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 Newark, 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
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A cat was found in New Jersey with a fishhook embedded in her face – only millimeters from her eye, rescuers say.NEWARK, NJ — A cat found with a fishhook embedded in her face – only millimeters from her eye – is on the mend in Newark, rescuers say.Associated Humane Societies branch in Newark recently shared the story of Captina, an unfortunate feline brought to the shelter’s medical department with a gruesome injury.According to the AHS-Newark:“We thought we'd...
NEWARK, NJ — A cat found with a fishhook embedded in her face – only millimeters from her eye – is on the mend in Newark, rescuers say.
Associated Humane Societies branch in Newark recently shared the story of Captina, an unfortunate feline brought to the shelter’s medical department with a gruesome injury.
According to the AHS-Newark:
“We thought we'd seen it all when Captina was brought to our medical department with a fishing hook sticking out of her face – clearly, we were wrong! We're unsure how this precious girl found herself in this sticky situation but we flew into action to free her. Captina underwent a gentle procedure to remove the hook that was causing her significant pain, and now she's good as new. Though a little swollen as she recovers, the most important thing is she's out of pain and ready to charm her way into your heart.”
“This 3-year-old tuxedo beauty is not just a survivor but a social butterfly with a winning personality who will soon be looking for a forever home,” the shelter wrote. “Get ready to be captivated by Captina – she's the purr-fect addition to any loving home!”
A spokesperson for AHS-Newark told Patch on Tuesday that they hope Captina will be available for adoption soon, although she’s still healing from her surgery.
See a list of adoptable dogs and cats at the AHS Newark facility, or learn more about fostering, volunteering or donating here.
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Photo courtesy of Newark Liberty International AirportAfter several years of fits and starts, plans to construct a new AirTrain system for Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey are moving ahead — with a twist.The almost 28-year-old monorail system that will soon exceed its useful life is to be replaced with a modern cable car system, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced in December."It's a very reliable system based on the centralized propulsion design and proven service in seve...
Photo courtesy of Newark Liberty International Airport
After several years of fits and starts, plans to construct a new AirTrain system for Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey are moving ahead — with a twist.
The almost 28-year-old monorail system that will soon exceed its useful life is to be replaced with a modern cable car system, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced in December.
"It's a very reliable system based on the centralized propulsion design and proven service in severe weather," explained James Heitmann, the Port Authority's chief operating officer. "It also brings superior customer experience by way of enhanced dynamic digital signage."
Plus, it is much cheaper than original estimates of $2 billion or more to replace the system, NorthJersey.com reported Dec. 28.
The contract awarded to Austrian-based Doppelmayr Group was for $570 million to design and construct the 2.5-mi. automated people-mover system through Newark Liberty, which has a new Terminal A, a new Terminal B in the design phase, and a comprehensive plan being developed for a renovation of the entire complex in Newark and Elizabeth.
Additionally, the contract between the Port Authority and Doppelmayr includes options, at a value of $385 million in net present value, to operate and maintain the system for 20 years.
After 2025 Start, Construction to Last Four Years
Plans call for major construction on the cable car system to begin in the spring of 2025, with the people mover likely becoming fully operational in 2029. It will be built next to the current AirTrain at the northern New Jersey airport, which will stay in operation throughout construction.
Doppelmayr is known for building cable systems for gondolas, ski lifts and airport trams, including BART's airport connector in San Francisco and the DART connector to London's Luton Airport. The proposed Newark system is expected to eclipse the customer use at both of those airports.
Currently, Newark's AirTrain shuttles an average of 33,000 passengers a day. In contrast, the Doppelmayr system in San Francisco transported an average of 3,300 people a day after its first year in service, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
On its opening day, the new Newark system will be designed to carry double the capacity of the current system using five-car trains and over time will be capable of expanding by 40 percent.
High Costs Led to More Innovative Design
Gov. Phil Murphy called on the Port Authority to replace Newark's AirTrain in 2019 because of its age and frequent breakdowns, saying it would cost the bistate agency $400 million over a decade to keep repairing it.
