PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 19, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As the director of business development at comprehensive freight services company GlobalTranz Logistics, Finis Toomer
is well aware of how much impact the trucking industry has on satisfying the cargo needs of several international industries. GlobalTranz--a company that provides shipping solutions through various carriers--has found that many companies have found enhanced bottom lines and more productive supply chain management as a result of the continued dedication offered by drivers, as well as those who operate air and ship cargo deliveries. However, new reports that suggest a truck driver labor shortage could mean decreased productivity for shipping industry leaders if the problem is not resolved shortly.
Finis Toomer points to a recent article from Tulsa World that highlights the noticeable drop in truck drivers. "The entire trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers as the economy rebounds, the energy industry demands more trucks and the baby boom generation, which makes up the largest pool of drivers, is aging out and getting off the roads. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. will need 330,000 more truck drivers by 2020. With the average trucker being 55 years old, the industry will face a shortage in the next decade from retirements."
Although some may interpret the shortage as an immediately negative trend, Finis Toomer focuses on the positive indications and states, "Any opportunity for new employment--regardless of the industry--is a positive sign for the entire US economy. The increased need for truck drivers shows that manufacturing is expected to grow and commercial activity within the country could be well on its way to recover from the effects of the recent recession."
However, Toomer explains that many trucking companies need to place greater attention on fulfilling certain demands to make the driving profession more appealing to new recruits. Tulsa World illustrates the present issues and observes, "The driving industry has struggled to attract workers as the economy recovers. It's no secret that the demands on truck drivers are heavy.
Drivers spend weeks away from home at a time, navigating a 40,000-ton vehicle on busy roads. Companies pay on a per-mile basis, which encourages drivers to spend more time on the road. The job can be nerve-racking and requires constant vigilance during stretches of up to eight hours at a time."
The article notes that while new federal regulations have forced drivers to take more rests while on the road, there is still a great amount of competition among trucking companies--many of which are stealing drivers by offering competitive incentives, leading to high turnover rates. While turnover rates may impact individual trucking providers, Finis Toomer concludes, "GlobalTranz works with a wide variety of trucking companies, so our customers are afforded across-the-board assurance that their cargo will make it to a destination on time, regardless of how turnover rates are impacting individual trucking providers."
is a talented sales professional who currently serves as the director of business development at GlobalTranz Logistics--a comprehensive freight services company. Throughout his career with the GlobalTranz team Toomer has proven a steady leader through not only his current responsibilities, but also as an award-winning salesman who fulfilled the role of regional director of sales for the southeast territory. In addition to his professional life, Toomer is a proud resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area where he spends much of his free time engaging in interests such as golf, travel and NASCAR.