North American supply chain service provider, JB Hunt, will introduce a pool of 500 additional 53-foot trailers that businesses can reserve for drop trailer purposes, with plans to accelerate available units as market demand grows.
Carriers will reportedly make offers to transport the trailers using Carrier 360 by JB Hunt, the company’s digital freight matching platform. The new service is a part of JB Hunt’s continued effort to create the most efficient transportation network in North America.
JB Hunt President and CEO, John Roberts, said 360box – a trailer pool and drop-and-hook service, adds capacity to a customer’s supply chain while moving more freight that is efficient for both customer and carrier.
“Usually only large carriers with available resources can provide this type of drop-trailer service,” he said. “By using our trailers, however, shippers with consistent freight can now connect with the power of small carriers and owner operators, which together represent 83 per cent of all drivers.”
By eliminating the immediate need to load and unload trailers, 360box will prevent the loss in productivity that can occur during a live delivery such as dock door wait and detention. Drivers simply drop the trailer in a designated area and go on to their next load. The service offers shippers flexibility with their freight management, adds capacity to their supply chain, and provides access to one of the industry’s largest power-only carrier bases. For carriers, 360box eliminates the operational cost of maintaining trailers and increases driver productivity.
“As much as one-third of a driver’s day includes idle time and empty miles,” said JB Hunt Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Shelley Simpson.
“When considering there are 3.5 million drivers, that’s a lot of waste,” she said. “360box is designed to transform that inefficiency into productivity, keeping drivers on the move with full trailers.”
The 360boxtrailers will reportedly be equipped with technology that provides end-to-end load tracking and monitoring. The company completed installation of tracking technology on all 100,000-plus company trailers and containers in 2018.
In recent news, JB Hunt opened a sales office in Mexico.