NORTH OF TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas trucking company owner says moving Port of Los Angeles to 24/7 service is a step in the right direction as it will bring more cargo to the United States, but points out that there are many more supply chain issues to be addressed. outside.
In Gerald Goldsby’s 25-plus years in the trucking industry he has never experienced such a situation as a small fleet owner.
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“I’m getting more calls, more emails from brokers who want to know if I have a truck in their area,” he said.
He and others working in the industry have said this due to a shortage of truck drivers.
“We’ve lost guys to the pandemic, the drivers,” Goldsby said. “Just out of fear of being exposed, decided not to be on the road.”
“We need to do a better job of marketing truck driving, supply chain and logistics as an industry and that’s something that’s definitely happening, but it needs to happen more,” said said logistics broker Sherman Barnes.
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With fewer drivers on the road, trucking companies can increase their rates based on demand for their services.
This usually means that companies will increase their prices and consumers will pay more for products they wait longer.
“It’s just going to take time and get more people into the workforce,” Goldsby said.
It’s estimated to be about two years older and has a message for vacation buyers.
“It’s going to be crazy,” he said. “It’s not just a shortage of drivers, there is a shortage of warehouse workers, retail workers, everywhere you go.”
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His advice: buy your gifts early and be patient.