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Reasons for drayage truck driver shortage and how the right 3PL can help

Aug 12, 2021 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, Port Logistics, Drayage

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The current driver shortage affects every mode of trucking, port drayage included. What you may not realize, however, is that this shortage of drayage drivers is not new – it didn’t begin with COVID-19 or even in the years leading up to the pandemic. In this article, we’ll examine the reasons for the truck driver shortage among drayage drivers and tell you why your transportation provider’s culture is key to sourcing the capacity you need.

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Ship overweight to combat high container shipping rates

Apr 15, 2021 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, Drayage, overweight

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Record-breaking shipping volumes into the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue into Q2 and show no sign of letting up. This has contributed to container shortages and extremely high container shipping rates. In this article, we’ll explore a tactic to help mitigate some of the headaches associated with the current importing landscape: shipping overweight containers.

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West Coast Chassis Pool Challenges at Ports of LA and Long Beach

Mar 25, 2021 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, Port Logistics, Drayage

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As we examined in our recent blog post on port congestion, ports across the U.S. – most notably the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – are experiencing severe backups due to increased import activity after the initial pandemic-related slowdown of 2020. The effects of these backups continue to be felt throughout the supply chains of importers. In this article, we focus on one piece of this port congestion puzzle: the West Coast chassis pools, specifically those at the Ports of LA and Long Beach.

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What types of products benefit from the California Overweight Corridor?

Feb 4, 2021 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, Port Logistics, west coast warehouses, Transportation Strategies, Drayage, overweight, logistics in California

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If you’re importing containers into the U.S., you may be limiting the weight of your containers in order to meet U.S. road weight limits. This is often a mistake as you’re likely shipping more containers than you need to and spending more for the entire import transportation process. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of the shipping overweight containers into the California Overweight Corridor and tell you what types of products make the most sense to ship overweight.

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Navigating Port Congestion Challenges at the Ports of L.A. and Long Beach

Jan 7, 2021 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution, Port Logistics, logistics in California

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The impact of COVID-19 has been felt all along the supply chain. For ocean shipping and import operations, this impact continues to be severe, with ramifications expected to be felt well into 2021. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at one of those ramifications – port congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – and get you up to speed on what’s happening at the Ports and what, if anything, you can do about it.

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Ship Overweight Containers to Reduce Import Costs

Oct 22, 2020 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in West Coast Distribution, Transportation Strategies, Transload, Drayage, overweight

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When importing containers from Asia and other overseas markets, many companies limit their container weights to meet U.S. road weight limits. This is often a mistake as shipping overweight containers can offer you very significant ocean cost savings. In this article, we will examine the benefits of overweight container shipping – and how a 3PL located near your chosen port can help you realize them.

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What port logistics services can a 3PL provide?

Jul 23, 2020 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution, Port Logistics, Transload, 3PL Outsourcing, Drayage, logistics in California

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When you’re importing products into the U.S., there’s a lot that needs to happen before your items hit store shelves or a customer’s doorstep. And it often starts with port logistics services such as those provided by a third-party logistics (3PL) company. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at those services and the options you have for getting your goods quickly from port to consumer.

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How to find refrigerated LTL carriers on the West Coast

Feb 20, 2020 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in West Coast Distribution, Transportation Strategies, 3PL Outsourcing, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking

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In our last blog post, we examined some of the characteristics you should look for in a refrigerated truck carrier – specifically one that specializes in candy and snack products. In this article, we’ll drill down a step further and discuss what you need to look for in refrigerated LTL carriers, particularly those that operate on the West Coast. While most of these characteristics are the same across the country, there are a few West-Coast-specific items to keep an eye on.

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What candy companies should look for in refrigerated truck carriers

Feb 6, 2020 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Food Supply Chain, 3PL Outsourcing, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking

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Candy companies and other food and beverage companies need to move products to retailers ever faster, while remaining compliant with stringent food industry regulations. You can keep pace with these demands by installing effective logistics providers throughout your supply chain. In this article, we’ll examine one set of those providers – refrigerated truck carriers – and help you identify the right one for your business.

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New Enhancements Aim to Speed Container Drayage at Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports

Sep 12, 2019 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, Drayage, supply chain cycle time, logistics in California

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If you’ve been following operations at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in recent years, the trend looks something like this: the Ports continually break new volume records, truck turn times remain high, and officials vow to speed things up.  The calls for speed reached a fever pitch in Q1 of this year as freight piled up at the Ports in the wake of U.S.-China tariff announcements.  Fortunately for shippers, enhancements are in place to speed container drayage in Los Angeles and Long Beach now and in the future.

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