October 12th, 2017
Finn Murphy, author of The Long Haul, the story of his life as a long-distance truck driver, says the days of the truck driver as we know him are coming to an end. Trucking is a $700bn industry, in which a third of costs go to compensating drivers, and, he says, if the tech firms can grab a slice of that, they will.
â€œThe only human beings left in the modern supply chain are truck drivers. If you go to a modern warehouse now, say Amazon or Walmart, the trucks are unloaded by machines, the trucks are loaded by machines, they are put into the warehouse by machines. Then there is a guy, probably making $10 an hour, with a load of screens watching these machines. Then what you have is a truckersâ€™ lounge with 20 or 30 guys standing around getting paid. And that drives the supply chain people nuts,â€� he says.
The goal, he believes, is to get rid of the drivers and â€œhave ultimate efficiencyâ€�.
Research Credit: TD
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