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here are more than 900 truck drivers working
for Dubuque, Iowa-based Foodliner, hauling key
ingredients such as fructose, sucrose, flour and
starch that food manufacturers throughout the

United States and Mexico use to create some of our favorite
foods. But there's one key ingredient missing from Foodliner's
recipe for expansion and increased capacity: qualified drivers.

ALLEN BRILLHART, VICE PRESIDENT of
sales for Foodliner, said the company
gladly would hire as many qualified
drivers as applied, and the rest
of the industry shares the
same sentiment. According to
the driver-training company Driver
Solutions, the shortfall of drivers in
the trucking industry is as high as
100,000. If accurate, that would mark
a sharp increase from the American
Trucking Associations estimate of a
38,000-driver deficit in 2014.

And since the average age of a driver
is 49, the situation is likely to get
worse, with the ATA estimating that the
industry will be short 175,000 drivers
by 2024 if the current trend continues.
For specialized carriers such as
Foodliner, finding qualified drivers is a
top priority.
"I'm not joking when I say that we
would hire as many qualified drivers
as came through our doors looking
for work," Brillhart says. "We have
competitors that have 20 percent
of their fleet sitting because they
don't have enough drivers. We, too,
have trucks sitting, but not to that
extent. But with the volume that we
turn down daily from outside sources
that are looking for help, we would
take as many qualified drivers as we

could find. The driver shortage is our
No. 1 problem."
The U.S. economy has added jobs
steadily since the end of the great
recession, driving the unemployment
rate down to a 16-year low of 4.3
percent in August, according to the
Department of Labor. That tight job
market has led more workers to make
quality of life a major factor in their
career decisions, making it harder for
the trucking industry to attract talent,
Brillhart said.
The average haul for Foodliner's drivers
is 340 miles, so they often get to sleep
in their own beds, though they may
get home or have to leave for work in
the middle of the night. Many younger
people simply aren't willing to make
that sacrifice and are insisting upon
working the traditional eight-hour
workday so they can be home with their
families at night, on weekends and on
holidays. Similar concerns also have
made it hard for food manufacturers to
attract talent since production doesn't
stop when the traditional workday
ends, Brillhart says.
"What we're really seeing is that quality
of life is key, and young people don't
want to get into trucks," he says. "They
want to have a consistent schedule and

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017

President's Letter
Help Wanted
The Value in Orchestrating a Scheduled Transportation Plan
Building Better Supply Chains with Blockchain
Blockchains for Trucking
Truck Platooning
Regulatory Update
Rail Update
Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
Dinner at the Door
Industry Forecast
Retail Trends
Food and Beverage Industry Undergroing Transformation
Not My Tribe: Beyong Millennial Stereotypes
Where Did the Milk Go?! Or, Why You Should Optimize Your Website Before Redesigning It.
Burris Logistics
Vantix Logistics
FSA Members
Membership Application
Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Intro
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover2
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 3
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 8
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 9
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 10
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - President's Letter
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 12
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 13
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Help Wanted
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 15
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 16
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 17
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 18
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 19
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 20
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - The Value in Orchestrating a Scheduled Transportation Plan
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 22
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 23
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Building Better Supply Chains with Blockchain
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 25
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 26
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 27
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 28
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 29
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 30
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 31
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 32
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Blockchains for Trucking
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 34
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 35
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Truck Platooning
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 37
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 38
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 39
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 40
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Regulatory Update
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 42
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 43
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 44
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Rail Update
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 46
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 47
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 48
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 50
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 51
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 52
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 53
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 59
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 60
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 61
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Dinner at the Door
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 63
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 64
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 65
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 66
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 67
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 73
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 74
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Industry Forecast
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 76
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Retail Trends
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 78
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 79
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 80
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Food and Beverage Industry Undergroing Transformation
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 82
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 83
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 88
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 89
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 90
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Not My Tribe: Beyong Millennial Stereotypes
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 92
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 93
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Where Did the Milk Go?! Or, Why You Should Optimize Your Website Before Redesigning It.
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 95
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 96
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Burris Logistics
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Vantix Logistics
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 99
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 100
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - FSA Members
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Membership Application
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 104
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 105
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 106
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