With JAXPORT’s access to 140 ports worldwide and four weekly container services between Asia and Jacksonville, Florida, firms are finding service benefits when routing their retail supply chain through JAXPORT to markets in Florida and across the Eastern Seaboard.
In this excerpt from the Summer 2018 issue of JAXPORT Magazine, retailers highlighted how JAXPORT provides transportation solutions:
Randall Donlen is Director of Global Transportation for Tapestry, Inc., whose brands include Coach and Kate Spade. Donlen said, “With one of Tapestry’s primary distribution centers located in close proximity to JAXPORT, ocean carrier capacity into this port is very important to us. The continuing consolidations in the carrier market concern us, so we were pleased to see the recent expansion of vessel service options from our key origins into JAXPORT, particularly with the new carrier, ONE.”
Donlen added, “Not only does this support additional origins with direct calls, it helps mitigate risks associated with relying too much on a narrow selection of services. The ongoing collaboration between JAXPORT and the carriers to expand and improve services will be a benefit to everyone, including the community and businesses in the region.”
Havertys Furniture Companies, Inc. Vice President Global Supply Chain Abir Thakurta said, “The Florida markets are important to our business. The diversity of customer needs from coast to coast is a challenge. Our ability to bring in regionalized merchandise directly to our expanded distribution center in Lakeland, Fla., is important in meeting that challenge. The increase in service capacity through JAXPORT has helped us more quickly and efficiently make a broader and targeted assortment of products available for delivery to our customers.”
Many retailers are taking advantage of the seamless transportation solutions found in Jacksonville. JAXPORT terminals integrate with dozens of ocean carriers, three U.S. interstates, on-dock rail, 40 daily trains and more than 100 trucking and drayage firms.