Statistics from the US Department of Transportation show more than 700,000 registered motor carriers are traversing our highways and roads. These trucks, which can be packed with everything from bricks and stone to dog food and grocery items, keep thousands of American businesses afloat. For business owners shipping these products across the country, precise planning and high-level tracking are required. But with increasing rates and a wide range of delays to overcome, overseeing a shipment of LTL freight is easier said than done.
For overworked business owners, managing multiple shipments can seem impossible in today's freight landscape. But the reality is that many businesses rely on less-than-truckload shipments to keep their doors open. When these shipments are compromised, their business is too. But there's a viable solution: LTL freight brokers in Washington, DC like RelyEx provide reliable solutions to common LTL shipment problems, eliminating the stress and worry of LTL shipping.
With more than 30 combined years of LTL experience and a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx is your go-to choice for streamlined, efficient LTL shipping services. To understand the true value of RelyEx's less-than-truckload shipping options, it helps to understand first what LTL shipping is and why it's used.
In the freight industry, LTL stands for "less-than-truckload." It is a widely-used method of transportation for smaller shipments that don't require the space of a full truckload. In an LTL shipment, several customers' loads are placed onto one truck, which helps reduce how much it costs to ship those products.
In fact, if your freight doesn't fill an entire trailer but weighs 150-15,000 lbs., LTL freight shipping in Washington, DC, may be the most efficient, cost-conscious way to transport your products. That's because, in an LTL setup, you're only paying for the space your freight takes up. LTL shipping companies like RelyEx optimize LTL loads by choosing the most efficient routes at the best rates so your cargo gets to where it needs to go without any issues.
Business owners often choose LTL freight services in the following circumstances:
When it comes to LTL delivery options, there are a lot to choose from. But not every LTL broker is created equally. Some LTL companies do not have the tools or technology to track your shipments and optimize your routes. In worst-case scenarios, they may not be insured or reliable. If you're looking for an experienced LTL carrier that exceeds expectations with time-tested strategies and innovative technologies, look no further than RelyEx.
With more than two decades of experience in LTL operations, our team utilizes the power of GlobalTranz to compare rates across hundreds of approved carriers in the blink of an eye, while also providing the most cost-effective options for moving your freight. When you choose RelyEx for LTL shipping, you can leverage our expert team to handle your shipments. You can also manage the process yourself via GTZShip, which is Globaltranz's user-friendly management system. With GTZShip, you can access and compare LTL shipping rates, track your shipments, and manage your financials, all from one intuitive platform.
When it comes to LTL freight in Washington, DC, clients trust their products with RelyEx for many reasons, including the following:
Because GTZShip keeps outsized freight available, it can negotiate the best LTL rates on your behalf. Our clients can access these extra-low rates in one of two ways:
Regardless of the option you choose, RelyEx's knowledgeable customer care reps will cover all of your LTL shipping options, so you can make an informed shipping and purchasing decision for your freight.
Yes, you read that right - in addition to giving you access to industry-leading rates, RelyEx's partnership with GTZShip gives you full management of your freight. We're talking about access to reporting, tracking, and much more. This extensive visibility is essentially a one-stop shop for everything related to the status of your freight.
Unlike some LTL shipping software, this system requires no contracts or signup fees, making it simple to provide quotes and book immediately when you're ready. Whether you use GTZShip directly or rely on our team to book your freight, your company will always have access to this free technology.
While it's true that RelyEx provides customers with the best rates and technology in the LTL industry, we go above and beyond the normal call of duty. Why? Because we strive to treat your shipment as if it's our most important one. Put simply, we put a lot of time and effort into making sure we do things right the first time around. Our fierce commitment to the customer and to quality protects not only your reputation, but your bottom line by preventing lost customers and sales.
RelyEx excels at LTL shipping because we are:
From dedicated LTL solutions to transactional relationships, RelyEx is here to help. Unlike other LTL companies, we get the job done right with customer-focused service, industry expertise, and Globaltranz's industry-leading Transportation Management System.
