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 Detroit, 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 series of tests revealed that Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his right knee during the team's 30-24 loss Sunday to the Detroit Lions, coach Kevin O'Connell said Tuesday.Hockenso...
A series of tests revealed that Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his right knee during the team's 30-24 loss Sunday to the Detroit Lions, coach Kevin O'Connell said Tuesday.
Hockenson will be placed on injured reserve and surgery will be scheduled soon.
Recovery from double ligament tears can take a bit more time, but O'Connell said: "Knowing T.J., the type of player he is, I'm absolutely looking forward to when we can get him back rolling and ready to have a great 2024 season."
The injury occurred on the Vikings' second offensive play of the third quarter. After leaping to grab a 24-yard pass, Hockenson absorbed a hit to the knee from Lions safety Kerby Joseph. He immediately jogged to the sideline and was soon ruled out for the game.
"It was a very, very unfortunate play," O'Connell said. "We've done a nice job [in the NFL] of helping take out some of those head and neck area hits to the defenseless players, [but] some of those low hits can be incredibly catastrophic for guys. It was awful to see that happen."
Hockenson was having a career year in his first full season with the Vikings. He ranks second in the NFL in catches by tight ends (95), third in receiving yards (960) and has been the Vikings' most consistent offensive threat in a season where quarterback Kirk Cousins and receiver Justin Jefferson have both been sidelined by significant injuries.
Since the Vikings acquired him from the Lions at the 2022 trade deadline, Hockenson leads all NFL tight ends with 155 receptions. He signed a four-year contract extension in August that will pay him at least $66 million and up to $68.5 million.
The Vikings' remaining healthy tight ends are veterans Josh Oliver and Johnny Mundt, who have combined for 27 receptions this season. Second-year player Nick Muse is also on the 53-man roster but has not played in a game.
Meanwhile, O'Connell also confirmed that linebacker D.J. Wonnum suffered a torn left quadriceps during Sunday's game and will miss the rest of the season. Wonnum, who tied a career high with eight sacks this season, will be eligible for free agency this winter.
CNN —The Detroit Pistons now have an unfortunate record all to themselves – and another one is in reach.The Pistons on Tuesday set the NBA record for the longest losing streak in a single season, dropping their 27th consecutive game with a 112-118 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in Detroit.Detroit could soon tie the NBA’s overall record losing streak, which is 28 games lost. The 76ers hold the overall mark, which spanned two seasons – the end of the 2014-2015 season and start of the next one.The ...
The Detroit Pistons now have an unfortunate record all to themselves – and another one is in reach.
The Pistons on Tuesday set the NBA record for the longest losing streak in a single season, dropping their 27th consecutive game with a 112-118 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in Detroit.
Detroit could soon tie the NBA’s overall record losing streak, which is 28 games lost. The 76ers hold the overall mark, which spanned two seasons – the end of the 2014-2015 season and start of the next one.
The Pistons’ loss Tuesday came despite 41 points from guard Cade Cunningham. Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges led the Nets with 24 and 21 points, respectively.
“We’ve got to stay together,” Cunningham told reporters after Tuesday’s game, when asked whether he had a message for his team. “Right now is the easiest time to stand off and be on your own, but we need to continue to lean on each other, and continue to push each other and hold each other accountable, more than ever now.”
The Pistons briefly held a lead early in the fourth quarter Tuesday before relinquishing it, and a Cunningham drive cut the Nets’ lead to 2 with about a minute left. But the Nets’ Dorian Finney-Smith hit a 3-pointer from the corner in the next possession, and Brooklyn cruised from there.
The 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2013-2014 Philadelphia 76ers shared the previous one-season mark at 26 games lost.
Detroit could tie the NBA’s overall losing-streak record of 28 games on Thursday, when they play the Celtics in Boston.
The Pistons’ last win came on October 28, when they defeated the Chicago Bulls. The team’s record now stands at 2-28.
The losing streak is a disappointment for a team that has tried to rebuild through youth the last few seasons with high draft picks – including Cunningham with the No. 1 overall pick in 2021, and Ausar Thompson with the No. 5 pick this year – and by luring coach Monty Williams to the team this year with a hefty contract.
Tuesday night, Williams was asked whether his team’s nerves were too tight at the end of recent games because players were desperate for the streak to end.
“Is it heavy? Yeah, I would imagine for everybody it is,” Williams said in Tuesday’s post-game news conference. “Nobody wants this kind of thing attached to them. I was brought in here to change this thing, and it’s probably the most on me than anybody. The players are playing their hearts out. I’ve got to get them in a position where they don’t feel tight or heavy.”
This story has been updated with additional information.
CNN’s Jacob Lev contributed to this report.
A former Wayne State University student who wanted to become a teacher is suing the university for $1 million, alleging he was discriminated against because of his weight and disabilities when he wasn't allowed to do his student teaching virtually.David Lopez, 44, was a student in the physical education kinesiology program, aiming to become a gym teacher. He finished every requirement for the program except for the student teaching.Lopez weighs over 400 pounds and has diabetes, hypertension and asthma, according ...
