Crux Systems Insights

One and done

November 17, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Logistics, Terminals

Regardless of whether you're importing a few hundred containers into the Los Angeles area, or you're importing thousands of containers into multiple regions across the US and Canada, tracking your cargo should be the easiest part of your job.

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What's in a shipping container number

October 23, 2017 by Hubert Yee |

Shipping

There are 34.5 million shipping containers in the global fleet, and nearly 19 million containers enter the US every year carrying just about any type of product you can imagine. Using a unique number made up of four letters and seven digits assigned to each container, we track these...

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The name of the game: high throughput

October 18, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

Logistics, Terminals

One thing just about everyone in logistics can agree on is that they want their supply chain to be more efficient. It's clear that if you're better at managing your supply chain, you're going to reduce operating expenses and inventory carrying costs, and be more profitable.
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Storms and uncertainty

October 12, 2017 by Hubert Yee |

Logistics

Hurricane season officially lasts through November 30, but it's already been one of the most active storm seasons on record. In the past few months, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and most recently, Hurricane Nate, all impacted supply chains to varying degrees.

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Understanding your container status

October 11, 2017 by Siri Casper |

Terminals, shipping lines, and freight brokers have different sets of rules that determine whether a container is "available" or not. That can leave you with conflicting information, depending on the source.

To ensure we have the most up-to-date information about your containers, we ...

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Using your watchlist

October 5, 2017 by Siri Casper |

Logistics

The watchlist allows you to easily manage all the containers you're tracking. From this view, you have the ability to:

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When hurricanes hit: what the warnings mean

September 6, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

Logistics, Terminals

It’s hurricane season, which can mean major disruptions to your supply chain (and your life, if you live in the path of a major storm). Several different agencies, from the US Coast Guard to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, issue warnings and advisories about major...

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Webhook update: vessel data

August 31, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Logistics, Shipping

If you're tracking containers, you also need to track the vessels they're on. With the latest update to our webhook, you can now receive vessel information for your container shipments, giving you better visibility into what's happening with your containers.

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Tracking your cargo during Hurricane Harvey

August 30, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Logistics

As Texas continues to get hit by rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the movement of goods has ground to a halt in the region. The Port of Houston remains closed at least through tomorrow, rail traffic has been suspended, and many roads are impassible. 

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Container holds and what they mean for your cargo

August 11, 2017 by Siri Casper |

Logistics

If a hold is placed on your cargo, it won’t be leaving the terminal until the issue has been resolved. Here’s what you need to know about some of the more common types of holds, and how to handle them. Terminal holds If you have a demurrage fee on a container, it isn’t technically a...
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