and Edmonds, has also hit it out of the ballpark in its inaugural season at T-Mobile Park for Mariners home games, where the pizzeria has sold out by the fifth inning. Eastsiders, your time is coming. MOTO has been scouting locations in Bellevue, Issaquah and Kirkland and hopes to open a drive-thru by early next year.

The never-ending obsession over Korean fried chicken continues. This time, Sodam Chicken Capitol Hill opens at the corner of East Madison Street and 19th Avenue. For another Korean take on an American fast-food staple, check out Galbi Burger on Broadway East.

The most interesting Korean restaurant that debuted this month, though, is Imo Pocha, a late-night bistro that serves kimchi fried rice and fried chicken until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. But you should delve deeper into the menu because Imo Pocha offers several authentic dishes you would find only in the Korean food scene in Federal Way and Lynnwood. Check out the red chili crab dish, served cold. Also, one of the best dishes I had this month: kimchi with pork, a salty, spicy dish with bright, sweet allium flavors. (The dish is listed as “steamed kimchi w Pork” on the menu, under the appetizer section.) Just a delightful bar dish that’s best washed down with a Cass lager.

Across from Imo Pocha, Mt. Joy plops down a chicken sandwich food truck, with plans to add a brick-and-mortar restaurant at the corner of 11th Avenue and East Pine Street in the fall. Mt. Joy, which preaches environmentally friendly and ethical farming practices, features pasture-raised chicken on a menu composed by chef Dionne Himmelfarb, formerly of Canlis and Poppy.

Bellwether BBQ & Grill offers all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue in the Chinatown International District.

CrackleMi Cafe, a big hit in Ballard, expands to Fremont with its grilled rib-eye and other banh mis, along with vermicelli noodle and rice bowls.

Mendocino Farms sandwich shop, which opened near the Amazon campus, expands with a second shop in Rainier Square featuring gourmet takes such as its hot honey peach prosciutto sandwich and the chimichurri steak and bacon roll.

On Beacon Hill, Shady Lane & Pretzel replaces Breezy Town Pizza inside Clock-Out Lounge.

Shaka Snacks in the University District offers a dozen different takes on the Hawaiian Spam musubi including a katsu Spam , teriyaki chicken and Chinese sausage version.

From the restaurant group behind Purple Wine Café and Barrio comes Livbud Café in Wallingford, an all-day cafe that does espressos to cocktails and for bites a plant-heavy lineup: a falafel wrap and a leek confit spread.

The Just Poke chain opens a branch in Northgate.

In Ballard, Yaygit cafe has drawn a following in the vegan community with sandwiches such as its faux tuna and grilled cheese.

The taqueria Sandia opens in Bryant, hawking pork loin tacos and mushroom al pastor.

And Phinney Ridge gets Arigato Sushi.

The butcher shop/smokehouse Lady Jaye in West Seattle apparently has a sweet tooth because its offshoot, Little Jaye in South Park, which opens Oct. 1., will serve 30 different desserts, from Ruffles Potato Chip “Rice Krispies” treats to chocolate cream shokupan doughnuts. But this bakery is still run by the same carnivorous team behind Lady Jaye, so of course there are wagyu beef sandwiches.

Other dessert shops and coffeehouses: FOMO Café serves ube mochi cookies and matcha brownies in the University District. Coche Valley Desert Café opens on Capitol Hill. Milkvue does mochi doughnuts downtown. Hellenika Cultured Creamery, from the family behind Ellenos yogurt, debuts in Pike Place Market. Panterelli patisserie showcases eclairs and cream puffs in West Seattle. And the coffeehouse The Scene In South Park aims to be that proverbial third place for people in the community.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Little Jaye in West Seattle is currently open. The restaurant delayed its opening to Oct. 1.

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Riq Woolen "Pretty Sore," Mike Morris To Have Surgery & Other Seahawks Injury Updates

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Seahawks injury updates from Pete Carroll’s Wednesday press conference.

The Seahawks finished last week's game without Pro Bowl cornerback Riq Woolen, and on Wednesday Pete Carroll indicated that Woolen may not make it back for Seattle's Week 3 game against Carolina.

"He's pretty sore," Carroll said. "It's going to be a pretty good recovery for him to get back."

The good news on Woolen, who injured his shoulder making a tackle in Sunday's win over the Lions, is that the injury is not serious enough for the team to consider putting him on injured reserve, Carroll said.

DK Metcalf also left the game briefly with a rib injury, but was able to return, and should be ready to go Sunday.

"He's going to make it through the week, he'll be all right," Carroll said. "We'll take care of him, but he's going to be all right."

After missing the Detroit game with a toe injury, left tackle Charles Cross is "getting better," Carroll said, but it's not yet known if he can return this week: "He's getting better. He's feeling more confident that he's making progress. It's a day-to-day observation to see how he's making progress."

The Seahawks are expecting to get back two players who missed Sunday's win with injuries, outside linebacker Boye Mafe and linebacker Devin Bush.

"We're counting on them," Carroll said. "They're going today, and we're counting on them to be available if they can make it through the week."

While he was able to finish the game, tight end Will Dissly is dealing with a shoulder injury, Carroll said: "Will's a little banged up. He's got a shoulder that has been bothering him."

