Con-way Truckload is introducing a new cargo-loading system for its trailers dubbed DoubleStack that allows shippers to more fully and efficiently use space in trailers while securing freight more effectively to prevent shipment damage.
The carrier has initially converted 100 of its standard 53-ft truckload trailers to the DoubleStack system, with additional unit conversions planned for later this year based on customer demand.
Herb Schmidt, president of Con-way Truckload, said the new racking system allows for loading of cargoes on two separate, adjustable levels throughout the length of the trailer, accommodating shipments of different dimensions while more fully utilizing the trailer.
In addition, custom-designed strapping mechanisms within the DoubleStack system securely tie down to cargo to prevent movement during transit and provide added protection against damage, he pointed out.
“We are continually exploring ways to bring our customers advantages that enable them to obtain the highest value for the transportation dollar,” said Schmidt. “With DoubleStack trailers, we’re maximizing the available capacity customers can use and adding better protection systems to reduce claims, while driving benefits to our operations through more effective asset utilization.”
The company added that its DoubleStack system is ideal for fragile products that must be segregated and traditionally cannot be double-stacked, or pallets with products of varying height dimensions and stability.