Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

TrackX IoT SaaS platform streamlines Shifflet operations

Steve Rogerson
June 16, 2020

Colorado-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) company TrackX has entered an initial three-year agreement to provide supply chain and inventory management to Shifflet Bros, a freight-hauling provider servicing the electric utility industry.
TrackX’s IoT-enabled, SaaS platform will automate California-based Shifflet’s management and delivery of utility poles to utility operator job sites and service centres. The initial deployment will use TrackX’s Game asset management platform to automate many previously manual processes such as shipment receipt, inventory management, put away, order picking, routing and delivery that will drive efficiency throughout the Shifflet operation.
Shifflet is a contract trucking firm servicing electric utility companies. Within the electric utility industry, providers are dealing with increased regulations and supply chain complexity.
In partnership with Omni-ID, an industrial RFID tag provider, TrackX will deploy Game with RFID to capture accurate, real-time inventory and supply chain information. The initial implementation will encompass 18,000 uniquely identified and high-value inventory items sourced from four suppliers and stored at a 70-acre facility.
Order delivery, performed daily by 19 lorries, will be managed across hundreds of the electric utility operator’s job sites, service centres and lay down yards. The result will be a single system of record driving the automated, active management of critical inventory levels and supply chain activity for Shifflet and its utility customers.
“TrackX is proud to announce this relationship with Shifflet Bros, a leader in addressing the transportation needs of the electric utility market, a heavily regulated industry where supply chain collaboration and enterprise analytics are critical,” said Tim Harvie, CEO of TrackX. “Now, more than ever, companies are facing increased pressure to improve supply chain visibility and efficiency. The TrackX IoT-enabled platform and extensive supply chain experience will help Shifflet automate many of their inventory management and supply chain processes, further differentiating them within the utility industry and enhancing service to their customers.”
Shifflet was founded in 1993 by Twila Anders and is a woman owned minority business. The Anders family has been in the trucking business since 1965.
“Our customers operate essential services and infrastructure, so they rely on us to have accurate and timely data on inventory levels and delivery to service centres and job sites,” said Gabe Anders, president of Shifflet Bros. “For our customers, leveraging TrackX’s supply chain and inventory management will take our services to the next level. TrackX brings a comprehensive SaaS-based supply chain solution and the industry experience to make this a game changer for our operations.”