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GULF WINDS’ CONTINUED EXPANSION OFFERS CAPACITY AND SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES
GULF WINDS ADDED 450,000 square feet of cargo handling space in the fi rst quarter of 2012. This recent expansion brings the company’s total to 1.6 million square feet of warehouse space located directly adjacent to port and rail terminal operations in Houston. Gulf Winds’ strategic locations provide unmatched containerized and bulk transload capacity supporting a wide variety of importers, exporters, forwarders and customs brokers across a broad spectrum of industries. The location of these facilities allows clients to maximize cargo weight, reducing freight costs and minimizing fuel-surcharge expenses while taking advantage of the most cost-effective transportation mode. Warehouse operations are supported by a fl eet of more than 250 trucks in Houston and 85 in Dallas, making Gulf Winds the dominant drayage provider in the region. All of Gulf Winds’ tractors are permitted and bonded to haul overweight containers, allowing shippers to maximize cargo weight and save on ocean freight costs. Gulf Winds offers a fl eet of 150 chassis including 20-foot and 40-foot standard and tri-axle equipment providing shippers with an alternative to steamship line and chassis management companies that charge daily fees for the use of their equipment.
The Houston and Dallas operations are supported by more than 30 acres of secure yard space at the BNSF Railway, Union Pacific rail ramps, Barbo-urs Cut, Bayport and Greensport Terminals. Heavy-lift capabilities at Gulf Winds’ port operations provide the ideal location to support the handling of flat-rack and open top cargo needs. In addition, Gulf Winds has the ability to legally move overweight cargo to and from their port operations, offering shippers a great opportunity to minimize permit fees when loading or unloading out-of-gauge cargo.
Gulf Winds provides a technologically advanced, exception-based container management system, giving clients increased visibility throughout the supply chain. Through this service, Gulf Winds has the ability to manage nationwide drayage operations and exchange key data points necessary for effi ciently managing supply chain costs. The company has consistently been able to shorten the supply chain and improve labor planning at the DC, which has supported their strong growth in the Dallas retail market. Customers can view current and historical shipment data on one screen, allowing for more informed decision making throughout the import and export process. In a world of variable costs (demurrage, per-diem, chassis, labor) and tight supply chains, you win with viable information!