Choptank Transport: Inside the transportation trucking industry

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 18, 2015 4:48:37 PM

When customers visit a store, they often haven't thought about how the items they are purchasing made their way to the shelf. For those of us in the transportation industry, however, we know that the logistics and processes behind producing a product and getting it safely from point A to point B are astounding.

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A peak inside the transportation and trucking industry reveals a complex network of carriers working with logistics professionals to ensure companies ship their goods safely and consumers across the country get what they need, whether it's food for nourishment, medical supplies for hospitals, or anything in between.

The professionals who work in this massive billion-dollar industry know that our society's well-being depends on a strong network of reliable carriers who pride themselves on a job well done. This network, of course, goes beyond the carriers to include all people who work in logistics, too, from the warehouse manager to the 3PL provider. It's truly a holistic supply-chain effort.

There are a lot of factors that influence the timely transportation of goods. Variables like the transportation infrastructure in cities or governmental regulations can change how quickly and safely products move. Another issue is the current truck driver shortage, which is making waves as logistics professionals scramble to find qualified drivers for in-demand routes.

For the consumer, the streamlined transportation of the goods they need can make the difference between getting something now when they need it and having to wait. If the cost of transferring the product increases, it can directly affect the cost of the item when it is purchased. Thinking transportation logistics have no effect on the end user is absolutely incorrect.

Ultimately, logistics affect everyone in some manner and it's for the benefit of everyone that the trucking and transportation industry continues to evolve and prepare for the future.

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