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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:

Why Are Drayage Companies in Portsmith, VA So Important?

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.

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RelyEx Solves Problems

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.

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RelyEx Has a Unique Vantage Point

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:

  • Inventory Management
  • Logistics
  • Purchasing
  • Finance

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.

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RelyEx Nurtures Strong Carrier Relationships

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 Portsmith, 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.

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Customers choose RelyEx because:

  • We are a reliable drayage logistics partner that manages your freight from beginning to end
  • We have a rare industry vantage point with 30+ years of client-side experience
  • We foster and fortify the strongest vendor relations
  • We take a proactive approach to problem-solving, not a reactive approach
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Your Drayage Shipments Managed from Start to Finish

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.

We Source Top-Notch Operators at the Best Prices

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.

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We Make Transparent, Timely Communication a Priority

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.

We Have Robust Project Management Experience

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.

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Paperwork Errors

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.

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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.

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Documents Received Too Late

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:

  • Damaged Container Storage
  • Custom Released Containers
  • Storage Containers Are Too Heavy

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The Supply Chain Partner You Can Count On

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.

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Portsmouth JV Basketball coach posed as player: School system

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SUFFOLK, Va. - A JV assistant basketball coach posed as a player and played in a game earlier this month, the school system confirms to News 3.

The game was played on Jan. 21 against Nansemond River High in Suffolk. The school system says no Churchland administrators were in attendance for the game.

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The school system was notified last week and since then the assistant coach, Arlisha Boykins, is no longer an employee of the school system.

Following the report, school administrators met with members of both the JV and Varsity teams. During the meeting, players of both teams said they did not want to continue the season.

The incident was reported to the Virginia High School League. Churchland wound up forfeiting the game.

"When an adult commits to being a high school coach, it's not just about coaching the game. They take on a lot of responsibility. Adults who fail to live up to those expectations - I'll just put it bluntly - they fail students," said Billy Haun, the executive director of the VHSL.

Haun says this is the second time he's heard of something like this happening in Virginia. "We failed kids because we've got a group of young ladies who will now not be able to finish their season because of the behavior of some adults," he said.

News 3 made multiple attempts to reach out to Boykins, but did not hear back.

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41 detained at 'pop-up' marijuana market on High Street in Portsmouth: Police

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — More than 40 people were detained at a “pop-up” flea marijuana market in Portsmouth on Wednesday.

Around 5:45 p.m., officers were called to a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block of High Street, police said in a press release. Officers said they found a storefront being used to house the market, and they were met by unlicensed armed security guards.

Eventually, 41 people were detained.

"Investigators acquired a search warrant and located 11 firearms that were abandoned," police said in a release. "They seized two additional firearms, 100 pounds of Marijuana, and a variety of manufactured products containing THC, including THC-infused candy disguised as popular candy brands that pose a serious risk to children."

Police said the people they detained came from across Virginia to buy marijuana. No one came forward to claim ownership of firearms or marijuana products.

"All individuals who were detained have been released pending the outcome of this investigation," police said.

First look inside Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Casino set to open Jan. 15 Published December 13, 2022 Rivers Casino Portsmouth will be the first permanent casino to open in Virginia when it opens its doors to the public on Jan. 15, 2023, but local media outlets got a sneak peek on Tuesday.With 28 days until opening — the casino will open for two “charity days” on Jan. 10 and 12 — construction workers are hurrying to put the finishing touches on the $340 million, 250,000-square-foot casino, which will be operated by Chicago-based R...

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth will be the first permanent casino to open in Virginia when it opens its doors to the public on Jan. 15, 2023, but local media outlets got a sneak peek on Tuesday.

With 28 days until opening — the casino will open for two “charity days” on Jan. 10 and 12 — construction workers are hurrying to put the finishing touches on the $340 million, 250,000-square-foot casino, which will be operated by Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming. Construction began in December 2021. General Manager Roy Corby hosted Tuesday’s media tour.

