JACKSONVILLE, Fla .– When it comes to finding the most efficient ways to get everyday merchandise and everyday items to shelves, Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) attracts a lot of attention these days.
Its lack of congestion in relation to the northern and western ports is prompting companies to consider moving their activities to the port.
Action News Courtney Cole of Jax reports that so far two container ships have brought their business to JAXPORT.
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They are able to unload due to the space available.
One has already arrived last month and the next is due for the first week of December.
With the abundance of containers and cargo comes another goal: to drive freight from the port to your store shelves.
Hot dogs aren’t the only popular item on the Jock’s Dogs and More menu.
“You have the sausages, then the beef hot dogs, then the burgers sometimes come first! Russell Cunningham said with passion.
This customer demand means more trips to the grocery store for Cunningham; and with the continuing supply chain problems, these trips have become more expensive.
“In dollars, we’ve probably increased $ 15, $ 20 per case of hot dogs from a year ago… a year and a half ago when the pandemic started,” Cunningham said.
AGX Freight, a freight brokerage network, is one of the companies that makes sure food is on the shelves when Cunningham makes his next trip.
“Our large accounts are grocery and electronics accounts – a lot of big box electronics. We’re actually the truck drivers who bring these televisions and appliances to the big boxes, ”said Ike Sherlock.
Sherlock is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of AGX Freight, a company that works closely with JAXPORT.
“Get the freight out of the port and help get it distributed across the country,” Sherlock told Action News Jax.
While JAXPORT’s lack of congestion opened it up to the opportunity to work with new companies, this presented another challenge.
“When you see shortages, things that don’t end up on the shelves, people talk about it. In our industry, we’ve been talking about this for a long time. We need more truck drivers, ”Sherlock said.
It’s a challenge that prompted Cunningham to plan strategically.
“One day you come in, he’s available and you don’t need him at that time. And you come back in the next two or three days to get it, and it’s not available, ”Cunningham explained to Cole.
Sherlock said the number of truck drivers they need is not yet critical.
However, as the East Coast prepares to accept more cargo due to congestion at western ports, it does not want to come to this.
“We don’t know how long it’s going to be and so on, so I just take one day at a time and just make sure I can make a profit,” Cunningham said.
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Sherlock said their company currently operates 150 trucks.
At this point, there wouldn’t be too many trucks and truck drivers, because there is just so much cargo to haul.
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