A former Wayne State University student who wanted to become a teacher is suing the university for $1 million, alleging he was discriminated against because of his weight and disabilities when he wasn't allowed to do his student teaching virtually.
David Lopez, 44, was a student in the physical education kinesiology program, aiming to become a gym teacher. He finished every requirement for the program except for the student teaching.
Lopez weighs over 400 pounds and has diabetes, hypertension and asthma, according to the civil lawsuit filed earlier this year in Wayne Circuit Court.
"They don't think I fit the description of what a PE teacher was because I'm very overweight," Lopez said. "They didn't want me to graduate with my certification because I didn't fit what they perceived to be a gym teacher because of my size and because of my weight. There's no doubt that was the reason why. There was no other reason. I passed everything."
In a court filing response to Lopez’s lawsuit, Wayne State said there is no legal claim for weight discrimination against an educational institution. The university also said it does not control the student teaching requirements of districts.
The university called Lopez’s lawsuit “frivolous” and asked that it be dismissed. A spokesperson for the university did not respond for comment.
Lopez was assigned to Dearborn Public Schools for his student teaching in winter 2022 and his doctor gave him an accommodation letter because of his diabetes, obesity, hypertension and asthma. It indicated he could not stand or walk for prolonged periods of time during his student teaching.
Dearborn indicated it would allow him to student teach in a virtual physical education program, but Wayne State would not allow it, according to the lawsuit.
"All I'd asked for was accommodations, virtual or through physical accommodations inside a classroom," Lopez said. "The school I was at was willing to give me a virtual setting, but Wayne State was not."
Though his accommodations were never approved by Wayne State, he said he completed the first part of his student teaching at a Dearborn elementary school with the help of the gym teacher and some unofficial accommodations. Wayne State told him not to report for the second half of the student teaching, the secondary education class.
"It got to the point where I had no other choice left," Lopez said. "I left with no degree, no certification, no nothing."
One of his professors had previously tried to get him to leave the university with a degree but no teaching certificate, Lopez said. He said the professor told him he didn't think he was qualified to be a gym teacher and he wouldn't be good at it.
While he isn't able to physically participate in some of the sports and activities, Lopez said his weight does not impact his ability to be a good teacher.
Lopez has always loved sports, especially team sports. He coached as a summer job after high school and enjoyed it. But going through this with Wayne State took the joy out of teaching, he said.
His lawsuit also seeks to have him reinstated into Wayne's teaching program, but Lopez said his major has changed to include more health courses now, which require additional classes to graduate.
"Suing the school was my last option," Lopez said. "I didn't want to do it, but I'm doing it because I have nothing, and I have no way to earn a living now because they took away my opportunity to get a degree. All I asked for was a reasonable accommodation."
There are just two weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, and the playoff picture is becoming more clear.Six teams have clinched ...
Six teams have clinched postseason berths, including four in the NFC: the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. In the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins are the only teams that have clinched. That means eight more spots are on the line in Weeks 17 and 18, as the playoffs begin Jan. 13.
There are five AFC teams at 8-7, including a three-way tie atop the South. In the NFC, the final three teams in the current playoff field are 8-7 -- but there are four more teams on the outside looking in at 7-8.
Here is the current playoff picture for Week 17, along with the clinching scenarios for the weekend:
The matchup: vs. New York Jets on Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video
How the Browns can clinch a playoff berth:
The matchup: vs. Miami on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
What's at stake: Baltimore will clinch the AFC North title with a win or tie OR a Cleveland loss or tie. Baltimore will clinch the 1-seed in the AFC with a win.
The matchup: at Baltimore on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
What's at stake: Miami will clinch the AFC East title with a win or tie OR a Buffalo loss or tie.
The matchup: vs. New England on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
How the Bills can clinch a playoff berth:
The matchup: vs. Carolina on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
What's at stake: Jacksonville will clinch a playoff berth and AFC South title with a win plus losses by Indianapolis and Houston.
The matchup: vs. Cincinnati on Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
What's at stake: Kansas City will clinch a playoff berth and AFC West title with a win or tie OR a Las Vegas loss or tie plus a Denver loss or tie.
The matchup: vs. Arizona on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
What's at stake: Philadelphia will clinch the NFC East title with a win plus a Dallas loss or tie OR a tie plus a Dallas loss.
The matchup: at Washington on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
What's at stake: San Francisco will clinch the 1-seed in the NFC with a win plus a Detroit loss plus a Philadelphia loss.
The matchup: at New York Giants on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
What's at stake: Los Angeles will clinch a playoff berth with a win plus a Seattle loss OR a win plus a tie in the Green Bay-Minnesota game.
The matchup: vs. New Orleans on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
What's at stake: Tampa Bay will clinch a playoff berth and NFC South title with a win OR a tie plus an Atlanta loss.
The matchup: vs. Pittsburgh on Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox
What's at stake: Seattle will clinch a playoff berth with a win plus a tie in the Green Bay-Minnesota game.
