No one is certain what the post-pandemic trucking industry will look like now that the economy is opening up and people are getting back on their feet, but there are a few things worth noting.
Benefits to Carriers - Low Traffic
During the initial stages of the pandemic, when the world came to a halt and businesses moved their workers remotely, fleet owners and carriers benefited from this shift. The roads cleared up and traffic flowed smoother, which in turn made it safer and quicker to drive.
Remote Work is Not Going Away
Today, remote work is not going away for good. Many businesses have been able to adapt to this new model – it wouldn’t be surprising to see a slow but steady shift towards permanent remote work over the next few years, which is good news for America’s carriers!
Online Shopping Still at An All-Time High
Because of the contagious nature of the virus, online shopping became the dominant and safest method for acquiring goods; making carriers vital to keeping our economy moving. And it seems unlikely that this trend will stop soon because more and more people continue to shop online.
Contactless technology became common practice among fleet owners and carriers during the pandemic. Contactless technology like document scanning apps, enabled carriers to upload invoices, sign contracts, and receive payments with a push of a button – making these processes quick and efficient.
Trucking Industry Keeps Growing and the Need for Drivers Continues to Go Up
In the face of the pandemic, many sectors and industries were forced to change and adapt to new work models to survive; but according to the FTR transportation intelligence predictions, the trucking and freight sector is expected to grow 6% in 2021, which is a strong growth rate compared to the historical average. Given this growing trend, the demand for new drivers continues to rise, making this a perfect time to join a lucrative career!
For more information about the trucking industry and the coronavirus be sure to check out this blog post: The Life of a Truck Driver in the Midst of COVID-19