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 Washington, 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
Capital One Arena may be getting a consolation prize.In the wake of Monumental Sports and Entertainment’s deal to move the Washington Capitals and Wizards out of the Washington, D.C., arena to Virginia’s Potomac Yard, owner Ted Leonis announced that the WNBA’s Mystics may be moving back in.SEE ALSO: ...
Capital One Arena may be getting a consolation prize.
In the wake of Monumental Sports and Entertainment’s deal to move the Washington Capitals and Wizards out of the Washington, D.C., arena to Virginia’s Potomac Yard, owner Ted Leonis announced that the WNBA’s Mystics may be moving back in.
If the deal for the Capitals and Wizards to leave the Capital One Arena goes through, the plan is to bring the Mystics back to its original home, said Leonsis, who owns all three sports franchises.
The Mystics played at Capital One from the arena’s opening in 1998 until 2018, and have since played their home games at the 4,000-seat Entertainment & Sports Arena on the St. Elizabeths East campus at 1100 Oak Street Drive SE. Its lease on the east side of the Anacostia River is not set to expire until 2037.
Under the proposed plan, Monumental would continue to invest directly—with no public funding—in maintaining Capital One Arena’s standing, and envision it to serve as the Mystics’ future home, a spokesperson for the company told Commercial Observer.
“The fandom of women’s sports has exploded in recent years and the Mystics are consistently selling out their home games,” the spokesperson said. “We believe we can create a tailored game day experience for that expanding fan base and provide the space for this championship-winning team to continue growing the franchise to play for 10,000 fans within 3-5 years.”
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser is not happy about that plan, claiming a move for the 2019 WNBA champs would be a big setback for development east of the Anacostia River, a main focus of her administration.
“The District honors its contracts, and we trust and expect our partners to do the same,” a spokesperson for the Mayor told NBC4 on Wednesday. “This partnership and the arena it built have been a catalyst for change in Ward 8, creating jobs and opportunity and paving the way for new housing, retail, and health care on the St. Elizabeths East Campus.”
Monumental’s plan, as outlined by Leonsis at a press conference earlier this month, calls for the Capital One Arena to be transformed from 20,000 seats to 10,000 seats for women’s basketball games, though it would return to the original number for larger concerts when needed. The company pays the District $400,000 annually to utilize the Entertainment & Sports Arena for Mystics’ games and Wizards’ practices, according to the mayor’s office.
The Mayor also hasn’t given up on keeping the Capitals and Wizards from leaving D.C.
Bowser introduced legislation that would extend Monumental’s lease — set to expire in 2027 — until 2052, with $500 million in financing for upgrades distributed over a three-year period, starting in 2024. The legislation states the Capitals and the Wizards would not be able to relocate outside the District until the end of the lease.
“Downtown D.C. is the District’s economic engine that provides revenue resources to support important programs in the city,” Bowser said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Leonsis and Monumental Sports have been critical partners in keeping our downtown thriving, especially after the pandemic.”
Capital One Area opened in 1997, and Monumental’s ground lease is set to expire in 2027. Monumental owns the arena but leases the land from the District.
Snow lovers have long lamented the dreaded “D.C. snow hole,” which refers to a relative lack of snow sometimes seen in or near the District, leaving a gaping hole in snow totals compared with surrounding regions. The supposed snow hole phenomenon has been blamed for embarrassingly low snow totals for individual stor...
Snow lovers have long lamented the dreaded “D.C. snow hole,” which refers to a relative lack of snow sometimes seen in or near the District, leaving a gaping hole in snow totals compared with surrounding regions. The supposed snow hole phenomenon has been blamed for embarrassingly low snow totals for individual storms and for entire winter seasons.
So, is the D.C. snow hole real or imaginary?
To answer the question, it’s helpful to first acknowledge there are two types of snow holes at play.
First, there is the microscale snow hole, which is the focused area of suppressed snow accumulation that often occurs in downtown D.C. and across the Potomac River in and around Arlington and Alexandria. That snow hole is absolutely real and a result of the combined impacts of low elevation, the urban heat island effect and proximity to the river.
