Shuttle and Spotting Services
Shuttle and spotting services are essential to inventory optimization and warehouse efficiency. There are many moving parts in the average yard, as loads arrive, get unloaded, and trailers park for later use. Without the right strategy and partner, the yard could become a bottleneck in your day-to-day operations, not to mention a waste of time and money. We’d like to think of it as an opportunity for improvement and greater efficiency.
At Keller Trucking, we maximize the flow of inventory entering and leaving your facility with a winning combination of experienced drivers, logistics personnel, and the latest yard management software. We’re not like other 3PL providers. Our award-winning, family-owned-and-operated company combines 40+ years of logistics experience with the speed-to-market expected in today’s business environment.
Get streamlined shuttle services that provide you with local drivers and equipment right when you need them, whether it’s repeat freight that needs to pass between warehouse facilities or fill-in service when employees are on vacation. Ship perishables promptly to ensure freshness, scale your operations to a broader market without supply chain delays, lower overall transportation costs, and take advantage of on-demand contract packaging when necessary with Keller Trucking shuttle services.
We’ve shuttled for a host of different industries, including food and beverage, medical supplies, building supplies, scrap metal, consumer products, and high value commodities. We track movements, operating metrics, and site utilization to come up with custom solutions. We think outside the box to find innovative ways to manage your inventory and maximize resources in the most efficient way possible.
You’re assured a quality team of drivers with shuttle experience working on your account. In fact, CarriersEdge and the Truckload Carriers Association named Keller Trucking one of 20 “Best Fleets To Drive For” in 2018. We are discerning in our hiring and comprehensive in our training. We focus on our driver-friendly policies and a family culture that emphasizes their wellbeing, so we can pay it forward to our trucking, hauling, and shuttle service clients. Responsive account managers will be available as needed to keep you updated with what’s happening in your yard and provide additional support during peaks.
Keller spotting services are optimized for individual clients, but generally include dedicated drivers, specialized equipment, and oversight. We provide real-time information and intelligent work direction, while giving you complete visibility of trucks, trailers, drivers, goods, and materials – from the moment they arrive at the gate to the moment they leave your facility.
With a graphical interface, you can easily manage transactions using drag-and-drop functionality. See on-screen trailer moves converted into directed work orders for yard drivers. Easy-to-read symbols display key information such as trailer type, status, disposition, ownership, as well as which trailers are damaged or out of service, and fuel remaining in refrigerated vehicles.
With Keller Spot, you will also be able to track the location of trailers and other equipment, no matter where it ends up in the yard with RFID-based, real-time location tracking. This ensures security and streamlines workflows by providing you with actual position of equipment in the yard, thus eliminating time consuming searches for misplaced trailers. Additionally, dynamic appointment scheduling capabilities will streamline dock assignments, helping to ensure you don’t double book docks, even if circumstances change at the last minute.
Even with the best technology, a yard cannot manage itself. But with our wealth of insightful data and reporting capabilities, Keller Spot gives you the capability to make better inventory decisions and even manage several yards at once, whether they are in one location or spread out across the country.
As needed, our expert team acts as an extension of your internal resources. On-site spotters organize how trailers are arranged and move throughout the yard. Outside spotters prepare dock doors and trailers for optimal loading, while insider spotters secure the docks with the right safety protocols and appropriate equipment. When combined with shuttling, shippers can move trailers to and from dock doors and other facilities to assist inventory flow.
Benefits of Keller Spot
Yard Management Systems
Forward-thinking companies use Yard Management Systems for greater visibility within the yard and to communicate important data more efficiently. Our Yard Management System lets you schedule dock appointments, track the movement of trucks and trailers, communicate directly with yard personnel, and collect performance metrics of core yard functions, so you can seize opportunities to make improvements. We have found that the use of a Yard Management System is critical for improving spotter move times and enabling shuttle drivers to communicate directly with us to accept and confirm completion of move requests in real-time.
Learn more about streamlining your back-end business
Keller Trucking is one integral part of Keller Logistics’ comprehensive 3PL solutions. Collectively, we possess the unique opportunity to go above and beyond the usual call of duty to offer our partners everything from warehousing and transportation support, to packaging and yard management support all under one umbrella. The benefit is significant savings to your bottom line, not to mention a much more streamlined operation with one friendly contact within our organization who is considered a true expert within your particular industry. As order volumes increase, there is nothing like a trusted, experienced logistics partner with integrated solutions to provide the resources, knowledge, data, and personnel necessary to accommodate your continued success. Email us for a free quote and answers to your questions.
I appreciate the excellent customer service I always receive and especially yesterday. With very short notice you picked up my salt load in Chicago and helped me out with this very time sensitive product. I also commend your driver who helped me unload in very extreme weather conditions. Please feel free to use me as a reference for any potential business you may have. Again I very much appreciate it.