As the year winds down, demands on carriers always increase with the spike in holiday shopping. This year, the National Retail Federation predicts that holiday sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.2 percent over 2018. Additionally, “NRF expects online and other non-store sales, which are included in the total, to increase between 11 percent and 14 percent to between $162.6 billion and $166.9 billion, up from $146.5 billion last year.” Keeping your customers happy requires you to keep trucks moving.

The forecast is good news for the economy, retailers, and shipping companies. However, consumer satisfaction depends on shipping companies delivering before the holidays. If you want to keep your customers satisfied, it means moving more trucks, both long-distance and local, to meet the seasonal rush.

To Hire or Not to Hire

Carriers understand the ebbs and flows of demand throughout the year. The challenge comes in knowing how many drivers they’ll need to handle the holiday seasons. They need to keep trucks moving, but overcommitting to a standing workforce could diminish those extra profits after the first of the year.

However, finding seasonal drivers with the ongoing driver shortage can be difficult, if not impossible. And hiring 1099 drivers can cause problems for carrier companies, especially in the state of California, where the new CA-AB5 goes into effect after the first of the year.

The hiring question becomes a no-win situation for carriers. Meanwhile, freight stacks up on the loading docks.

Your Holiday Driver Staffing Shortage—Solved

What if we were to tell you that there are hundreds of drivers, right now, in your area, who are ready to move your trucks? F|Staff maintains a workforce of highly qualified, DOT verified, drug/alcohol screened, and fully qualified drivers. Every F|Staff driver works on W2, eliminating potential long-term commitments, risks of hiring 1099 workers, and all the effort that goes into hiring, tracking, and paying an employee or contractor.

F|Staff is a simple phone app that cuts the hiring red tape and connects you directly with pre-qualified drivers the minute you need a load to move. You post a job, qualified drivers in your area respond, and your truck moves. The app takes care of the rest, from alerting you when a driver accepts, through tracking your truck from end-to-end, to logging driver hours after the job. You can even narrow your driver search to include your pool of favorites, rate drivers for the job they performed, and access rich analytics that can help you forecast for next year’s busy season.

It’s Time to Take the Risk Out of Driver Staffing

There’s no time better to get set up with F|Staff.

To get started, fill out a simple web form. Our account managers will contact you to walk you through a quick onboarding process. From there, you can post your jobs for free. The only time you pay for F|staff is after a driver completes a job.

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Sources:

National Retail Foundation, “NRF forecasts holiday sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.2 percent,” 3 Oct 2019, https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/nrf-forecasts-holiday-sales-will-grow-between-38-and-42-percent

Internal Revenue Service, “Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee?,”  4 Oct 2019, https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/independent-contractor-self-employed-or-employee

California Legislative Information website, “AB-5 Worker status: employees and independent contractors.,” 19 Sept 2019, https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB5