Unless you work in the logistics or shipping industry, I’m willing to bet the term drayage has never entered your vernacular, even as instances of it play out every day on America’s roads and freeways, rail yards and ports, to the tune of sixty million movements a year.
Sometimes the jargon in the world of logistics can be confusing. “What is a freight forwarder?” is one question we get from time to time, so here’s a brief description. A freight forwarder helps shippers with all the arrangements concerning shipping and storage for transporting materials or finished products to market. Freight forwarders usually offer many different services including tracking, arranging for cargo space, negotiating prices, handling insurance claims, preparing documents required for shipping and export, securing cargo and buying insurance.
The trucking industry continues to play a major role in fulfilling an organization's need for transporting their products. At some point after your freight arrives to the port of Savannah, the goods will spend time in transit via a truck. The shippers want to get their goods to the warehouse, distribution center or to the retail outlet as soon as possible. They need access to a network of truck companies that can provide same day service in many cases. That is where our service as a freight broker for OTR trucking (Over the road) comes in.
A large steel box might not seem revolutionary, but global trade now depends on ISO-standard shipping containers. Shippers pack these rectangular metal boxes with everything imaginable from raw bulk goods to shelf-ready retail packages. Containerized freight rides on ships, over rail, or gets towed by a truck all while safely packed inside the same heavy metal box. This system is known as intermodal shipping, and it involves Drayage Transportation.
Savannah Drayage: What it means
Most of us are familiar with the idea of shipping freight around the world on a container ship and across the country by train or truck, but it’s easy to forget one integral step in the process: drayage. In the world of international shipping, the term refers to the transport of freight containers over short distances, usually from the dock where cargo is unloaded to a warehouse some distance inland.
Less than truckload shipping, or LTL, fits an important niche in the shipping industry. When a company needs to ship freight that is more than a parcel carrier can accommodate yet not large enough for a dedicated full truck, LTL can be a great solution.
This is a fascinating period for the trucking industry. Momentum is undeniably building in domestic manufacturing. Who will drive those manufactured goods remains to be seen; driverless trucks promise to change the dynamics of the industry in almost unimaginable ways. Across the trucking world, change is right around the corner... except for the literal corners.
New HOS Regulations Regarding Logistics Management
Many changes in logistics have happened over the last few decades. Online shopping made the biggest impact on the logistics model, making efficiency in the warehousing, distribution, and transportation parts of the supply chain more important as companies began to compete through the speed with which they could process orders and deliver the them to the customer’s door. Distribution centers were built near population centers. Third-party logistics companies, including port trucking companies savannah, and last mile trucking online platforms were invented.
Technology and Trucking
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are being buffeted by industry-wide changes and other factors that present both challenges and opportunities. Supply chains are growing in complexity and in scope. Enterprises large and small are dealing with new factors that increase the complexity of doing business. All sorts of businesses that were once dominant are going under or struggling as the forces of technological change, shifting consumer preferences and tastes, and global economic volatility converge. These factors provide a strong incentive to leaders of businesses, including 3PL providers, to continually adapt, commit to innovation and adopt new tools to strengthen their core competencies while also proving willing to expand their range of services.