The trucking industry is facing an array of issues including the driver shortage, scarcity of new equipment due to supply chain bottlenecks and rising fuel costs. Carriers are looking to operate more efficiently with the drivers and equipment they have, utilizing products like decking to increase cargo capacity and curtain-side trailers for faster and more flexible access to cargo.
According to the American Trucking Association, as of October 2021, trucking is short 80,000 drivers, a dramatic increase from the previous estimate of 60,000 and is expected to worsen as the current aging drivers retire.
Supply chain issues and shortage of laborers has pushed many trailer orders out to 2022 leaving smaller fleets struggling to have orders filled.
Finally, the cost of fuel continues to skyrocket. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average cost for a gallon of diesel has nearly tripled from November 2020 to November 2021.
The demand for goods continues to grow and the recent supply chain woes have put a spotlight on the issue as Americans are feeling the effect of empty shelves and holiday season shortages. Efficiency will be essential for fleets to navigate these compounded challenges.
For fleets looking to maximize their capacity and get more deliveries done with less, Kinedyne decking and cargo access product lines can help.
Kinedyne’s Kaptive Beam® double-decking systems create two levels of securely stacked palletized cargo. Kaptive Beam systems are permanently installed in a trailer, eliminating the risk of losing beams along the way. The system can be adjusted to multiple heights and configurations for maximum flexibility. Kaptive Beam enables more deliveries per trailer, reduces cargo damage claims, and improves fuel efficiency.
Kinedyne’s Cargo Access Technologies (CAT) line includes Kin-SiderTM, Kin-SliderTM and Kaptive StrapTM. Kin-Sider has a curtain-side with a top rail and straps with overcenter buckles at the bottom, while the Kin-Slider curtain glides along top and bottom rails and is secured with a quick release handle.
Both provide access to freight anywhere on the trailer at any time, eliminate the need to tarp during inclement weather and provide the quickest and easiest way to access cargo on the market, making it an ideal tool for driver retention.
Kaptive Strap is a revolutionary new way to secure cargo in a curtain-side trailer. Cargo straps suspended from the roof on rollers can be positioned as needed, pulled down, attached to a securement point and tightened. When not in use, the system can be rolled to the front or back for storage. The Kaptive Strap system is one of the most effective and easiest way to secure cargo in a curtain-side vehicle.
Kinedyne Cargo Access Technologies accelerate delivery times, provide scheduling flexibility, and reduce workplace injuries – making your business safer and more efficient.
Optimize your business by adding Kinedyne Kaptive Beam decking systems to your trailers to increase capacity or make additional and faster deliveries with flexible cargo access with Kinedyne’s CAT line. Learn more at kinedyne.com/optimize or contact your local Kinedyne distributor.
Kinedyne is the leading cargo securement company with operations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Over the past 50 years, Kinedyne has engineered several innovative products evolving cargo control to help make our roads safe. Kinedyne a domestic manufacturer that designs, assembles and tests a full line of DOT compliant cargo control and access solutions. Kinedyne’s highly versatile decking solutions increase trailer capacity and their custom curtain systems including the KinSider and KinSlider make cargo access easier.
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