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10 Interesting Trucking And Logistics Facts

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What do you know about trucking and logistics? The trucking and logistics industry is complex. There are many factors that go into getting a load from point A to point B. Learn some facts about the trucking and logistics industry:

1. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags are becoming the norm among third-party logistics providers. RFID technology uses wireless transmission of data to identify and track shipments.

2. There is a significant truck driver shortage in the U.S. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), there are 35,000 unfilled trucking jobs. The ATA expects the shortage to grow to 200,000 by 2020.

3. One out of every 14 jobs in the U.S. is a part of or directly affected by the trucking industry. Many businesses and jobs rely on the trucking industry.

4. There are many ways to ship a load. Sometimes a load is shipped using more than one method. Rail is the most popular form of transportation in the U.S., followed by truck, ship and air.

5. The average food item travels at least 1,500 miles before it gets to your plate.

6. Nearly every industry relies on trucking. If trucks stopped running, automobile fuel availability would slow, gas prices would increase and there would be long lines at the pumps.

7. Within a month, the U.S. would exhaust its clean water supply if trucks stopped running.

8. The longest truck had 112 semi-trailers and was 4,836 feet and 11 inches long. It was pulled 328 feet to break a world record for longest road train.

9. Automation will continue to play a large role in supply chain management. Automation will help streamline supply chain processes.

10. One out of nine traffic deaths result from collisions with large trucks. It is important to practice safe driving practices. Check out our tips.

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