August 11, 2017 3:30 PM, EDT

Hub Group Offers New Tablet, Smartphone Platform to Track Containers

Hub Group has launched a tablet and smartphone platform to allows customers to track and trace containers.

Hub Group Connect integrates with the technology upgrade the company implemented in the past few years to stick GPS-enabled tracking devices on more than 33,000 containers to provide real-time locations, even while on a containership in the middle of the ocean.

“In today’s consumer-driven marketplace, visibility is no longer simply nice to have for shippers; it is a necessity,” said Phillip Yeager, executive vice president of account management and intermodal operations. “Hub Group Connect gives our customers greater control over their supply chain and the data required to make informed decisions.”

Hub CEO David Yeager recently told Transport Topics that another advantage is that the devices can send an alert when the container is empty, which is important because he said some customers took a day or more before calling to request a pickup.

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Hub Group ranks No. 8 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest North American for-hire carriers.

Other major intermodal providers, such as XPO Logistics, C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Schneider, also equip most or all of their containers with tracking devices using GPS or cellular-based technology. J.B. Hunt Intermodal announced a partnership with Orbcomm earlier this year to make similar upgrades on its containers.