Shortage of Truck Drivers Creates Bottleneck

Shortage of Truck Drivers Creates Bottleneck

January 20, 2019

A Kuebix transportation survey noted that 44% of the 554 anonymous respondents indicated that a driver shortage in 2019 was the largest threat to supply chains.

The American Trucking Association estimates that there will be a shortage of over 100,000 drivers by 2022, due to baby boomer retirements.  The emphasis will fall on better capacity management of available trucks.

This post is based on the American Journal of Transportation article, Driver shortage/capacity crunch voted biggest challenge for supply chains 2019, by AJOT, January 17, 2019. Image source: Nucleartist/Shuterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What tools are available to manage constrained trucking capacity in the coming years?

Guidance: Students should identify technology applications such as routing systems, relationship building with existing carriers, development of other delivery systems such as drones, last-mile carriers, and potential facility location changes.  This is a good way to review all the aspects of truck transportation and introduce routing technologies.

2. Do you think driverless trucks are going to be viable in the near future? What would be known limitations of using a driverless truck?

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Using a Big-Business App to Grow a Small Business

Using a Big-Business App to Grow a Small Business

September 6, 2018

A small business owner of a chauffeur company in the San Francisco Bay Area has successfully grown despite the competition from Lyft and Uber.

A major reason for his success involved the installation of a reservation system that is typically employed by much larger companies.  This reduced his back office overhead and increased his productivity significantly.

This post is based on the LCT article, Operator Made Bold Moves With His Small Fleet, by Martin Romjue, August 9, 2018. Image source: © Juice Images / age fotostock.

Discussion Questions:

1. Describe how better scheduling software impacts staffing, service quality and productivity.

Guidance: After students list the improvements to staffing, service quality and productivity, the instructor can easily lead a discussion on how all of these aspects are inter-related.

2. Why does the owner want to own one of every type of fleet vehicle?

Guidance: Students should recognize that having the capacity to fulfill all customer needs is the rationale for owning one of every type of vehicle.  It also allows flexibility in scheduling to meet the capacity needs for various assignments.

3. How important is staffing to the success of this business?

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