Our dedicated team of LTL specialists provides you with the best freight visibility available, whether you need a few shipments a week or you need hundreds. In order to do so, we communicate with carriers throughout the entire shipping process, so you know your items are delivered on time. Though rare, if we spot an issue, we'll provide you with an alternative solution immediately.
Plus, if you have large quantities that need to be shipped, our team is happy to provide you with customized reporting for free. That way, you can access at-the-moment updates and important shipment documentation with a few clicks or taps.
When your freight is too light for full truckloads but too heavy for basic parcel carriers like UPS, LTL shipping is a great option to consider. When you use an LTL shipping company like RelyEx, you get even more value. We've been over some of the basics associated with LTL freight shipping - now let's touch on some of the biggest benefits of using a company to handle logistics from start to finish.
One of the most common reasons clients use LTL services is because they're able to save money. LTL shipping is much less expensive than the alternative, which is to hire a private driver and truck. When you go in on LTL services with other shippers, you can have your products delivered at a fraction of the cost of going private. In this setup, you pay for space you use, not the space you don't use, which is common in full truckload freight shipping.
As an added benefit, relying on an LTL freight company like RelyEx can lower your warehouse costs since more shipments can be sent at a time. That means you don't have to wait weeks or even months for a trailer to fill up.
When you use a parcel carrier like FedEx, you can only ship up to 150 pounds at a time. That means you'd have to break down your shipment into separate boxes in order to ship. With LTL freight shipping, your packages can be palletized and shrink-wrapped so they're shipped in a single load.
At RelyEx, our team knows how important your shipment is, whether you're sending thousands of pounds of products or a single pallet. That's why we ensure your products are packaged correctly and have security protocols baked into every service we offer. Plus, by keeping your freight together, we decrease the chance of damaging your cargo, which pleases your clients and boosts your customers' satisfaction.
The magic of LTL shipping lies in the fact that we fill fewer trailers with more freight. Doing so reduces global emissions and makes the process much quicker. Imagine using a semi-truck to haul products that only fill a quarter of the trailer. It would waste money, time, and space that could be used for other products. With LTL shipping, you're protecting the environment and reducing the number of partially-filled trucks on the road. This, in turn, saves you money and makes you an eco-friendly company - something you can use as a selling point for your business.
LTL providers like RelyEx use advanced logistics technology to ensure your cargo arrives on time and without damage. By investing in technology like GlobalTranz, we save our clients from doing so themselves. With GlobalTranz, our clients gain access to robust tracking options like real-time freight locations, so you can monitor your shipment's progress. With GlobalTranz, you get more than just a way to book your LTL cargo â you benefit from our qualified network of carriers, expert logistics support, and leading technology features.
It's impossible to say exactly how much your LTL shipping may cost because the NMFC, or National Motor Freight Classification, determines those prices. Using this standard, pricing is dictated for commodities moving in intrastate, interstate, and foreign commerce. Items are grouped into 18 different classes, based on four characteristics:
If you're shipping a product that is more likely to be damaged, stolen, or cause damage to other items, it may affect LTL shipment pricing.
Does your product require specific care or handling instructions? If so, you can probably expect higher prices.
This factor accounts for how much space your item occupies in relation to its weight or the weight per cubic foot for each piece of freight you are shipping.
How easy is it to load and transport your commodity? Can it be loaded and transported with other items?
When combined, these characteristics are used to establish an NMFC code for your LTL cargo. These codes are crucial, as they help your LTL carrier understand the challenges of shipping your products. If the item you need to ship has a high NMFC code, it's because it's more difficult to transport, which usually means it's more expensive to ship.
Depending on where and how often you ship LTL freight, your broker may choose a regional or national LTL carrier. Regional carriers often service a group of states within a region. National carriers have a larger footprint and can often eliminate the need to use several carriers for your shipments. RelyEx has the infrastructure and strategies for all of your LTL shipping - contact our office today to learn more about your options.
