Jackie Csiszar - World Shipping, Inc. - Vessel Operations - Great Lakes Vessel Agents - Canadian Vessel Agents

Creating Efficiency – All the Way Through to the Last Mile

Guest Author: Jackie Csiszar, Director Business Development, World Shipping, Inc.

For those of us who work in – and with – the intermodal industry, one thing is clear. Often, the most challenging – and expensive – parts of the process are the first and last miles. I often hear from customers who, prior to working with my team and I at World Shipping, Inc., have experienced gaps in efficiency across the supply chain that cause them deep delays and balloon costs. The World Group difference has always been to innovate on behalf of our customers – connecting modes and expanding the services that count.

Recently I had the opportunity to speak about this topic at the 10th Annual Ohio Conference on Freight, held on August 22-24 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. The session I was a part of (called “Multi-Modal and the Last Mile” with fellow colleagues Bill Eisele of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Gregg Thauvette of the The Great Lakes Towing Company) explored the ways that our companies and organizations have worked to enhance performance and create connectivity from start to finish.

Ohio Conference on Freight - World Shipping, Inc.

It was an honor to share our experience as a leader in finding solutions for moving cargo throughout all modes of transportation – domestically and worldwide. Since 1960, when the St. Lawrence Seaway opened and our founder Jack Hunger recognized the need for vessel operations, we quickly grew into the leading vessel husbandry company in the Great Lakes. Today, we continue to understand the importance of that “first mile” as we service a wide array of customers – a testament to early innovation and a dedication to superior customer service.

We have built strong partnerships with our customers, each of the ports on the Great Lakes that we service (this year, adding all Lake Ontario Ports to our network), U.S. and Canadian Government Officials, along with many vendors who service these vessels. These types of relationships combine with our extensive track record in this region to allow us to be the premier partner to anyone moving freight – or thinking about doing so – in the region. This directly translates to our ability to help customers save money while conducting “last mile” transactions in the Great Lakes

Finally, I had a chance to showcase one of World Shipping’s newest examples of innovating to stay a step ahead of customer requests: The WDS Container Transload Facility (CTF). This one-of-a-kind logistics hub located in Columbus, Ohio perfectly brings together all services to support the process through the “last mile.”

It was a pleasure to be invited to share our story at the 10th Annual Ohio Conference on Freight. I look forward to more opportunities to come!

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WDS Expands Warehouse Network with Opening of Brand New Facility in Savannah, Georgia Next to the Port of Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA (June 7, 2016) – World Distribution Services is proud to announce the opening of their new facility close to the Gateway of American Commerce, the Port of Savannah, in Savannah, Georgia. The expansion in Savannah adds to the world-class logistics network and well-established warehousing footprint that WDS has in the United States.

“We look forward to elevating our service offerings through our expansion in this market,” says WDS Vice President, John Morrow.  “This facility exhibits many exciting features such as: 100,000 square feet, 12 dock doors, 28’ clear height, expansive trailer parking and easy access to all major freeways. Our proximity to port allows for quick freight turnaround times and the ability to meet last minute export shipments.”

Morrow continues: “This strategic expansion demonstrates the commitment WDS has to offering shippers and freight forwarders a single source for logistics solutions using the interconnected warehousing network that WDS has built across the U.S. With the Savannah facility, we now have a new hub for American commerce.”

