In 15 years, Sunset Pacific has only had a few trailers stolen, but as Little puts it, “one stolen trailer is too many.” Since the installation of the SkyBitz trailer-tracking technology, the company has not had any issues with theft. Sunset Pacific is also placing “Protected by SkyBitz” decals on all of its trailers to further deter trailer tampering and reduce the chances of losing cargo.
In addition to the security benefits, the carrier has enjoyed a substantial increase in equipment utilization. “We have large customers where we drop trailers at their locations all over the country, and we used to have to manually look for those trailers,” explained Little. “With SkyBitz, we can easily generate reports and know exactly where every trailer is at all times. We don’t have trailer shortages anymore.”
The SkyBitz technology has also made yard checks much simpler to conduct from a desktop computer. “Normally, a product doesn’t deliver on all of its promises, but the SkyBitz Mobile Terminal works the way it’s supposed to and that’s unusual in the marketplace today,” said Little.