Though regional and national carriers are different, they often use similar models for shipping. Two of the most popular types of shipping methods include hub and spoke distribution and LTL consolidation.
In this traditional model, your shipments go through a network of warehouses, terminals, and hub facilities where your products are grouped with other shipments. Your freight then travels to local "spokes" (or terminals), where they are delivered. If you need to ship freight over short distances, this model may be a good choice to consider.
Some common benefits of the hub and spoke model include:
LTL consolidated shipping is a model where LTL carriers bring several shipments from different shippers to a final destination. Instead of using hubs and spokes along the shipping route to bundle freight and move cargo, LTL consolidation works by taking multiple shipments and turning them into a single truckload. This truck then makes multiple stops, where your products are delivered.
Some of the most common benefits of LTL consolidation include:
At RelyEx, our goal is to expertly manage the movement of your freight so you can focus on your core business. With more than 20 years of combined experience with LTL freight shipping in Washington, DC, our team can select the most efficient and cost-effective model for your needs. That way, you can accomplish your day-to-day tasks while we handle the heavy lifting and any logistical challenges.
At RelyEx, we believe that trustworthy, comprehensive, and streamlined LTL shipping options are better for your business. And for us, what's better for your business is better for ours. That's why, when it comes to LTL shipping, we work tirelessly to ensure every aspect of your freight experience is embedded excellence. We take this unique approach because our management were once customers like you. They were people who, for one reason or another, had to deal with frustrating and often unsolved shipping and logistics challenges. Today, we take pride in solving those challenges and only partner with carriers who match our high standards.
If you're looking for an LTL company in Washington, DC that prioritizes customer service, strong communication, and proactive thinking, we're here to help you avoid delayed shipments and missed expectations.(843) 885-3082
The number of homeless people in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area has increased by 18 percent from last year's total, according to a new report published by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.Based on a point-in-time enumeration of the city's homeless population in a single night in January 2023, the number of homeless people in the area has increased to 8,944, up from 7,605 the year before.All nine jurisdictions in the report—the District of Columbia; Montgomery, Prince George's and Frederick countie...
The number of homeless people in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area has increased by 18 percent from last year's total, according to a new report published by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Based on a point-in-time enumeration of the city's homeless population in a single night in January 2023, the number of homeless people in the area has increased to 8,944, up from 7,605 the year before.
All nine jurisdictions in the report—the District of Columbia; Montgomery, Prince George's and Frederick counties in Maryland; and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, adjacent independent cities within those counties and the independent city of Alexandria in Virginia—experienced increases, with the District of Columbia and Montgomery County experiencing the highest numerical increases. In D.C., the number of homeless rose to 4,922 people, up from 4,410 (11.6 percent) last year. In Arlington, Virginia, the report observed a 110 percent increase in unsheltered homelessness, and a 32 percent increase in emergency shelters for families.
The study totaled the number of unsheltered persons in the region along with how many people used winter shelters, year-round emergency shelters, safe havens, transitional housing and several other desperate housing solutions.
The report's executive summary concluded that, while the region's continuum of care (COC) polices had been “effective in preventing and ending homelessness,” the discontinuation of certain programs implemented since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health emergency—such as eviction moratoriums, unemployment assistance, expanded child income tax credit, and emergency housing assistance—has greatly increased the number of homeless people in the US capital and its environs.
These programs were allowed to lapse by the Biden administration, cutting many families off from relief and subjecting the working class population to mass evictions and poverty.
Those reporting that they experienced homelessness for the first time increased by 37 percent from 2022. The study concluded that this was largely “due to the end of both pandemic related assistance and the eviction moratorium.”
