Impacts of Driver Shortage on the Trade Show Industry
November 11, 2015
The trucking industry is extremely important to the domestic economy. Trucks carry the majority of all products transported throughout the United States, which makes the drivers absolutely vital in getting America’s goods to their destination. As the size of freight being carried throughout the country grows, the demand for truck drivers is increasing at a time when the supply of these individuals is low—and plummeting ever lower. As stated by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) report released on October 6th, the industry is predicted to be short nearly 50,000 drivers by the year’s end. That’s a lot of empty driver’s seats! What might be contributing to this distressing trend? There are multiple factors at play:
- The current driver population is nearing retirement age—the median age is 47 years old.
- Attempting to recruit younger drivers is more difficult than it might seem. Trucking is not widely seen as a fun, cool, or popular career path. Many young adults who are pursuing careers in science and technology don’t even consider it an option.
- Commercial driver’s licenses can be issued to those who are at least 18 years old, but to legally be an interstate driver the Department of Transportation mandates that individuals be at least 21 years of age.
- The life of a truck driver is not for everyone. Weeks of travel, long hours spent behind the wheel, and the limited social interaction makes it a lonely and demanding job.
- The rate of pay is relatively low with few increases.
Autonomous (driverless) trucks are currently in development, but they aren’t likely to be on the roads any time soon. In the meantime, the dwindling number of truck transportation employees threatens to have a significant impact on the movement of domestic freight—which would be bad news for America’s economy.
How does the driver shortage affect the trade show industry? Less drivers means less trucks available to move materials from point A to point B. As a result, exhibitors could expect longer transit times for trade show materials, as well as far less capacity to carry them. In order to avoid this inconvenience and potential dent in your finances, the smartest course of action is to plan ahead. Don’t wait—the longer you delay. the more costly you can expect the shipment of your materials to be!
Count on Legacy Logistics, your full-service trade show shipping company, to make the event transportation process go as smoothly as possible. Trade show and event coordinators can attest that their materials are consistently handled with care and delivered in a timely manner. For more information or to request our services, contact Legacy Logistics—the sooner, the better!