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How to Manage the Growing Transportation Capacity Crisis

Published: 10 May 2018

ID: G00352236

Analyst(s): John Johnson , Greg Aimi , Bart De Muynck , David Gonzalez


A perfect storm of strong economic growth, new safety regulations and the driver shortage is severely limiting truckload capacity. As a result, shipping costs are rising. This research identifies methods that supply chain leaders in logistics can use to secure capacity and constrain costs.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Tightening Transportation Capacity Has Caused Carrier Tender Acceptance Rates to Drop, Forcing Shippers to the Spot Market and, Correspondingly, Driving Costs Up
  • Shippers Are Forced to Work More Strategically With Their Carriers Now That Transportation Supply Is Constrained Compared to Demand
  • Carriers Are Challenged to Add Capacity to Offset the Supply/Demand Imbalance Because Even If They Invest in More Trucks and Trailers, There Aren't Enough Drivers to Operate Them

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