J.B. Hunt Transport Services unveiled this week a new trailer pool and drop-and-hook service called J.B. Hunt 360box which will be launched this summer.
The company said the service will introduce a pool of 500 additional 53-foot trailers that businesses can reserve for drop-trailer purposes. It has plans to accelerate the available units as market demand grows. Carriers will make offers to transport the trailers using Carrier 360 by J.B. Hunt, which is its digital freight matching platform.
“360box adds capacity to a customer’s supply chain while moving more freight in a way that’s efficient for both the customer and the carrier. Usually only large carriers with available resources can provide this type of drop-trailer service,” President and CEO John Roberts says. “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 percent of all drivers.”
The service will offer shippers flexibility with their freight management and add capacity to their supply chains, J.B. Hunt said, and will eliminate the operational cost of maintaining trailers and increase driver productivity for carriers.
“As much as one-third of a driver’s day includes idle time and empty miles,” Shelley Simpson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of J.B. Hunt, says. “When considering there are 3.5 million drivers, that’s a lot of waste. 360box is designed to transform that inefficiency into productivity, keeping drivers on the move with full trailers.”
360box trailers will 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.