February 10, 2017

Ways to deal with the truck driver shortage: Part 2

As we talked about, the truck driver shortage is real and impacts moving companies. New technologies and ways to find drivers can help address hiring.

Autonomous Trucking

Driverless trucks. Yes, trucks that drive themselves. Just let that sink in for a minute. It might sound scary and dangerous even, as new technology does. The reality is that the idea of self driving trucks are a huge economical win for small businesses, including professional movers. For those who handle long distance moves especially, wouldn’t it be nice to have technology that will allow one single driver to become the equivalent of a team without the extra costs? Autonomous trucking technology gives the driver the freedom to catch some Z’s while still coasting along the interstate instead of stopping to rest. Now you’re not only saving on employee wages, but you can make deliveries significantly faster. With this generation showing less and less interest in truck driving, self driving technology can change the game for professional movers, decreasing overall cost while increasing productivity. The future is here. Embrace it and benefit from it.

How Can You Find More Drivers?

Not quite ready to take that leap into the future and invest in a self driving truck? Even when you offer training programs and bonus incentives, it can be tough to find people interested in the industry. A great way to get the word out that you’re hiring is to work with someone you trust to manage your social media accounts. You can post on your local newspaper but not many people read the paper anymore. Everyone uses social media and it’s the fastest way to spread news. This is a great way to get the word out. Establishing a presence and being responsive on social networks attractes good employees and helps build your brand in your area.

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