In many parts of the country and around the world, working-class people are finding it harder to live in cities as rents continue to rise, leaving their livelihoods in grave doubt. The Washington D.C. area is no exception. The data, the report said, “confirms that one of the most persistent barriers to ending homelessness in our communities is the insufficient number of affordable and available permanent housing opportunities for the lowest income households.”
In a 2019 report by financial advice company Smart Asset, assuming a rent limit of 28 percent of income, a worker living in D.C. would have to make $132,857 annually in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment with an average rent of $3,100 per month. The median household income in the capital, according to the analysis, is $82,372. Only San Francisco ($196,843 for an average rent of $4,593) and New York ($162,857 for an average rent of $3,800) ranked higher.
Spiraling housing costs mean that even those with jobs and other sources of income face increasing rates of homelessness.
In Alexandria, Virginia, wage earners and people on disability saw a vast increase from 2021, making up 49 of the 152 homeless people in the survey. Of the DC homeless, 12.9 percent of unaccompanied adults, and 41.8 percent of adults in families, were employed. Another 81 percent of unaccompanied adults and 46.3 percent of adults in families relied on wages or disability as a primary income, with 51 percent of adults in families relying heavily on public assistance.
The homeless in America are frequently treated as criminals. On February 15, an encampment of at least 70 homeless people in McPherson Square was cleared out by the National Park Service, with their belongings destroyed. While city officials claimed to engage with residents of the encampment, this is not borne out by the evidence.
As one person cleared out of the encampment put it to WAMU, the raid happened “because you just want to hide the homelessness. You don't want it to be down here on K Street, which is a powerful street. You don't want it to be by the White House.” Two homeless people were arrested when they refused to leave.
The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs has long had a significant scholarly presence among and within the three branches of the federal government. Now the school has a dedicated office and meeting space in Washington, D.C., as well.SPIA has leased space just off Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., to be used for education, public affairs and other engagement. It marks the first time the school has established a permanent physical presence in the nation’s capital.“Actually being in Washingt...
The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs has long had a significant scholarly presence among and within the three branches of the federal government. Now the school has a dedicated office and meeting space in Washington, D.C., as well.
SPIA has leased space just off Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., to be used for education, public affairs and other engagement. It marks the first time the school has established a permanent physical presence in the nation’s capital.
“Actually being in Washington, the center of policy making in the country, will enable us to connect faculty members, researchers and students directly with policymakers in ways we haven’t previously,” said SPIA Dean Amaney Jamal. “This initiative gives us an unprecedented opportunity to advance our mission of service to the nation and humanity.”
SPIA in D.C. is one of the strategic priorities identified by Jamal when she became dean in fall 2021. The program was born in part, she recalled, from her own experience having to build a network in Washington during her 20 years as a Princeton politics faculty member and researcher.
“The school is not like any other policy school in the country,” Jamal said. “Ninety-nine percent of our faculty are jointly appointed with other departments. We have the most outstanding economists, sociologists, political scientists, etc., teaching our students. Because of this, they aren’t naturally connected to policymakers; they haven’t gone through the process of compiling their own networks of policymakers and influencers. It’s imperative that we as a school think about how we help our faculty make these linkages.”
According to representatives of SPIA’s 20 centers and programs, the site offers opportunity and great value for students and faculty to interact in a real-world setting outside the Princeton campus. They also look forward to hosting meetings and events, engaging with policymakers and partners, and expanding professional networks.
Alan Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and a member of the planning committee for a SPIA in D.C. launch event held May 10, has considerable experience in Washington. He served as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as a member of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He noted that the initiative will help to connect two groups that can learn from each other.
“There are lots of possibilities for collaboration between Princeton faculty, who tend to be deeper and more academic, as they should, and think tankers, who tend to have their feet on the Washington ground better, as they should,” he said. “Cross-fertilizing that will add value to both.”
Todd Bristol, SPIA’s acting associate dean of public affairs and communications, noted both the symbolic and practical impacts of SPIA’s expansion to the District of Columbia.
