Now that 2018 is in the history books and the reports are in, it was an immensely successful year for the trucking industry. Not only did we enjoy a 3% growth in the U.S. economy, but the e-commerce market continues to expand, creating new opportunities for drivers. There is no doubt that this sector is undergoing a critical transformation as new technology comes into use, and experts have a positive outlook for the trucking industry in the coming year.
At TQM Logistics, we don’t just offer a vast range of truck driver jobs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We’re also your trusted source of information and news for the American trucking industry. Let’s take a look at some trucking trends that you should be looking out for in 2019.
1. Self-Driving and Electric Trucks
This was easily one of the most discussed topics in the trucking industry last year, with many manufacturers testing electric semi trucks for short haul trips. In the coming years, expect to see more testing, adoption, and acceptance of this new technology. While the researching and development of self-driving and autonomous trucks will continue to progress into 2019, many industry experts believe it will be a decade or more until the deployment of self-driving trucks becomes a reality.
2. Driver Shortages
In 2018, we saw a significant driver shortage, and it will continue to be one of the most significant struggles moving forward in 2019. In fact, the trucking industry is currently short 50,000 drivers or more. Add this to the fact that the National Transportation Institute expects the wages for truck drivers to be increased this year, and it can mean some very attractive opportunities for CDL and Class A drivers across the country.
3. Implementation of New Technology
One of the ultimate goals of supply chain systems is to maximize their efficiency. To accomplish this, artificial intelligence has been increasingly developed and used in our industry, and it will only become more mainstream in 2019. Numerous companies are already integrating AI into their trucking fleets, utilizing the technology for freight matching, pallet loading, and even predictive equipment maintenance.
It’s clear that there are promising trends for the trucking industry on the horizon. Experts are predicting another year of a steadily-growing economy, industry growth, and technological innovations — and now is the perfect time to take advantage of this opportunity. At TQM Logistics, we’re currently offering a range of Class A driver jobs throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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