The entertainment venue, located along Victory Drive in Portsmouth, will feature 1,448 slot machines, 57 table games and 24 poker tables. It’s expected to bring $16.3 million in annual tax revenues to the city. When it opens, it will be the commonwealth’s first permanent casino, though a temporary casino has been open in Bristol since July. Two other proposed casinos are in the pipeline in Danville and Norfolk.

The Sound Bar will feature live entertainment Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with room for 120 people. It has a rounded bar with 88 seats and tables with seating near the stage.

The poker room will have 24 tables — not yet delivered — as well as an area where players can cash in their winnings and a host check-in area. The poker room is apart from the main floor.

The main casino floor will have 1,448 slot machines, 1,100 of which have already been delivered. About 300 are in the right places already, but the rest are yet to be installed. Another 348 will be delivered before opening day, Corby says.

The 90,000-square-foot main casino floor will have 57 tables, 24 of them for poker games, and others for blackjack, craps (live and electronic), roulette and baccarat.

Corby said the casino has held five job fairs and will hold one more before opening day. More than 1,100 full-time employees have been hired so far, but the casino is still hiring. More than 5,000 people have filled out applications, he said. Though all hires so far have been full time, there has been demand for part-time work. Rivers Casino Portsmouth’s estimated annual payroll will be $62 million.

The sportsbook area will have a screen that is 12 feet high and 62 feet wide, for a 753-square-foot viewing wall that can show dozens of televised sports. Overlooking the sportsbook will be a Topgolf suite with three bays, each holding up to eight guests.

The high-limit game room will have 85 slot machines and 11 tables, along with two private salons and a private table area, for gamblers who are interested in a high roller experience.

Inside the casino, there are three restaurants — Starbucks, Slice Pizzeria, Mian (pictured above), a fast-casual Asian restaurant, which is in all of Bet Rivers’ casinos.

Two restaurants will be accessible from outside the main floor and anyone, even those younger than 21, will be able to eat there. Crossings Cafe (below) is a 24/7 restaurant and seats more than 140 guests.

Admiral’s Steak & Seafood will seat 250 people, with private dining options for small and large parties and seating indoors and outdoors.

Admiral’s will also feature two large bars, including the one below, just inside the doors to the steakhouse.

The 25,000-square-foot event center can be used as convention space for conferences and performances. Corby said that when set up with tables, it can hold 1,100 to 1,400 people, and when set up theater-style, it can hold 1,500 to 1,700 people. If arranged for standing-room only, the center can hold up to 2,000 people. The space has already been booked for Portsmouth’s State of the City address and Tidewater Community College’s upcoming inauguration ceremony for President Marcia Conston. (The photo above shows the pre-reception area at the entrance to the event space.)

Virginia Beach-based S.B. Ballard Construction Co. and Philadelphia-based Yates Construction are the general contractors. Raleigh, North Carolina-based Kimley-Horn is the engineering consultant; Las Vegas-based Klai Juba Wald Architecture + Interiors is the architect of record; New York-based Jeffrey Beers International is the primary interior designer and Illinois-based DMAC Architecture & Interiors is the designer of the interior venues.

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Portsmouth readies to rename street 'Missy Elliott Boulevard'

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The City of Portsmouth is gearing up to celebrate one of its shining hometown stars.Later this month, Grammy award-winning musician Missy Elliott will have a street renamed in her honor.McLean Street will become "Missy Elliott Boulevard" in honor of the music legend. The street serves the Victory Crossing Shopp...

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The City of Portsmouth is gearing up to celebrate one of its shining hometown stars.

Later this month, Grammy award-winning musician Missy Elliott will have a street renamed in her honor.

McLean Street will become "Missy Elliott Boulevard" in honor of the music legend. The street serves the Victory Crossing Shopping Center, Tidewater Community College and the future Rivers Casino Portsmouth.

