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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Topics: drayage services

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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Topics: supply chain visibility

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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Topics: port drayage

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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Topics: port drayage

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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Topics: port drayage

The Port Drayage Driver Shortage Fact-Check: Top Causes Explored

Posted by Port City Logistics on Feb 3, 2022 11:13:36 AM

It’s a windy morning at the docks. A shipping manager can practically feel the coastal breeze whipping around them when a chassis tracking notification dings to say that the freight has deboarded. Yet just as fast as the refreshment of the sea breeze hits, a chilliness sets in: there’s no one to dray the freight. 

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Topics: port drayage

5 Top Trends Driving Investment in Port Drayage Tech

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jan 25, 2022 11:53:50 AM

As United States ports continue to push through supply chain bottlenecks, many shippers look for solutions to promptly get their freight out of the ports. According to the Drayage Directory, drays originating from Savannah’s Garden City Terminal have seen rates jump 20% or more, with some increasing as much as 50% dependent upon destination. Supply Chain Quarterly echoed this statistic, shared last year that “September’s national drayage spot rate was 6% more than the previous month and 32% more than the same month in 2020.” This article will showcase five trends that elevate these numbers and promote the interest in port drayage tech.

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How Will Clean Truck Fund Rate Fees Impact Port Drayage in 2022

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jan 13, 2022 11:50:19 AM

Ports in Southern California are trading in the phrase “New Year, New Me” for “New Year, New Fee.” The spring cleaning of the two largest ports in the United States is expanding beyond its bottlenecked port — they aim to clean the air too. By incorporating clean truck fund rate fees, California port authorities are working toward their goal of a zero-emission port by 2035. This article will provide a birds-eye view of the situation and its effect on port drayage this year. 

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Topics: port drayage

Strategies to Improve Port Container Management That Really Work

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jan 11, 2022 10:20:14 AM

Recently, to de-clog ports around the country and get shipping containers emptied and their content distributed, major ports began implementing fees for containers that linger past approved dwell times. The subsequent results of better port container management have been better than anticipated as the number of containers sitting at docks to be collected has dropped by over 60% in that time. However, the flip side to this positive is a largely unexpected downside, as highlighted by Bloomberg: “There are more than 115,000 empty containers in the Los Angeles port waiting to return to their point of origin, and that’s on top of another over 10,000 containers … across the Southwest United States.” The multi-faceted mechanics behind adaptable port container management requires a reworking of standard strategies to find something that really works for the modern supply chain and current market volatility.

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Topics: Port of Savannah

Drayage Appointment Tech: 5 Ways It's Helping Brokers to Do More With Less

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jan 6, 2022 11:38:33 AM

In recent months, the backlog of containers in major ocean ports has been a core topic for news outlets and mainstream media. Meanwhile, expansion in other ports, such as the Port of Savannah, has become lifelines for shippers trying to find a suitable alternative to backlogged locations. All shippers are clamoring to find available capacity, and there is little hope that 2022 will be much better. However, freight brokers have realized that applied technology can increase back-office operations and reduce problems associated with strained capacity. Let’s take a closer look at the top five ways that drayage appointment tech achieves this goal.

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Topics: drayage truck