Temperatures are almost always warmer at low elevations closer to sea level than at higher altitudes, because air is heated from the ground up. Meanwhile, the pavement and buildings in urban areas retain more heat than the grassy and forested surfaces of more rural locations. In addition, the Potomac River helps keep nearby temperatures warmer because water is slower to cool than land.
The confluence of warming factors makes it harder for snow to stick, thus the microscale snow hole commonly seen inside and right around the District and reflected in Washington’s official snow totals, measured at Reagan National Airport in Arlington on the bank of the Potomac.
This microscale hole is especially evident during snow that doesn’t fall heavily enough to cool down the air near the ground and during some late-season March snows when the increasing sun angle keeps the ground warmer. It occurs often enough that Capital Weather Gang and others sometimes incorporate it in their snowfall forecast maps.
The existence of a broader D.C.-area snow hole is a bit fuzzier.
Over the long term, there is no such snow hole, as can be seen in the map of average annual snowfall below. The map shows gradually decreasing amounts of snow from the Northeast into the Mid-Atlantic, with no sign of a hole in the D.C. area.
In some winters, however, we have seen a zone of less snow in and around the D.C. area — such as the glaring snow hole that stretched from Charlottesville to Baltimore in the winter of 2016-2017 — due to tendencies in the seasonal storm track. In these cases, a split flow in the atmosphere tends to steer disturbances either to our north or to our south, leaving us struggling for snow in between. The disturbances may end up merging off the coast before bringing significant snow to the Northeast or New England, but that’s often too late to produce substantial snow around here.
“Long-term data does not show more snow surrounding D.C. than in the District itself,” Capital Weather Gang’s Ian Livingston wrote in 2021. “However, there are some years … when weather patterns can conspire to favor a snow-hole type pattern.”
This type of broader snow hole was last seen when a stormy stretch from late January through mid-February 2021 produced noticeably less snow near and west of D.C. than in surrounding regions. Similar snow holes occurred in the winters of 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2012-2013 and 2010-2011.
The split flow in the atmosphere that can result in a regional snow hole tends to be more common in La Niña winters. But the sample size isn’t big enough that we can make any concrete conclusions about what is currently a strong El Niño winter.
Only time will tell how much snow the region receives this winter — and whether there’s a hole in the middle of it.
Washingtonians should gear up for crowded travel over the holi...
Washingtonians should gear up for crowded travel over the holidays and New Year's.
Driving the news: 115 million people will travel throughout the U.S. during the end of December, says AAA — a 2.2% jump from last year and the second-highest prediction since AAA began tracking this data.
By the numbers: AAA forecasts road and air travel will be up over the holidays. Airports in particular will be busier than ever, with an expected 7.5 million passengers — breaking 2019's 7.3 million record.
Zoom in: The worst traffic days during the holiday period — which AAA defines as the stretch between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1 — will likely be Dec. 23 and Dec. 28, according to INRIX, a transportation data group.
And DMV drivers can expect almost double the usual traffic delays this holiday season, says INRIX.
Be smart: There are steps locals can take to stay safe and avoid the worst of the congestion this holiday season.
If flying, get to the airport two hours early for domestic flights and three hours for international travel, says the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
If driving, Maryland travelers can get updates on traffic and weather-related closures via the Maryland Department of Transportation's (MDOT) live dashboard.
This was the year that artificial intelligence (AI) burst into the mainstream, and Washington, D.C., is playing an important role in advancing the field, according to a new report by JLL.Government spending on AI research and development has more than doubled in the past five years, while job postings for AI-related positions in the D.C. region have more than tripled in the same period, according to the report, titled “Capital of Artificial Intelligence: Metro Washington, D.C.’s role in shaping the AI industry.&rdqu...
This was the year that artificial intelligence (AI) burst into the mainstream, and Washington, D.C., is playing an important role in advancing the field, according to a new report by JLL.
Government spending on AI research and development has more than doubled in the past five years, while job postings for AI-related positions in the D.C. region have more than tripled in the same period, according to the report, titled “Capital of Artificial Intelligence: Metro Washington, D.C.’s role in shaping the AI industry.”
