August was the beginning of a slow month for the freight business for a couple of reasons. With August being a month that doesn’t have any notable holidays, or any upcoming events that could speed production, a lot of slow moving business and cargo kind of find their way into the mix. Part of this is from a large impact from select European countries that take an extended vacation time, varying between the end of July and most August. Not only the activities in Europe, but the United States also had its fair share of issues as well with the quick approach of Hurricane Harvey.
Very prominent carriers overseas in Europe came to a halt this past August, giving their employees their yearly vacation time. During this vacation time, the whole industry slows as a whole, because of the workers obviously not working. This vacation time slowed freight tremendously because of the large companies being located in the countries that took this extended monthly break.
Just when things start to pick back up in the industry, the Gulf Coast was hit hard with a strong Hurricane named Harvey. Harvey hit the Texas coast as a category five hurricane, flooding the plains and ruining others homes. Not only affecting the people, but the industry itself was hurt as well. Flooding both Port Beaumont and Arthur, shipping ocean and air both had stopped for close to a week. The flooding also caused fuel prices to fly way high across the entire east coast, being one of the main intakes of oil from the gulf.
August’s events have been crucial to the growth and consistency of not only smaller companies, but as well as larger companies who receive often from overseas. Now that September is rolling through, we could be expecting things to return to normal in the industry, so we hope.
Over the course of the past 3 months, Elite Logistics workload has been doubled since building a partnership with a major notable carrier, to help move their freight in a more efficient manner. Not many companies get this opportunity, but this is just another branch of connections built since Elite's own Justin Taylor winning the 2017 ATL Cargo Person of the Year award, held by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.. Once a name is recognized, people soon learn for what goes on behind the name. This just proves this is not just a "Justin Taylor" thing, this is an "Elite" thing.
"People thought i was crazy," says Taylor, " as soon as I walked in this warehouse, I had tape, scattered everywhere on the floor, mapping out exactly where everything was going to go, racks and all." I am sure that no one could have predicted the growth in such a small time. The warehouse would soon go from being loaded with just about 600,000 lbs to over a million in one month.
Although these numbers are merely numbers to Justin, who during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, moved frequently high volumes of freight through the entirety of Georgia. Knowing what it feels like to move lots of freight at once definitely helped ease the quick transition into place.
The respect earned by people and companies around the airport has been overwhelming and heartwarming, which gives this small town company, a big time name. Now not only do they have a very sturdy track record, they also have an efficiently proven one as well, with the numbers to prove it.
Such an honor to be awarded 2017 Atlanta Air Cargo Person of the Year.