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Transportation and Logistics Jobs Are Some of the Most Difficult to Fill

July 1st, 2021

The logistics industry has been in so much turmoil over the few decades it is no wonder that we experience high driver turnover as the drivers try to find a place they can earn a decent living while achieving quality home time. This endless quest is often magnified through decisions all parties make with very little consideration at best, regarding the driver. This is all changing right in front of us as we speak in many ways the new H.O.S rules that will take effect July 1st 2013 may actually be a blessing in disguise, lets look at a few points.

1. H.O.S. rule 1 am til 5 am may force the industry to give drivers two consecutive nights at home each week. The question is will the industry have the ability to attract new drivers due to the better working conditions?

2. Required daily thirty minute break between the third and eighth hour of each day (some on duty exceptions can be applied) is it not good for a drivers health and well being to stop stretch their legs and even walk for 15 to 30 minutes each day?

3. Freight consistency can go a long way to keeping your drivers happy, many companies find themselves chasing rainbows leaving their drivers in limbo while trying to squeeze an extra few dollars, then finding themselves at the bottom of the list from Brokers and shippers that offer consistent freight. This not only helps drivers it is huge for all your support staff and the reasoning behind our making alliances helps grow your business strategy. This is one of the easiest and most productive decisions a carrier can make.

This forced slow down forced upon all carriers in the industry will be arguably felt by both shippers and receivers to an enormous extent. We are now hearing from huge numbers of carriers that not only will they be requesting shorter loading and unloading times, many carriers are instituting higher detention, layover, drop pay, plus instituting many other additional fees. This is in an effort to have their equipment perform more efficiently. The carriers and drivers are typically paid by the mile not for time waiting at shippers or receivers, consequently the longer their equipment is not moving the less it generates income.

While the transportation industry has struggled to be the “bridge” for many companies just in time policies, has the industry been jeopardizing the valuable health of its drivers? So here is a suggestion lets embrace the new H.O.S. and in addition to being 100% compliant, encourage our drivers to take advantage of this time to better themselves, and build your alliances so your drivers and support staff have consistency, are more productive, and happier. That being said it is extremely important that all carriers not only include and inform their customers of these changes but also work closely together to make this transition as smooth as possible.