Truckers Have Limited Options For Getting Inoculated On The Road

Considering how important supplies and logistics are for the global economy, especially now with people stuck in their homes and healthcare needing more equipment and supplies than ever, it’s no surprise that logistics firms like Titan Transline have been working overtime.

Truck drivers are, unsurprisingly, considered essential workers, but unlike the others, they’re having trouble finding the time to get inoculated from COVID due to the nature of their work, which demands long hours of travel on the road, potentially across state lines and national borders.

The US doesn’t have solid data on how many of its commercial drivers have been inoculated from COVID-19, but industry leaders are calling for state and federal governments to make rest stops and travel centers vaccination sites.

Part of the problem that truckers are dealing with is how the personnel handling vaccinations aren’t exactly trained to handle situations when a person that travels a lot, as part of their profession, for example, comes in to get vaccinated.

One such case was Anthony Tuttle, aged 44, who went into a Johnson City vaccination site to get inoculated, only to be forced to wait outside and have National Guard called on him by the staff, in spite of the fact that commercial truck drivers were exempt from quarantine rules, owing to their status as essential workers.

Even with quarantine requirements lifted across the US and eligibility expanded to all Americans aged 16 and up, truckers have had a hard time getting inoculated due to several factors, leaving a lot of them with few chances of booking appointments.

The American Trucking Association, National Association of Truck Stop Owners, and others in the industry banded together and wrote a letter to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, calling for the designation of truck stops as mobile vaccination sites for drivers and employees across the US, a move which will greatly help logistic firms like Titan Transline across the country.

According to the group, truckers should be able to get vaccinated in states other than their home states due to the fact that they spend so much time on the road and away from home, as well as being allowed to take their second shot at a different vaccination location, due to the same reason.


Moving Aggregated LTL Shipments Through Full Truckload

The sector of less-than-truckload (LTL) has an estimated value of $65 billion a year in the United States. Roughly 165 million LTL shipments are moved by trucking and logistics providers like Titan Transline across all of North America. However, it is apparent that LTL is often compared to the more efficient and larger truckload industry.

When comparing key service parameters, LTL on-time delivery rate is only 50%; whereas, full truckload has 96% delivery rate. LTL’s pick-up rate is at 70% while the full truckload sector has achieved more than 96%. Additionally, freight moved through LTL is 18 times more likely to be damaged.

In order to bring higher quality to the LTL segment, shared truckload has been introduced. This is a concept where freight that is shipped through LTL is pooled together and sent via full truckload. Freight from different shippers is aggregated together in a full truckload trailer and arranged based on the first come, last out system. This will ensure that the freight that was loaded last will be unloaded first to prevent other cargo from disturbed during the journey.

The LTL freight industry usually moves through the hub and spoke model which is more expensive to operate. If freight from different shippers is aggregated and shipped together, high capital expenditure will be avoided. Besides that, the simplicity and higher quality of full truckload will be shared to the LTL shipper.

In the traditional market that relies on supply and demand, demand comes from LTL while supply comes from the full truckload sector. The cost of moving a truckload of LTL freight is about half the cost of moving the same freight through conventional LTL. It is expected that shippers will be willing to pay the prices required by LTL as long the shipment is moved through shared truckload within a full truckload container. Service quality will be higher as well as hauling efficiency.

Both LTL and full truckload are offered by Titan Transline for your goods. Accurate tracking and real time reporting will ensure that your goods will arrive on time at their highest quality. LTL shipments that are handled include small volume loads, ecommerce shipments, manufacturing supplies, dry goods like textiles, temperature-controlled goods, etc.


What It Takes To Become A Logistics Systems Specialist

A logistics specialist job is offered by government agencies, military, or private sector contractors. Any person working in this position is connected and associated with the government. Thus, it follows that this job requires membership in any US military division.

The job of a logistics systems specialist includes providing pieces of advice on schedules of a program and logistics costs. The logistics specialist determines the effect on a plan from computer systems changes, provides manpower, equipment, and facilities to implement a mission, or makes logistics plans for disaster support.

Because of the affiliation of the logistics systems specialist with the government, he or she is paid good salaries and has competitive benefits. There is also good security of the job being in a government agency. The job of a logistics systems specialist is fast-paced and time sensitive which makes it stressful. Logistics specialist usually has a full-time schedule on regular working hours.

Career requirements

  1. Get a bachelor’s degree

Non-military individuals must have a logistics bachelor’s degree or any related field to qualify to work as a logistics management specialist. Bachelor’s degree in supply chain administration and logistics require four years of schooling. Classes cover topics in management fundamentals, global logistics, supply chain administration, transportation law, quality systems, and procurement. Students may be allowed to focus in global logistics, operations, and systems management.


  1. Start to work in logistics

Most employers get candidates with ample experience in logistics. Individuals can consider working as a logistician to be able to gain experience. The job analyzes the logistical needs of a company, allocates resources to assist a company in its operations, and acquires products.


  1. Work as a logistics management specialist

When one gains experience in the job already, he may be qualified to work as a logistics management specialist or take leadership roles. These positions handle the logistics of a military branch or a government organization.

Logistics systems specialist gives coordination, assessment, and support to all program areas. Since employers are mostly government contractors or government agencies, military requirements or military membership can be an advantage.

Becoming a logistics systems specialist is a challenging role because of the responsibilities that go with it. It is, therefore essential to be focused on the job to efficiently deliver necessary results.


Canada’s Trucking Industry Needs More Drivers

Canadian Trucking Alliance conducted a study which revealed that the trucking industry in the nation will have 48,000 driver vacancies by 2024. The industry including trucking in Guelph admits that driver shortage is currently one of the biggest problems they are facing. Businesses in freight and logistics are findings ways to fill in these positions because the vacancies are piling as baby boomers are ageing and leaving their trucking careers.

According to Lexon Transport’s company director, Marc Decarie, the number of their trucks is greater than the number of drivers employed. As of the moment, they have six trucks on parking mode because there are no drivers. He admitted that because of the shortage, even he had to fill in another role which is driving the trucks. It happened several times because they have orders from clients that they need to fulfill. He helps in delivering building materials, auto parts and steel products to clients.

Decarie said that one of the reasons why many are not willing to apply for the job is because the career is not as glamorous as before and young people do not find interest or mystery with driving a truck. Despite constant brainstorming, he is running out of ideas on how to encourage young people to take on truck driving. Even driving schools are faced with the same dead end.

The same predicament is faced by Westchester Logistics which is located in Ontario. They have a contract wherein they must deliver ice cream products all over central Ontario but they cannot fulfill the order because there are no drivers. As a solution, they established a driving school yet even this was not enough to satisfy the demand.

The demographic is no longer meeting the need of the trucking industry. Driving schools are bombarded with calls from companies who wanted to hire their graduates.

According to an industry study, the average of truckers in Canada is currently 48 years old. This is one proof that the younger generation is slowly losing interest. The industry is now facing another possibility – women might be entering the scene which is previously dominated by males.