As an industry that is truly at the heart of
America’s growth, fleet and trucking businesses usually feel the brunt
of every twist and turn the economy takes. 2008’s roller
coaster gas prices hit the fleet industry hard, and literally thousands
of trucking businesses were forced to file for bankruptcy.
However, trucking companies that consolidated and
found ways to run their fleets more efficiently not only have been
surviving in this economic climate, they have been one of the few
industries to actually be in a position to hire.
In an article posted on MSNBC.com
that is part of an on-going series of reports on the re-invention of
America and American business, trucking company managers say they have
seen all walks of life, including white collar and blue collar
professionals, college educated bankers and corporate executives,
applying for jobs as drivers.
Fleet managers are reporting that job inquiries
are up between 40-50%, giving them the “pick of the crop” for drivers
where there used to be a shortage.
It is an interesting trend and one that could have
an impact on your business as well, from hiring to making you look at
ways to run your business more efficiently.
And to read more of the MSNBC posting from the article “Downturn Puts the Trucking Industry in the Driver’s Seat,” click here.
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