At that time, the replacement effort was estimated to cost around $2 billion. When the bids came back in 2022, Port Authority board Chair Kevin O'Toole said, "The numbers came back, for a variety of reasons, higher than anticipated. We're working internally to see what we can do to make it a more competitive bid."
In addition to seeking a more innovative approach, the agency opted to break up the bid package and spread out the risk. The new request for proposal was issued earlier this year. Three firms were short-listed, and ultimately Doppelmayr was chosen for providing the "best value" and because it earned "highest technical rating," Heitmann said.
O'Toole thanked his employees for their hard work in getting the proposal to this point.
"This is a huge deal for the port, [and a] huge deal for the AirTrain project that has been hanging out there for a while," he said.
The NJIT men's basketball team started its New Year's celebration early with a Block Party at the Joel and Diane Bloom Wellness and Events Center on Sunday afternoon, blocking 14 shots en route to a 69-53 victory in its non-conference finale vs. Morgan State.Veteran big man Kjell de Graaf swatted away a career-high seven shots as the Highlanders led wire-to-wire, scoring the first 16 points of the game to build a...
The NJIT men's basketball team started its New Year's celebration early with a Block Party at the Joel and Diane Bloom Wellness and Events Center on Sunday afternoon, blocking 14 shots en route to a 69-53 victory in its non-conference finale vs. Morgan State.
Veteran big man Kjell de Graaf swatted away a career-high seven shots as the Highlanders led wire-to-wire, scoring the first 16 points of the game to build a comfortable lead early.
Morgan State battled back after the early NJIT run and cut the deficit to as little as three late in the first half, before the Highlanders answered late and took a 38-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.
NJIT punched first in the second half getting a pair of early three-pointers from Adam Hess and Tariq Francis to go ahead by 14 and extended the lead to 15 twice before another run from the Bears made the margin eight, 54-46 with 9:31 to play.
That was as close as Morgan State was able to get. NJIT answered with back-to-back buckets from Elijah Buchanan and Mekhi Gray to make the lead 12 and led by double-digits the rest of the way before ultimately winning the game by a 16-point margin.
de Graaf was one of four Highlanders to score in double figures, tallying 15 points and grabbing seven boards to go along with his seven blocked shots. Gray also stuffed the stat sheet for NJIT, scoring 13 points, grabbing a career-best 10 rebounds and sending back five shots of his own. The double-double was the first of the senior's career.
Buchanan barely missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Hess chipped in with nine points, while Francis, the two-time reigning America East Rookie of the Week added eight to go along with three rebounds and three assists.
NJIT's win was its second in a row, marking the first time the Highlanders won back-to-back games this season.
The Highlanders will look to make it three in a row on Saturday when they open the America East portion of their schedule against UAlbany. Tip-off is slated for 3:30pm back in the WEC.
"Throughout my years in school, I noticed the lack of emphasis on African American contributions to society," a student leader said.NEWARK, NJ — The following news release comes courtesy of a Patch Newark community member. Find out how to post announcements or events to your local Patch site.A group of high school students in the Essex County Schools of Technology district are making his...
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A group of high school students in the Essex County Schools of Technology district are making history as they champion the inclusion of the AP African American Studies (APAAS) in their school curriculum, now participating in its pilot program for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Three students who had a big part in having the school participate in the pilot program are Brian Ametekpor, Aminah Augustin, and Babajide Hamzat, who currently attend Essex County Donald M. Payne Sr. School of Technology, named after New Jersey’s first Black congressman. These high school seniors are involved in their school’s Black Student Union, a club revived by Ametekpor and Hamzat.
Last year, a group of seniors (one of whom Brian’s sister, Michelle Ametekpor) approached the trio about the inclusion of Black history lessons into the curriculum. Ametekpor, president of the Black Student Union, and recently named one out of three hundred Bank of America Student Leaders in the United States, felt compelled to advocate for his peers.
“I’m glad that they came to us with their concerns, it shows that we’re doing something right as a club,” Ametekpor said. “I remember watching my friend from a local Newark high school post her schedule with AP African American Studies on it and I knew that was exactly what we needed. And I knew the Black Student Union could help bring it to Payne Tech.”
