Companies in almost every industry in the United States are reimagining the way they transport goods from warehouses and distribution centers to local retail and grocery stores across the country.
In many cases, as the demand for direct delivery of goods to consumers increases, challenges ensue-this method is becoming more and more popular due to online shopping.
The demand for more professional and private fleets is a surge trend, as shippers continue to find it difficult to identify and use rental trucks due to tightening capacity, especially from the proliferation of online shopping, increased challenges from driver shortages, and fluctuations in transportation rates (spot rates).
Private and dedicated fleets are generally more beneficial to all parties involved (drivers, transportation companies and customers). Drivers usually enjoy higher wages on regular routes and newer, safer trucks; the company benefits from higher customer service scores, and at the same time, the company’s image is improved by knowing that their trucks are cleaner; customers can enjoy more Accurate and punctual delivery rate can improve customer satisfaction.
Traditional for-hire transportation companies have taken notice and are shifting more of their operations over to the dedicated fleet side. Notable transportation brands such as J.B. Hunt and Transport America are increasingly moving more of their operations to dedicated fleets.
The pandemic has forced many retailers and their customers to undergo this shift. The economy will decline sharply in 2020, and the demand in some industries such as grocery stores and convenience stores will increase. This has prompted many organizations to pay more attention to the operation of private fleets in order to better control costs and adapt to these business climate changes more quickly.