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How the Driver Shortage

How the Driver Shortage Affects Consumers & How Companies Can Limit the Impact

If you’ve turned on the news recently or picked up a newspaper, you’ve probably heard about how the driver shortage is a big deal. Well, most specifically, you probably heard about the truck driver shortage in conjunction with the recent ransomware attack on and shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. Read here why and how trucking companies can do something about this, even if they aren't hauling oil and gas.

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Make Driver Retention Pay for Itself

In a recent blog post, we established that developing strong communication and feedback channels is the major key to improving driver retention. But did you know that investing in a retention program that will establish feedback channels for you can save you up to $8000 per driver? Ultimately that results in letting retention pay for itself.

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Make your Driver's day

How to Make your Driver’s Day: Things We Know Drivers Love

When leaders at many businesses think about feedback from their employees, their minds naturally leap to the negative. But the reality is, when you open a continuous feedback loop and empower your employees to share their thoughts and needs, you’re also going to hear a lot of positive feedback about how to make your driver's day.

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Why You Should Know Your Truck Driver Turnover Rate

Managing a situation starts with defining it. High truck driver turnover rate and a low retention rate have been consistent problems for trucking companies in North America for years. Large truckload carriers had a driver turnover rate of 92% in Q3 of 2020 according to American Trucking Associations data. It was 74% for drivers with smaller carriers. In 2018, when the big carrier turnover rate was as high as 94%, the average cost of losing and hiring a driver was $11,500 per position. 

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Where things stand with truck drivers

Where Things Stand With Truck Drivers & the COVID-19 Vaccine

Since we last talked about this topic in mid-March, the vaccination process quickly accelerated. At that time, different areas of the country were prioritizing different groups of people for vaccination access. Some states were already vaccinating most adults, while others were still only offering access to those who were age 65 and older.

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Retention Starts in Truck Driver Recruiting

Long-term contracts are productive for both drivers and trucking companies, and it’s essential that retention is top-of-mind during the truck driver recruiting process. While retention is a hot topic in the trucking industry, it isn’t often the focus during recruitment. 

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How to Improve Retention

There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to improving retention. While driver pay is very important, communication is the key to developing a company-specific strategy to retain your drivers. Here are some ways you can use effective communication to improve retention. 

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5 Ways to Address the Driver Shortage in the Trucking Industry 

High driver turnover, low wages, unfair fines, and unpaid work are just a few of the causes of the current driver shortage in the trucking industry. But what can be done to fix this? Here are 5 actionable steps you can take to address the trucking industry’s driver shortage:

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Retention is the New Driver Recruiting

When it comes to driver recruiting, the main problem is that many trucking companies are filling a leaky bucket. Instead of asking themselves WHY they have a high turnover rate, they are dumping a bunch of money into marketing for new drivers.

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milan supply chain solutions

Heroes of the Hound: Milan Supply Chain Solutions

There’s a famous quote from Admiral Grace Hopper that says, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’” That’s an absolute truth — and one that helps guide the way that Milan Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., operates on a daily basis. You could call it their secret to success.

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