During a recent busy holiday season, SDJ Trucking had to lease 100 additional trailers to cover the spike in business. Convinced that his company was “overleasing” trailers, president Joe Wade decided to instead buy 70 trailers. “After that year, we said we wouldn’t lease trailers any more,” said Wade, a CPA with a cost accounting background. “By not leasing, our company can be more profitable.”
In order to avoid leasing in the future, Wade realized that his company would have to increase the visibility to every trailer in the fleet. That visibility would prove to be particularly critical for trailers while they are staged for loading at customer locations. “We can have up to 125 trailers staged at any one time, so it’s imperative to know where each of them is and how many are at each location,” said Wade.