We’re just over four months into the COVID-19 pandemic. That means we’ve already spent one-third of 2020 dealing with this deadly virus. Some industries ground to a halt, sports leagues across the world found themselves stuck at home like the majority of us. Other sectors, like healthcare, went digital. Patients found themselves in a virtual waiting room and spoke with health professionals via video chat. One industry, however, found itself (pun intended) trucking away as usual. While there were certainly changes in guidelines and regulations, the transportation aspect has remained unchanged. One positive aspect to come out of all of this is the ability to look back and learn. Like any major catastrophe, we’ll learn from it, and become more prepared for the future. As we still battle the virus, it’s important to stop and take a moment and think about the trucking lessons from COVID-19 that we’ve learned. Let’s take a look!
Trucking Lessons From COVID-19
Truckers are Important
Okay, okay. You might have laughed out loud reading that first one. However, while it’s obvious to those in the industry that truckers are important, your average Joe might not have fully appreciated what truckers do until now. Could you have ever imagined the pandemonium that a toilet paper shortage could cause? While toilet paper is certainly important, imagine if there was an insulin shortage or water shortage? These catastrophic shortages are prevented by, you guessed it, truckers. Although it may have taken a worldwide crisis, truckers are finally getting the recognition they deserve. “Truckers keep America running,” isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s a fact.
Diversify Your Suppliers
One of the trucking lessons from COVID-19 that we quickly learned dealt with the personal protective equipment (PPE). As healthcare facilities and retail stores struggled to supply enough PPE to meet demand, it was quickly determined that a bottleneck in the supply chain was the cause of the shortage. Many stores and healthcare establishments get their products from a single source. While most of the time, this is a non-issue, the rapid increase in demand paired with a single supply chain created a massive shortage that left many without the PPE they needed.
So, what did we learn? We need to diversify the people and places that we’re buying from. Essentially, many places we caught with all of their eggs in one basket. Instead, finding multiple suppliers will greatly decrease the chance of a bottleneck and shortage.
Consistency is Key
Let’s face it, very few people predicted something like this happening. While of course, a few will say “I told you so,” the fact of the matter is, we were not prepared for a global pandemic of this caliber. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from our mistakes. This wasn’t the first, and it certainly won’t be the last virus to impact the majority of the population. Luckily, one of the biggest trucking lessons from COVID-19 is that we need more consistency.
Consistency starts from the top down. While the governmental landscape will continue to change, we should have regulations already in place when it comes to combatting a future pandemic. One of the biggest issues truckers are coming across is the irregularities of state-wide policies. Some states are reopening while others remain quarantined. This is forcing truckers to drive through different states with different guidelines. Not only does this create a ton of red tape, but it puts drivers at risk as they try to keep up with rapidly changing guidelines.
These are just a few of the many trucking lessons from COVID-19 that we’ve learned so far. This pandemic doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. However, that means we’ve still got time to learn and adapt. What’s one lesson you’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic? Let us know in the comments below!