“The School of Public and International Affairs could not be more excited to plant our flag in Washington,” he said. “This is a physical manifestation and extension of the influence SPIA has had here for decades.”
For example, Bristol said, the co-directors of the School’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI) already spend a significant amount of their time in Washington. A dedicated office and meeting space will greatly facilitate their work with SINSI students pursuing graduate fellowships and undergraduate summer internships within the U.S. federal government.
SPIA plans to use the space for both formal and informal alumni gatherings, networking and other career-related activities. In addition, the site will host events for prospective graduate students, facilitate communication between local alumni and applicants, and host recruitment and other informational meetings with local organizations and visiting delegations.
“Twenty-eight percent of SPIA’s graduate alumni and 17 percent of our undergraduate alumni are in the greater Washington area,” Jamal said. “In terms of career placement, our alumni network is one of our most valuable resources to students. To have a dedicated space for students to meet with alumni to network is extremely important.”
The site of SPIA in D.C. comprises more than 6,700 square feet of office space that includes a reception area, offices, conference rooms, a pantry and kitchen space, and an open area for gatherings and events. There is also a shared rooftop with views of downtown Washington that can accommodate almost 490 people in indoor and outdoor spaces.
“It looks like a wonderful home base in Washington,” said Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and co-director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing, who travels to the capital often. “I’m sure I will use it when I’m in town for meetings or to meet with policymakers.”
SPIA in D.C. launched officially with the May 10 event. The site had already hosted numerous private SPIA gatherings, including receptions, planning meetings, several student visits and a meeting of the Public Affairs Committee of University’s Board of Trustees.
A host of public events is planned for the months to come. These include annual meetings of some of SPIA’s centers and programs, a Masters in Public Policy alumni lunch, presentations and panel discussions, and a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the 1973 oil crisis.
“We have remarkable intellectual talent at SPIA,” Jamal said. “SPIA in D.C. will enhance our strategies for communicating research to inform national policymaking at all levels of governance, as well as augmenting the public policy training we provide for our students.”
Jamal sees the move as a natural extension of the progress the School of Public and International Affairs has made in recent years.
“SPIA has accomplished much over the last few decades,” she said. “I was lucky to become dean of a school where a lot of benchmarks and target points have been met, so I could think more creatively about what’s next. It’s an opportune time to think about what we can do next.”
OTTAWA, ON, May 17, 2023 /CNW/ - The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, will travel to Washington, D.C., on May 18 and 19. They will participate in a North American semiconductor conference to discuss how to strengthen and secure the semiconductor supply chain on the continent.While in Washington, Minister Champagne and Minister Ng will also meet with U.S. Sec...
OTTAWA, ON, May 17, 2023 /CNW/ - The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, will travel to Washington, D.C., on May 18 and 19. They will participate in a North American semiconductor conference to discuss how to strengthen and secure the semiconductor supply chain on the continent.
While in Washington, Minister Champagne and Minister Ng will also meet with U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo.
The two Ministers will then hold a media availability to provide an update about their visit to Washington.
Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 2:00 pm (ET)
Location: Embassy of Canada to the United States, Washington, D.C.
Accredited members of the media wishing to attend must register by sending an email to WSHDCMedia@international.gc.ca. Only those attending in person will be able to ask questions. Media are asked to arrive no later than 1:45 pm.
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From Fellowship for Performing Arts, the producers of The Screwtape Letters and The Most Reluctant Convert, and starring award-winning actor Max McLean, comes a dazzling, new theatrical experience that will take you Further Up & Further In the heart and mind of C.S. Lewis....
From Fellowship for Performing Arts, the producers of The Screwtape Letters and The Most Reluctant Convert, and starring award-winning actor Max McLean, comes a dazzling, new theatrical experience that will take you Further Up & Further In the heart and mind of C.S. Lewis.
C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In plays at the Klein Theatre June 7-18.
McLean's tour de force performance captures Lewis' magnetic personality, astonishing eloquence and self-deprecating wit to create an onstage experience venturing deep into the soul of one of the most influential thinkers of the past century.
