Cleveland trucking companies

Cleveland Trucking Companies “Cautiously Optimistic” About 2020

Like the national trucking industry, Cleveland trucking companies have been working to acclimate to rapid changes and significant challenges that have cropped up in recent years. Among these:

  • Too much capacity (mostly added to the market in 2017 and 2018, followed by freight market slowing in 2019);
  • Depressed spot rates and contract rates;
  • Rising carrier costs (including insurance, equipment and driver wages);
  • Higher demand for faster deliveries;
  • Driver shortages;
  • Increasingly stringent federal safety regulations (with more hours of service rules likely on the way).

Although some of this was actually good for shippers (lower spot and contract rates, for instance), the trucking industry saw a wave of bankruptcies (nearly 800, according to FreightWaves.com). While concerning, the upside of this is that national trucking overcapacity was reduced by about 24,000. This is why highway transportation experts at the recent National Industrial Transportation League summit expressed “cautious optimism” about 2020.

Cleveland trucking logistics

Effective Communication Key in Cleveland Trucking Logistics

Communication is a core component of any successful supply chain in terms of efficiency, security and transparency. Yet a stunning amount of Cleveland trucking logistics firms lack efficient communication solutions.

Trucking and logistics teams are responsible for moving freight across significant distances, sometimes with multiple stops, while collaborating closely with various shippers, warehouse managers and other stakeholders. Team communication is essential to ensuring deliveries arrive when, how and where customers want them. This is increasingly important because orders and shipping windows are growing smaller. Cleveland trucking logistics companies that aren’t adequately communicating – internally and externally – are risking their bottom line and that of their customers.

Poor communication can result in:

  • Wasted time;
  • Loss of money;
  • Ineffective use of resources;
  • Reduced worker morale;
  • Missed innovation opportunities;
  • Unsatisfied customers;
  • Public relations headaches.

It’s easy enough for trucking companies to presume that whatever communication systems they’ve been using for years will continue to work just fine indefinitely. However, as the Cleveland trucking logistics experts at On Time Delivery & Warehouse know, communication inefficiencies can take months or even years to become apparent. That’s why we proactively evaluate our communication systems on a routine basis. We’re committed to making sure that the supply chains for which we are responsible are as transparent and uninterrupted as possible.