Helping cut the driver shortage

Last year at CSCMP, Unilever spoke of freeing truck drivers (and trucks) by increasing load size — they use our AutoO2 tool to do that. But here is another way that helps solve 2 problems:

  • The driver shortage 
  • High rate of recidivism among convicts 

Tennessee Senate Bill 2399 enables qualifying (i.e. not every) incarcerated individuals (aka convicts) who will return to society to receive a CDL prior to or after their release. Senator Paul Bailey, who owns a trucking company, pushed the legislation saying “At my trucking company we have hired formerly incarcerated individuals, and they are some of our best drivers” 



  • Trucking executives expect rate increases of 5.8% in the next 6 months. This is at least better than the previous survey that suggests 6%
  • Supermarket chain Lidl bought one midsize container ship and chartered three smaller vessels from German owners for its nascent Tailwind Shipping Lines operation. (TradeWinds)


week 16 prices table

Future delivery prices are an indication of the direction the market may go. They specifically exclude all taxes.

This mailing is prepared as a service, so you know what is happening to a major component of transportation cost.