Supply Chain Focus: Are You Ready For The Chinese New year?

1/17/17 9:51 AM

As most of North America is getting into the swing of a new year, the Chinese will soon be celebrating the beginning of a new lunar calendar. The "Year of the Rooster," which begins on January 28, will bring about a standstill in manufacturing and freight movement in and out of the world's primary production center.

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Topics: International, Shipping Tips, Supply Chain, Importing

Asia-Memphis Express Expands With Improved Service From South China

5/24/16 9:00 AM

An innovative combination of ocean service and inland transportation that cuts transit times by up to 10 days, the Asia-Memphis Express has set the bar of excellence for LCL service from Asia to the Southeast for several years.

Now, we are proud to announce that we have expanded this cost-efficient service to provide customers with greater access from South China and Guangdong Province with weekly departures from the Port of Yantian.

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Topics: International, Service, Importing, Asia-Memphis Express

3 Key Takeaways from TPM 2016

3/9/16 7:00 AM

Leaders and cargo movers from across the international shipping industry were out in full force this year for the Journal of Commerce's 16th TPM (Trans-Pacific Maritime) Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA. In the thick of it all was Charlie McGee, Averitt's vice president of international solutions.

After four days of making the rounds and sitting through discussions to size up the industry's concerns and outlook for 2016, McGee delivers his three major takeaways from TPM:

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Topics: International, PortSide, Industry News, Importing, exporting

How The Power Of One Helps Drive Fishers Finery To Retail Success

3/1/16 1:16 PM

Customer Testimonial: Supply Chain Success In The Retail World

Craig Barnell, General Manager of Connecticut-based Fishers Finery, utilizes the services of Averitt Express on many different levels. From importing to warehousing and delivery, "The Power of One" gives Barnell the peace of mind that comes from the knowledge that he has: One Contact. One Invoice. One Partner.

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Topics: Video Testimonial, PortSide, Customer Testimonials and Recognition, Supply Chain, Retail, Importing

International Market Update: Ocean Rate Roller Coaster and Merger mania

1/12/16 8:17 AM

Ups and Downs of Ocean Rates

2015 WILL LIKELY BE RECORDED AS THE MOST VOLATILE YEAR IN THE HISTORY OF CONTAINERIZED OCEAN SHIPPING.

During the peak of the West Coast ILWU/PMA labor dispute that was reached in February of 2015, backlogs and congestion reached from both shores of North America all the way back to the containers stacked up in Asia awaiting a slot on a vessel that had been long delayed by the gridlock on the West Coast and the sheer volume that was diverted and moving via East and Gulf Coast ports, container rates had skyrocketed to a level never seen before.  Many desperate shippers were willing to pay almost any price to get their cargo moving.

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Topics: International, PortSide, Importing, exporting

Fixing the Supply Chain Model

1/4/16 7:00 AM


The 2014/2015 West Coast port labor disruptions pushed importers and transportation/supply chain providers to work hard on fixing what had become a broken model, says Charlie McGee, Averitt's Vice President, International Solutions.

He spoke to JOC.com's Alessandra Barrett at the 2015 JOC Inland Distribution Conference about risk tolerance and expectations for 2016.

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Topics: PortSide, Supply Chain, Importing