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 San Antonio, 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
ReactionsLike1San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has said that the recruitment of French-Congolese star Victor Wembanyama has validated his decades-long belief that the NBA needed to expand its basketball scouting beyond the US.Popovich served in the United States Air Force in the 1970s, and to...
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has said that the recruitment of French-Congolese star Victor Wembanyama has validated his decades-long belief that the NBA needed to expand its basketball scouting beyond the US.
Popovich served in the United States Air Force in the 1970s, and toured Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union with the U.S. Armed Forces Basketball Team, which he captained. He said he realised then that the NBA's scouting was myopic, and needed to expand beyond US borders.
He views Wembanyama, a 7-foot-4 power forward/center who drew inspiration from France's Tony Parker, as proof of what the US was missing out on during his time in the Air Force.
"He's just the newest of so many fine players around the world who have made the league better and more exciting," Popovich told international media in a virtual press conference.
"It's been a long process - those four decades [since Popovich began working in the NBA] - but it's only going to grow. I think there are about 125 players [from] outside of America who are in the NBA right now."
Popovich has been at the forefront of the league's embrace of international stars, with Parker (France) and Manu Ginobili (Argentina) winning four of his five NBA titles as head coach alongside him.
"When I was in the military, I traveled with various teams in many places in the world and knew at that time, back in the '70s, that there were players all around the world, and people here in America just didn't realize it or respect it - or both," Popovich said.
"In the '80s, when I became an assistant coach and came over to find these players or to scout them... I was like a kid in a candy store. There were so many great players in that time. At that time, Yugoslavia was one of the strongest, for instance."
As for the modern era, Popovich made special mention of African basketball, which has grown tremendously since he served as Team Africa's head coach at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game. Wembanyama's father, Félix, is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Although Wembanyama himself was not produced through Africa's youth basketball systems, several NBA stars were, including reigning MVP Joel Embiid, who rose through the 2011 Basketball Without Borders Africa camp in Johannesburg.
In 2017, the NBA Africa Academy opened in Senegal, and as the Spurs look to build a team for the next generation, Popovich suggested that Africa could possess some of the key building blocks not only for his team, but also for their competition.
"Africa is a very important part of the scouting world as far as identifying players as early as possible for all the teams in the NBA [goes]... It seems every year, there are more and more African players in the league," Popovich said.
"As far as scouting is concerned, that is best explained [through] Basketball Without Borders, where they have been to Africa and started the program there. Each year, more and more people are involved.
"The administration levels become larger; the number of people involved in it grows consistently, so Africa is a big part of the development of worldwide basketball for sure."
The NBA, and the affiliated Basketball Africa League, air on ESPN's channels in Africa.
SAN ANTONIO – Continuing with its promise — or warning — of pursuing more rate increases, CPS Energy is preparing to unveil its latest request a little less than two years since the last one passed.The city-owned gas and electric utility will request an increase of its gas and electric base rates by 4.25% from both the CPS Energy Board of Trustees and ...
SAN ANTONIO – Continuing with its promise — or warning — of pursuing more rate increases, CPS Energy is preparing to unveil its latest request a little less than two years since the last one passed.
The city-owned gas and electric utility will request an increase of its gas and electric base rates by 4.25% from both the CPS Energy Board of Trustees and San Antonio City Council on Nov. 8 — a move it says would raise many customers’ bills by less than $5.
The “preliminary” figure of 4.25% was included in a presentation to a community input group Wednesday evening, and a utility spokeswoman confirmed to KSAT that it would be the same number presented next week.
The requested increase is lower than the utility had originally been forecasting, but additional rate hikes are still expected in the near future.
The utility hopes to get board and the city council approval for the current rate hike before the end of the year, she said in an emailed statement, with the goal of putting the rates into effect on Feb. 1, 2024.
The proposed increase would raise residential customers’ monthly gas and electric bills by about $4.45. Small commercial customers would see their electric bills increase by about $18, and their gas bills go up by $7 every month.
