New ocean carrier alliances pose challenge for logistics manager’s “cargo connections”

Ocean carriers are “bleeding cash” as they rush to stem the flow by aligning themselves in new alliances, says a prominent industry analyst. But will that mad dash be enough for some of the most desperate cases?

“It’s a bit too early to tell,” admits Chas Deller, CEO and Chairman, of 10XOCEANSOLUTIONS, Inc.

To read more visit Logistics Management.

Technology is essential to the future of drayage

IMC Companies’ Chairman Mark H. George spoke to JOC.com in late 2016 about the future of drayage as the industry faces major change on the ocean carrier side and the importance of technology investment as well as his company’s Northeast expansion plans. To view this interview visit the Journal of Commerce.

DCLI to Raise Chassis Fees; Trucking Response Mixed

Direct ChassisLink Inc. will raise daily chassis rates it charges truckign companies to haul contianers from ports in the Southeast, Gulf Coast and Midwest beginning Dec. 15, following similar increases from Trac Intermodal and Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. this summer.

DCLI will raise rates 50 cents in the Southeast and Gulf Coast to $19 and $19.50, respectively, and 75 cents in the Midwest to $20.

To read more, visit Transport Topics.

Trans-Pacific cargo rolled on spot rate strength and late peak-season surge

US importers are riding an increase in rolled cargo, as trans-Pacific eastbound spot rates hold at levels at twice that of some contracted prices and vessel utilization inches up on a late peak-season surge.

While the increased freight rates provide a measure of relief to an ocean carrier industry that is expected to loose as much as $10 billion globally this year, it is uncertain how much longer the current peak-season conditions in Asia-US trade will last. Some carriers are telling shippers that cargo will keep getting rolled through the month, while others are warning to expect spot rate cargo to gain preference over contracted cargo into November, a handful of US importers told JOC.com.

To read more, visit the Journal of Commerce.

IMC Companies Completes National Footprint with Acquisition of Progressive Transportation Services

Memphis-based IMC Companies is adding another top-tier company to its family of brands. Effective July 1, California-based Progressive Transportation Services (PTS) has become part of IMC Companies, a national leader in intermodal logistics. PTS will continue to serve customers throughout the entire west coast market, and will now operate as part of IMC Companies.

This brings the number of brands under the IMC Companies umbrella to nine including Atlantic Intermodal Services (AIS), DNJ Intermodal Services (DNJ), Frederick Intermodal (FI), Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS), IMC Global Solutions (IGS), Intermodal Cartage Company (IMCG), National Drayage Services (NDS), Ohio Intermodal Services (OIS), and now Progressive Transportation Services (PTS).

“A desire to expand our geographic footprint led us to do an extensive search over the past two years to find the right company to give us an established presence in California,” said Mark H George, Chairman of IMC Companies. “We vetted more than 25 companies and chose PTS above all based on their stellar performance record, service offerings and core values that are aligned with those of our organization.”

With locations in Los Angeles, Oakland and Stockton, PTS is an industry leader in California and is the largest container drayage company headquartered in Long Beach, CA. The company also provides container transloading and warehousing services. The acquisition of PTS completes IMC Companies’ national footprint as it can now handle freight in any major rail or port facility in the entire United States. With this acquisition comes the addition of all PTS facilities, rolling stock and the company’s 250 team members. This brings the employee count for IMC Companies to more than 2,000 team members across the nation dedicated to providing international supply chain solutions.

For more information on Progressive Transportation Services, visit www.progressive-transportation.com.

About IMC Companies:
IMC Companies is a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, customs brokerage, truck brokerage, freight forwarding, warehousing, chassis provisioning and secured container storage. To learn more about IMC Companies family of brands, visit www.imccompanies.com.

Lifeblood hosts blood drive for cancer patient

From the Commercial Appeal

Co-workers, friends and family of Lloyd Jones gathered Dec. 3 to honor the transportation veteran with a luncheon and blood drive.

Jones, who has been driving trucks since 1975, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“Our goal with this event was to celebrate his career and his life,” said Barry Bernard, VP of Intermodal Cartage Company. “Forty years is a long time in our industry, so we wanted to commemorate this milestone and also do something to support his battle with cancer.”

The blood drive, held at Intermodal Cartage’s 5707 E. Holmes Road facility, successfully raised 24 units of blood, which was 20 percent more than the day’s goal. A Jackson, Tenn. native, Lloyd and his wife Denise now live in Hernando. They have a blended family of four children, Lloyd (Chip) Jones, Rusty Jones, Brian Maxwell and Jessica Clarke. The couple has ?ve grandchildren and another on the way.

Lloyd has worked as a truck driver since 1975 when he started at McLean Trucking, a company run by Malcolm McLean, the “father of intermodal shipping.” Over the years, Lloyd has won numerous professional awards including Driver of the Year. He has driven for companies such as Ryder, Williamette Industries, TSL and Express America. He has now retired from Intermodal Cartage after seven years of service.

Lloyd’s wife, Denise, serves as apheresis director for Lifeblood, the Memphis region’s only non-pro?t volunteer blood center.

 

Transportation firm to expand in Greensboro

After expanding its Triad work force at a Greensboro office it opened a few years ago, a Charleston, S.C.-based company that specializes in transportation services such as import/export cargo shipments is planning to move to a larger facility nearby by Feb. 1.

Atlantic Intermodal Services opened a 1,500-square-foot office at 3225 Pinecroft Court in 2012, with one crew member and about 10 drivers, said Jeff Banton, company president. To read more, visit the Triad Business Journal.

Turning Trucking Around with Technology

IMC Companies’ Mark George spoke to JOC.com about how technology can help with the truck driver shortage, increase productivity, and the benefits of Memphis as ‘America’s Distribution Center.’ To view the interview CLICK HERE.