The Detroit Tigers have added a lot to their player development programs over the last few seasons, and under Scott Harris that process has only expanded. The Tigers are making another significant hire in adding former MLB pitcher and most recently the Los Angeles Angels pitching coordinator, Dylan Axelrod. The 38-year-old will hold a new Tigers new Pitching Performance and Integration Coordinator.Axelrod pitching five seasons in the major leagues, starting wi...
The Detroit Tigers have added a lot to their player development programs over the last few seasons, and under Scott Harris that process has only expanded. The Tigers are making another significant hire in adding former MLB pitcher and most recently the Los Angeles Angels pitching coordinator, Dylan Axelrod. The 38-year-old will hold a new Tigers new Pitching Performance and Integration Coordinator.
Axelrod pitching five seasons in the major leagues, starting with the Chicago White Sox from 2011-2013, and then the Cincinnati Reds in 2014-2015. His final notable appearance on the baseball stage was as a pitcher for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
A 30th round pick out of University of California, Irvine back in 2007, the 6’0” right-hander was a slightly undersized pitcher who could barely scrape 90 mph. Like many players who make it to the show without the physical gifts of his peers, Axelrod was always regarded as a smart player and as a likely future coach. That’s exactly how it played out when his playing days ended.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler hired Axelrod as their new Pitching Coordinator in January 2020. It’s worth noting that this was already a particularly difficult time to start there, in the wake of the sad death of right-hander Tyler Skaggs due to a painkiller and alcohol overdose in July of 2019. That brought a lot of righteous heat on the organization, with their director of communications, Eric Kay, later convicted of providing opiates to players. Things didn’t get any easier for the Angels that year.
Angels club attendant Brian Harkins was fired on March 3, 2020 for providing a blend of rosin and pine tar to players. Harkins admitted that he’d learned the “recipe” for the sticky stuff from former Angels closer Troy Percival, and provided it to pitchers around the league. That brought a new round of heat on the organization, and eventually led to the crackdown on foreign substances to enhance spin.
Of course, that was just the beginning of a rough year. Working as a pro coordinator for the first time in the COVID year gave Axelrod a most unfortunate crash course in managing player development under uniquely difficult circumstances. Things didn’t improve for the organization. At year’s end, Eppler was fired, but new GM Perry Minasian kept Axelrod in his position.
Suffice it to say, the Angels have been a mess of an organization in many ways despite the presence of two of the greatest players of all time in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Racked with scandals, and woefully behind in the modern game of player development, they failed again and again to put competitive teams, and in particular, homegrown pitching around the big moneyed stars. Axelrod doesn’t appear to have done a lot to change that, but the Angels culture and organization doesn’t seem to be too dialed in generally.
This fall, when Percival visited the Angels minor league instructional camp as a former player and opined to their farm director Joey Prebynski about what he saw as the overuse of data and analytics in coaching pitchers, it appears to have sparked another organizational about-face for a club still reeling from their failures and in the process of losing Shohei Ohtani.
In the wake of Percival’s comments, including his quote in this Sam Blum article from The Athletic that “I’m not one that’s big on using the iPads,” pitching coordinator Buddy Carlyle and pitching performance coordinator Alexrod were fired. That seemed a good opportunity to poach well regarded coaches who were simply at odds with a somewhat backwards organization, and based on the teams who’ve done the poaching, it may well play out this way.
The push to overhaul the Angels front office and player development can’t be simplified to old school vs. new school. It’s not as though they’re against using data, but there certainly seems to be a lot of disagreement about the emphasis placed on it. The episode left the impression that some pushback against technology and more analytically minded people in coaching and the front office ultimately also led to assistant GM Alex Tamin being fired. The article has this line about Tamin’s ouster.
“The Angels also parted ways with assistant GM Alex Tamin after this season. Tamin had a reputation for being analytically driven, and at times was a polarizing figure in the organization because of it.”
Carlyle getting snatched up by the Tampa Bay Rays as their new pitching coordinator only confirmed the general impression that the anti-analytics crowd was winning out in what had been an ongoing battle for the soul of the organization. Take a guess which organization is likely correct about Carlyle’s value. And seeing the discussion on the topic, we made a note to keep an eye on who landed Axelrod. Turns out, it was the Tigers.
So the timeline of events here...-Troy Percival didn't like how the Angels ran things-Angels dismiss Carlyle and Axelrod-Carlyle hired by RaysGonna take a wild swing and say Axelrod ends up in a sharp org as well.Hard to think of a worse look for the Angels. https://t.co/IBGqhgIWCt— Lance Brozdowski (@LanceBroz) November 15, 2023
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Axelrod is a great coach and will have some obvious impact. A few players credit him with specific improvements to their game, but overall the Angels pitching development has been fairly abysmal for a decade now and shows little sign of improvement. Still, taken with the Rays hiring of Carlyle, it’s hard not to feel pretty good about the addition. Working in a better and more coordinated pitching program such as the Tigers have developed over the last few years could be a very good match.