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May 6, 2019 1:45 PM, EDT

J.B. Hunt to Add Drop-and-Hook Service

J.B. Hunt A J.B. Hunt truck. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced it will launch a trailer pool and drop-and-hook service, J.B. Hunt 360box, this summer.

The pool will consist of 500 trailers that businesses can reserve for drop-trailer purposes, with plans to accelerate the available units as market demand grows.

Carriers will make offers to transport the 53-foot trailers using the Carrier 360 platform, according to the Lowell, Ark.-based company.

“Usually only large carriers with available resources can provide this type of drop-trailer service. 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% of all drivers,” J.B. Hunt CEO John Roberts said in a company release.

By eliminating the immediate need to load and unload trailers, 360box will prevent the loss in productivity that can occur during a live delivery such as dock door wait and detention. Drivers simply drop the trailer in a designated area and go on to their next load. The service offers shippers flexibility with their freight management, adds capacity to their supply chain, and provides access to one of the industry’s largest power-only carrier bases. For carriers, 360box eliminates the operational cost of maintaining trailers and increases driver productivity, according to the company.

The 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.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services ranks No. 4 on the Transport Topics Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America and No. 4 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America. — Transport Topics