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May 16, 2022 12:00 PM, EDT

Cargo Solutions Relieve Operational Headaches

The worst of the pandemic may be in the rear view, but pressures still burden carriers. For starters, the driver shortage keeps growing, thanks to fewer new workers becoming drivers and high turnover of veteran drivers. Likewise, fuel costs are up again, driven this time by the post-COVID global ramp-up in demand and worsened by Russia’s war against Ukraine and the economic sanctions slapped on Moscow.

Then there’s trailers. While supply chain disruptions continue to fluctuate, but now trailer manufacturers are hobbled by labor shortages. Last, but not least, competition is getting stiffer, as trucking is reckoning with consolidation and the highest ever number of startup carriers.

To gain traction against these hits and keep running efficiently, safely, and profitably, fleets are looking at how their equipment can improve their operations. Kinedyne’s optimization products, including Kaptive Beam double-decking systems and Kin-Sider and Kin-Slider curtainside products, can help customers get the most productivity from their trucks, trailers and drivers.

Fleets that need to carry more freight but are struggling to hire drivers or add trailers should consider Kinedyne’s Kaptive Beam double-decking systems for their dry vans. Kaptive Beam systems double trailer capacity by adding a second level for stacking and securing cargo, taking advantage of the vertical space in a trailer.

Kinedyne offers two double-decking systems. The robust K1 Kaptive Beam is built for the toughest applications and is compatible with traditional cargo control. Fleets focused on weight savings, fuel economy and maximum cargo capacity choose K2 Kaptive Beam because it weighs 25% less with the same durability. Both systems are permanently installed in a trailer so they’re always available and can be moved up to the ceiling and out of the way when not needed.

To recruit, retain and protect drivers, many fleets are looking at Kinedyne’s Kin-Sider and Kin-Slider curtainside products. Loading and unloading can be done via forklift from ground level, protecting drivers from the risks inherent in climbing into the trailer.

Curtainside systems also improve efficiency by accelerating delivery times and creating scheduling flexibility since products don’t have to be loaded in order of delivery. Fleets also can cross-dock with a curtainside truck, reducing inventory handling and storage costs.

Kin-Sider is a traditional curtainside system that lets freight be unloaded in the order you want and adjusted on the fly as needed. Applications include moving racked cargo, long-cargo formats, and other situations where loading or unloading freight from the rear of a trailer would be too slow or labor-intensive.

Kin-Slider offers all the benefits of a traditional curtainside system in a turbocharged package. A driver can unlock, open, close and lock the entire system 10 times faster than with traditional curtainside systems. As a result, a truck equipped with Kin-Slider can make more stops in a day or a fleet can use fewer trucks and drivers to make the same number of deliveries.

To learn more about how Kinedyne can help you optimize your fleet, visit kinedyne.com/optimize or contact your local Kinedyne distributor.

 

 

Kinedyne

Founded in 1968, Kinedyne LLC is a world-leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of cargo control technologies for the transportation industry. The company’s global headquarters are in Branchburg, New Jersey with locations around the globe, including Kinedyne Canada Limited in Canada, Sistemas Kinedyne, S.A. de C.V., in Mexico and Nantong Kinedyne Limited in China. Kinedyne is certified by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Women’s Business Enterprise Canada Council (WBE Canada). In 2013, Kinedyne was acquired by The Heico Companies LLC, a parent holding company with a diversified portfolio of businesses involved in manufacturing, construction, and industrial services.

 

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