Stepping up their use of technology is one of the many ways logistics firms are meeting volatile business conditions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Circle Logistics and White Plains, New York-based Capital Logistics are two examples of companies digging deeper into visibility tools to help monitor and manage freight shipments, especially for critical food and medical supply chains.
Both companies said this spring they were using Descartes Systems Group’s MacroPoint real-time freight visibility solution to track critical loads for customers such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and major grocery brands. Circle Logistics said it shifted its entire transportation network to manage a 700% increase in volume from customers moving critical freight, including personal protective equipment (PPE), respirators, cots for FEMA, and grocery loads. Company leaders said the platform allows it to better track the movement of goods under volatile conditions.