2016 – What’s Troubling the Logistics Industry?


All companies have to deal with issues that plague their chosen industry. At Expedite we work hard to remove your Buffalo logistics issues by providing the logistics solutions that your company needs all over WNY. However, logistics companies, just like all companies, have their own unique challenges.

In 2014-15 the top concerns for the trucking industry were:

  • Hours of Service
  • Driver Shortage
  • Driver Retention
  • Truck Parking
  • Electronic Logging Mandate
  • Economy
  • Transportation/Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding
  • Driver Distraction

Source: http://www.drivingambitioninc.com/blog/2015-critical-issues-in-the-trucking-industry-results-are-in

Now that the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has put out their 2016 Critical Issues survey, we’ll be interested to see if the issues remain the same. Let’s take a look at what we think are the top 3 issues that will carry into 2016…

Hours of Service

Restrictions on the amount of time an employed truck driver can work has a direct impact on a company’s ability to deliver packages and the company’s need for additional resources. At the same time these restrictions also directly reduce a truck driver’s earnings. Due to changes last year, some drivers driving time was reduced. “Although truckers will still be able to drive 11 hours and work 14 hours per day, their ability to use a 34-hour restart will be restricted.” (JOC)

Truck Driver Shortage

Back in April of 2016, we put out an article talking about just a few of the reasons to become a truck driver if you’re looking for a career. Then in May we highlighted the value of female truck drivers and their ability to help meet the high demand for more truck drivers. Now, as you can see from the list of concerns, driver shortage is among the top concerns for logistics companies. This makes a career in trucking a desirable position, a fruitful option for quality candidates.

Driver Retention

With a shortage of drivers and some drivers facing restrictions on their hours of service, driver retention becomes a symptom issue. The demand is high and seemingly will continue to be high for the near future for truck drivers. This means that keeping the quality drivers on staff becomes more challenging because of the high availability of jobs as well as expected compensation from drivers affecting the payroll.

What’s the Solution?

We’ll be looking out for the final results of the survey, but it seems that these problem areas are going to be hanging for a while yet. It’ll be interesting to see what efforts are made in the time to come to address these issues. Despite these concerns, we’ve been able to minimize these concerns and have been growing and expanding our reach.

However the industry as a whole seeks to improve these concerns, we’ll be doing our best to provide great service backed behind years of experience and dedicated employees.

Contact us today for a quote and with any questions about how we can assist you with your logistics needs.