The trucking industry is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Without the industry and our truck drivers, the economy would come to a standstill. To move 10.5 billion tons of freight annually requires over 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3.5 million truck drivers. It also takes almost 39 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all that freight. Simply put; without trucks, America stops.
‘GoDo’, a lightening fast new payroll technology is here to supercharge the logistics industry by providing truck drivers their daily earnings on demand. Given rising wages and low unemployment are a real problem for trucking recruiters, ‘GoDo’ provides a welcome solution and creates the incentive to keep on truckin’.
Even though recent economic news shows 312,000 new jobs were added in 2019, there’s trouble behind those numbers. For those trying to hire truck drivers, especially long-haul drivers, such low unemployment means more competition across industries for remaining workers, and even more desperate efforts to lure away top drivers from competitors. Additionally, whispers over the past few quarters of impending recession have slowed the trucking industry. The recent collapse of trucking giant, Celadon, could have put 4,000 employees out of work — but fortunately, TA Services, acquired Celadon and came to the rescue by absorbing all employees. This kind of scare undoubtedly put the brakes on many would be truckers considering entering the industry. Truck drivers, especially those that drive long distances, need more incentives to keep them around.
The growth of online shopping is creating opportunities for potential drivers to stay closer to home. Why not work for local delivery companies hauling packages for Amazon or formidable shops such as UPS and FedEx? Believe it or not, UPS has hired 100,000 temporary workers this holiday season alone! Many of those workers stay with the package giant. Over the last three years, 35 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs later landed a permanent position, and nearly one-third of UPS’s current US workforce started in seasonal positions, the company said in September. Those are employees freight trucking companies want to attract.
Lee Klass of Portland, Ore., has been driving for four decades. He owns his truck now and does the jobs he wants. He says the real problem isn’t the shortage of drivers — it’s all the experienced drivers leaving. Demand for truck drivers — particularly experienced ones with solid safety records — is still strong, especially, but not exclusively, in the long-haul truckload sector. The American Trucking Association estimates another 59,000 truck drivers are needed this year. Carriers such as CoreTrans, a Somerset, Kentucky-based fleet, are still raising truck driver pay.
Donald Rich of Yountville, Calif., spent 20 years as a cook in the Army. After retiring from the military, he began working at restaurants, but the pay was so lousy that his wife encouraged him to become a truck driver. He got his license in February and was hired immediately. At 53, he currently makes $60,000 a year. “It pays twice as much as the restaurant business. And the potential is there to make a lot more. The first year is supposed to be the hardest. A lot of trucking companies don’t want to hire you until you have at least six months of experience. Other companies have already tried to lure me away. I’ve had calls from eight or nine companies already. Some tell me to stay where I am and get more experience.”
Logistics industry, take note! There’s a simple and free pay technology that’ll give even a shiny new 18 — wheeler a run for its money. Buckle up and get ready to deploy ‘GoDo’; A new way to pay your hardworking roadies in real time! Now your drivers can access their wages on demand. Imagine the power and relief a driver feels if even from a truck-stop he can quickly pay bills or provide cash to his family at home. There’s no more waiting for the two-week pay cycle. What’s more, ‘GoDo’ floats your payroll.
‘Go Do’ is committed to supporting people who could benefit from good-paying industrial jobs and the employers who rely on them. Believe it or not, blue-collar workers are becoming scarcer in the US than white-collar workers, according to The Conference Board. Let ‘GoDo’ instill loyalty and incentivize your team. Trucking companies who use ‘GoDo’ can put an end to the growing driver shortage and churn. Klemp put the median truck driver pay at for-hire, over-the-road, and regional truckload carriers at about $58,800, although calculations for 2018 were still under way. That’s well below the $75,000 to $80,000 salary executives at large carriers say is necessary to attract and keep drivers. Getting there will require “the market stabilizing and demand staying decent,” he said.
Michael Dow of Dallas has been a truck driver for more than two decades. “The pay is so far behind the curve. I make less money now than I did 20 years ago if you adjust for inflation and cost of living. I figured it out once, and I was making $14 or $15 an hour driving for the big carriers. People flipping hamburgers are demanding $15 an hour.”
Said another truck driver, “We’re throwaway people. Nobody cares about us. Everybody’s perception of a truck driver is we clog up traffic, we get in the way, we pollute the environment. We’re just like cops. Everybody needs us, but nobody wants us.”
‘GoDo’ says NO. We need truck drivers like air. These heroes who sleep in dog boxes, driving packages to our doorsteps in the dead of night — they keep our economy going. They’re pretty much like Santa Clause 365 days a year. Consumers might not be leaving them cookies, but their employers could certainly sweeten the ride with ‘GoDo.’