The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) recently teamed up with other trucking leaders to discuss concerns of the Biden-Harris U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) team. The virtual meeting included Presidents and CEO’s of trucking federations across the United States.
The number of coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country and many major cities and states begin to consider large scale lockdowns. Despite this, many goods are continuing to fill warehouses, along with shelves being restocked at many retailers in preparation for the 2020 holiday season. According to CNBC, “The National Retail Federation said it expects holiday sales during November and December to rise between 3.6% and 5.2% year over year.” Holiday sales last year reported 4% growth in 2019 from the prior year.
As the trucking industry tries to continue to improve productivity and keep drivers happy, mobile technology remains important. A steady increase of the number of apps available for drivers is an ongoing theme to advance efficiency. Many of these apps are available on the driver’s handheld devices including GPS, load assignments, delivery status and travel centers just to name a few. To keep pace with the pandemic, travel centers are focusing on mobile apps and grab and go food to minimalize face to face interaction. "The Pilot Flying J app is a helpful tool for guests and professional drivers to use any time, but especially now to limit contact at stores and help stay safe and healthy," Jason Nordin, Pilot's chief operator, wrote in an email to American Trucker. "With the Pilot Flying J app, drivers can handle business and get the services they need from the safety and convenience of their phone.