Highway Bottleneck Blues: 3PL Cleveland Trucking Solutions to Cut Costs

Bottlenecks – on urban roads and interstate thoroughfares – have been on the radar of our Cleveland trucking firm for some time.Cleveland trucking company

Transportation bottlenecks in the supply chain could include:

  • Congestion on a freeway in an intercity trucking freeway;
  • A traffic light that’s poorly-timed on an urban trucking corridor;
  • Routine crashes at an intersection that’s improperly-designed or outdated.

Everyone knows the pain of a traffic jam, but for the U.S. trucking industry, per a report last year from the American Transportation Research Institute, trucking industry time losses due to clogged highways collectively added up to 1.2 billion hours annually. According to the agency’s release, this is equivalent to more than 425,000 truck drivers sitting in idle mode –  for a full 12 months. Total cost of this traffic congestion to the trucking industry (which ultimately affects shippers and consumers too) is nearly $75 billion.

Worst Trucking Bottlenecks in U.S. Supply Chain

Our Cleveland trucking company stays constantly apprised of traffic flow and congestion on major and minor routes, maintaining contingencies for alternative routes to help save time – and ultimately money. For example, if every UPS vehicle every day experienced a 5-minute delay, this would total $115 million in additional costs a year.