With Jamal Adams expected to practice fully this week, there is a chance he could make his 2023 debut against the Panthers, but Carroll again made it clear they won't rush Adams back.

"There's always the possibility that he could play, because he's practicing with us, he'll go full-go today and have a great week, I hope," Carroll said. "We're planning on making sure we don't do it until the time is exactly right, so we're trying to measure that, sensing how he feels and all of that. He's really excited about how close he is, so we'll see what happens."

Carroll also explained that rookie defensive end Mike Morris will miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery.

"He's got a shoulder issue that's been around, and now it's aggravated to the point where the best thing we can do is get him well, so he's going to get operated on," Carroll said. "… It's really unfortunate. Mike had done such good job with us and made such a good impression on us. We had a whole role mapped out for him to fit in and all that; we'll just have to put it on hold. He's sick about it, we're all sick about it, but that's what happens sometimes. We've got to get him right and fix him up."

Review: Coldplay shows two decades of evolution at sold-out Seattle concert

Concert reviewIf you were a fan of Coldplay in 2001, you might have caught them on their first tour when they played the Showbox in downtown Seattle. MTV, back when it still cared about music, reviewed the show and described lead singer Chris Martin as nervous and wondered if American audiences would embrace the British band.Twenty-two years later, Coldplay is a year-and-a-half deep into their Music of the Spheres world tour and played a sold-out Lumen Field on Wednesday night, but Martin said he still remembers playing that ...

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If you were a fan of Coldplay in 2001, you might have caught them on their first tour when they played the Showbox in downtown Seattle. MTV, back when it still cared about music, reviewed the show and described lead singer Chris Martin as nervous and wondered if American audiences would embrace the British band.

Twenty-two years later, Coldplay is a year-and-a-half deep into their Music of the Spheres world tour and played a sold-out Lumen Field on Wednesday night, but Martin said he still remembers playing that Showbox gig. Perhaps that’s why he and the rest of the band seemed so appreciative of the massive crowd on hand that sang along with every song for two hours straight.

Martin, who joked they had to do 107 rehearsals to be ready for their show in Seattle, is no longer the reluctant frontman he was at 24 years old, content to hide behind a guitar and barely engage with the crowd. Bounding between the stage and a circular satellite stage in the center of the field with joyous, infectious energy, he was on point throughout the evening, even on the opening number “Higher Power,” during which it seemed the sound board was having trouble dialing in his voice.

Frustratingly, he was still a bit muffled for the first couple of songs but by the time the band got to “The Scientist” off 2002’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” Martin’s baritone was coming through crystal clear.

“Viva la Vida,” from the satellite stage, managed to sound huge despite the band using a stripped-down setup with a limited drum kit and small keyboard. Part of that is Martin’s iconic voice, which hardly seems to have changed in over 20 years, but guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion deserve credit for creating the band’s signature anthemic wall of sound.

In a funny moment, Martin invited three teenagers onstage to watch him play a solo version of “Fly On,” but stopped early in the song to chastise them for taking selfies during the performance.

“Can you live without your phones for four minutes?” Martin asked before offering his arm to touch to confirm that he was, indeed, real and sitting not 2 feet away from them.

After deciding they might rather hear a different song, Martin asked if they had a request. It was “Yellow,” of course, the hit that helped the band make it big back in 2000. After assuring them he’d get to it later in the show, Martin launched into a soulful version of “Everglow” from 2015’s “Head Full of Dreams” and might have created three future musicians in the process, seemingly enrapturing the teens with the opportunity to watch a master ply his trade up close.

The kids got their wish soon enough, as a couple of songs later thousands of LED wristbands in the audience began glowing, creating a sea of yellow as Martin fulfilled his promise.

The wristbands were made of biodegradable plant matter, part of a sustainability pledge the band made to reduce this tour’s carbon emissions by 50% from their Head Full of Dreams tour in that ended in 2017. Charging bicycles and kinetic mats were installed at the back of the stadium where fans could ride or simply dance to help generate electricity, stored in batteries and intended to help power the show’s intimate C stage.

Sometimes Coldplay mixed in a snarling rock riff or two, like on “People of Pride,” but for the most part they stayed in their anthem-pop wheelhouse. They demonstrated their impressive longevity by playing “Clocks,” a song released five years before the first iPhone came out, and then a couple of songs later “My Universe,” a collaboration with South Korean boy band BTS that had younger fans cheering.

The soaring “A Sky Full of Stars” would have been a fitting endpoint to the show, which was the final concert of the season at Lumen Field. Referencing his earlier moment with the teen fans, Martin asked everyone to put their phones away and enjoy the song, which ended with a huge fireworks display and a frenzy of shimmering LEDs that seemed to put a stamp on the show.

It confused some folks, who started to head for the exits only to be drawn back in when the band started into “Sparks” a few minutes later. Recent single “Humankind” was Coldplay at their most bombastic and was a nice contrast with the tenderness of “Fix You.” Martin and company had one last song, 2021’s sugar rush “Biutyful,” giving the crowd a final chance to extend the singalong a few more minutes.

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