Larger businesses could see their monthly electric bills increase by hundreds — or even thousands of dollars — at an average change of 3%, according to the same presentation.
The utility expects the increase would bring in another $85 million every year. Its plans for the money include replacing aging technology, more tree trimming, grid upgrades, and planning for a wave of pending retirements.
The utility also plans to increase its affordability discount program to offset about half of the increased base rate costs.
CPS trustees and the San Antonio City Council last approved a rate increase in January 2022, which took effect March 1, 2022.
That increase was a two-part proposition: a 3.85% increase to the gas and electric base rates and the establishment of a “regulatory asset” that showed up as an increase to customers’ fuel adjustment charge. At the time, the utility estimated a combined $5.10 impact on the average residential bill.
At the time, the council voted 9-2 to approve the increase to the fuel charge and 8-3 on the base rate increase.
Councilwoman Teri Castillo (D5) and Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez (D2) voted no on both, and Councilman Clayton Perry (D10) joined them in voting no for the base rate.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Councilman Mario Bravo (D1), Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (D3), Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia (D4), Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda (D6), Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7), Councilman Manny Pelaez (D8), and Councilman John Courage (D9) all voted to approve both the fuel charge and rate increase.
Bravo, Sandoval, and Perry are no longer on the council.
Their successors have not yet voted on a CPS Energy rate: Councilwoman Sukh Kaur (D1), Councilwoman Marina Alderete Gavito (D7), and Councilman Marc Whyte (D10).
The council has not started the official discussions about the rate proposal. But it has been long-expected and has lingered around the periphery of most discussions about other CPS Energy issues.
In a Wednesday council meeting, Pelaez warned that his support for the long-expected rate increase won’t be guaranteed this time around.
“The reality is, is that never before have I been put in a position where my constituents have been put under this much pressure. And there comes a point right, where I think it’s fair for council to say ‘no,’” Pelaez said.
Before the March 2022 increase, the utility’s rates had stayed the same since February 2014 - just over eight years.
But the utility has said it plans to pursue more regular increases as it tries to improve its infrastructure, replace aging technology, and keep its systems growing along with the city.
Even during the 2022 rate increase discussions, the utility tentatively planned rate increases in its 2025 and 2027 fiscal years, which run from February through January.
The current proposal matches that first increase, and CEO Rudy Garza indicated at Wednesday’s council meeting that the second is still on the table, perhaps along with another in FY 2029.
“I can tell you we’ll need to come in two years from now and have a conversation. And then, likely the two years from then, we’ll at least need to put a placeholder in case there’s still some work to do,” Garza said.
The size of those future increases is not apparent yet. However, the new proposal is already lower than the 5.5% the utility had used as a “placeholder” during conversations about the last increase. That was partly helped by the extra $130 million it raked in this year selling excess power to the rest of the Texas grid.
CPS Energy has its own website with frequently asked questions about the rate proposal and a list of meetings beginning Nov. 8.
You can also see their Nov. 1 presentation to a community input group below or watch the video of the meeting here.
You can register to speak at the meeting between Friday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. by calling 210-353-4662 or emailing PublicCommentRegistration@cpsenergy.com.
CNN —The San Antonio Spurs led the Phoenix Suns for a total of 1.2 seconds on Tuesday, but they were the most important 1.2 seconds of the game.Keldon Johnson stole the ball from Kevin Durant with less than seven seconds left and scored a layup at the death to give the S...
The San Antonio Spurs led the Phoenix Suns for a total of 1.2 seconds on Tuesday, but they were the most important 1.2 seconds of the game.
Keldon Johnson stole the ball from Kevin Durant with less than seven seconds left and scored a layup at the death to give the Spurs a dramatic 115-114 victory at the Footprint Center in Arizona, after San Antonio had earlier trailed by 20 points in the third quarter.
Durant, who had just become the 12th player in NBA history to hit 27,000 points, missed a buzzer-beater as the game came to a frenetic conclusion.
