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Trucking giant J.B. Hunt tries to track its trucks as they criss-cross the nation, in an effort to boost efficiency and profits. So why are its drivers still getting lost?

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J.B. Hunt Transport Base Case

Headquarters: 615 J.B. Hunt Corporate Drive, Lowell, Ark.

Phone: (501) 820-0000

Business: Freight trucking, container transportation, dedicated contract shipping services and logistics

Chief Information Officer: Kay Palmer

Financials in 2000: $2.2 billion in revenue, $36.1 million in net income; net profit margin, 1.7%

Challenge: Increase the efficiency of freight shipping and better manage the company's assets, preventing losses of revenue

Baseline Goals:

  • Determine loading status and exact location of stationary trailers 99% of the time
  • Eliminate lost revenue from trailers sitting at customer locations
  • Reduce the ratio of trailers to tractors from 2.42 to 2.23 (trucking division fleet)
  • Increase loads per trailer from current 11.8 loads per quarter

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    This article was originally published on 2001-12-10
    Sean Gallagher is editor of Ziff Davis Internet's enterprise verticals group. Previously, Gallagher was technology editor for Baseline, before joining Ziff Davis, he was editorial director of Fawcette Technical Publications' enterprise developer publications group, and the Labs managing editor of CMP's InformationWeek. A former naval officer and former systems integrator, Gallagher lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.
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