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.
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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 Charleston, 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.
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It’s encouraging that Charleston County Council recently took a step back from reducing the county’s protection of African American settlement communities, particularly when it comes to deciding whether new development is compatible with the historic land patterns that largely define these unique places.As report...
It’s encouraging that Charleston County Council recently took a step back from reducing the county’s protection of African American settlement communities, particularly when it comes to deciding whether new development is compatible with the historic land patterns that largely define these unique places.
As reporter Adam Parker noted, council members reversed course last week and voted against a plan to eliminate the Charleston County Historic Preservation Commission’s right to review new subdivisions. That proposal had arisen after the commission voted down a subdivision in East Cooper’s Ten Mile community, saying the site plan featuring 10 homes with a cul-de-sac on a 5-acre site did not fit within the context of this low-density community.
The commission made the right decision, and County Council needs to continue to uphold the commission’s important role in reviewing new development within settlement communities to ensure it’s a good fit.
The county might have work to do here to review and update its zoning ordinances to provide more clarity on the kind of new development that would be considered appropriate. Our main objection to the county’s effort to end the Historic Preservation Commission’s role in reviewing subdivisions was that it was being done without adopting any new protection or zoning change that would help accomplish the same goal.
This issue is only going to loom larger. The county’s African American settlement communities developed mostly on former plantation land that previously enslaved African Americans were able to buy during or shortly after Reconstruction. They were sort of rural villages, with homes close enough together to form a sense of community but still far enough apart so that everyone had a sizeable plot to raise crops, keep animals or both.
Today, these once-rural areas are at the edge of an ever-growing metropolitan area, prime sites for residential growth in the eyes of many. We don’t object to this growth, but we do support efforts by these communities and their allies in the historic preservation community to ensure this new growth fits and complements the communities’ existing sense of place. That often will mean new housing should not be as dense as developers want to build.
That growth pressure is only expected to intensify, and residents of settlement communities as well as those who buy land in them need more assurances about what sort of new building would be welcomed. The status quo offers some protection, but it doesn’t offer as much clarity. A lawsuit already is pending that questions whether the criteria for a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission are too vague and arbitrary. As the news article noted, even preservationists agree that the county’s methods to protect historic neighborhoods could be improved.
There is a positive way forward. County Council can initiate a broad-based process to consider zoning overlays for historic African American settlement communities that would provide more specificity about what would and would not be allowed there. Such a process could lead to a general overlay approach but with specific provisions for unique aspects of the Phillips and Ten Mile communities in the East Cooper area, Beefield on James Island and other communities that the county eventually recognizes as historic. Many residents in these communities are descendants of community founders and deserve a voice in setting regulations for future building.
This inclusionary approach is preferable to a more recent attempt simply to lower the allowable zoning density in the Ten Mile Community from four houses per acre to three. It may take more time, but as Ten Mile resident Craig Ascue said, workshops with community residents and county representatives could lead to agreements on restructuring the county’s ordinances in a way that limits the county’s legal liability while also strengthening the Historic Preservation Commission and clarifying the rules for developers.
County Council may revisit this issue Nov. 14. Its earlier votes have been close enough that no one is sure what will happen next.
What should happen next is that County Council proceeds with an open, methodical review of its zoning ordinances and procedures regarding settlement communities, not to weaken them and allow inappropriate development but to improve them to ensure these communities already deemed worthy of historic protection remain that way in the long run.
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MOUNT PLEASANT — Leland Archer wasn’t sure this night would be possible ten months ago.When the Charleston Battery gathered together for the first time back in early February, Archer didn’t know what to expect.A year ago, the Battery had been one of the worst teams in the USL Championship, winning just six matches all year.Archer, the longest tenured player on Charleston’s roster, was like most of his teammates that were left over from that disastrous season. He thought the Battery would be better...
MOUNT PLEASANT — Leland Archer wasn’t sure this night would be possible ten months ago.
When the Charleston Battery gathered together for the first time back in early February, Archer didn’t know what to expect.
