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LTL Carrier, Estes Express Lines, Selects Spireon’s FleetLocate Trailer Management Solution

| June 18, 2021

Nation’s Largest Privately Owned Freight Carrier to Deploy Spireon Telematics on 40,000 Assets to Improve Driver Experience and Continous Process Improvement

 Spireon, the Vehicle Intelligence Company, and Estes Express Lines, the largest privately owned freight shipping company in North America said they are partnering to deploy Spireon’s best-in-class FleetLocate trailer management solution across Estes’ fleet of nearly 40,000 trailers, containers, and converter dollies. This will improve services for Estes’ less-than-truckload customers, and help the company optimize asset utilization, minimize unplanned asset detention, and maximize return on investment through actionable data analytics.   

“Estes’ decision to adopt Spireon’s FleetLocate is rooted in our commitment to leverage innovative technology to continously improve operational efficiency and service to our customers,” said Webb Estes, VP of Process Improvement. “Having evaluated several solutions, we selected Spireon because of its superior technology and unique approach to creating a long-term partnership. The Spireon team understood our pain points, talked us through our options, and showed us proof of our future ROI. Spireon’s solution will provide visibility into the location and status of all our assets, streamline operations, improve the driver experience, and ultimately allow us to deliver a superior experience to our customers.”

Estes is an end-to-end transportation and custom logistics solutions provider. The Richmond, VA-based fourth-generation company has 90 years of freight shipping expertise and has worked through the decades to build a robust transportation network, a reputation for financial stability, and an award-winning safety record. Estes’ dedication to remaining nimble and responsive to the ever-changing shipping needs of its customers is reflected in its decision to adopt trailer tracking from Spireon.

Spireon’s Fleetlocate Trailer Mangement solution is comprised of the industry’s first modular hardware platform, which allows Estes to tailor the product to meet the company’s specific needs. This solution gives Estes the ability to add additional sensors as the business needs change over time. Estes will leverage the technology to locate specific assets at more than 250 terminals and thousands of customer sites to get drivers on the road faster and improve service to shippers. Data-driven analytics from the solution support more efficient trailer utilization, helping Estes leadership understand if there is a need to acquire additional assets, while also reducing administrative expenses associated with asset inventory and inspection reporting.

“Estes’ nearly century-long history of providing responsive LTL and related freight solutions, coupled with a personal experience to every customer, are remarkable,” said John Krumheuer, President of Transportation. “We are delighted to collaborate with Webb Estes and his team to further enhance the fleet’s longstanding commitment to continuous innovation and service. With its modular design and unlimited sensor capabilities, Spireon’s FleetLocate is the ideal solution to meet Estes’ specific needs, and those of other leading fleets with a variety of operational profiles and varying stages of technology adoption.”

Not only is Spireon providing the telematics but the Spireon Installation Services team is installing the solution at the Estes locations with the goal of a full fleet deployment by year end. The Spireon Sales Engineers are working closely with Estes to manage all aspects of the installation, implementation, and data integration.

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