More money for infrastructure, additional assets, and higher freight rates won’t solve the freight bottlenecks plaguing US ocean shipping and distribution; only a focus on the freight-handling inefficiencies that case these problems will.
The efficacy of inland ports is supported by the number being opened by deep-water ports. Driven by the need to optimize terminal efficiency, seaports are eager to mitigate the threat of on-port congestion by transferring boxes as quickly as possible to strategically situated inland hubs, in some instances even outside the borders of their home states…
By John Powers, Journal of Commerce October 2018 Edition.
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DT Research, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, today announced that IMC Companies, a nationwide leader in intermodal logistics and the largest marine drayage provider in the U.S., relies on DT301T rugged tablets for backend transportation system management and container maintenance coordination within IMC Companies yards. To read more, visit The American Journal of Transportation.
By ALAN J. ORTBALS
America’s Central Port expanded its tenant base last year with the addition of DNJ Intermodal Services, a trucking logistics company with locations in Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Minneapolis plus two in Wisconsin.
The company is located on the former golf course in Granite City where last year the former club house and restaurant were renovated and remodeled to serve as DNJ’s office building.
To read more, visit the Illinois Business Journal.
Memphis-based IMC Companies received the Best in Benefits Award at a recent Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance event.
The award recognizes employers who offer the best benefit plans relative to their peers.
Using medical plan designs, premiums and contributions from employers in the Benefits Benchmarking Survey, consulting firm Milliman calculates the benefit value and cost for each plan and ranks each by the lowest cost-highest benefit metric to determine companies that qualify for the award.
Milliman examined around 430 employers in the Memphis area and IMC Companies was awarded for being in the top 10 employers evaluated in the Mid-South.
“We are extremely proud and honored to be recognized for our benefit plan,” said Tera Jackson, IMC Companies’ vice president of human resources. “Our team members are our No. 1 asset and key to our company’s success and this is one of the ways we can be supportive of them. This is a vital part of the work we do in order to continue to be an employer of choice.”
IMC Companies is a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing services including container drayage, customs house brokerage, truck brokerage, freight forwarding, warehousing, chassis provisioning and secured container storage.
Jeffrey Holmes was one of the first IMC Companies drivers to test a new app that would decrease the amount of time it takes to scan paperwork.
“As all drivers know, every minute counts on the road. This app helped me save both time and gas, which affected my take-home pay in a positive way.”
– Jeffrey Holmes, Driver
IMC Companies began testing its MyDriver app earlier this year with a handful of drivers. The app enables drivers to upload paperwork on their phones utilizing the device’s built-in camera.
“You don’t have to be near your truck’s tablet or computer to scan paperwork anymore,” said Stephen Counce, senior business applications analyst at IMC Companies. “And, you don’t have to come into the office. As long as you can access the app, you can upload your paperwork anytime and anywhere.”
For Holmes, the convenience of the app made a major difference in the time he once committed to scanning documents and the amount of gas it took to get to and from the office.
“You can ask anyone, I’m about as technology illiterate as they come, but this was one of the easiest apps I’ve ever used,” said Holmes. “And, I never had to worry about misplacing my paperwork because it was always there in the app. I could pull it back up at a moment’s notice.”
In addition to paperwork storage, MyDriver serves as a portal for drivers to monitor their pay and CSA score. It also allows drivers to keep up with safety-related responsibilities, such as physical, registration and CDL renewals. Additional features will be added in future app updates.
IMC’s MyDriver app is now available for download! For iPhone users, visit bit.ly/mydriver-ios. For Android users, visit bit.ly/mydriver-android.
Not only did local computer programmer Bob Fortenberry develop the curriculum for Tech901, he is now also one of the largest employers of its graduates.
When Tech901 was in its infancy, FedEx CIO and executive vice president Rob Carter suggested the nonprofit meet with Fortenberry. To read more, visit the Memphis Business Journal.
US beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) have struggled this year to find truckers to haul their containers from congested rail ramps, sparking new demand from shippers to sign long-term deals to lock in dedicated capacity.
Draymen have been stymied by a double whammy this year that is slowing their productivity. The rough winter caused truckers to wait for hours in line to pick up containers from the railroads in Chicago, Memphis, and other key markets. Although the gridlock has eased up recently, trucking companies still complain about how much time is wasted each day tracking down chassis. Read more at the Journal of Commerce.
While tens of thousands of sports entertainment aficionados were throwing down less than a mile away at WrestleMania 34 events at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a couple hundred participants in the 10th anniversary Cargo Connections Conference found themselves grappling with far more serious issues.
The CCC, hosted April 8-10 by the Port of New Orleans at The Chicory event venue, has helped attending industry leaders be better equipped to wrestle with congestion and capacity challenges but left them still worried about uncertain impacts of new U.S. import tariffs while encouraged by projections of a rebound of the breakbulk and multipurpose sector.
To read more, visit the American Journal of Transportation.
PALM DESERT, California – The US intermodal rail supply chain, exceedingly slow this winter, has eased over the last three to four weeks, a welcome relief to beleaguered shippers ueffering from shipment delays ranging from five to 10 business days.
Calmer weather and a downshift in manufacturing following the Lunar New Year provided a pause for an over stressed railroad network. Nevertheless, demand remains elevated and train speeds are about two miles per hour slower, or 4 percent down compared with the prior year, based on conversations with intermodal marketing companies (IMCs) and data from the American Association of Railroads (AAR). Data from the Intermodal Association of North America also showed that volumes were up 8.1 percent in March on a year-over-year and sequential basis, fueled by double-digit growth from February in domestic intermodal and a smaller gain on the international side.
To read more visit the Journal of Commerce.