A year ago, the Battery had been one of the worst teams in the USL Championship, winning just six matches all year.
Archer, the longest tenured player on Charleston’s roster, was like most of his teammates that were left over from that disastrous season. He thought the Battery would be better in 2023; how could they be much worse?
As the final whistle blew Saturday night, the realization hit the veteran defender of what the club had accomplished and he fell into the arms of his teammates in disbelief.
Arturo Rodriguez scored on a set piece just five minutes into the match and Augustine “Augi” Williams added a penalty kick in the second half as the Charleston Battery defeated Louisville City FC, 2-1, in the USL Championship Eastern Conference final on Nov. 4 before a sellout crowd of more than 5,000 at Patriots Point.
Charleston, which has won four league titles during the club’s 30-year history, will face Phoenix Rising FC, a 2-1 winner over Sacramento, on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Patriots Point. The match will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Making the playoffs, let alone advancing to the USL Championship final, seemed like a dream when the Battery opened practice in February.
“If you had asked me at the beginning of the year if we would be here, I’m don’t think any of us would have said yes,” Archer said. “I don’t think anyone would have expected us to be here right now. But we defied the odds and now we’re here. It’s been a long, tough year.
“All season long the guys have been locked in, they’ve been selfless. Everyone works hard for one another, and it has really paid off these last couple of games.”
Archer has spent the last decade in the Lowcountry, playing first for College of Charleston and then signing with the Battery after he graduated.
MOUNT PLEASANT — There’s nothing like playing against your hometown team.
When Charleston Battery keeper Trey Muse steps onto Ralph Lundy Field at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Louisville City FC in the USL Championship Eastern Conference final, he’ll be competing against a club he has been a supporter of since it joined the league in 2015.
Muse even trained with Louisville City for a week when he was home from college on spring break.
But that’s where the loyalties end for Muse.
“I’m trying to treat this like any other game,” said Muse, who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. “It’s not like I was a part of their academy, so there’s not that connection or motivation. I went to matches when I was in high school and I was a supporter, but my focus is on helping the Battery get to the next round.”
That will be tough against a Louisville City team that will be playing in its ninth straight USL conference finals.
In its short history, Louisville has been one of the most successful postseason teams in the USL, advancing to the championship four times and winning back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.
A year ago, Louisville lost to San Antonio, 3-1, in the USL Championship final.
“They are a very experienced team, so nothing is going to be a surprise for them,” said Charleston Battery coach Ben Pirmann. “They’ve been very good out of possession, very hard to break down and they pressure their opponents. They’re Louisville, they’ve always been good in the build-up phases.”
Despite Beatriz Alves earning her seventh double-double of the season, the Hofstra University volleyball team got swept on the road by the College of Charleston Cougars on Saturday, Nov. 4.The Pride drops to 18-8 on the season with a Coastal Athletic Association (CAA) record of 8-7. Charleston jumped to 11-15 on the overall year with an equal 8-7 CAA standing. In the all-time series, both programs have won 12 times, but this was the first time in four matchups that the Cougars came out victorious.The set scores were 20-25 in th...
Despite Beatriz Alves earning her seventh double-double of the season, the Hofstra University volleyball team got swept on the road by the College of Charleston Cougars on Saturday, Nov. 4.
The Pride drops to 18-8 on the season with a Coastal Athletic Association (CAA) record of 8-7. Charleston jumped to 11-15 on the overall year with an equal 8-7 CAA standing. In the all-time series, both programs have won 12 times, but this was the first time in four matchups that the Cougars came out victorious.
The set scores were 20-25 in the first set, 25-27 in the second and 19-25 in the third.
The first set saw both teams in hot pursuit of each other as neither team held a lead above two points until later in the game. The teams were evenly matched as they both tied and then took the lead on every other serve. However, an attack error by Clara Bal made the Pride lose their momentum, resulting in the home side scoring six straight points to give the Cougars a 25-19 first-set win.
