Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Oct. 14, 2019:
Run on Less fuel-efficiency tech demonstration under way
The North American Council on Freight Efficiency’s “Run on Less” demonstration is almost half through an 18-day run that will culminate with an event late in the month. You can access real-time fuel-economy results thus far for the over-the-road regional trucks involved via this link to the website. All results are from drivers operating within a 300-mile radius of their home base.
This time around, 10 different fleets whose participating trucks operate regionally are sharing their fuel-economy results with an eye toward exhibiting the efficiency improvements a variety of technologies have engendered, from aerodynamic upgrades and idle reduction techs to alternatively or hybrid-fueled powertrains. Find more information about a variety of showcased technologies via this link.
NACFE hopes Run on Less effectively demonstrates the savings possible with tech investment and fuel strategy adoption, even in more taxing operations heavier on idling, stopping and starting, and encountering frequent congestion.
Dupré Logistics’ brokerage arm moves to new location following growth
Louisiana-based Dupré Logistics announced it is moving its brokerage arm’s Fayetteville, Arkansas, location to a new building following recent growth in the company’s Strategic Capacity Services (SCS) division. The company’s SCS division has 10 locations, including two in northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville and Fort Smith). The Fayetteville location opened in December 2017 with four employees and has grown its customer base to where it now has 13 employees. The company says the two northwest Arkansas branches handle freight logistics for large-scale companies and is one of its top three branches.
3PL opens innovation lab in Tenn.
3PL Kenco Logistics opened its Supply Chain Innovation Test Lab at the company’s corporate headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn. The 10,000-square-foot space will serve as a test facility for the company’s team of innovation specialists to assess value-added technologies and provide advanced visibility into these solutions. Testing potential supply chain management solutions and technological advancements outside of a live operation enables the company to deliver enhanced accuracy and sustainability and improve implementation speeds for customers. The first technologies are focused on automated freight handling — they include NextShift Robotics, an autonomous mobile robotics solution; Locus Robotics, a provider of mobile robot solutions designed for warehouse fulfillment; SVT Robotics, a software company focused on robot deployments in warehousing and manufacturing; LogistiVIEW, an AI and vision-driven picking software for smart glasses; and WMS software from JDA and HighJump.