Johnson ended the night with 27 points, while No. 1 draft pick Victor Wembanyama added 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as San Antonio recorded its first road win of the season.
“We needed to try anything at this point, down one with a couple of seconds left,” Wembanyama told reporters after his fourth game in the NBA. “It’s just: go and get the ball and do whatever you can.”
The Frenchman’s put-back dunk had cut the lead to one and put the Spurs within touching distance with 6.8 seconds left, setting up what proved to be a nightmare finish for Phoenix on Halloween.
However, Suns coach Frank Vogel said that he thought Durant had been fouled right before Johnson scored the game-winning points.
“They whack him on the arm, okay, before the ball gets ripped out of his hands, no call,” Vogel told reporters. “But in a situation like that, we try to get the ball in a quick inbounds to our 90% free throw shooter. And we did. But it didn’t work out.”
The Suns had held a commanding lead for virtually the whole contest and were 65-45 ahead at the start of the third quarter.
Durant tallied 26 points and seven assists as he passed the 12,000-point milestone, doing so in his 990th game. Only Wilt Chamberlain (780), Michael Jordan (852) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (965) have reached the mark in fewer games.
But the occasion was dampened by the Spurs’ dramatic, fourth-quarter comeback in which they outscored the Suns 33-19. It was a much-needed win following a crushing 40-point loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
“We made a gazillion mistakes, but it’s a game of mistakes,” San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. “So does every team. We just kept playing, that’s the best thing about the group. I was really proud of them.”
The Spurs and the Suns, who are both 2-2 on the season, meet again in Phoenix on Thursday.
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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio City Council members are split on the best way to spend unexpected windfalls of CPS Energy money in future years.
As the owner of CPS Energy, the City of San Antonio gets 14% of its gross revenues as a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) -- one of its single, largest funding sources. In FY 2024 alone, the city expects to collect $421 million from the gas and electric utility.
Those payments have brought the city much more money than it had initially expected in each of the past two years. At the same time, the city is bracing itself for another increase to gas and electric rates.
Shortly before the city council voted on the FY 2024 budget in September, Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda (D6) floated an idea to take only 11% or 12% of CPS revenues, meaning foregoing roughly $60 million or $90 million each year.
In a subsequent council consideration request, she suggested that the utility could improve its resiliency, and a rate increase could be avoided for at least five years.
City staff dismissed the idea, though. While it wouldn’t prevent a rate increase, they said, it would definitely blow a hole in the city’s budget.
Instead, they worked with Cabello Havrda on an alternative plan that was presented to the Governance Committee on Oct. 18.
In years when the PILOT payments are 10% or higher than the city originally budgeted -- as has happened the past two budget years -- the city would split the extra money above the 10% mark between CPS Energy and itself.
The majority of those windfall funds, 80%, would go toward CPS Energy resiliency and reliability projects, and the other 20% would be put into the city’s Resiliency, Energy Efficiency, & Sustainability (REES) fund.
The city’s current practice is to set aside any CPS Energy revenue surpluses more than 10% above budget for the council to consider how to spend.
When the city council considered the new, proposed policy on Wednesday, though, there was no clear consensus on how to proceed.
Some, like Mayor Ron Nirenberg, approved of the proposed policy as a way to prepare the city and the utility for future extreme weather.
Councilman Marc Whyte (D10) suggested the city council take the opportunity to consider where they could get $60 million from the city’s budget. Barring that, Whyte said he supported the proposal.
But other council members, like Councilwoman Phyllis Viagran (D3), suggested it would be better for the city to keep a larger portion of any surplus and spend it on the city’s needs. She questioned whether the South Side district she represents would benefit as much from the money if it went to CPS Energy projects rather than city projects.
And while Cabello Havrda and city staff have said the proposed policy might help reduce future rate increases, CPS Energy officials confirmed they would not guarantee a delay in planned increases.