The second set did not start off as tight as the first one, but it soon became a close match. With the set score at 4-3 after seven serves, Hofstra took an 11-6 lead thanks to three service aces – one by Emily Nunes and one by Chiara Cucco, as well as five kills. A Charleston timeout did not do the Cougars any favors as the Pride capitalized on a service error by Charleston’s Olivia Mae Van Der Werff with a kill by Yagmur Cinel. Four straight points from two kills and two attack errors made it a 13-11 match. Hofstra got returned to a four-point lead thanks to a kill by Bal and a bad set by Charleston’s Emma Appleman.
With a 24-21 score, the Pride had the lead, but two kills and an attack error from Beatriz Braga tied the match at 24. Despite a kill by Bal to make it 25-24, Hofstra was not able to take the set. The Cougars managed to tie and eventually win with three straight points, capped off by a Tynley Smeltzer service ace.
Things did not start well for the Pride in the third set, as a service error, an attack error and three straight kills gave Charleston an early 5-0 lead. The Pride responded right back, though, as Bal got two kills, the Cougars’ Lexi Wierzbicki had two attack errors and a Cougars service error leveled the score at five.
The College of Charleston made it 6-5 due to Cinel’s service error, and the Pride only got within one point for the rest of the match. Two attack errors, one by Izadora Stedile and the other by Alves, caused the Pride to lose focus as the Cougars secured their win.
Cinel had 19 kills, which matched her season-high on the year that came against North Carolina A&T State University on Oct. 7. Bal had 10 kills and five digs. Braga also contributed with six kills and five digs.
The Pride looks to win in their second game of the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 5. First serve from Charleston is at noon.
Photo courtesy of Hofstra Athletics/Alexis Friedman
James Island-based artist Cristina Victor showcases Charleston’s ceramic art community in her curatorial debut, SHAPERS. The group exhibition at the James Island Cultural Arts Center includes sculptural ceramic works by 19 Charleston-based artists and is on view now through Jan. 11, 2024.The maximalist, salon-style exhibition serves as an opportunity to recognize an “incredibly dynamic and skilled community that is overdue and deserving of visibility,” Victor said.Born and raised in Miami, Victor received her master&...
James Island-based artist Cristina Victor showcases Charleston’s ceramic art community in her curatorial debut, SHAPERS. The group exhibition at the James Island Cultural Arts Center includes sculptural ceramic works by 19 Charleston-based artists and is on view now through Jan. 11, 2024.
The maximalist, salon-style exhibition serves as an opportunity to recognize an “incredibly dynamic and skilled community that is overdue and deserving of visibility,” Victor said.Born and raised in Miami, Victor received her master’s degree in fine art in San Francisco and is now an interdisciplinary artist and studio art professor at the College of Charleston. She moved here in March 2020 and said “ceramics is what got me through” the pandemic and being alone in a new place.
“It was like this thing I could completely pour myself into and endlessly learn,” she said. “It was endless. It was boundless.” (These are themes explored in Victor’s own colorful sculpture included in the show, titled “Quimbara.”)
To get involved in the local artistic community of her new home, Victor started working at Studio Union, an artist-run studio space in North Charleston. That’s where she connected with artists like Susan Klein, a fellow interdisciplinary artist who also teaches at College of Charleston, and Susan Gregory, who directs Studio Union and is an artist working in ceramics and encaustic.
Victor said the exhibition also relied on her meeting Myra Bowie, who owns Riverland Terrace pottery studio Terrace Clay and introduced Victor to many of the represented artists. Like Studio Union, Terrace Clay is an artist-run studio space founded after the longtime Charleston pottery hub cone10 closed in 2019 — after nearly 20 years serving the artistic community — when its space was bought and demolished due to development on the downtown peninsula.After working in Charleston, Victor decided to curate a group show.
“I knew I had to kind of pay my dues and hang out and see what was going on. But in general, I immediately felt like, there’s a lack of representation of a lot of kinds of artists here.”
