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The Ongoing Driver Shortage in the Trucking Industry

Originally published on August 2, 2017

For many years the trucking industry has been struggling to meet the demand for qualified drivers. Beyond the nationwide standard turning pool of U.S. drivers, companies have been going to all lengths to attract new drivers for years including attracting foreign drivers and some convicted felons that have served their time to fill the need. The future is looking interesting with the possibilities with the autonomous self-driving truck companies that are changing the vision of the future, but today and many years to come there will still be a need to have drivers on the road.

All of you that don’t know the industry well, driving a truck over-the-road, regionally or coast-to-coast, is not an easy job and requires many days away from home. Days are regulated by laws and hassled with traffic and weather, but drivers need to keep moving to make a decent living for their families. Don’t get me wrong, these drivers are professionals and are proud to drive, but it takes a certain type of person to make driving a truck a career. 

Part of the current growing strain on trucking companies is the increase in your customer’s desire and need for quicker delivery in the last mile portion of the supply chain. To better utilize more of these professional long haul drivers and keep them moving on the road, the less-than-truck load (LTL) carriers should utilize more partners to get local orders delivered. Long haul drivers do not want to be in city traffic any more than they have to be and allowing them to turn around with a new load would be a better utilization of that driver’s skills. The costs of utilizing partners would be greatly offset in delivering the smaller orders by eliminating the delays in city traffic and potential liabilities.

With the increases in e-commerce orders and other orders with the demanding trends to shorten the transit times, LTL carriers as well as fulfillment centers and other distribution points need a more responsive option to get B2B and B2C orders to customers.

One option for local orders that are a pallet or less is EZER which can be a strong, responsive and reliable partner that will deliver the same day at any hour, 7 days a week. EZER offers local delivery on-demand or scheduled as needed for local B2B, B2C, and D2C customers and at a truly fair cost. No hidden fees, no routes, no delays, just direct delivery to your customer. EZER is available to expand everywhere needed and can be deployed in a short amount of time. This is one solution to help keep more drivers on the road and make your customers happy with their deliveries on their schedule, and as quick as possible.

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