"When Lewis moved from vigorous debunker to believer, it wasn't obvious he would become the most influential Christian writer of the past hundred years," said McLean, who also wrote the script.
So, using Lewis' own words, this multimedia, theatrical event explores what convinced Lewis of the divinity of Christ, why the BBC gave him a huge audience to deliver wartime talks that would become Mere Christianity, how Hitler influenced the writing of The Screwtape Letters, and ow his profound insights on prayer, heaven and the Second Coming of Christ influenced The Chronicles of Narnia.
The award-winning creative team includes Kelly Tighe, set design (National Tour, Cats), John Gromada, original score (Broadway, Tony Nomination, The Trip to Bountiful), Harry Feiner's visual imagery (Off Broadway, Paradise Lost) and Geoffrey Fishburn's lighting (Off Broadway, Martin Luther on Trial), all under the direction of Ken Denison (The Lion King, associate producer).
Visit FPAtheatre.com for additional stops in the C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In, Spring 2023.
Founded by Artistic Director Max McLean, Fellowship for Performing Arts is a New York City-based production company whose mission is to create theatre and film from a Christian worldview to engage a diverse audience. In addition to annual seasons at Theatre Row in New York City, it produces coast-to-coast tours in both major performing arts venues and university theatres. McLean is the 2022 recipient of the C.S. Lewis Foundation Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions in Faith and Dramatic Arts.
FPA also produced the hit film THE MOST RELUCTANT CONVERT: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis, which is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, PureFlix and YouTube, as well as to purchase on DVD and Blu-ray. For more information visit FPAtheatre.com.
Review: BEETLEJUICE at National Theatre
Whether you are a fan of the movie, have seen the musical on Broadway, or even listened to the amazing cast recording, you'll lose your head over Beetlejuice.
National Philharmonic Reveals 2023-2024 Season
National Philharmonic (NatPhil) announced its 2023-2024 Season, which includes six classical programs conducted by Music Director Piotr Gajewski, one classical concert led by guest conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson, and two choral performances presented in partnership with The Washington Chorus (TWC) and conducted by TWC Artistic Director Eugene Rogers. All season concerts will be held at The Music Center at Strathmore, the Orchestra’s longstanding home in Montgomery County.
Review: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT at Eisenhower Theatre At The Kennedy Center
This riotously funny production takes the beloved, hilarious Monty Python musical comedy to a whole new level.
Review: LA BOHÈME at Kennedy Center
The glorious music of Puccini remains the principal reason to see the Washington National Opera’s (WNO)current production of the beloved classic opera La bohème. This oft-referenced opera that has influenced everything from the famous film Moonstruck to the hit Broadway musical Rent, must be a fairly faithful revival of the original opera that the WNO presented at the Kennedy Center in 2014 –the original director Peter Kazaras is one again at the helm. Additionally, the original costumes by Jennifer Moeller (which are appropriate to the updated period), the original choreography by Ben Wright and the original set design by Lee Savage have all been retained. From referencing the program, however, it seems that lighting design by A. J. Guban has been brought in for this production.
As the dark cloud of record-high office vacancy hovers over downtown D.C., a growing number of universities from across the country looking to establish a foothold in the nation's capital is starting to provide a glimmer of sunshine.“Even though people are really nervous [about downtown], this might be the greatest opportunity we’ve ever had to really shape the Washington we all would like to live in,” said Adam Glaser, a managing director at ...
As the dark cloud of record-high office vacancy hovers over downtown D.C., a growing number of universities from across the country looking to establish a foothold in the nation's capital is starting to provide a glimmer of sunshine.
“Even though people are really nervous [about downtown], this might be the greatest opportunity we’ve ever had to really shape the Washington we all would like to live in,” said Adam Glaser, a managing director at KPMG and an instructor for urban and regional planning at Georgetown University.