ELIZABETH, NJ – March 14, 2023 – East Coast Warehouse & Distribution (East Coast Warehouse), a leading temperature-controlled logistics provider to the food and beverage industry, announced today that its sister company, Safeway Trucking Corporation (Safeway), has partnered with BlueCargo, a logistics SaaS platform that optimizes the entire container workflow from port to warehouse.
The partnership will be a time saver for customers of Safeway, one of the nation’s largest container drayage providers, offering fast, reliable, and cost-effective drayage, full truckload, less-than-truckload, transportation management, and final mile delivery services across the contiguous United States, as it will help alleviate the additional costs and fees resulting from port congestion.
“Over the last few years, we have seen record high volume in U.S. terminals, which has created port congestion, a backlog of empty return containers, and limited appointments for container pick-ups,” said Ed Cole, Senior Vice President of Transportation at East Coast Warehouse, who oversees Safeway Trucking. “Our partnership with BlueCargo will allow us to provide customers with real-time container level detail to streamline their operations, make the drayage process more efficient, and accurately document these impacts so they can avoid unnecessary fees.”
BlueCargo connects any importer, logistics provider, or drayage carrier on its platform to move cargo on time at the ports and decrease accessorial and per diem fees. With the BlueCargo platform, Safeway dispatchers can secure first available appointments for pick-up/empty returns and can provide customers with the necessary proof to dispute unreasonable per diem charges. The platform will integrate with Safeway’s existing transportation management system (TMS) to avoid duplicate work in managing containers.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Safeway Trucking to help them provide drayage cost transparency to their customers,” said Alexandra Griffon, CEO of BlueCargo. “As companies are looking to streamline their operations, BlueCargo is the only platform that can help monitor, forecast and mitigate accessorial fees, including demurrage, detention, and per diem.”
BlueCargo just announced the completion of a new round of funding that will allow the company to expand its geographic footprint in North America, invest in its core technology, and continue attracting top talent in the areas of product and engineering, industry experts, and business leaders.
For more information on Safeway and its services, please visit www.safewaytrucking.com.
About East Coast Warehouse & Distribution
For more than 65 years, East Coast Warehouse & Distribution has served as a preeminent third-party (3PL) logistics provider, offering integrated temperature-controlled logistics services to food and beverage importers. Its state-of-the-art facilities, totaling 72 million cubic feet, strategically located on the Ports of New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Savannah, expedited customs exam services, transportation capabilities and value-added services offers clients a 3PL end-to-end solution that is sophisticated and seamless. In January 2022, East Coast Warehouse partnered with and received an investment from Equity Group Investments, the private investment firm of Sam Zell. For more information, please visit www.eastcoastwarehouse.com.
Founded in 2018, BlueCargo is the premier platform to monitor, forecast, and mitigate demurrage and detention fees at the port. The company builds software to help carriers, shippers, and logistics companies move equipment in and out of the port terminals faster. For more information, please visit www.bluecargo.io.
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