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Brown Line’s new tractor-trailer design improves fuel economy

Posted on Thu, May 24, 2012

Brown Line's new tractor trailerOver the last three years, Brown Line has implemented a number of changes resulting in a radical improvement in fuel economy. The company recently added 18 new tractor-trailer combinations that are achieving over 7 mpg on average.  “With the new equipment fuel economy increased by 23 percent, trailer cubic foot capacity by 16 percent, and improved payload capacity by 6 percent,” says Brown Line President Jason Jansen. 

Driver behavior has also contributed to fuel savings, with PeopleNet onboard computing systems enabling drivers to assess their fuel consumption and compete to be the best. Maximum truck speed was reduced from 68 mph to 64 mph for eastbound routes and to 62 mph for all other routes. “We adjusted the gearing to match the lower speeds, and we set low idle time standards for drivers,” Jason says. “PeopleNet also gives us the tools to improve routing, monitor tractor performance and idle time.”

As a fleet, Brown Line's average fuel economy has improved from 5.4 mpg in 2008 to 5.84 mpg in 2011. All new tractors have roof farings and new trailers have side skirts to improve aerodynamics. The side skirts are estimated to save about 5 percent in fuel economy. Brown Line now has 30 new 53-foot trailers with side skirts that have replaced the older 48-foot trailers, and will be exploring retrofit options for the older equipment.

The new 53-foot trailers are 1,900 pounds lighter than the older 48-foot trailers they replaced and compliant with California Air Resources Board (CARB) rules for reefers units. All new trucks and trailers use wide-base, low-rolling resistant single tires and have an automatic system to keep tires properly inflated for optimum fuel economy and to reduce tire wear.

Tags: Fuel efficiency, Green Lynden, Trucking, Brown Line

Lynden Transport Expands Service to Oklahoma and North Dakota

Posted on Tue, Mar 01, 2011
Lynden Transport service mapIn response to customer and industry demand, Lynden Transport is offering new scheduled Less-than-Truckload (LTL) service to Oklahoma and North Dakota. Starting March 1, Lynden Transport trucks will depart twice weekly from Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa bound for Williston, ND and points in Alaska and Canada 


Lynden Transport has supported the oil industry for years with Alaska Alcan Highway Service departing twice weekly from Houston and Dallas and return service to Texas departing from Fairbanks, AK.

"The oil industry in North Dakota and Oklahoma is booming, and we made these service changes to give our customers more choices with departures and arrivals. We also would like to help customers who may want to venture into these markets and take advantage of new opportunities. We have extensive experience moving equipment, supplies and oversized freight in support of the oil industry in Texas, Alaska and Canada, so this is a logical next step for us. We anticipate North Dakota to be an extremely busy trade lane," says Sherri Brown, Regional Manager for Lynden Transport in Houston.

The new routes are the latest addition to Lynden Transport's other service improvements which include a Mobile Shipping App, online GPS tracking maps, Dynamic Routing, and Predictive Delivery, a service providing customers up-to-date delivery times for their shipments in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Juneau and Ketchikan.


Tags: Trucking, Oil Industry, Lynden Transport, Shipping to Alaska

Lynden Transport named a Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier

Posted on Mon, Oct 25, 2010

Lynden Transport was selected as an Inbound Logistics Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier for 2010. This year was particularly challenging for the editorial staff as they had to select 100 trucking leaders from more than 250 companies that submitted their credentials. The Top 100 list appeared in the September issue of Inbound Logistics.

Top 100 Motor Carrier - Lynden Transport

“The Top 100 Motor Carriers list is a good place for transportation buyers to shift gears, slow down, and take a look at a group of truckers that are paving the road for innovation,” explains Inbound Logistics magazine Editor Felecia Stratton. “We pared this year’s roster from a huge pool of companies, evaluating surveys, conducting online research, and talking with truckers and shippers. Readers use this directory to find carrier partners that will put their company in the driver’s seat.” 

 

Related Awards:

Lynden Transport was also recently voted the Top LTL Carrier for the Western Region by Logistics Management magazine. Lynden Transport is an industry leader in trucking to Alaska, from Alaska and within Alaska, as well as the Lower 48.

Lynden has been named the 7th top business in Alaska by Alaska Business Monthly.

Tags: Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier, Trucking, Inbound Logistics, Lynden Transport, Shipping to Alaska

Predictive Delivery: Know when your shipments will arrive.

Posted on Thu, Mar 04, 2010

Lynden is introducing a new feature called Predictive Delivery that provides up to the minute estimated delivery times for your shipments once the freight has reached its destination city. We know our customers want to make their operations as streamlined as possible and we hope that by providing accurate delivery times we will help you become even more efficient. Lynden's new Predictive Delivery system not only improves service but also reduces costs and our impact on the environment.Predictive Delivery example

No registration or sign-up is required for you to use Predictive Delivery - it will automatically appear whenever you track a shipment (please note that Predictive Delivery is initially only available for the destination cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks, and beginning March 8, 2010 for deliveries to Juneau and Kenai). For more information please see our website: www.lynden.com/predictive.


What do you think?
Will this service be beneficial to your business? What are other features that could help your company's supply chain become more efficient?

 

Tags: Lynden, EZ Commerce, Shipping, Trucking, Alaska

Lynden delivers H1N1 vaccine throughout Alaska

Posted on Tue, Mar 02, 2010

Lynden International was entrusted with some mighty important cargo this past fall and winter. The State of Alaska selected Lynden as the distributor for the H1N1 flu vaccine to various locations around the state. Since mid-October, Lynden has moved around 500 shipments of nine different types of vaccine.H1N1 vaccine pickup by Lynden

Handling the temperature-sensitive packages is a huge responsibility. Lynden's knowledge of Alaska and its experience delivering to just about anywhere is paying off with not a single shipment late or missed. The distribution points range from larger cities where truck delivery is the norm to smaller villages where bush pilots deliver the vaccine to someone waiting on the ground.

The vaccine is flown into Anchorage and repackaged for local deliveries. Lynden's EZ Commerce tracking system has been a big help in keeping track of daily shipments. Lynden follows up each delivery with a phone call to verify

"From the Lynden Archives": This story was originally written in December 2009.

Tags: Lynden International, Trucking, Shipping in Alaska, Alaska, Shipping to Alaska, Lynden Archives

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