Ten years ago, trucking was hit especially hard by the Great Recession and thousands of drivers lost their jobs. Growth in subsequent years was slow, but consistent, and there was a large pool of potential drivers for trucking companies to hire. However, the general economy has now largely recovered and, with more and more goods being produced and in need of transportation (and with Amazon and Walmart disrupting the market in a breakneck competition to rush-deliver products), a trucking workforce that is still relatively small cannot keep up with demand.Continue reading “The Driver Shortage is Raising Shipping Costs; Are Retail Prices Next?”
Talk to almost anyone in the trucking industry and you’re likely to hear concerns about so many drivers leaving their companies and even quitting the industry altogether! In fact, the ongoing driver shortage is the number one reported issue for carriers, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. That makes difficulty finding qualified drivers a bigger concern than the controversial ELD mandate or hours of service regulations. From coast to coast, the trucker shortage is causing major upsets in the transportation industry.Continue reading “4 Ways to Retain Truck Drivers”
When driving past a semi-truck, do you expect to see someone at the peak of health and fitness sitting behind the wheel? You will, of course, see a tough and hardworking individual doing a very important job. However, truckers and other people in driving-heavy professions are not always in the greatest shape. Continue reading “How to Stay Healthy on the Road”
With the demand for truck drivers at an all time high, some carriers may find drivers from unexpected places, even prison.
At first glance, this seems to be a chance to meet multiple needs simultaneously. The driver shortage has pushed transportation fleets to maximum capacity, which will begin to cripple the industry in the coming years if the demand for truckers is not met. Meanwhile, there are millions of free and on-parole felons in the U.S. who are looking for a fresh start through meaningful work. There are some prisons that even allow inmates to begin earning their CDL while still behind bars. But is this a good idea? Continue reading “Should Former Convicts Be Hired As Truckers?”
While that specific program seems to have ended, trucking companies continue to look for ways to combat the ongoing driver shortage. Drivers with good records can sometimes win money, prizes, and even new cars. Why such big prizes? While the transportation of goods continues to be a backbone of American production and growth, more and more truck cabs are found with an empty driver’s seat. Continue reading “Driver Retention: More Money, Less Fried-Chicken?”
Trucking companies continue to look for ways to combat the ongoing driver shortage. Drivers with good records can sometimes win money, prizes, and even new cars. Why such big prizes? While the transportation of goods continues to be a backbone of American production and growth, more and more truck cabs are found with an empty driver’s seat. Continue reading “Keeping Truck Drivers on the Road: More Money, Less Chicken?”