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Sep 3, 2016

PROFESSIONAL TRUCKERS * USA: Think they as technology-enabled supply chain ones

* New York - Truck Driver Shortage is a Shortage Of Imagination

--- “Truck driver shortage” and you’ll find an endless string of articles from various local newspapers lamenting the lack of people willing to carry the load in this essential link of the supply chain. In the U.S., the shortfall is estimated at around 50,000 drivers, and age distribution of the 850,000 currently on the road suggests it will get significantly worse in the next five to ten years... The problem is not new. But the root of the problem may be that too many supply chain executives still see trucking as an undifferentiated commodity bought almost exclusively on the basis of cost... Over time, driver pay has closely mirrored inflation, with 2015 mean annual earnings of $43,410 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is not bad compared to average earnings for college graduates ($45,400) and it’s well above those who’ve only completed high school ($25,900)... The highest customer touch jobs in trucking may be in the parcel business, where earnings at UPS, for example, often exceed $70,000 per year... The same ATA data source that flags a barely breakeven labor market among long-haul full truckload carriers says the exact opposite for less-than-truckload (LTL) fleets. Turnover in the first quarter of 2016 for LTL fleets was only 8%. Something is obviously much better about these jobs... Long-haul driving is different. Most of the time and therefore money is spent out on highways alone... Thinking of truck drivers as technology-enabled supply chain professionals could make for a steadily improving customer experience. It also might justify significantly higher pay and better jobs... 
(Photo)  --   NY, USA - FORBES, by Kevin O'Marah - 1 Sept 2016

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