How to Get Trucking Past the Coronavirus Pandemic

Editor’s note: Written by Oswaldo Flores, safety and compliance product manager for Teletrac Navman. This is one in a series of periodic guest columns by industry thought leaders.

With much of America’s trucking operations grounded for the past several months during the COVID-19 outbreak, fleet managers are eager to get back to work. But what does that look like in a world where trucks have been sitting idle for 90-days or more?

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Coronavirus Recession Starts to Catch Up With Trucking Industry

While some segments of the trucking and e-commerce industries experienced a surge in business as the coronavirus pandemic reached U.S. shores, the economic malaise is starting to set in.

Analysts say consumers have stocked their pantries with most of what they needed as they started to comply with social distancing and shelter-in-place orders. A Morgan Stanley survey of more than 400 transportation carriers, shippers and brokers found that 100 percent were affected by the economic fallout of turning off large segments of the U.S. economy.

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