Finding qualified and reliable drivers is a challenge for many businesses. This problem is expected to be harder in the coming years as the American Trucking Associations (ATA) projects a shortage of 175,000 drivers by 2024.
Transport staffing firm centerlinedrivers.com advises businesses faced with such problems to develop solutions that will make their operations more efficient and more profitable. In this particular scenario, you can solve your company’s logistics problem and improve your operations by partially or fully outsourcing your fleet. Remarkably, outsourcing:
Allows You to Focus on Core Business Activities
Regulations and rigors involved with logistics consume a lot of a business’ resources. Transportation and logistics require specialist know-how to deliver products most efficiently. At the same time, recruiting and training drivers need expertise that may no longer be in your repertoire.
Outsourcing will allow you to focus on profit-producing or business improvement activities. It is also a more efficient option for your company as you employ the services of those who specialize in the area and already have the resources you require.
Reduces Your Business' Operating Risks and Expenses
Outsourcing your logistics eliminates the following expenditure:
- the cost of acquiring trucks or trailers
- maintenance cost for trucks and trailers
- overhead cost for in-house drivers
- fines and penalties for failing to comply with different regulations of state and federal governments
Outsourcing also decreases your business’ risks because your third-party transport and logistics service provider assumes these risks. The transport company also covers workers' compensation, bodily injury, and physical damage.
Enhances Your Operational Flexibility
Outsourcing gives you the flexibility of adding drivers as needed. Your business has the freedom to increase or decrease its fleet according to seasonal needs. With logistics companies that have offices in different states, you can expand to new locations without having to hire new drivers or investing in more trucks.
Like what they say about life giving lemons, problems with finding the right driver can be an opportunity to streamline your business model.