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 San Diego, 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
Fans attending DirecTV Holiday Bowl will notice mound of dirt, extensive concrete work for reimagined space targeted to be completed for start of new seasonBefore the focus turned to the field, fans attending the DirecTV Holiday Bowl at Petco Park were sure to notice ongoing construction beyond the outfield wall in Gallagher Square.The Padres are in the middle of a $20 million renovation of the area originally known as the Park at the Park. A team spokesman said Wednesday that the project is on schedule to be completed in tim...
Before the focus turned to the field, fans attending the DirecTV Holiday Bowl at Petco Park were sure to notice ongoing construction beyond the outfield wall in Gallagher Square.
The Padres are in the middle of a $20 million renovation of the area originally known as the Park at the Park. A team spokesman said Wednesday that the project is on schedule to be completed in time for the start of the 2024 season.
The Tony Gwynn statue is on deck, if you will, temporarily relocated adjacent to the seating in center field.
Gallagher Square bustling with activity at Petco Park amid construction for area’s renovation. According to Padres, the reimagined space will include the Tony Gwynn Terrace viewing deck and picnic space, playground and play area for kids, fenced off-leash dog park. https://t.co/TrMamDqhXj pic.twitter.com/lkuL1Li3D7— Kirk D Kenney (@sdutkirKDKenney) December 26, 2023
It will remain a focal point when construction is completed, part of what will be called the Tony Gwynn Terrace, an elevated viewing deck with seating.
In fact, the Gwynn statue will be positioned in such a way that it appears he is batting against former teammate Trevor Hoffman, whose statue is located behind the left field stands.
The statues of the Hall of Famers will be linked by a new walkway.
Much of the concrete already has been poured where the elevated terrace will be located. At a glance, it looks like a freeway offramp right now.
The grass hill most fans are familiar with currently is a giant pile of dirt resembling the tallest pitcher’s mound in history.
The southwest end of the renovation area, where the kids ballfield has been the past two decades, also is dirt.
A new ballfield and play area will be built at the northwest corner, allowing for a new walkway, grass viewing and seating to provide an enhanced spectator experience.
The reimagined area will be much more open in front of the Sycuan Stage, providing improved viewing for concerts and staging for other events.
The Union-Tribune detailed all aspects of the renovation in May when the Padres announced the project.
After conservation efforts that lasted for more than a decade, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is finally bringing the critically endangered Lord Howe Island stick insects to the forefront. Visitors to the San Diego Zoo will have the opportunity to see these rare, nocturnal insects in a spe...
After conservation efforts that lasted for more than a decade, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is finally bringing the critically endangered Lord Howe Island stick insects to the forefront. Visitors to the San Diego Zoo will have the opportunity to see these rare, nocturnal insects in a specialized habitat at the zoo’s Wildlife Explorers Basecamp for the first time in North America, the SD Zoo Alliance announced in a news release. The San Diego Zoo is one of only two zoos outside of Australia and the only zoo in North America to work with this species.
“We are honored to partner with Zoos Victoria on the conservation of the Lord Howe Island stick insect and beyond thrilled to be finally able to share these animals with our guests,” Paige Howorth, director of invertebrate care and conservation, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, said in a statement. The zoo's entomology team had collaborated with Australia’s Melbourne Zoo to maintain populations of the critically endangered insect.
Howorth added that the Alliance "is committed to invertebrate conservation, and bringing our guests close to this rare and iconic species is a great way to raise awareness for the lesser-known animals that run the world."
Native to the Lord Howe Island Group, a cluster of volcanic islands in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand from where they get the name, the Lord Howe Island stick insect is a large, flightless, nocturnal insect that can grow up to 6 inches in length when fully mature.
The insects, also known as "tree lobsters," were threatened in their native habitat by invasive plants and non-native predators, including rats, because of which their populations drastically diminished. They were believed to be extinct until a few were rediscovered on a tiny nearby volcanic spire called Ball’s Pyramid in 2001.
Two pairs of the insects were then taken to the Australian mainland for breeding. One of the pairs was taken to Melbourne Zoo, which has successfully maintained this species in managed care. The species was then brought to San Diego Zoo as part of a partnership between the North America zoo and Zoos Victoria/Melbourne Zoo, which has existed since 2012.
San Diego Zoo has received insect eggs from Australia on three occasions since 2012, said the Alliance.
The stick insects are bred in the McKinney Family Invertebrate Propagation Center, within a dedicated quarantine facility, where temperature and humidity are closely controlled, and UV-transmissible skylights allow access to natural photoperiod cues.
Insect eggs hatch into nymphs, which go through several molting stages for approximately seven months, explains the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.
"Nymphs are bright green for the first few months of life. As they mature, they begin to darken to greenish-brown and seek shelter during daylight," said the news release. "Adults are a dark, glossy brown-black, and are strictly herbivorous, foraging at night on host plants and resting in tree hollows and other retreats during the day."
