There’s of course been plenty of discussion on just how to provide relief to operators relative to the long-entrenched problem of undue, uncompensated dock delays, and particularly following my own coverage of the various components involved in forcing the issue with shippers and receivers by charging for detention and paying drivers for time accordingly. You’ll find links to that coverage below.
‘Demand detention’ pay: Strong voices on compensation for waits
“Waiting over 6 hours to get loaded and then only getting 5 hours drive time … Then you lose another day to get your next …
I bring it up today because I came across a news item this morning that put one driver’s comments front and center in the context of supply-chain-management discussions of the “driver shortage,” or “pay shortage,” or “capacity crunch,” however you prefer to view what the driver in question preferred to see as a problem, yes, of detention.
Here’s America’s Road Team Captain Allen Boyd, a Walmart driver, on the issue, quoted in the Memphis Business Journal attendant to the journal’s broader coverage of the recent Inland Distribution Conference.
“If we can figure out how to keep that driver moving, the [shortage] numbers aren’t that big of a deal.”
And as reporter Michele Corbet went on to characterize Boyd’s further thoughts on the matter, the frustration that comes along with undue detention: “Current truck drivers could be turning away from the profession out of frustration.”
Corbet’s headline speaks to the dynamic those among you without much recourse on dealing with detention other than to wait I suspect know too well — “Truckers could become an endangered species.”
Boyd, again: “If my wheels don’t turn, I don’t get paid…. I got a call from a friend of mine just the other day who waited a day and a half on a load and he didn’t get paid” a dime for the time.
I don’t know about you, but for my money I’d say Boyd hits the nail on the head. It will take more than just carrier efforts at raising pay and boosting recruitment energy to keep them rolling. Collaborative efforts between shippers/receivers, carriers of all sizes and their drivers (whether employed or leased) to alleviate detention issues might solve the No. 1 problem going today. Solve detention by charging for drivers’ time/improve dock efficiency and etc., and you’ve got yourself a much healthier transportation industry, all around.
At once, the more trouble sizable fleets have on the issue, the better independents without the pressure to hire and expand might fare on freight and rates, at least those who can effectively deal with detention and still maintain high profitability. In any case, those are things we’ve talked about in recent memory (and in other contexts) here, of course.
Run through related detention issues via the links below, and here’s hoping for a good start to a productive, profitable week.
Detention détente: Tables turn in carriers’, drivers’ favor in pay/rate negotiations
The tables finally are turning, as examined in this multipart feature. Fleets and owner-operators, for years in a losing battle with brokers and shippers over …
Detention détente: Cadle Trucking
“When capacity gets even tighter – when electronic logs become a mandate … it will be a good opportunity for us to recover costs that …
Why you deserve $64/hour for detention
Calculating a fair detention rate: A majority of operators indicate either total revenue per mile (38 percent) or profit/net income per mile + fixed cost …
Detention détente: Chance 2 Transport
“If you need a 10-hour break at the place you’re delivering,” the Delaware, Ohio, Kroger facility “is a good place to go.” –C2T owner Rod …
Detention détente: Old Time Express
“Since we are on electronic logs, there’s no arguing about whether the truck’s there or not” at a shipper or receiver’s location. “It’s indisputable.” –Old …
Source: ‘Takes a village’ on detention