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 states…

By John Powers, Journal of Commerce October 2018 Edition. 
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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.

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 www.shipgsa.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.