Through conversations with fellow artists, Victor began to sense many Charleston artists felt similarly and though art spaces in Charleston represent a very specific kind of work. For artists who are creating experimental, subversive art, the options to show are limited.
“I became aware of this sense that there isn’t a whole lot of representation outside of the kind of art that I feel really appeals to tourism,” she said. “We don’t see enough art about the complexities of the history of this place.”
With these issues of visibility in mind, it was important for Victor that the group exhibition went in an accessible and free community space — that’s why she put SHAPERS in the admission-free James Island Cultural Arts Center.
“I’m kind of punk about things — sitting around waiting for something to happen is not my jam. And so I was like, I’m not seeing this, I’m going to make it.”
A sculptural altar piece by Steph Frederickson invites introspection and meditation, while an artwork of a dilapidated house complete with a spider web inside by Holly T. Benton speaks to themes of ephemeral beauty. A wall of shelves holds many smaller pieces by the group of artists and is presented without labels, as if the works all together represent one large artwork by a collective, rather than individual artists.
The show speaks thematically to community, to Charleston, its beauty and horror, and the compulsive, generative practice that is making artwork — specifically the experience of making three dimensional works which exist in a state of simultaneous physical fragility and powerful presence.
“There’s just a lot of richness here,” Victor said. “And I’m not trying to represent the whole ceramic world of Charleston with this show — I know a lot of people are left out that I probably haven’t met yet or seen yet. I know that there’s a lack of connection with certain communities here. If I do this show again, I want to prioritize finding those kinds of makers.”
Victor received awesome feedback from artists and community members, saying many people agree that a Charleston ceramic salon-style exhibition should occur regularly. She said she hopes SHAPERS “ignites more people to find ways to show their work in ways other than what we’ve had available to us.
“I think we’ve got to demand a little bit more of the city. There’s so much more going on than what’s being shown — we’re busting at the seams. It’s a matter of how we collectively figure that out.”
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The NC State Wolfpack open their 2023-24 college basketball season on November 6, 2023, going up against the Citadel Bulldogs at PNC Arena.Last year NC State went 23-11. Last year Citadel finished 10-22.When is NC State vs. Citadel and when does it start?This game between the Wolfpack and Bulldogs is set to start on Monday, November 6, 2023. You should expect the opening tip at 7:00 PM ET.The Wolfpack and Bulldogs will take to the hardwood at PNC Arena for this matchup on November 6, and if you would like to cat...
The NC State Wolfpack open their 2023-24 college basketball season on November 6, 2023, going up against the Citadel Bulldogs at PNC Arena.
Last year NC State went 23-11. Last year Citadel finished 10-22.
This game between the Wolfpack and Bulldogs is set to start on Monday, November 6, 2023. You should expect the opening tip at 7:00 PM ET.
The Wolfpack and Bulldogs will take to the hardwood at PNC Arena for this matchup on November 6, and if you would like to catch the event live, get your tickets now from Vivid Seats!
You can catch this game live on ACC.
Last year, NC State was 41st in college basketball on offense (77.7 points scored per game) and 202nd defensively (70.8 points allowed).
Last year, the Wolfpack averaged 77.7 points per game, only 3.5 more points than the 74.2 the Bulldogs allowed.
Beyond the arc, NC State was 84th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (8.3) last year. It was 153rd in 3-point percentage at 34.7%.
Offensively the Wolfpack performed better at home last season, posting 83.3 points per game, compared to 70.1 per game away from home.
With 67.4 points per game on offense, Citadel was 289th in the country last year. At the other end of the court, it gave up 74.2 points per contest, which ranked 293rd in college basketball.
The Bulldogs put up just 3.4 fewer points per game last year (67.4) than the Wolfpack allowed their opponents to score (70.8).
Citadel sank 7.2 three-pointers per game (202nd-ranked in college basketball) last year, while sporting a 32.5% three-point percentage (272nd-ranked).
The Bulldogs averaged 70.6 points per game at home last season, and 65.5 away.
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