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May 4, 2020 2:45 PM, EDT

J.B. Hunt Supports Social Distancing With Electronic Bill of Lading Feature

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services launched an electronic bill of lading feature in order to assist in promoting social distancing, the company announced May 1.

The Lowell, Ark.-based supply chain solutions provider said the feature will enable businesses and carriers to digitally sign bills of lading. This in turn could help further reduce contact during the delivery process.

“The current environment is challenging every aspect of the supply chain, from securing capacity to completing deliveries,” said Shelley Simpson, chief commercial officer and president of highway services at J.B. Hunt. “This new electronic bill of lading feature offers simplicity, efficiency, and most importantly, a safer option for drivers and front-line employees to sign load documents.”

The feature reduces or eliminates the exchange of paper documents, forcing safer interactions between truck drivers and on-site personnel at customer locations, the company said.

The feature can be accessed using Carrier 360 or the J.B. Hunt Drive app. Once connected, drivers will be able to send the electronic bills of lading to customers for a digital confirmation and signature. A signed proof of delivery will then be emailed to the customer.

Motor carriers have been dealing with surges in demand for some segments like food and other essentials.

J.B. Hunt is among the companies that have issued work-from-home directives for some employees, travel restrictions, self-quarantining, social distancing and other safety precautions. — Transport Topics

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