Over the last year, the shipping sector has experienced an exceptional lack of truck drivers across the board. Shippers’ responses to disruptions and deviations have improved thanks to advances in logistics technology and creative techniques. Because more than half of all freight shipped in the UK goes by highway, the driver shortage has a significant impact on the national economy. The trucker shortage is still a major issue that needs to be closely monitored and prepared for.

Due to a scarcity of available drivers, those that are on the road must charge a premium, resulting in higher expenses for both shippers and customers. It may also result in increased shipping delays and shop shortages. Lead times get longer and more problematic, as does the overhead required to compete in today’s market. Profit margins are shrinking, and budgets are tightening, limiting the supply chain’s capacity to scale and evolve as needed.

Here a few ways you can combat staff shortages:

Upgrade equipment to load/unload trucks faster

A positive working atmosphere also aids in the recruitment of new drivers and facilitates the formation of partnerships and relationships within the transportation industry. Giving drivers the tools they need to complete their normal responsibilities safely and efficiently demonstrates foresight and compassion for them, which is often appreciated. It takes a long time to unload and load by hand – investing in moving equipment such as forklifts and other lifts can significantly speed up the process.

Add flexibility to schedules

The worker shortage has an impact on freight movement as well as the process of filling needed driver slots to meet present and future capacity requirements. Adjusting truck and dock schedules, filling dead spots, and addressing abrupt driver unavailability can all be made easier with innovative and collaborative scheduling and driver management systems.

Use up to date mobile technology

Drivers that have access to the correct tools and technology are considerably more successful and willing to collaborate with shippers who are ahead of competition. Every part of shipping is improved, and transportation management is simplified, thanks to real-time data and collaborative apps – this includes driver procurement and response times.

Cultivate supply chain experts

After you’ve decided to make all of the above adjustments, the following step is to develop a training plan for your staff. Remember that the individuals in charge of your supply chain are only as good as the people who run it. Standard operating procedures should be taught to warehouse workers, order fillers, and logistics managers so that their decisions are consistent, efficient, and accurate.

Ask for suggestions on how your warehouse staff can enhance operations if an employee has been with the organisation for a long period.

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