ATLANTA, GA – From backlogged ports to shipping container shortages, the supply chain of goods has been disrupted by the pandemic in a way logistics experts once thought unthinkable — and it is worsening due to a trend on America’s roads.
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the industry needs to hire over 60,000 drivers nationwide to meet the growing demand.
Richard Sneden decided to become a truck driver nearly 30 years ago. Sneden says there is a demand for truck drivers now more than ever before.
“At some point in time everything in this country has to go on a truck – the clothes you wear, the food you eat, the gas you put in your car. If it ain’t for truck drivers you don’t have all of that stuff,” Sneden said.
Brad Barber CEO of the Georgia Driving Academy which trains drivers, added, “over 70 percent of all the goods shipped in the country are carried by a truck.”
The trucking industry is working to meet the demand, but it is only expected to continue to increase. According to the ATA more than 1 million truck drivers will be needed to answer America’s supply chain challenges.