Journal of Commerce
November 25, 2014
Shippers face another round of potential woes even after their stalled containers move from congested Los Angeles-Long Beach via intermodal rail to Chicago.
The surge of intermodal volume from Southern California to Chicago ahead of the holiday shopping season could be too much for Windy City drayage drivers, and some shippers could get hit with demurrage charges because of a lack of trucking capacity. Demurrage fees on containers and chassis range generally between $100 and $175.
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The Commercial Appeal
September 21, 2014
Shawn Gross took a smoke break as IMC Companies founder and chairman Mark George scrubbed the big rig that Gross is leasing to own under a program aimed at attracting and retaining truck drivers.
Returning from Kansas City, Gross rolled into IMC’s southeast Shelby County terminal in the middle of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and a full-on red carpet treatment.
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When Joel Tracy was earlier this year named to the newly minted position of chief information officer at IMC Cos., he was tasked with bringing the logistics company into a new age.
Technology is becoming increasingly important in the intermodal industry, Tracy says. The industry and IMC Cos. are growing quickly, and its larger customers are expecting tracking services like when they make personal buys online.
“They want transparency, no matter what size the package,” he says. “It’s become expected. Business that satisfy that need are going to have customers who are much more loyal and satisfied with your business. They are the ones who are going to return.”
Tracy, who spent 21 years in different positions at FedEx Corp. before joining IMC Cos., says he sticks to a few rules to handle the challenges of his field.
“In my line of work, when you’re trying to run an (information technology) group, organization or whatever it is, you have to understand the times are changing,” Tracy says. “You can’t take a year to deliver a product. My philosophy is to never take on a project that takes more than six months.”
He wouldn’t go into the IT projects IMC Cos. is currently working on, but he says mobile technology for drivers is one of the big industry trends right now, as well as the ability to track engine metrics.
Memphis Business Journal
October 17, 2014
What company does: Provide solutions for the intermodal supply chain, including container drayage, customs house brokerage, freight forwarding, chassis provisioning and secured container storage.
Your role: Managing change, planning for and implementing new business processes, strategic planning, financial reporting, banking, acquisitions, analysis and governance of administrative services.
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