Money can’t solve US landside bottlenecks in container shipping

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.

Trade Nexus: Inland potential expands in Memphis

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… Read more »

IMC Companies Awarded “Best In Benefits” In The Mid-South

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… Read more »

Jeffrey Holmes Saved Time and Gas Thanks to the MyDriver App

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.”… Read more »

How a tech entrepreneur is helping develop, hire local IT talent

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.

Searching for trucks, BCOs turn to dedicated drayage

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… Read more »

Capacity challenges, tariff impacts grappled with at New Orleans event

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… Read more »

US intermodal rail fluidity improves, but larger questions remain

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… Read more »

Joe Soto helps lead Hurricane Relief Efforts in Houston

In an instant, lives can change drastically. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. In times of trouble, it’s how you react and act that can make all the difference. So, when Hurricane Harvey flooded homes and businesses in late August, devastating the lives of citizens in and around Houston, Joe Soto took relief efforts into… Read more »

IMC Companies celebrates longtime team members

IMC Companies LLC recently held its annual Christmas party, with staffers from the intermodal company’s family of brands gathering at the FedEx Event Center in Shelby Farms Park to recognize longtime team members. “We strive for the highest standards of service in the intermodal industry,” said IMC chairman Mark H. George. “And, we are proud… Read more »