City Manager Erik Walsh said the council would discuss what policy they want to put in place during a budget work session in April.
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ReactionsLike1ESPN's fantasy basketball and basketball betting tips cheat sheet is your pregame destination for basketball betting predictions and our best intel and data, featuring ESPN's proprietary Basketball Power Index (BPI) to help you make smart fantasy and wagering decisions. Fantasy advice is based on ESPN 10-team leagues.New this season, ESPN Analytics will also generate daily NBA fantasy projections. By combining historical player and team data and specific game factors ESPN is able to ac...
ESPN's fantasy basketball and basketball betting tips cheat sheet is your pregame destination for basketball betting predictions and our best intel and data, featuring ESPN's proprietary Basketball Power Index (BPI) to help you make smart fantasy and wagering decisions. Fantasy advice is based on ESPN 10-team leagues.
New this season, ESPN Analytics will also generate daily NBA fantasy projections. By combining historical player and team data and specific game factors ESPN is able to accurately predict player box score stats. Accounting for injuries, trends in playing time, and other factors impacting future performance the statistical models can be used to help NBA fantasy players gain an edge in their league.
After Wednesday's massive 13-game schedule, we turn our attention to Thursday's more concise four-game slate. With a lens on the fantasy implications of these matchups, let's delve into the variety of rosters and rotations the day offers.
The night includes a series of rematches, as the Toronto Raptors head south to face the Philadelphia 76ers after a matchup in Canada this past Saturday that included busy box scores from Joel Embiid and the ever-emergent Tyrese Maxey. On the heels of this week's James Harden trade, it will be riveting to see how the Philly rotation unfolds now that they've added a series of forwards in the transaction. For the Raptors, I'm still intrigued by the value Gary Trent Jr. provides as a shooting and steals specialist.
Another rematch for tonight finds the Phoenix Suns hosting the Spurs for the second time this week. A peak at the injury report reveals that Bradley Beal (back) remains out, but superstar Devin Booker (foot) has been upgraded to questionable.
Tonight's tilt between the Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans doesn't have any updates via the league's injury report, but we do have a streaming endorsement based on the potential Brandon Ingram misses another game due to knee soreness. For the Pistons, if Alec Burks is another scratch, Marcus Sasser could help in deeper formats.
Finally, the Orlando Magic are in Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz in a rare non-conference meeting for these franchises. Collin Sexton was on fire last night, but I remain more intrigued with the team's hyphenated playmaker, Talen Horton-Tucker (more on him below).
This segment nominates three key streaming options ahead of that day's action. A streamer, by our standards, is a player available in at least half of ESPN men's fantasy basketball leagues.
Jeremy Sochan, PG/PF, Spurs (rostered in 18.6% of ESPN leagues): San Antonio's counter to the small-ball era is jumbo lineups featuring this unique playmaker from the point guard spot. The scoring is often lean, but fun passing and defensive rates often surface.
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, Suns (12.3%): The continued absence of Beal drives rich scoring rates from Gordon, who has tallied at least 20 in consecutive games, including 20 against the Spurs earlier this week.
Talen Horton-Tucker, SF/PF, Jazz (7.1%): Somewhat like Sochan, the Jazz are affording Horton-Tucker rare creation usage as a key distributor for the team. The Magic have some size at guard, but so does THT.
Fantasy projections powered by ESPN Analytics.* Projections assume all players who are listed as GTD will play. Injury information powered by Rotowire.com. Players available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues are listed in italics.
Injury Report: Pistons: Alec Burks, (GTD - Forearm); Jalen Duren, (GTD - Ankle); Monte Morris, (OUT - Quadriceps); Isaiah Livers, (OUT - Ankle); Bojan Bogdanovic, (OUT - Calf) Pelicans: Brandon Ingram, (GTD - Knee); Jose Alvarado, (OUT - Ankle); Naji Marshall, (OUT - Knee); Trey Murphy III, (OUT - Knee)
Injury Report: Magic: None reported Jazz: None reported