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How Driver Shortages Threaten the Shipping Industry

April 26, 2022 by FreightCenter
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Unemployment levels are flirting with all-time lows, and this has affected the tucking industry as driver shortages are on the rise. Wages are going up, business confidence is high, it seems like everything in the job market is flowing well!

But there’s one job in particular that’s feeling the threat of obscurity. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), there is a decline in the number of truck drivers in the United States. The ATA estimates the industry as a whole is short anywhere between fifty thousand and sixty thousand drivers for companies to meet optimal performance. And with the current generation of drivers set to retire soon, this could spell trouble for the shipping industry.

What’s caused the lack of interest in this all-American industry we’ve relied on for so long? And how will it impact your supply chain and how you ship?

Driver Shortages: Where Have All the Drivers Gone?

When you hear about autonomous vehicle desk jobs one day!

3PLs Have the Solutions to Driver Shortages

It can be tough to find the right carrier on the right lane for the best rate if you’re shipping without a third-party partnership. 3PLs use the latest technology to help discover hidden capacity. For example, booking a shipment on a backhaul lane is cheaper, and carriers are looking for loads to avoid empty trucks on return trips.

You can leverage a 3PL’s resources to work for you. They work on behalf of small- and mid-sized businesses to unlock all kinds of hidden options even in a slim capacity market. 3PLs have access to discounted rates saving you money as well as time by fulfilling the capacity requirements of your shipment.

Discover Your Shipping Potential

Freight spend management, expert service along with solutions that are tailored to fit your unique needs are just a few of the benefits of partnering with a 3PL. Don’t let the market dictate how you are going to ship.

FreightCenter can analyze your shipping processes and help you discover where you could be saving money and operating more efficiently.

Run a free online quote or talk to one of our shipping experts today at 8007167608.

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