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.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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 his own hands at NDS.

“When disaster strikes in your own backyard, you must come together as a community. This is when it’s most important to lean on one another to ensure we all get back on our feet.”

–Joe Soto, Owner Operator

As the water rose in Louisiana and Texas following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, IMC Companies began collecting goods to send to La Porte, Texas, where NDS and Gulf Intermodal would serve as distribution centers for families in need.

“We were notified that donations were on the way from Memphis, but the need was growing faster than they could get to Houston,” said James Frederick, VP of business development at NDS. “I was told that Joe and his wife may be able to get additional goods sooner.”

Within hours, Joe and his wife secured multiple refrigerated containers stocked with food from the Houston Food Bank to be placed at NDS, Gulf Intermodal, South Houston’s City Hall and other points of distribution.

“We contacted mayors, judges, senators, public officials, anyone we could get on the phone,” said Joe. “Any connection I had from serving as mayor in South Houston for the past 12 years, I used.”

Soon NDS was also being flooded… with goods from San Antonio and Dallas, and from as far as Mexico and Kentucky. Combined with donations from their IMC Companies family, NDS and Gulf Intermodal were able to serve thousands of families in the area.

“Team members from NDS and Gulf Intermodal volunteered their time after hours and on weekends to deliver goods to individuals in need and assist with donation pickup,” said Joe. “To this day, we’re involved in ongoing relief efforts.”

“Relief could be needed for years to come,” he said. “But, we’ll be right here to help.”

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 to honor those individuals who have helped us achieve that mission during their decades of service.” To read more, visit The Memphis Business Journal.

Chairman explains why his co. is expanding to NYC, Philly

With its latest acquisition, a Memphis-based intermodal logistics company is adding two more dots to its map and establishing a new regional headquarters.

IMC Cos., which coordinates intermodal drayage of international shipments, acquired Dec. 12 the marine drayage and depot operations of New Jersey-based H&M Terminal Transport.

“Our primary interest was expanding in a new market where IMC did not have a presence — the Northeast,” said Mark H. George, chairman of IMC Cos. “They had six locations, and four, we already had a dot on the map. Two, we did not: New York and Philadelphia.” To read more, visit the Memphis Business Journal.

IMC Companies acquires H&M Terminal Transport

(Memphis, TN) – IMC Companies, a Memphis-based leader in nationwide intermodal logistics, has added another top-tier company to its family of brands. Effective December 12, IMC Companies has acquired the drayage and depot operations of H&M Terminal Transport. The company will operate under the name H&M Intermodal Services, 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), Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS), IMC Global Solutions (IGS), Intermodal Cartage Company (IMCG), National Drayage Services (NDS), Ohio Intermodal Services (OIS), Progressive Transportation Services (PTS) and now, H&M Intermodal Services.

With six locations and 140 drivers, this acquisition further solidifies IMC Companies’ position as the largest, privately owned marine drayage company in the United States. In addition, acquiring H&M significantly bolsters the organization’s presence in the Northeastern United States.

“Like us, the H&M team specializes in container drayage,” said Mark H. George, Chairman of IMC Companies. “What’s more, this acquisition enhances our existing national footprint that allows us to handle freight in any major rail or port facility in the United States.”

The acquisition of H&M brings the employee count for IMC Companies to more than 2,100 team members across the nation dedicated to providing exceptional international supply chain solutions.

“I am impressed with H&M’s leadership, history, services, values and team members,” said George, “and I look forward to welcoming their employees into our family.”

About IMC Companies:

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

From high heels to heirloom tomatoes, blockchain technologies will touch everything

If you live off the grid, spend only paper money, tune in AM radio for entertainment and pretty much ignore the steamroller unleashed on everyday life by the Silicon Valley, none of what comes next will make sense.

But only a few years ago someone said to be in the proximity of Beijing conjoined the words block and chain into blockchain, a term for an obscure technical feat. Its purpose: provide a digital wallet for cryptocurrency. To read more, visit the Commercial Appeal.