CPC Logistics’ Chief Operating Officer Dan Most recently contributed a byline article to Supply & Demand Chain Executive, offering tips to help companies attract enough quality truck drivers to fill their fleets amid the ongoing driver shortage.
In his article titled “How Fleets Can Fill Seats to Tackle Truck Driver Shortage,” Most addresses some of the key contributing factors of the shortage projected to hit a record high 82,000 truck drivers in 2024.
“Unfortunately, the number of unfilled truck driver jobs is expected to rise from there,” Most wrote. “Current driver demographics and burgeoning demand for freight could cause the driver shortage to balloon to more than 160,000 over the next decade.”
Though the increase in driver wages has alleviated some pressure, market-based compensation won’t be enough to combat the shortage. Most goes on to outline ways companies can fill their fleets, such as addressing work-life balance with less road time, accommodating for part-time positions, appealing to women drivers and recruiting the next generation.
“By offering high-quality jobs, fleets can fill their seats with the professional drivers needed to keep their freight—and the country—moving,” Most wrote.