To ensure the insects' survival, members of the Zoo's horticulture team also traveled to Australia to collect seeds and cuttings of important host plants for young stick insects that were unavailable in North America, said the Alliance. Adult stick insects have different host plant preferences and the zoo's horticulture team maintains plant material to support the insect population throughout all their life stages.
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Efforts are also being made to return the insect back to its ancestral home and an unprecedented rat eradication effort was implemented in 2019 to rid the island of the predators. This resulted in an “ecological renaissance” on the island, said the SDWZ Alliance, in which many other rare or presumed extinct plant and animal species that fell prey to rats, reemerged.
The Lord Howe Island stick insects are on display at in the Tree Hollow area of Spineless Marvels, Level 1 at the San Diego Zoo. They are kept within a reversed light cycle so that guests can view them during the day under red light, which is invisible to the insects and simulates night, their active time.
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Kyle Higashioka heard you.He listened to the ovations when he walked to the plate. He enjoyed the “little interactions,” he said, when signing autographs.He chuckled remembering the fans behind the bullpen whose yells would help pump him up before games.“I don’t know if any non-everyday player feels that kind of love and support from a fan base in many other areas,” Higashioka said over the phone Wednesday when asked about his message to Yankees fans. “I guess just a big, ‘Thank ...
Kyle Higashioka heard you.
He listened to the ovations when he walked to the plate. He enjoyed the “little interactions,” he said, when signing autographs.
He chuckled remembering the fans behind the bullpen whose yells would help pump him up before games.
“I don’t know if any non-everyday player feels that kind of love and support from a fan base in many other areas,” Higashioka said over the phone Wednesday when asked about his message to Yankees fans. “I guess just a big, ‘Thank you.’”
There were not many non-everyday players like Higashioka, who spent 16 years as a member of the Yankees organization before being sent to the Padres in this month’s Juan Soto blockbuster.
The longtime backup acknowledged the move was “kind of shocking,” but so was his long rise.
The California high school catcher was selected in the seventh round in 2008 in the same draft that brought the now-retired Buster Posey to the Giants and in which the Mets drafted Ike Davis, who last played in the majors in 2016.
Higashioka’s climb repeatedly was sidetracked.
There was a Tommy John surgery in 2013 and a broken thumb in 2014, a two-year span in which he played in 24 total games.
He was pushed back to High-A Tampa in 2015 when Brian McCann was the major league catcher, Austin Romine opened at Triple-A and Gary Sánchez caught at Double-A.
Leapfrogged by several competing catchers, he spent the majority of his year-25 season in the lowly Florida State League, the only place he could receive consistent playing time.
He grew as a pitch-framer, and a swing he revamped to get the ball in the air more began to show results.
He moved up to Double-A the following season and played one Triple-A game in 2017 before Sánchez suffered an injury that opened the major league door for Higashioka, who withstood nine minor league years before finally cracking into the majors.
“I went through a few tough years in the minors to start my career,” said Higashioka, who spoke from his Oregon home. “There were definitely plenty of points where I doubted whether or not I was ever going to make it to the big leagues. Just the fact that I got there and then experienced so many cool moments — personally and as a team.”
Higashioka and his excellent defensive game began to take playing time from a sinking Sánchez in 2020, when Higgy registered his first three-homer game at any level and rose to start three games during that year’s playoff run.
He caught Corey Kluber’s no-hitter in 2021.
He one-upped himself this past season when he was on the receiving end of Domingo German’s perfect game in Oakland.
“I got really lucky with a lot of cool things happening to me,” said the 33-year-old, who added he would be the rare former Yankee who does not grow a beard, “I have stories for a lifetime already.
“Even if my career were to end just with the Yankees, that would have been a fantastic career based on how I started. I’m just grateful that it gets to continue.”
His career continues in San Diego, near his family in Southern California and his “very happy” mother, who will have a far shorter commute to see him play.
He’s heard good things about playing in San Diego, and you can’t beat the weather.
Higashioka was hitting with Anthony Volpe in Arizona when his agent called and alerted him that he would be part of the haul exchanged for Soto.
He called his wife and went back to training with suddenly his former teammate.
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There are no hard feelings regarding the only team he had known.
“That’s the organization that made me the player that I am,” Higashioka said.
For years, scientists thought that the Lord Howe Island stick insect was extinct, the subject of predation by invasive rats on the remote island off Australia, but then a few were discovered on a nearby "sea stack" called Ball's Pyramid.After careful conservation, however, the six-inch-long stick species is recovering and, for the first time in North America, on view at the San Diego Zoo."For more than a decade, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s entomology team has collaborated with Australia’s Me...
For years, scientists thought that the Lord Howe Island stick insect was extinct, the subject of predation by invasive rats on the remote island off Australia, but then a few were discovered on a nearby "sea stack" called Ball's Pyramid.
After careful conservation, however, the six-inch-long stick species is recovering and, for the first time in North America, on view at the San Diego Zoo.
"For more than a decade, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s entomology team has collaborated with Australia’s Melbourne Zoo to maintain populations of the critically endangered Lord Howe Island stick insect," the zoo announced in a recent news release regarding the rarest insect on earth.
