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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 46 Journal of Commerce | August 28, 2023 www.joc.com NEW YORK–NEW JERSEY TRADE AND LOGISTICS EAST COAST WAREHOUSE & Distribution (ECW) is proud to serve as the trusted name in transportation and warehousing. Headquartered in Elizabeth, NJ, East Coast Warehouse's state- of-the-art Safe Quality Food- (SQF) certified facilities, expedited US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) exam services, and transportation capabilities offer a sophisticated, seamless end-to- end solution. With 72 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled space; access to multiple port-centric locations across the US; and nationwide, fast, reliable and cost-effective truckload, less-than- truckload, drayage, brokerage, transportation management and final-mile delivery services, ECW helps customers optimize supply chain efficiencies. ECW's comprehensive global platform, strong corporate values and an unwavering commitment to customer service excellence are why the company boasts many of the world's most recognizable food and beverage brands as loyal customers. ECW is a major port player due to its designation as a CBP Centralized Examination Station (CES) and services that include container storage, cross docking, drayage and a full suite of transportation and brokerage services through Safeway Trucking Corp. and Safeway Logistics Solutions. Focused on temperature-controlled food-safety client solutions and fueled by an investment from Sam Zell's Equity Group Investments, ECW continues to expand in current and new markets. Last summer, the company opened new temperature-controlled facilities in Baltimore, Md., and Savannah, Ga. Additional Southeast port cities are coming soon. Earlier this year, ECW announced a partnership with BlueCargo to optimize container workflow from port to warehouse, helping to alleviate additional costs and fees resulting from ongoing port congestion. Since 2019, Safeway Trucking has been recognized as a Top 100 Trucking Company by Inbound Logistics, and since 2015, ECW has been recognized as a Top 3PL and Cold Storage Provider by Food Logistics Magazine. The company has also received several sustainability awards — most recently named a 75 Green Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics — for an ongoing commitment to sustainability and work in driving sustainable improvements in the supply chain. Port expansion, continued growth we're on the brink of what will be another transformative time in the Port of New York and New Jersey history." As the conversation shifts from immediate issues to more proactive, longer-term planning for the future, collaboration among stakeholders will be key in achieving long- range goals. The Council on Port Performance continues to meet on a monthly basis, convening a broad range of industry players from labor to ocean carriers, rail operators, terminal operators, shippers and NVOs. The port authority is also using technology to improve services for customers. It has implemented a customer satisfaction system, Medallia, throughout the port authority, including marine terminal facilities, airports, bus terminals and rail systems. For example, truckers who use the port can offer immediate feedback on their experiences — whether it's issues with restrooms or tree branches obstructing traffic signs — at the port using a QR code and send it to a staff member who monitors the system on a daily basis, Rooney said. "It allows us to kind of wrap our arms around what is the voice of the customer, and it's really what we're focused on," Rooney said. "We're dealing with those types of things in real time." The port authority is also advancing its infrastructure initiatives and leaning into its Port Master Plan, a blueprint for mapping out short-term and long-term plans for its Port Newark, Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal, Port Jersey Port Authority Marine Terminal, Howland Hook Marine Terminal and Brooklyn Port Authority Marine Terminal facilities through 2050. First unveiled in 2019, the master plan is separated into two phases, with the first phase focused on the next 10 to 15 years. Rooney said the port is in the middle of Phase One, which mainly leverages port assets that have been built in preparation for Phase Two. "We're right on the mark with where we thought we were going to be," Rooney said. Meanwhile, the port authority is working on a number of major infrastructure projects, including its $220 million Port Street Corridor Improvement Project. Project construction is expected to take place in August and seeks to modernize one of the two main ingress/egress points to the Port Newark-Elizabeth complex, where about 70,000 truck moves occur each day. The roadways were built more than 75 years ago for trucks much smaller than today's drayage versions. The project, which is expected to take four to five years to complete, calls for replacing a ramp that goes over the New Jersey Turnpike and over an active rail line that runs 24 hours a day all year long. Detours are set to be in place to keep commerce moving while construction is underway, Rooney said. The port authority is now leaning into its Port Master Plan and is currently in the middle of Phase One, mainly leveraging port assets built in preparation for Phase Two.

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