Decades ago, robotics were introduced into the manufacturing segment of the economy to reduce costs, reliance on human labor, and improve the quality of goods being produced.
Driver retention is a problem facing most carriers today. It’s also one of the very serious challenges feeding the lack of truck drivers.
The way carriers receive rate contracts has not changed much over the years. They arrive through EDI, email, load boards, and even fax. Ideally, rate contracts would all be EDI-based as it provides centralized visibility, and management can set triggers to accept specific offers based on the lane, shipper, and commodity codes.
“The trucking industry is short 80,000 drivers,” said Chris Spear, president, and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, during a CNN interview in October. This shortage is an increase of 19,000 truck drivers from three years ago, and it’s likely to get worse.