Strategic-Transportation loves challenges, but you could say these days are a perfect storm of headaches for anyone trying to get around Minneapolis, MN, and other parts of the metro.
The demand for orders from brick and mortar stores and those who buy things over the internet isn’t easing up any, and neither are government regulations, nor the need for quality drivers to get them to retailers and consumers. To complicate matters, Interstate 35W, a major artery through Minneapolis is being redone along with a number of local streets.
Strategic-Transportation knows the solution starts with numbers. The trucking industry as a whole is short at least 50,000 or more drivers. It’s why we’re always on the lookout for quality drivers who know how to deliver.
Salaries for drivers are also being pushed up as the demand for their skills on the road grows by the quarter and some companies work to strengthen their own private fleet of delivery vehicles.
The Federal government’s new hours of service rules are also demanding even more strategic thinking and planning. After 14 consecutive hours, electronic log books are forcing drivers to adopt new habits and to worry about whether there’s somewhere to pull over and park when that 14th hour is through.
A shortage of places to park, costly new equipment, and a resulting cut in take-home pay are creating additional roadblocks to recruiting new drivers.
Instead of shunning the commercialization of roadside stops, some strategic thinkers believe that America’s larger truck-stop chains should work with state transportation departments. The goal would be to convert nearly useless rest areas into attractive places for truckers to stop.
The additional parking would lead to more productive hours, lower fuel costs, less air pollution, and greater take-home pay. Many argue these changes need to be made to attract people to a grueling and essential job; creating more places to stop would be a good start.
It’s the sort of strategic thinking you can expect from Strategic Transportation of Minneapolis. We’re known for taking the time to understand your goals, anticipating delays of all kinds and making sure shipments happen on your schedule and, of course, on time.
Strategic Transportation is about creating a personalized transportation experience that fits your business’s needs in Minneapolis and other destinations across the country no matter what sort of curve nature might decide to toss our way. Call Strategic Transportation today at (651) 433-7310 and we’ll help you deliver the perfect transportation strategy.