Until we are faced with circumstances like the current COVID-19 pandemic, consumers don’t realize how vital the trucking industry is to our modern way of life. In the early days of the coronavirus, a dire prediction made in September 2019--that grocery stores would run out of food and supplies within three days of a long-haul trucking cessation—seemed to be bearing fruit. As grocery shelves usually stocked with toilet paper, canned goods, and fresh meats and produce stayed bare, many shoppers wondered when deliveries would be made if drivers couldn’t deliver due to warehouse shutdowns or illness.
In fact, a good number of America’s 3.5 million truck drivers did find themselves taking on the mantle of essential workers. And with good reason: over 70% of products in the United States—including food, crude oil and petroleum, pharmaceuticals, and yes, personal protection equipment—are transported by truck. Our investment in trucking pays off: in 2018, the American trucking industry was worth approximately $796.7 billion. But while drivers are used to the open road, to long stretches without another vehicle on the road, they’ve faced their own dilemmas when their usual stops for food, gas, and restrooms have been closed down due to COVID. Truckers have faced illnesses in their own families, have been sick themselves. And still the products we’ve needed to make our locked-down society run have made it to the shelves of our local stores. Many industry voices have pointed out that truck drivers are among the heroes of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
STS of NYS knows the importance of truckers to the American way of life. We are experts in the field of contingency and temporary staffing, and we specialize in retaining trustworthy, DOT-qualified CDL drivers for our clientele. STS has been fully operational during the coronavirus pandemic. We continue to offer our top-notch CDL drivers on short- and long-term bases; we are also able to provide personnel to meet your other staffing needs. Contact us today to discuss staffing options for your company through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.