Turning trucking around with Technology

IMC Companies’ Chairman Mark H George spoke with the Journal of Commerce about how technology can help with the truck driver shortage, increase productivity, and the benefits of Memphis as ‘America’s Distribution Center.’

To view, visit the Journal of Commerce video library HERE.

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.

IMC Global Solutions buys North Carolina Furniture Association

(Memphis, TN) – IMC Global Solutions (IGS), a member of the IMC Companies family of brands announced this week that it has officially acquired Global Shippers Association (GSA), an established leader in the import of home furnishings.  This significant acquisition will more than double the size of IGS.

“For some time, we have been seeking out opportunities to expand our reach and customer base,” says IGS president Mason George.  “GSA presented a prime opportunity to purchase a company whose customers fully appreciate the value of shipping with an efficiencies-focused logistics expert.”

In addition, GSA customers will now have access to the comprehensive suite of services offered by the IMC Companies family of brands including customs house brokerage, truck brokerage and access to more than 1,500 drivers.

GSA will continue to operate as an association with the same leadership team, and they will continue to be dedicated to the import of home furnishings.

“We are pleased to welcome into our family a like-minded organization that focuses on maximizing efficiencies, providing competitive value and superior customer service,” says Mark H George, Chairman of IMC Companies.  “I commend Mason and his team for the foresight and hard work it took to finalize this deal.  Through his leadership, IGS is creating a platform for IMC Companies to provide a more complete transportation solution for import/export customers, enabling us to remain focused on leading the industry in international trade.”

For more information about Global Shippers Association, visit dev-shipgsa.imcc.com.

IMC Companies is 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

IMC Companies Expands into Warehousing

Effective June 1, 2015, IMC Companies opened a warehouse facility in excess of 110,000 square feet in La Porte, TX through its Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS) brand which has locations in Houston, Laredo, Mobile, New Orleans, Gulfport, and San Antonio. The warehouse is only minutes from Barbours City and Bay Port terminals.

This facility is secure, has a best-in-class WMS system and offers ancillary services such as covered flatbed loading and unloading. The expansion is part of IMC Companies’ commitment to continually grow its scope of services and address client needs.

Transloading international shipments at the port is the fastest growing segment of the import/export trade. GIS is the first company in the IMC Companies family of brands to venture into this space.

“As an industry leader, we were eager to invest in growing our business to include this service,” says Mark H George, Chairman of IMC Companies. “This strategic move will allow us to provide enhanced services to our customers and to expand our offerings within the gulf and nationally.”

The leadership team at GIS has decades of experience in owning and overseeing professional warehousing facilities, with expertise spanning across a variety of commodities including apparel, electronics, medical supplies, lumber and more.

“GIS president Will Connell is the perfect fit to lead our organization in this development given the fifteen years of warehouse experience he had before he joined our team a decade ago,” says George. “His expertise in international shipping gives him extraordinary insight into our industry and key growth opportunities such as this recent expansion.”

About Gulf Intermodal Services
Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS) provides professional drayage services in Houston, TX; Laredo, TX; Mobile, AL; New Orleans, LA; Gulfport, MS; and San Antonio, TX. GIS is part of the IMC Companies family of brands, a national intermodal logistics specialist focused on international shipments. For more information on GIS, visit www.gulfintermodal.com.

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

IMC Cos. leases Lenox suite

Memphis Business Journal
March 20, 2015

IMC Cos., a Memphis-based container drayage, equipment management and logistics solutions company, is expanding its footprint in Lenox Office Park.

March 13, DBA Hart Contractors LLC filed a $26,695 tenant infill-building permit for suite 214 consisting of 2,281 rentable square feet (rsf).

To read more, visit the Memphis Business Journal.

DNJ Intermodal Purchases Indianapolis Container Depot

St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
March 10, 2015

DNJ Intermodal has reached an agreement with M&M Transport to purchase the company’s first container depot in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The depot spans 11 acres, is lighted, highly secure and includes two lifts.  M&M Transport is a maintenance and repair company and will continue to remain on site to provide quality equipment repairs.

DNJ has also opened a 3-acre lot in Wausau, Wisconsin, which is about 300 miles from Chicago.  This lot is used to drop and store containers for delivery by local drivers.

To read more, visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Potential Chicago drayage shortage awaits LA-LB shippers

Journal of Commerce
November 25, 2014

Shippers face another round of potential woes even after their stalled containers move from congested Los Angeles-Long Beach via intermodal rail to Chicago.

The surge of intermodal volume from Southern California to Chicago ahead of the holiday shopping season could be too much for Windy City drayage drivers, and some shippers could get hit with demurrage charges because of a lack of trucking capacity. Demurrage fees on containers and chassis range generally between $100 and $175.

To read more, visit the Journal of Commerce.

West Coast port congestion ripples to Memphis

The Commercial Appeal 
October 29, 2014

Equipment shortages, drawn-out labor negotiations and rail delays are backing up shipments at Los Angeles ports where as much as 20 percent of the country’s imports arrive.

The delays threaten retailers’ profits during a season that generates about a fifth of annual sales. Plus, there looks to be fewer items for Santa to spread under the tree.

To read more visit The Commercial Appeal.

Information technology takes intermodal industry into future

Memphis Business Journal 
October 17, 2014

When Joel Tracy was earlier this year named to the newly minted position of chief information officer at IMC Cos., he was tasked with bringing the logistics company into a new age.

Technology is becoming increasingly important in the intermodal industry, Tracy says. The industry and IMC Cos. are growing quickly, and its larger customers are expecting tracking services like when they make personal buys online.

“They want transparency, no matter what size the package,” he says. “It’s become expected. Business that satisfy that need are going to have customers who are much more loyal and satisfied with your business. They are the ones who are going to return.”

Tracy, who spent 21 years in different positions at FedEx Corp. before joining IMC Cos., says he sticks to a few rules to handle the challenges of his field.

“In my line of work, when you’re trying to run an (information technology) group, organization or whatever it is, you have to understand the times are changing,” Tracy says. “You can’t take a year to deliver a product. My philosophy is to never take on a project that takes more than six months.”

He wouldn’t go into the IT projects IMC Cos. is currently working on, but he says mobile technology for drivers is one of the big industry trends right now, as well as the ability to track engine metrics.