E-commerce and shortage drivers prompts trucking industry to re-shape the way the industry works | Rig Hauler

E-commerce and shortage drivers prompts trucking industry to re-shape the way the industry works

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The constant changes in consumer demands and the growing shortage of drivers has prompted the trucking industry to re-evaluate the model on which it has been functioning all these years. Since trucks move over 70% of all domestic freight, a shortage of truck drivers could eventually affect the economy. Moreover, the problem regarding truck inefficiency seems to be rising. This can be attributed the increased shift towards e-commerce platforms. Earlier, trucks were loaded to the maximum capacity and were required to drive down to the nearest retailer once a week. The concept of e-commerce has increased the number of destinations ever since companies like Amazon took to delivering products at the consumers' doorstep. The result is an increased number of deliveries and the inability to load the truck to its maximum permitted limit.
The trucking industry now has to work on a three-fold approach to address this problem.

  • Improve efficiency of intermodal systems by linking with rail industries
  • Recruit more drivers with higher wages and better benefits
  • Improve infrastructure. Traffic bottlenecks cost the trucking industry millions every year.

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