While the San Francisco Bay Area remains the leader of the ascendant industry, AI is expected to keep growing, with the potential of becoming a $15.7 trillion industry by 2030, according to PwC.
President Biden’s 2024 budget request included $1.8 billion for AI and machine learning initiatives. With that, defense contractors in Northern Virginia, biotech companies along the Interstate 270 corridor in Maryland, and a growing number of companies throughout the District who dabble in the AI space will most likely benefit from this increase of federal spending on AI research and development, according to the JLL report.
In addition, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and Department of State are among the federal entities in the D.C. region that are actively engaging in research to advance AI technologies.
Given their prominence, it’s likely these agencies will also play a leading role in the regulatory realm, as the world looks to govern and manage the effect of AI technologies on society, per the report.
All this will likely provide a boost to the District’s troubled office market. As of December, approximately 15 percent of AI-related job postings in the D.C. region are for remote positions, JLL reported. That’s lower than the current share of work-from-home jobs in D.C., which should mean a rise in demand for office space.
“Metro D.C. has a well-established AI ecosystem that sets it apart from the prominent West Coast tech markets,” the report noted. “While the likes of Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area have gained recognition for capturing economic growth from recent advancements in generative AI, Metro D.C.’s ecosystem is characterized by the practical application of AI and machine learning in various industries, but especially health care and defense.”
The federal government spent $2.58 billion on AI research and development in 2022, an increase of $130 million over the 2021 fiscal year, and more in this year’s budget.
Keith Loria can be reached at Kloria@commercialobserver.com.
Last Spring, eighth grade students at Greenwich Public Schools’ Eastern, Western and Central middle schools traveled to Washington, D.C. for a three-day, two-night educational experiential trip with their peers and teachers after a three year COVID hiatus. This trip was a beloved capstone tradition spanning over four decades.The 8th Grade D.C. Trip Fundraising Committee, in partnership with the Greenwich Alliance for Education, Pitch Your Peers and the PTAs, teachers and principals at Western, Central and Eastern middle schools ...
Last Spring, eighth grade students at Greenwich Public Schools’ Eastern, Western and Central middle schools traveled to Washington, D.C. for a three-day, two-night educational experiential trip with their peers and teachers after a three year COVID hiatus. This trip was a beloved capstone tradition spanning over four decades.
The 8th Grade D.C. Trip Fundraising Committee, in partnership with the Greenwich Alliance for Education, Pitch Your Peers and the PTAs, teachers and principals at Western, Central and Eastern middle schools are now raising funds for current GPS eighth graders.
Last June, the Committee kicked off with a “Giveback Night” at Garden Catering’s Greenwich and Old Greenwich locations. Both the Hamilton Avenue and Old Greenwich Garden Catering locations generously donated 25% of sales that day.
Next month, the Committee will be hosting a live music fundraiser called “Dancing for DC” on January 19, from 6-9 pm, at Old Greenwich Social Club. The event will feature local band “That’s What She Said” in addition to free appetizers, raffle prizes and a cash bar.
People can purchase tickets by visiting https://greenwichalliance.org/ogsc
Those who can’t attend the event but still want to support, can still buy raffle tickets ($5). Winning tickets will be drawn at the event but supporters do not need to be present to win the prizes.
People can also make a donation to the DC Trip fund directly by visiting the Greenwich Alliance for Education website and type “DC Trip” under Allocation. No donation is too small and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
About the 8th Grade D.C. Trip Fundraising Committee: The 8th Grade D.C. Trip Fundraising Committee is a group of parents from all three GPS middle schools. We welcome all parents to join us and help us fundraise by emailing email@example.com. We are committed to ensuring that the trip continues for years to come, for all eighth grade GPS students, regardless of financial need. Middle school families with demonstrated financial hardship should reach out to their building principals for confidential financial assistance. Washington, D.C. is more than just about seeing monuments; it’s about making lifelong memories with friends and experiencing the soul of our Nation through an immersive trip to its capital.