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 Tampa, 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
A shootout victory in Washington sent the Tampa Bay Lightning into the Christmas break on a three-game win streak. It was the only road date in a six-game stretch that concludes New Year’s Eve. It is a stretch coach Jon Cooper felt was pretty important as far as the temperature of his team heading into the 2024 portion of the schedule.While the Lightning won the first three of those games, versus St Louis, Vegas and in D.C., a 3-2 loss to the division rival Panthers on Wednesday evening was a setback Cooper found a little puzzli...
A shootout victory in Washington sent the Tampa Bay Lightning into the Christmas break on a three-game win streak. It was the only road date in a six-game stretch that concludes New Year’s Eve. It is a stretch coach Jon Cooper felt was pretty important as far as the temperature of his team heading into the 2024 portion of the schedule.
While the Lightning won the first three of those games, versus St Louis, Vegas and in D.C., a 3-2 loss to the division rival Panthers on Wednesday evening was a setback Cooper found a little puzzling.
“Do I think we could have brought a little more emotion to the game?” he said, in the setting the stage. “It’s a Christmas crowd, it’s a rival and when they got that early goal it just, I don’t know, probably took a little air out of our tires. I don’t know why, there was so much game left.”
Cooper was referring to a goal by the Panthers’ Aaron Ekblad at 4:16 of the opening period. It was the start of a loss that prevented Tampa Bay from its first four-game win streak since last season when Cooper’s club won five straight in January.
Indeed, the 2023-24 version of the Tampa Bay Lightning is different, and not just because they went home Wednesday evening with 39 points in 37 games and having slipped out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Rather, the room is different and the spark that often followed the Bolts down the tunnel and onto the ice is something that has appeared less frequently, or at least not with the desired timing.
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That should come as no surprise. After all, Alex Killorn, Pat Maroon and Corey Perry, each a heart-and-soul pillar of said room, departed in the off-season. Ryan McDonagh, Ondrej Palat and Yanni Gourde, three players that are as responsible as they come, moved on over the previous couple of off-seasons.
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It is not that the Lightning lost to the Panthers. Paul Maurice’s team is a very good one. It was how they lost.
“I am not so sure we were completely physically engaged until we scored,” said Cooper, referring to an early third-period goal by Nikita Kucherov that brought his team to within 2-1. “It's a little disappointing coming out of the break at home and to let a cross-state rival come in a beat us on our home ice.”
There is plenty of season remaining and the Lightning still have a core that comprises of world-class talent in Steven Stamkos, Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Victor Hedman and Brayden Point.
“There are times when we are starting to build an identity and play a certain way that will result in wins,” said Point, following the loss to Florida. “We have been doing good things, but lots to clean up. That’s for sure.”
Vasilevskiy, who missed this season’s first eight weeks while recovering from back surgery, has often had to clean up frequent carelessness in front of him. One such mess he was not able to stop was Sam Reinhart’s shorthanded goal that gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead with what proved to be the game-winner in the third period of Wednesday’s game. Such goals can torpedo any chance of picking up a point or two.
“That hurts,” said Point. “Especially at that point in the game.”
There is still an opportunity to close out 2023 on a high note and complete the aforementioned six-game stretch with more points than not. The Eastern Conference-leading Rangers arrive at Amalie Arena on Saturday night and the Canadiens are in town Sunday evening to help say goodbye to the calendar year.
Again, there is plenty of hockey remaining in this season that is a month removed from the all-star break. Still, it would be best for the Lightning to rise up and display the identity Point spoke of very soon.
Residents in over 23,000 properties near Tampa, Florida have been told to boil their water before using it "out of an abundance of caution" after a water main burst, officials have said.Hillsborough County Water Resources told people living in parts of the Citrus Park, Carrollwood, Bearss Glen, Avila and Tiffany Lake Manor neighborhoods on Wednesday to sterilize their tap water for cooking, drinking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes following the break.Officials stressed that there was "no indication ...
Residents in over 23,000 properties near Tampa, Florida have been told to boil their water before using it "out of an abundance of caution" after a water main burst, officials have said.
Hillsborough County Water Resources told people living in parts of the Citrus Park, Carrollwood, Bearss Glen, Avila and Tiffany Lake Manor neighborhoods on Wednesday to sterilize their tap water for cooking, drinking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes following the break.