Fortunately for Lord Howe and the rest of us, four of the bugs were brought to the mainland of Australia, including a pair of the so-called "tree lobsters" that were delivered to the Melbourne Zoo, which then, in turn, began sharing eggs with San Diego back in 2012.
After a successful hatch, the insects are born as bright green nymphs, which molt, then molt again and again for more than half a year before transitioning to nocturnal dark, glossy brown-black adults, who forage at night and hide out during daylight hours.
Invasive rats "originally extirpated them from Lord Howe Island," but the folks down under have been rat-catching "diligently" since 2019, and many species have experienced a period of renewal on the island, with plans progressing to return the Lord Howe Island stick insect to the wild there as well.
It was British Lt. Henry Lidgbird Ball, of course, who was commanding a First Fleet Ship, Supply, and on his way to the Norfolk Island penal colony back in 1788 when he discovered the uninhabited island, which he obediently named after his senior officer Admiral Richard Howe, with the dutiful lieutenant lending his own moniker to that nearby sea stack, Ball's Pyramid, from which the bug hero of our story was rescued.
Want to see the Lord Howe Island Stick insect for yourself? Head over to the zoo's Wildlife Explorers Basecamp's Spineless Marvels Tree Hollow area, where they maintain a reverse light cycle that allows visitors to see the bugs during the day by using red light, which is invisible to the insect and simulates night.
Over a handful of years ago, the rebuilding Padres came to Dodger Stadium, and Clayton Kershaw was Shohei Ohtani for a day, with one of the more dominant performances you’ll ever see.As a baseball fan, there hasn’t been a more pleasurable experience than watching Kershaw take the mound. The Dodgers’ iconic left-hander entrenched himself among the game’s all-time greatest, and did so with tremendous class.No matter the optimistic ou...
Over a handful of years ago, the rebuilding Padres came to Dodger Stadium, and Clayton Kershaw was Shohei Ohtani for a day, with one of the more dominant performances you’ll ever see.
As a baseball fan, there hasn’t been a more pleasurable experience than watching Kershaw take the mound. The Dodgers’ iconic left-hander entrenched himself among the game’s all-time greatest, and did so with tremendous class.
No matter the optimistic outlook we choose to have, the truth is that we don’t even know if we’ll see Kershaw pitching for the Dodgers again. Between the injury recovery, eventual retirement, and the possibility of a return to Texas to pitch for the Rangers, there are too many variables. Whatever happens with Kershaw, it was a pleasure.
Amidst the sea of unforgettable games, from the no-hitter versus the Rockies to the opening day shutout against the Giants which also included his sole career home run, one stands out for me: the day when Kershaw was Ohtani.
There was no great meaning behind this start on May 1, 2016. The Padres that year had a roster in full rebuild, and per usual, the Dodgers cruised to another playoff appearance.
Kershaw was dominant, but it’s not as if he were on a level we didn’t see plenty of other times across shutouts versus the Rockies, Mets, Giants, and other clubs.
If you want to know the exact reason why this game is one of my Roman Empires? Well, I don’t necessarily have it, but because of all the stuff we just mentioned regarding Kershaw, now it’s as good a time as any to reminisce on a great moment.
It was the first of May, and the Padres were wrapping up a weekend series on a beautiful Sunday in Dodger Stadium.
Set to face off were a couple of left-handers, with Kershaw going for the Dodgers and Drew Pomeranz. Small note — it’s understandable that it was early in his career, but it’s still funny to see Corey Seager hitting seventh in that Dodgers lineup.
Kershaw showed signs of what was to come that day, starting off the afternoon with four straight strikeouts (three of them looking), and it took 16 straight outs between both teams before someone recorded a hit.
With one out in the bottom of the third, Kershaw’s battery mate A.J. Ellis, went up to the box and achieved the sole extra-base hit in that whole game, hitting a double.
Still before the universal designated hitter, it was the pitcher set to hit with one out in the frame. Kershaw went up there for his first at-bat and banged a single right up the middle to give LA the lead.
As far as scoring, that would be that for the day. Pomeranz shut everything down on the Dodgers end, and Kershaw continued to dominate, both allowed three hits each, all singles except for the Ellis double. Kershaw issued no walks, and Pomeranz only an intentional one.
I still remember Vin Scully’s call at the end of it, as Kershaw and Ellis shook hands to celebrate the win and shutout, he echoed something along the lines of. “The combination not only mentally, but also physically, gives the Dodgers this win.”
At a time of slow games, dragged out without the pitch clock, this was the exception, as this affair lasted just a shade over two hours.
To showcase a little just how dominant Kershaw was, he threw that shutout on 101 pitches, and earned a game score of 95, the third-best in his career. The highest game score ever recorded in nine innings is from Kerry Wood in his 20-strikeout game, at 105. Kershaw’s no-hitter in 2014 had a 105 game score, for reference.
Kershaw also drove in the only run of the game, making this an even more memorable performance.