If you’re in the trucking industry, you’ve heard about the driver shortage. If you’re a carrier company, you’ve no doubt had difficulties with driver staffing. What if we were to tell you that there are drivers out there, right now, with available hours of service?
Drivers often waste valuable hours of services due to the unpredictable nature of loading and unloading. Those wait times can be quite long, too. A 2018 study showed that nearly 63 percent of truck drivers wait at least three hours at every shipping dock.
Despite the American Trucking Association stating that the driver shortage should fall slightly by the end of 2019, the industry still struggles to fill open positions. Yet as drivers sit idle, waiting for hours or even days, other trucks remain driverless at carrier facilities. This breakdown in efficiency compounds and worsens the ongoing driver shortage because drivers are unable to reach peak productivity.
The Problem with Driver Detention Data
The American Trucking Association, the American Transport Research Institute, and others have attempted to identify the cause and symptom of the driver shortage. Unfortunately, detention time, or the amount of time a driver must wait beyond the contracted allotment, is poorly tracked. The data that does exist shows that driver detention can result in increased crash risks and economic impacts for both carriers and drivers that add up to over $1 billion annually.
The Case for Driver Staffing Efficiency
Industry leaders and research groups have studied staffing issues long enough to understand that the driver shortage won’t go away on its own. Increased efficiency can improve truck driver staffing, which reduces the impact of the driver shortage. With efficient scheduling tools and human resource management systems, carriers can accelerate staffing and improve business outcomes.
All business efficiency gains are worthwhile. But you can’t control delays at the docks that are outside your direct control. Drivers in detention could work if they had easy access to immediately available jobs. And that’s the secret to true staffing efficiency: connecting drivers and carriers directly, in real-time, so that both can keep moving, regardless of detention.
Fortunately, there is a technology solution that already drives efficiency into every aspect of the driver staffing process. With marketplace technology solutions, we can work toward solving the driver shortage.
Marketplace Technology for Driver Staffing
Marketplace technology is a fancy term for apps and websites that remove barriers between consumers and suppliers. Uber/Uber Eats, Postmates, and Amazon are some common marketplace technology solutions that directly connect customers to businesses and accelerate transactions.
Traditionally, carriers found drivers by reaching out to staffing agencies, cycling through call lists, or hosting hiring events. Because of these inefficient and costly processes, hiring delays increase the carrier’s risk of losing valuable business opportunities.
With a marketplace technology app, carriers post jobs as needed through a simple interface. Qualified drivers then get an alert and respond, often within minutes. They show up, ready to drive, without ever interfacing through a staffing agency or HR department.
When it comes to driver staffing, marketplace technology improves efficiency and accelerates hiring by eliminating slow, manual processes. Smartphone apps connect drivers who have available hours of service with carriers who need their trucks to move. It’s that simple.
F|Staff is Driver Staffing – Solved
F|Staff is the first app of its kind that solves the driver staffing problem with marketplace technology.
This simple phone app allows companies to find pre-qualified, DOT verified, and drug/alcohol screened drivers in real–time. When carriers have a load they need moved, they post it to the platform, and a driver accepts and completes the job.
For drivers, F|Staff turns idle hours into profitable and productive driving time. For carriers, near-instant staffing means loads get delivered faster, fewer trucks move empty, and the hire-on process becomes a simple job post.
The app also provides real-time analytics so that carriers gain accurate reports of where, when, and how their trucks move. Additionally, company leaders can make data-driven decisions and plan with effective forecasting models that can further improve business efficiency.
By using F|Staff to secure drivers and move trucks, carriers can decrease costly detention time across the industry, solve the driver shortage problem for their company, and drive efficiency into their businesses from end to end.
Getting Started with F|Staff
Getting started with F|Staff is easy. Just fill out a simple web form, and a representative will contact you to walk you through the onboarding process. From there, you can use the app to post every job you have for free. You only pay for the driver’s time after the job is complete, and you never have to send a paycheck to an F|Staff driver – all the employee management load is handled for you.
Get started with F|Staff today, and you’ll have a solution that will get more trucks moving without delay. Visit F|Staff.com to learn more.
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