Officials stressed that there was "no indication of contamination at this time" and the order was "a precautionary measure until a rescission notice is issued" after testing the water system is completed.
When water mains break, there is a risk of contaminants entering the water supply, ranging from dirt that can discolor the water to pathogens such as norovirus or E. coli that can infect those who come in contact with the affected water carrying them.
In August, one Florida scientist told Newsweek that there was an increased risk of contracting serious diseases due to an increase in pathogens in the water supply following hurricane-caused flooding.
Earlier the same month, residents in southern California were told to boil their drinking water over fears of E. coli contamination, while over 150,000 Michigan residents were told to do the same after a three-foot break in a water main.
Hillsborough County said earlier on Wednesday that a two-foot break had occurred in a water main running along Ehrlich Road, near the Pennington Village area and Brushy Creek. Following the incident, the water distribution system dropped below the required regulatory level in some parts served by it, prompting the notice.
Officials said an estimated 23,368 buildings, both residential and commercial, being served by the Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department northwest system, were thought to be impacted by the notice.
They urged residents to also discard any ice made with automated ice machines and run water until it is clear before washing clothes—or use bottled water for household needs as an alternative.
Some residents questioned how the incident had been handled by county officials. Deborah Connell Nagorka asked on social media: "The water main broke before 6 this morning and [it] takes 10 hours to send out the notice?"
Meanwhile, Nessie Chandler said locals "pay A LOT for water" and so "the least you could do is make sure our water is safe."
Newsweek approached Hillsborough County Water Resources via email for comment on Thursday.
Here are some closures and schedule changes for Tampa-area government offices, facilities and services for Christmas.HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — With Tampa-area residents celebrating Christmas Monday, here are some closures and schedule changes affecting government offices, facilities and services throughout the county over the long holiday weekend.Tampa City Government: All offices closed Monday.Tampa Solid Waste: ...
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — With Tampa-area residents celebrating Christmas Monday, here are some closures and schedule changes affecting government offices, facilities and services throughout the county over the long holiday weekend.
Tampa City Government: All offices closed Monday.
Tampa Solid Waste: Check by address to see how trash collection is affected by the holiday.
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries: Closed Sunday through Tuesday. Only the Temple Terrace Library will be open Tuesday.
Hillsborough County Government Offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Hillsborough County Recreation Centers: Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
County Splash Pad Sites: Closed Sunday and Monday.
County Skate Parks: Closed Sunday and Monday.
County Conservation Parks: Close at 2 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday.
Carrollwood Village Park: Open Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Monday.
Conservation Parks: Closed Monday.
Apollo Beach Nature Preserve: Closed Monday.
County Dog Parks: Open Sunday and Monday from sunrise to sunset.
Hillsborough County Customer Service Center: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center: Closed Monday and Tuesday, though a limited number of animal control officers will be on call for emergencies only. Submit a request via the animal request button here.
Veterans Memorial Park and Dead River Wilderness Park: Closed Sunday and Monday.
Hillsborough County Trash Collection: There will be no trash collection on Monday. It will follow the regular schedule Monday and Wednesday. Monday’s trash will be collected Tuesday. The Southeast County Landfill, Northwest and South County Transfer Facilities, Resource Recovery Facility, Community Collection Centers, and all yard waste sites will be closed Monday. All facilities close Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority: Sunday’s schedule will remain the same. Buses on Monday will operate on a Sunday schedule, while streetcars will maintain a regular schedule.
Sunshine Line: The transportation service won’t operate on Tuesday.
13th Judicial Circuit Court: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Time to ring in the new year is quickly approaching. For those who’d rather say goodbye to 2023 in style, look no further. Orlando has actually beat out New York City as the best city to spend the big day, so get those sparklers ready to shine them in the City Beautiful. Tampa, too, reigns on the lineup at number 24. So, whichever city you fancy, make sure you keep up with that special ball drop...
ORLANDO, Fla. — Time to ring in the new year is quickly approaching. For those who’d rather say goodbye to 2023 in style, look no further. Orlando has actually beat out New York City as the best city to spend the big day, so get those sparklers ready to shine them in the City Beautiful. Tampa, too, reigns on the lineup at number 24. So, whichever city you fancy, make sure you keep up with that special ball drop!
New Year’s Eve Celebration in Downtown Orlando
Take your place on Church Street and watch the iconic Orange Ball drop at midnight. 6 venues, Chillers, Cahoots, High Tide, Irish Shannons, Clandestino and Saints & Sinners will be open all night long, for your enjoyment.
Price: Free, paid VIP options available.
Light-Up I-Drive: New Years Eve
Icon Park will kick off the new year with a light show, Live DJ, and drinks on The Lawn under the iconic Orlando Wheel.
Time: Starts at 10 a.m.
New Year’s Eve at Old Town
End 2023 with a bang and bring the family to Old Town and enjoy a car show, live music, fireworks and entertainment.
Time: Starts at 1 p.m.
Walt Disney World New Year’s Eve
Spend NYE at a Disney Park, each park brings its own flavor to the big day with something for everyone to enjoy.
Price: Theme Park Admission
SeaWorld Orlando New Year’s Eve
SeaWorld Orlando is ringing in the New Year in style. The park will be celebrating with distinct Party Zones that will play music varying from retro, latin and family friendly tunes.
Price: Theme Park Admission
Thornton Park 2024 New Year’s Eve Street Party
Have fun on this holiday at 6 select venues around Thornton Park: Grafitti Junction, Island Time, Jack & Honey’s, Cavo’s, TPD, American Happy Hour, The Veranda, and The Falcon. This party will span nearly 2.5 blocks and will have you dancing all night.
Time: 8:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Price: General Admission starts at $20.
Rocking New Year 2024, “The Experience 2.GLOW” at The Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando
This all ages event will be “Central Florida’s most immersive nonstop street party.” Children under 5 will receive free admission with paying adults
Time: 8 p.m. - midnight
Price: General Admission starts at $49
Noon Year Celebration at Largo Community Center
Can’t stay up late? Ring in the new year at noon! Enjoy a ball drop, dancing and entertainment at an earlier time!
Time 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hippie Disco New Year’s Eve at Cage Brewing
Get a free drink with a hippie or disco costume and get ready to dance the night away.
Time: Music starts at 2 p.m.
Price: Starts at $25
Salute to Vienna: New Year’s Concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall
Start 2024 with a great European-inspired New Year’s celebration.
Time: 3 p.m.
Price: Starts at $35
City of St. Petersburg fireworks
Fireworks will be launched from Vinoy Park and will be visible all along the downtown waterfront.
Time 11:59 p.m.
New Years Eve Boogie Blast in Mandarin Heights
Dance the Disco Inferno into 2024 fit with a champagne toast.
Time: 8 p.m. - 3 a.m.
NYE with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena
Enjoy a hockey-style goodbye to 2023 as the Tampa Bay Lighting take on the Montreal Canadiens.
Time: 7 p.m.
Price: $180 and up
Light up Clearwater
Enjoy fireworks on the beach on the Northern part of Sand Key Park.
Time: 11:59 p.m.
'TheDrum Cinema Vol. 3' drops at The Bricks on Saturday. By Ray Roa on Thu, Dec 28, 2023 at 1:52 pmPhoto via Illsboro RecordsFor the better part of two decades, SlopFunkDust and Sponatola have been the secret weapon for probably hundreds of Bay area emcees drawn to the producers’ fearless approach to beatmaking.On the duo's latest, Drum Cinema Vol. 3, Illsboro Records gives the city a 40-minute, heady exploration...
By Ray Roa on Thu, Dec 28, 2023 at 1:52 pm
Photo via Illsboro Records
For the better part of two decades, SlopFunkDust and Sponatola have been the secret weapon for probably hundreds of Bay area emcees drawn to the producers’ fearless approach to beatmaking.
On the duo's latest, Drum Cinema Vol. 3, Illsboro Records gives the city a 40-minute, heady exploration of drum loops, guitar samples, and ambient sounds that range from soulful to experimental, often in the same breath.
Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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Mitch Woods who plays Music Gallery in New Port Richey, Florida on Dec. 30, 2023.
You’d be crazy to think that Mitch Woods wouldn’t make a dent in the 1950s rockabilly scene had he been old enough to have taken part.
The 72-year-old started as a classical pianist, but seeing sax legend Louis Jordan live contributed to his switching gears, and taking on a sound more reminiscent of 1940s and ‘50s boogie-woogie and blues-rock.
His latest album Friends Along The Way sticks to that aesthetic, and features guest spots from Van Morrison and Taj Mahal. Tickets to see Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s play the Music Gallery in New Port Richey on Saturday, Dec. 30 start at $25.