Today’s Commercial Delivery Driver

Does the stereotype of “truck drivers” from the 70’s as in “Smokey and the Bandit” and the hit song “Convoy” enter your mind?  Misconceptions about truck drivers as unsophisticated loners or renegade cowboys are changing.  Today’s truck drivers are trained, tested and have the professional skills and the dedication to safety and efficiency that keep our goods moving.

People around the Country have become aware of the “Driver Shortage”, a situation that will undoubtedly affect all of those who have become reliant on e-commerce and free two-day delivery.  What some people don’t consider is the number of materials, products, and goods that are transported by truck across the Country every hour of every day. With consumer confidence at its highest level in almost 17 years, major motor carriers are struggling to find the drivers they need and are offering incentives and higher wages to bring new interest to the industry.  In August, truck driver annual wages jumped 5.7% from 2016 wages.

Additionally, a recent article published on joc.com referenced the Top 50 Revenue Growth Companies in 2016.  Interestingly, the only success stories from a revenue perspective on this Top 50 list were the parcel carriers.  This directly correlates to the rapid growth of deliveries to people’s homes by parcel carriers and fewer shipments that are transported from distribution hubs to local stores.  The ATA (American Trucking Association) projects freight volumes to grow 2.8% this year and similar growth each year through 2023.

Become a part of a profession that takes you around the Country, frees you from a desk in an industry that delivers our goods safely, securely and on time.  Remember that 80% of America’s communities rely on trucking… your morning coffee was brought to you by a professional truck driver.

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Drivers Shortage, ELD Rate Top Trucking Industry Concerns
Jerry Hirsch
www.trucks.com
October 31, 2017
 
 Parcel Carriers Fare Best in Top 50 Revenue Growth
Alan M. Field, contributing Editor
www.joc.com
October 29, 2017
 
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2017 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

What could Amazon’s new service, Amazon Key, mean to your courier business?

Amazon just announced their new service – Amazon Key. By using a combination of compatible smart locks and Amazon’s new Cloud Cam security camera the service promises to allow Amazon couriers to deliver packages inside.

The process is simple. When a courier arrives with a package they scan the package barcode. Normally this would be where the delivery process stops. Instead, a request is made to Amazon that starts video recording on the Cloud Cam and unlocks the door for the courier. Once the package is placed safely indoors the courier completes the delivery on their mobile device and the door is locked again as they leave. The recipient of the package is then notified and sent a short clip of the drop-off recorded by the Cloud Cam.

This year Shorr Packaging Corp analyzed 1,000 people to determine how rampant package theft is. According to the survey, 31% percent of respondents said that they had “personally experienced package theft”. Of those surveyed, 53% said they had to “change their plans” to make sure they were home to receive a package. This impacts customer behavior when choosing to ship or go buy items. Clearly Amazon Key, and services like it, aim to solve this problem. When customers feel safe about receiving packages they will ship more and that means more business for the logistics industry.

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Further Reading:

Shorr survey  – https://www.shorr.com/packaging-news/2017-05/2017-package-theft-report-porch-pirates-purchase-habits-and-privacy

Amazon Key Announcement – https://www.amazon.com/b?&node=17285120011

Amazon Cloud Cam – https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Cloud-Indoor-Security-Camera/dp/B01C4UY0JK