Schneider National is installing new tracking technology across its fleet of van trailers and intermodal containers in order to provide continuous, real-time information about the location and load status of each trailer and container.
The capability will help Schneider, which ranked seventh in the JOC's listing of the Top 50 Trucking Companies for 2012, monitor its customers’ freight and enable shippers to check on the status of loads at any time via the Schneider website. It will also enable the trucking company to monitor empty containers and trailers, making the planning and dispatch process more efficient and reducing driver waste work and empty miles, which may be increasingly important following the hours of service changes on July 1.
The installation includes an upgrade to the trailer tracking technology currently installed on the company’s van truckload and dedicated fleets, as well as the first-time installation within the intermodal container fleet. Schneider is installing Qualcomm Enterprise Services’ Trailer Tracks 210 technology, which uses solar and cellular power, on more than 44,000 van trailers and intermodal containers.
“Having this crucial information at our fingertips allows us to respond to customers’ needs quicker and more efficiently than ever before,” said Jim Filter, senior vice president of intermodal commercial management for Schneider National, in a written statement. “This investment, along with consistent rail improvements and our asset-based service, is creating an even more ‘truck-like’ experience for Schneider Intermodal’s customers.”
He added that all of Schneider’s intermodal containers will be equipped with tracking devices by Sept. 30, and the van trailer fleet upgrade will be completed by December 2015.