Can Tech Solve the Driver Shortage Problem?

Can Tech Solve the Driver Shortage Problem?

Michael Buerger

September 21st, 2022

Let’s get one thing out of the way – the term “Driver Shortage” isn’t exactly an accurate description of what is ailing the trucking industry.  According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 1,951,600 heavy truck driver jobs (CDL required) in the U.S. in 2020.  At the same time, the American Trucking Association reported 3.5 million endorsed drivers, while we continue to see around 100,000 entering the workforce each year.  

Despite this discrepancy, associations and large asset-based companies have spread a “shortage” narrative that isn’t entirely untrue.  Companies do, in fact, struggle to allocate men and women to move their trucks.  The real issue is that new drivers don’t stick around for very long.  Low pay, poor treatment and tough working conditions result in shockingly high turnover rates.  

“Turnover for truck drivers in fleets with more than $30 million of annual revenue was 92% at the end of 2020, meaning roughly 9 out of every 10 drivers will no longer be working for that company in a year.”  TIME

Combining a high driver turnover rate with the additional frustrations of today’s automotive logistics environment – volatile supply and high fuel costs, results in a shortage of dispatchable capacity that continues to adversely affect delivery times.  Michael Arnold, Operations Supervisor for Ford’s North America Vehicle Logistics, said that the 10 day average delivery time to get a car to a dealer is now more like 15.       

To keep pace with demand, large companies need a continuous pipeline of fresh drivers streaming in.  New regulations have lowered the age restriction on interstate truck driving to 18 years old.  Efforts to recruit women have increased as well as increasing promotion of high-paying positions. While these, and continuing to highlight driver shortages, does get people interested, this doesn’t touch the real issue at hand- the labor issue.  

This is where technology can make an immediate impact.  Improving the auto transport process by making it more efficient, and profitable, keeps skilled workers in driver seats while sustaining America’s vehicle inventory flow.  While improving the lives of carriers helps big business, it will have a more dramatic effect on small transport companies.   

Car carriers who stick around will often try to venture out on their own to (rightfully) collect more of the revenue that they generate.  To become an owner-operator, they must purchase or lease their own truck and trailer.  While some operate large rigs with 9 car haulers, the majority use smaller heavy duty trucks with a 2 or 3 car trailer.  Only 2 million of the estimated 15.5 million commercial trucks in the U.S. trucking industry are tractor trailers while 90% of transport companies operate 6 or fewer trucks, according to truckinfo.net

Small businesses with lower-capacity trucks do not get consistent OEM contracts or top routes from large dealership groups.  Small carriers often depend on old-school load boards, bouncing around between different dispatchers and brokers, countless phone calls and tireless paperwork.  All of the time consumption, payment factoring, slow cash flow and process inefficiencies make it a difficult environment within which to make a good living.  Technology can give small businesses the level of resources and visibility they need to succeed.  Being able to efficiently manage loads, settle invoices and communicate effectively can boost established businesses and give new entrepreneurs a fighting chance.  

The reciprocal benefit to vehicle shippers is that this results in increased shipping capacity.  More transport companies are able to see and engage with vehicles that are waiting to be moved.  This directly translates into increased shipping speeds and stabilized costs.  

This 21st century approach to vehicle logistics is slowly becoming the new norm.  Autosled offers its entire suite of transport tools to carriers through a single mobile app at no cost.  Car carriers who would like to get involved can register for free at www.autosled.com/transporters.  Any vehicle shipper interested in connecting to the network via our web-based Dealer Dashboard can do so at www.autosled.com/dealers


Leading Automotive Digital Logistics Marketplace, Autosled, Adds Ric Fleisher to Board of Advisors

Leading Automotive Digital Logistics Marketplace, Autosled, Adds Ric Fleisher to Board of Advisors

Urgently and Merlin Mobility co-founder brings 30 years of technology experience

ROCKVILLE, MD – August 29, 2022– Autosled, the modern automotive digital logistics marketplace for retail automotive dealers and transport providers, announced that Ric Fleisher, co-founder of Urgently and Merlin Mobility, has recently joined its Board of Advisors. 

As co-founder of Urgently, a global mobility and roadside assistance marketplace platform- trusted by millions of consumers across telematics, automotive, insurance, and mobility, Fleisher helped create the world’s leading Roadside-As-A-ServiceTM solution. In this role, he established partnerships with automotive manufacturers and insurance companies which were instrumental in the company’s success. Today, Fleisher is co-founder and COO of Merlin Mobility, an autonomous vehicle company with a focus on advanced driving safety solutions for vehicles nationwide. He has previously been involved in nine startups across real estate, mobile, location-based services, ID verification, networking hardware, speech, streaming video, collaboration, intelligent agents, and RFID.