Elliott herself will be on-hand for the grand unveiling on October 17. The city says a parade will be held and Elliott will be presented with the Key to the City.

On Friday, city officials held a press conference at Manor High School offering more details about the renaming ceremony.

"The ceremony will take place here at Manor High School football field. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m.” said Mayor Shannon Glover.

Afterward, officials are planning a parade at Manor High School Stadium that will feature several university and high school marching bands. Mayor Glover said Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Congressman Bobby Scott will be in attendance to present proclamations honoring Elliott.

Portsmouth School Board Vice Chair LaKeesha Atkinson hopes this honor will inspire young people across the city.

"This is how we’re going to bring our city together," she said. "This is how we’re going to bring our schools together and this is how we’re going to continue to give our children hope."

City leaders said the ceremony at Manor High School won't impact school operations. McLean Street will also be blocked off for the sign unveiling.

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Elliott is a 1990 graduate of Manor High School (previously named Woodrow Wilson High School), which she visited back in 2019 while in the area and donated $25,000.

Since her career beginnings in 1991, Elliott has released six studio albums, won four Grammys, worked with fellow big names in the industry like Timbaland and Aaliyah, and has ultimately been lovingly deemed the "Queen of Hip Hop."

She is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Portsmouth Judge Criticizes Prosecution Delays in Rivers Casino Embezzlement Case

Portsmouth Circuit Court Judge Douglas Ottinger didn’t mince words in expressing his frustration with state prosecutors for their seeming inability to ready their case against two plaintiffs charged with embezzling money from Rivers Casino.Rivers Casino Portsmouth opened on Jan. 23, 2023. The casino made history by being the first licensed, ...

Portsmouth Circuit Court Judge Douglas Ottinger didn’t mince words in expressing his frustration with state prosecutors for their seeming inability to ready their case against two plaintiffs charged with embezzling money from Rivers Casino.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth opened on Jan. 23, 2023. The casino made history by being the first licensed, permanent casino to open in the Commonwealth.

Law enforcement said its investigation determined that Baker and Thompson pocketed some of the cash during their shifts. Court records show prosecutors believe the duo stole nearly $14K in cash from the casino.

The state brought charges against Baker and Thompson in July. Each has been charged with a single felony count for embezzlement of funds worth more than $1,000.

Frustrated Judge

During Wednesday’s preliminary hearing on Baker and Thompson’s cases that are being tried together, attorney Lynette Hill, who is representing the state in the Portsmouth General District Court, told Ottinger that the commonwealth is struggling to assemble witnesses.

Ottinger said he received a letter from one of the state’s witnesses who said she was afraid to testify in the case. The witness reportedly told the judge her calls to Hill weren’t returned.

Who would blame her? You have to do better than this,” Ottinger told Hill, as first reported by WAVY News. “This blows my mind as a former prosecutor. Don’t you have investigators?”

Ottinger said there’s no reasonable explanation for Hill’s shortcomings.

“We know where the witnesses are. It’s two exits down the highway from here,” the judge said of the casino.

Hill is a deputy attorney in Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney Stephanie Morales’ office. Morales issued a statement in response to Ottinger following the Wednesday preliminary hearing.

This office has very clear directives for attorneys and support staff that are strictly adhered to regarding communication with witnesses in all cases. Multiple attempts were made to reach the witness, but they were unsuccessful. Still, our efforts have not ceased,” the statement read.

“This office remains committed to prioritizing justice by holding individuals accountable while protecting witnesses and ensuring the safety of our citizens,” the release concluded.

Case Postponed

Ottinger is giving the Portsmouth prosecutors about two months to assemble their witnesses against Baker and Thompson. The lawsuit’s next preliminary hearing is now slated for Jan. 5, 2024.

Baker and Thompson were both released on their personal recognizance.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth has won about $183.7 million off of gamblers this year. As of September 30, the casino offered 1,461 slot machines and 81 table games. Rivers additionally has a BetRivers Sportsbook.

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