Springfield Trucking Company Explains Impact of Pandemic Shortages
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Wood, ketchup and rental cars are all experiencing shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now the trucking industry is joining the national list. Many trucking companies continue to suffer from shortages to some extent. The biggest impact is a shortage of truckers.
Derek Raulston, Managing Director of Trail Liner Corporation, has been in the industry for over 20 years. Although he said the industry suffered a similar blow a few years ago, he says they’ve never seen it like this before.
Raulston explained that the pandemic was having a ripple effect on daily activities and that the shortages went beyond the lack of drivers.
He said that since the height of the pandemic, trade has been booming because there was an abundance of freight to transport pharmaceuticals to production. However, he said that means more people are trying to assemble trucks, which has a significant impact on the industry.
“Another thing that affects shortages is that suppliers have a hard time getting parts to manufacturers because they run out of parts and get the microchips that go inside, which is why they can’t have the trucks built. . “
When that happens, Raulston said, many trucks are delayed for months. He explained that this was largely related to driving too many miles out of their trucks.
“It’s the shortage of trucks that hits you the most,” said Raulston. “Holding on to your trucks for another 100,000 to 200,000 miles really lowers the value of your truck and you don’t get the trade-in value you usually should.”
That’s why he said they put extended warranties on their trucks.
“It affects us because if we have drivers, we are not able to add trucks and we have to refuse the drivers. In this industry, it’s hard to find drivers, so you never want to have to turn down one you don’t need. “
Raulston said all of these factors brought on by the pandemic are adding up. Right now, he said Trail Liner is doing pretty well, but Raulston said it made them think outside the box and play by ear. But they stand ready for what the future may hold for the industry.
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