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The Trucking Industry Today

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In the modern trucking industry, artificial intelligence plays an essential role in digitizing, telematics, compliance management and utilization analytics. Things like automatic replenish and high-level dispatch from the long-haul market are in the works for the short haul. To top it off, truckers in the long-haul realm can install tectonic-detecting software to monitor any geographical changes that may cause delays in service. These are just a few examples of what’s to come for the dump truck industry.

Additionally, it’s now the industry standard to consider the comfort and safety of the driver. Kenworth’s T440 and T470 models both have optional Nav+ HD business tools incorporating truck route navigation and vehicle monitoring. The Kenworth T880S is made with Resin Transfer Molding to withstand accidents better than fiberglass. If the truck gets damaged, bolt-on fenders can be replaced in a timely manner, making it more efficient to return to the jobsite. In short, Kenworth finds ways of avoiding maintenance needs.


Modern Technology in the Trucking Industry

Mobile platforms help this industry get up to speed. The trucking industry uses methodical procedures which haven’t changed in the past 40 years. The industry is looking to cut back these procedures that eat up time. Mobile platforms can bring truckers in the hands of the people who need them faster.

On-demand trucking creates a brand-new business model. The way stakeholders derive the value of trucking is changing drastically. We’re now able to more effectively allocate time for drivers to connect with contractors to find work. Truckers no longer have to work on a schedule-basis. Fulfilling night shifts are possible. Truckers looking for fast work can find it. And in terms of trajectory, the digitized dump truck market is expected to reach 60B by 2025.


Independent Fleet Owners Take a Stand

With all this room for growth, the question why the shortage of truckers exists begs answering. Many mid-thirty truck drivers feel companies aren’t compensating fairly enough to make up for the rough lifestyle they face. Often times, they’re also not receiving benefits like 401(k), health care, and paid time off they deserve. In the past three years, the trucking industry’s employment rate has stayed steady at 4.1%. The truth is, trucking is tough.

The trucking industry has potential to remedy these employment short-comings. If truck companies treat their employees better by giving benefits and make working conditions more manageable, the employment rate would increase by a projected 4%.

The millennial vision backing many young truckers to steer clear of trucking management companies and opt for independent work adds to employment growth.The same roll-up your sleeves attitude that brought trucking industries to America’s forefront fuels many of these newfound truckers to ride solo. Efforts in improving outreach to younger truckers will prove beneficial to the trucking industry’s growth. Connect this with digitized efforts of the modern logistics world, and you have a trucking industry equipped for the 21st century.  

But the road paved with good intentions almost always has a catch. Many older generation truckers are highly skeptical about modern technology and social media. Big money offers at sign in posted through Facebook ads are usually a trap. In addition, surveillance videos meant for tracking also peeve veteran truck drivers. It’s no wonder these truckers need some convincing.


Mobile Tools for a Brighter Trucking Future

Tools like TRUX, a cloud-based logistics platform, have solutions for every trucking concern. Not only does the platform provide the comfort of managing a business quickly and effectively from a phone, but the tools they’ve developed will make it easy to record day-to-day operations.

In sum, the trucking industry is progressing. Filling the shortage of employees has creative solutions. TRUX is one such solution that can fill your gaps. With the TRUX platform, you can fulfill both the operational and logistical sides of your business.