Alternative Drayage Fulfillment Strategies: Cross-docking, Pick and Pack Warehouse, and More

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 29, 2022 1:48:26 PM

Drayage services remain one of the most critical yet overlooked aspects of shipping and transportation today. These services deal with the short-haul transport of goods from container ships to rail yards, warehouses, or storage lots. New port drayage tech and drayage services help ensure final-mile deliveries go according to plan while also connecting various modes of long-haul transport for a smooth and seamless delivery process from crating and shipping services at warehouses through delivery to retailers and beyond. According to eMarketer, “Total US retail sales will increase 2.5% year over year (YoY) in 2022 to $6.624 trillion. Ecommerce sales will grow 16.1%, while growth for in-store sales—which will account for more than 80% of total retail sales—will be close to flat.” As demand grows, drayage fulfillment strategies continue to offer reliable shipping options for all manner of e-commerce driven sales.

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How Long Does It Take to Unload a Container Ship: Depends on Your Warehousing

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 25, 2022 1:47:44 AM

There are several essential things to consider when assessing how long it takes to unload containers and get shipments ready for final distribution.  Clearing current port logjams and backlogs is necessary to keep the supply chain as a whole moving forward effectively and profitably. As highlighted recently by Supply Chain Game Changer, “When moving any freight, there are four components of cost. They are downtime, load time, travel time, and unload time. Downtime and travel time are under the control of the ocean freight company, whereas they are at the mercy of the port facilities for load and unload times.” Accurate planning and attention to container drayage transport details such as cross-docking opportunities can significantly improve cargo container management.

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Ships Stuck at Port: Why an Expert Drayage Provider Helps

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 17, 2022 12:24:39 PM

As recovery continues in the wake of the Covid pandemic, supply chain disruptions, rolled cargo concerns, and other issues still plague shippers and carriers alike. With countless ships stuck at port, cargo ships stuck at sea, and containers sitting at ports unable to be emptied, the bottleneck and pressure on shippers continues to increase.

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Why Local Warehousing Improves Local Port Congestion

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 15, 2022 12:13:20 PM

Many effects are being seen and felt in the wake of more than two years of pandemic upheaval and disruption. For shippers concerned about port drayage services, port congestion concerns and issues surrounding port delays are among the most impactful. Of all the options to consider, utilizing local warehousing and temporary storage options may be the most logical and influential way to overcome U.S. port congestion concerns. 

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Tips to Streamline Dray Freight Through Port Expansion

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 8, 2022 11:52:32 AM

Within the shipping and freight transport industry, one key piece of the puzzle has long been drayage services and port container management. This highly specialized yet vital freight shipping and handling service can make or break shipment deadlines and customer experiences. Finding capacity from drivers specializing in dray freight is becoming increasingly difficult these days. As highlighted by the Journal of Commerce, “A historic drayage capacity shift from larger carriers to small companies and owner-operators is complicating efforts by importers to secure capacity and move containers inland.” However, maintaining reliable access to dray service providers requires streamlining dray cargo and freight services through port expansion and improved utilization of resources. The following tips can help make this process easier and simpler.

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Shipping Drayage: What You Need to Know Going Into Shipping 2022

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 3, 2022 11:17:17 AM

Knowing what shipping drayage means and its impact on the supply chain is key to maintaining a competitive advantage. Shippers across multiple industries and niche markets are dealing with the still record highs for container prices and freight rates. While this is a dilemma in and of itself, it is an even more significant issue considering current drayage supply chain capacity planning protocols.

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Trends Driving Supply Chain Visibility in Drayage

Posted by Port City Logistics on Feb 24, 2022 12:45:57 PM

Of the issues supply chain managers and logistics directors have to keep track of, managing the capacity risk in supply chain networks is among the most challenging. Keeping up with best practices for shipping and logistics is vital during this time of market volatility. With the continued growth of cloud computing and e-commerce shipping demands, monitoring shipping and growth statistics and shipping trends is critical. This allows shippers to enable maximum scalability and flexibility throughout the network. 

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Best Practices in First Mile Drayage

Posted by Port City Logistics on Feb 17, 2022 11:57:34 AM

Today customers are very aware of the last mile, even if they are unfamiliar with the term. E-commerce businesses continue to raise consumer expectations for last-mile transport with every notification that their items are just a few stops away. However, with truck capacity tightening, shippers need to be proactive from the very first mile and throughout drayage service management too. 

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What Drayage Means and How It Keeps Your Products Moving Smoothly

Posted by Port City Logistics on Feb 8, 2022 12:04:41 PM

With increasing supply demand comes expanding transportation needs. Shippers and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) are looking left and right for ways to maximize logistics and tricks of the trade to get their freight where it needs to be punctual. Drayage is a critical piece of that puzzle, but shipping drayage can be expensive and confusing at times. 

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Why Warehousing Capability by Port Drayage Providers Reduces Headaches for Importers

Posted by Port City Logistics on Feb 3, 2022 11:16:02 AM

Managing port drayage sounds simple—on paper. Unfortunately, drays are among the areas of transportation where costs can easily spiral out of control. Why? It comes from the limited perception of what exactly drayage is and what drayage service providers can do. Facing facts, drayage involves moving freight from a port to an inland destination. Whether that destination is nearby or hundreds of miles away will determine whether shippers are penalized with per diem fees and even how long it takes to empty a pier of containers. However, a solution rests with port drayage providers that also offer warehousing capability, and it’s important to know how this reduces headaches for shippers, or importers in this context.

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