Lawmakers Working to Boost Local Logistics, Transportation Sectors

Lawmakers representing the Memphis area on both the state and federal levels are taking steps to help the area’s transportation and logistics sectors in 2017 – from a second swipe at a federal grant to redevelop Lamar Avenue to the resubmission of a state bill that would incentivize companies for reducing wait times for truck drivers.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is working on the second attempt at the FASTLANE Grant after the U.S. Department of Transportation turned down the state’s first application in June. The $180 million would have gone toward the $300 million redevelopment of the Lamar Avenue corridor of U.S. 78, which remains constricted for trucking flow.

To read more, visit The Daily News.

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.

Atlantic Intermodal Services Named Mid-Atlantic Trucking Company of the Year by Evergreen

Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation recently announced that it awarded Atlantic Intermodal Services with the prestigious Trucking Company of the Year award for the Mid-Atlantic region. In a congratulatory letter to AIS, Evergreen’s president, Roy Amalfitano, noted that, “Atlantic Intermodal Service’s consistent level of performance as a transportation partner has earned this recognition.”

AIS president, Jeff Banton, noted that, “This award goes to our entire Norfolk Region who continually provides stellar service and handles the Mid-Atlantic region for Evergreen.” Team members from the Greensboro office at AIS include Sue Collins, Ashley Madden, William Miller and Kelly Smith. Team members from the Norfolk office at AIS include Frank Borum, Lauren Forbes, Susie Gresham, Janet Hirsch, Shelby Iniguez, George Jurak, Gerry Mills and Brooke Rutherford. Thank-you also to the hardworking drivers in the Norfolk Region that delivered the service.

Atlantic Intermodal Services is part of the IMC Companies family of brands, a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, customs house 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. For more information on Atlantic Intermodal Services, visit www.atlanticintermodal.com.

David Ulloa in Good Health Magazine

David Ulloa, 38
Technology solutions at IMC Companies, LLC

Sport: Running, trail cycling, futbol (soccer), karate (goju-ryu), and of course team training (gravity, industrial strength and afterburn)

Support: Definitely my wonderful wife. Plus, my trainer Marketa and the wild 5 a.m. DAC team training guys and gals.

To read more, visit Good Health Magazine.

From 'a desk and a telephone' to $300 million in revenue

Despite having more than 2,000 employees in multiple cities and close to $300 million in revenue, Mark George, chairman of IMC Cos., attributes his business’ success to one simple thing:

“Being in the right place at the right time with the right idea has a lot to do with the success of IMC,” George says.

To read more, visit the Memphis Business Journal.

Keeping Quality Chassis on the Road

When it comes to intermodal highway transport, there’s a close link between safety and productivity. Members of IANA’s Maintenance and Repair Committee and IANA leadership, all agree their top priority is a safer, more productive industry.

Three committee task forces have primary responsibilities in the areas of chassis safety, maintenance and productivity. They are the Road Ready Chassis Task Force, the Intermodal Chassis DVIR Standards Task force and the Chassis Mechanic Qualification Task Force.

To read more, visit Intermodal Insights.

Incentive sought to keep trucks rolling

Brandon Musso believes reduced trucker waiting times at warehouse docks could make a dent in the national truck driver shortage.

Musso wants to start with Tennessee by creating a state tax incentive for shippers to reduce downtimes for truckers picking up and dropping off loads of freight.

A logistics director for third party logistics provider Re-Trans, Musso jotted down the idea one night while brainstorming solutions to a growing shortfall of truck drivers. It would grant shippers a 2 percent tax credit on line-haul freight costs when truckers are kept waiting less than two hours on each end of a haul. Musso persuaded lawmakers to translate his idea into legislation, which was introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly last week. Senate Majority leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, introduced it in Senate and Rep. Karen Camper, D-Memphis, is the House sponsor.

“I was just tired of seeing the drivers disrespected,” said Musso, 35 a New Orleans native and Christian Brothers University graduate.

Truck drivers typically make money when they’re rolling, but an average 20 percent of their time is spent waiting, Musso said.

Waiting times are a hot topic among drivers on trucking industry message boards. Wasted hours have been blamed for sapping productivity and causing safety violations as drivers try to make up for lost time.

If waits are reduced, drivers can log more miles and make more money, helping trucking companies by making a career at the wheel of a big rig more attractive.

The American Trucking Associations projects the nation will be short 175,000 drivers by 2024 if current trends continue: veteran driers leaving and younger people steering clear of the occupation.

Musso estimates his program could increase driver refenue potential by $15,000 to $20,000 a year and add 2,500 to 5,000 jobs over five years through greater efficiency.

“This doesn’t disadvantage anybody in the chain,” Musso said.

Musso initially approached U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, who suggested that he start with Tennessee lawmakers.

Camper said, “It make me think about all the conversation I’ve had with independent truck drivers, the small guys who have their own small firms, and some of the issues they have to deal with sometimes. I thought this would be an opportunity to really take a close look and maybe revolutionize how we deal with this turnaround issue.”

Joel Henry, president of Memphis based Intermodal Cartage Company, said, “This bill would be a direct and indirect win for multiple parties. And the benefits would have a positive ripple effect. A more productive truck can deliver more cargo during the same work period, which means greater efficiencies all around. These efficiencies eliminate the need for additional trucks. Less trucks equals less emissions. Fewer trucks on our highways and interstates reduces wear and tear on our roads. Less road congestion provides for safer highways for everyone.”

Musso said he realizes the idea may not make it into law, but he’s hoping it will be at least a step in the right direction. “I’m not saying it’s a fix nationally, but it’s a start.”

Memphis logistics firm IMC to set up shop near Rickenbacker

The Memphis-based logistics firm IMC Cos. plans to enter the Columbus market in mid-February, providing forwarding, warehousing and other services out of Ohio Intermodal Services’ location on Williams Road near Rickenbacker International Airport.

The company expects to have about two dozen company-employed and -contracted drivers, along with a small office staff.

To read more, visit the Columbus Dispatch.

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.