In reflecting on his new advisory role, Ric Fleisher said, “I am very excited to work with the Autosled team. My automotive and two-sided marketplace experience lends itself well to the area of automotive transport. We have a tremendous opportunity to disrupt the space with a superior experience just as Urgently has for roadside assistance.”

Earlier in the year, Autosled closed a $5 million Series A round led by Lyndon Rive, and established its Board of Directors with automotive, mobility tech and logistics expertise. The company continues its mission to revolutionize the automotive transport marketplace by streamlining the vehicle move process for both shippers and transporters. Last week, the company launched its in-app turn by turn navigation for its mobile transporter application. The commercial-grade GPS software allows drivers to toggle between regular and trucking routes for destinations for both Autosled and outside shipments as well.

“We are excited to have Ric’s support and guidance as we build the leading auto transport marketplace.  His perspectives on platform technology, customer acquisition and investor relations are great additions to our team,” noted Leon Keshishian, Autosled’s chief executive officer. 

About Autosled

Autosled provides seamless digital vehicle shipment options for dealers, transporters, auctioneers, brokers, and individuals that are relocating. New and used cars, trucks, motorcycles, classic and luxury vehicles are delivered nationwide. Autosled offers enclosed and open door-to-door transport for residences and businesses. Dealers save time and move inventory faster. Services include custom price quotes, secure online payments, electronic accounting and invoicing, online vehicle shipment scheduling, verified transporter insurance and a vetted network. Vehicles delivered through Autosled are protected, with real-time GPS vehicle tracking, and instant communication with transporters throughout the process. For more information, visit: www.autosled.com.


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Peyton Hoffman

Strategic Marketing Consultant

Autosled

(757) 748-4533 (cell)

peyton.hoffman@autosled.com

Autosled Launches In-App Turn By Turn Navigation for Transporters

Autosled Launches In-App Turn By Turn Navigation for Transporters

Company Strengthens Technology Stack with the Addition of In-App Navigation

ROCKVILLE, MD – August 23, 2022– Autosled, the modern automotive digital retail logistics marketplace, announced that it has released “turn by turn” GPS navigation for its mobile transporter application. 

The latest version of Autosled’s Transporter App follows truck routes and includes alternate routes for each load. Transporters can retrieve all relevant details for each vehicle shipment within the mobile application. With the addition of Autosled’s new turn by turn navigation tools, drivers no longer need to switch between the app and external maps or navigation systems. Transporters can toggle between Autosled’s maps and load details seamlessly. Drivers are presented with multiple routes and can confirm their route of choice. The navigation will continue from pickup until vehicle drop off, unless otherwise paused by the driver.  

“Ultimately, we want Autosled’s platform to be the easiest, most intuitive way for carriers to be able to find loads and keep their trucks full. Not only is this a benefit for our customers, but it ensures that Autosled’s transporter network wastes as little fuel as possible on each route. For carriers, efficiency directly translates to higher profits. Turn by turn navigation brings the entire platform together, and is an important step towards building a transporter-friendly marketplace”, noted Dan Sperau, Autosled’s co-founder and Chief Financial Officer. 

To launch the in-app navigation, users simply download the latest version of the free Autosled app from the Google Play or iPhone App Store. Once logged in, users click on the navigation icon in either the Available Loads or My Loads sections of the app. To launch navigation, users will select whether this is for a vehicle pickup or dropoff before the Start and Finish addresses auto-populate to calculate the route. Multiple stops can be added along the same route- allowing drivers to stay within the application for all of their pickups and dropoffs. Voice navigation will direct drivers turn by turn within the Autosled application. 

”Autosled’s existing infrastructure allows transporters to deliver vehicles faster. Current processes will only be accelerated by our free, real-time turn by turn navigation. This commercial-grade GPS software allows drivers to toggle between regular and trucking routes, depending on the size of their hauler. With the added ability for drivers to input multiple points of pickup or dropoff, Autosled’s transporter network will be able to pivot quickly as new loads are accepted. Now, drivers can not only track Autosled’s shipments, but additional destinations for outside loads as well. This is a starting point towards the company’s mission of improving driver capacity, while simultaneously reducing waste,” said Leon Kesheshian, Autosled’s Chief Executive Officer.  

About Autosled

Autosled provides seamless digital vehicle shipment options for dealers, transporters, auctioneers, brokers, and individuals. As a tech first company, Autosled’s web and phone platforms create a marketplace between shippers and transporters that are faster, cheaper and more reliable. Services include custom price quotes, secure online payments, electronic accounting and invoicing, online vehicle shipment scheduling, verified transporter insurance and a vetted network. Vehicles delivered through Autosled are trackable, with real-time GPS and communication with transporters throughout the process. For more information, visit: www.autosled.com.

For Media Inquiries, contact:

Peyton Hoffman

CP Consulting Group

(757) 748-4533 (cell)

peyton.hoffman@autosled.com