J.B. Hunt adds temperature-controlled services to digital platform

by Jeff Della Rosa ([email protected]) 453 views 

Lowell-based carrier J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced Monday (Dec. 14) the addition of temperature-controlled services to J.B. Hunt 360, its digital freight matching platform.

More than 10,000 carriers using J.B. Hunt 360 will offer temperature-controlled delivery services. The services are available within Shipper 360 by J.B. Hunt, which is a part of J.B. Hunt 360. Shippers can select from a variety of temperature ranges when using Shipper 360 to create a shipment that can be booked in the platform in three minutes, according to a news release. The digital freight matching platform also offers truckload, intermodal and less-than-truckload services.

“J.B. Hunt 360 has opened the marketplace for shippers and carriers to connect, and we continue to expand that by bringing new solutions, such as temperature-controlled, into the platform,” said Shelley Simpson, chief commercial officer and executive vice president of people and human resources at J.B. Hunt. “Shipper 360, specifically, enables businesses of all sizes to be more responsive in today’s dynamic freight market and match their capacity needs with the right truck at the right time.”

The newest version of Shipper 360 provides customers with flexible shipping windows, mode recommendations, real-time rates based on carrier demand and access to a pool of more than 777,000 trucks, the release shows. Using Shipper 360, customers can compare rates, schedule deliveries and create alerts. Customers can use the Shipper 360 mobile application, which is available in the Google and Apple app stores, to track and trace freight.

J.B. Hunt frequently gathers feedback from carriers on facility convenience, timeliness and accommodations to help shippers improve the efficiency of onsite facility management. Carriers have provided more than 830,000 reviews, and the information is shared with customers in Shipper 360.

Shipper 360 is a component of the company’s technology platform, J.B. Hunt 360, that addresses the need for efficiency, cost savings and visibility across the supply chain. Through J.B. Hunt 360, customers and carriers can engage in a marketplace for freight matching, gain visibility into their operations and access features that automate and streamline daily efforts, according to the release.

Asked what part J.B. Hunt will play in delivering COVID-19 vaccines, the company said “all the public information we wanted to provide is in the release, and we won’t be commenting further.”

Shares of J.B. Hunt (NASDAQ: JBHT) were trading Monday morning at $138.99, up 10 cents or 0.07%. In the past 52 weeks, the stock has ranged between $144.35 and $75.29.