Aminah Augustin, the Black Student Union’s Club Coordinator, and Leadership Enterprise For A Diverse America (LEDA) Scholar assisted with research and statistics. Augustin, an avid individual who is passionate about child psychology and educational policy, quickly attached herself to the project.
Augustin commented: “Throughout my years in school, I noticed the lack of emphasis on African American contributions to society. I didn’t like that we, in a marginalized community, learned more about the regressions in the Black community than the positive attributes that our ancestors provided. So when I was approached about ways we could implement Black history into our school’s curriculum, I jumped at the opportunity.”
Babajide Hamzat, Vice President of Payne Tech’s Black Student Union, along with being a Thrive Scholar and QuestBridge National College Match Finalist, understood the importance of students taking the controversial College Board course.
“It is a fact that America as a nation wouldn’t be as it is today without the contributions of Black people. I think it is important that these contributions are recognized and students become more aware of just how big of a role Black people play in American history, especially when we have historically been excluded or treated as inferior in textbooks. Additionally, our school is located in Newark, New Jersey, which was the location of violent riots during the civil rights movement. Since our school is named after Donald M. Payne, the first Black New Jersey congressman, it just makes sense that we have a course dedicated to African American history, as we interact with it every day,” said Hamzat.
“The students are aware that the course is controversial in certain states, such as Florida and Arkansas, as they excluded it from their state curriculum,” Ametekpor said. “I disagree with banning AP African American Studies. African American history is American history, not propaganda, and undermining our contributions erases our progress as a society. I find it absurd that students are restricted from studying courses they find interest in, just because of someone’s bias. Courses like AP African American Studies and AP Psychology are not indoctrination, and any student that wants to enroll in these courses shouldn’t be limited but encouraged.”
The trio, alongside other Black Student Union members, presented a pitch to their school’s administration, filled with student data. With administrative approval, Ametekpor emailed the College Board, only to be waitlisted. However, this did not dissuade the Black Student Union leaders.
“To me, being waitlisted wasn’t a major setback, it was a step forward,” Augustin explained. “Before we started this project, we acknowledged that implementing a course in our school's curriculum would take time and dedication. I screamed with excitement when we heard back from the College Board that AP African American Studies could be available for the 2024-2025 school year. Although it would’ve saddened me to miss this opportunity, it warmed my heart knowing that my peers after us would be able to take it.”
After completing waitlist forms and follow-up emails, the College Board welcomed Essex County Donald M. Payne Sr. School of Technology into its pilot program, joining the likes of other Newark high schools. Robert Hebenstreit, a Social Studies teacher and Payne Tech’s 2023 Teacher of the Year teaches the course.
Hebenstreit eagerly shared, “I’m so excited to teach this course, it’s an honor. I can’t wait to see what everyone’s final projects are.” 43 students are currently enrolled in the AP African American Studies pilot program at Payne Tech. Brian expressed his gratitude, stating “I’m so glad that we’re able to bring this course to Payne Tech for the 2023-2024 school year. Being able to take this class in our senior year is such a blessing.”
When asked about the Black Student Union’s future endeavors, Babajide emphasized, “Our work doesn’t end here. Me and my peers on the executive board of the Black Student Union have already started work on next year’s Black History Month showcase, and we are constantly looking for ways to celebrate and educate others about Black history and culture. This is only the beginning.”
Named in honor of New Jersey’s first black Congressman, the Essex County Donald M. Payne Sr. School of Technology is a state-of-the-art facility that ushered in a new era of modern school buildings and technology-based curriculum for our students when it opened in 2018.
Robust programs in environmental science, robotics, music technology, and computers are now offered alongside traditional vocational programs such as plumbing, carpentry, and masonry. Each subject is taught in specially designed classrooms that allow the curriculum to evolve and enable technology to be introduced. For example, trade classes work in a combined setting so they experience how work sites operate. In addition, the two-story classroom is large enough for students to build a small house as they practice their skills.
Located in Newark’s West Ward, the Payne School has become a catalyst jumpstarting young minds preparing for the future and energizing rebirth and growth in the community.
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