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz expands on this, providing impressive stats about the “Gateway to American Commerce. “The Port of Savannah is centrally located to serve the U.S. Southeast – the fastest growing region in the nation. This is illustrated by the fact that 22% of the U.S. population and industry is best served by the Port of Savannah and 44% are within easy reach of the inland connectivity infrastructure. As cargo demands parallel the population growth of this region, efficient access to trade via Georgia’s ports will become even more vital.”
Port of Savannah
Dale Young, Regional Operations Manager for WDS reflects the same enthusiasm for the partnership between WDS and the Port of Savannah. “We are very excited to begin offering services to our valued customers in the Savannah market! The work that the Georgia Ports Authority has done to grow the Port of Savannah and position it to take advantage of new market opportunities now and in the future, played a large role in our decision to locate our new facility here in Savannah. The Port has been a great partner throughout this process, and we look forward to growing that partnership and becoming an active member in the local maritime logistics community.”The new facility will be located at 47 Sonny Perdue Drive Garden City, Georgia.
Port of Savannah

TankBag Launches Innovative Liner for ISO Tank Containers – Optimizes Fleet Utilization, Eliminates Prior Cargo Restrictions & Guarantees Product Integrity For Bulk Liquid Shippers

CLEVELAND, OH (March 31, 2016) – TankBagproudly announces the launch of its Single-Use Liner for ISO Tanks, providing an innovative solution for bulk liquid shippers & operators to optimize their fleet. TankBag for bulk liquid logistics eliminates prior cargo restrictions critical for product integrity and cleaning costs for tough to clean products.

Waldemar Finke, General Manager, TankBag (USA) LLC, further explains the new product’s benefits: “It’s becoming more and more difficult for operators to provide the right tank, in the right place.  TankBagprovides essentially a brand new tank for every load – meeting FOSFA, FDA, EU Food, and Kosher requirements, as well as sensitive pharmaceutical product requirements.  Further, it enables operators to have a clean tank available without expensive positioning, providing clean tanks in areas where cleaning is not an option, or where the cost of cleaning is prohibitive.  It will dramatically reduce the number of empty container transports while increasing fleet utilization.”


Innovation for Bulk Liquid Logistics

Fred Hunger, Chief Executive Officer, TankBag, elaborates on Finke’s statement, explaining: “TankBag is a game changer for ISO tank shippers, the operators, and the bulk liquid logistics industry as a whole.  We have examples where shippers utilizing IBC’s due to product integrity issues, can now realize the economies of scale achieved with ISO tanks.  So this innovation can also have the impact of expanding the ISO tank market.  All the strength and safety of an ISO Tank is now enhanced with TankBag – and is backed by the tested and proven approach of our R&D methodology and manufacturing process.”

Simple Process. Tested & Proven Results.

The TankBag liner is loaded and discharged by a pump using a loading hose through the manlid.  The simple loading process will be completed in 30-45 minutes. Discharging is straightforward and takes approximately the same amount of time.

The product is manufactured using a high-quality food-grade polyethylene, made from 100% virgin resin. The polypropylene valve, coupling and flanges are all made using proprietary molds by TankBag (USA) LLC. This innovative product provides all the strength and safety of an ISO Tank plus the tested and proven product safety of the TankBag.

TankBag ISO Tank liners are available immediately.

View product information and watch the demo video at www.TankBag.net.


About TankBag (USA) LLC.

TankBag offers an innovative solution for shippers of bulk liquids – a liner for ISO Tanks that eliminates prior cargo restrictions and difficult (and expensive) ISO Tank cleaning. TankBag turns every ISO Tank into a guaranteed FOSFA, FDA and EU food compliant and Kosher certified tank container. With TankBag, clean ISO Tanks are available even in the absence of tank cleaning facilities. It reduces the number of empty container transports, while optimizing ISO Tank fleet utilization. The product is manufactured using a high-quality food-grade polyethylene, made from 100% virgin resin. The polypropylene valve, coupling and flanges are made using proprietary molds by TankBag (USA) LLC. This allows the company to monitor production and deliver a superior product to the customer. For more information, please visit www.TankBag.net.

TankBag (USA) LLC is a subsidiary of World Shipping Inc., an industry leader since 1960 with over 55 years of market experience dedicated to providing innovative cargo transportation and freight services while delivering the highest level of customer service available in the industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, The World Group provides seamless end-to-end solutions with maximum control of the supply chain. For more information, please visit www.WorldShipping.com.


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