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• BLOG # 96 Nov 8, 2021 at 8:37:44 AM

El mayor problema en la cadena de suministro de Estados Unidos: no hay suficientes camioneros

• BLOG # 101 Nov 9, 2021 at 9:48:54 AM

The Biggest Kink in America’s Supply Chain: Not Enough Truckers

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Long hours and uncomfortable working conditions are leading to a shortage of truck drivers, which has compounded shipping delays in the United States.

The Biggest Kink in America’s Supply Chain: Not Enough Truckers.

Long hours and uncomfortable working conditions are leading to a shortage of truck drivers, which has compounded shipping delays in the United States.

Facing more than $50,000 in student debt, Michael Gary dropped out of college and took a truck driving job in 2012. It paid the bills, he said, and he could reduce his expenses if he lived mostly out of a truck.

But over the years, the job strained his relationships. He was away from home for weeks at a time and could not prioritize his health: It took more than three years to schedule an optometry appointment, which he kept canceling because of his irregular work hours. He quit on Oct. 6.

“I had no personal life outside of driving a truck,” said Mr. Gary, 58, a resident of Vancouver, Wash. “I finally had enough.”

Truck drivers have been in short supply for years, but a wave of retirements combined with those simply quitting for less stressful jobs is exacerbating the supply chain crisis in the United States, leading to empty store shelves, panicked holiday shoppers and congestion at ports. Warehouses around the country are overflowing with products, and delivery times have stretched to months from days or weeks for many goods.


Opinión

Truckers do not age well. Maybe, when you are young, the excitement of the open road is a motivation. After a few years, the discomfort of the constant driving begins to show: back aches, broken families, poor nutrition, or worse – road accidents. It is not surprising that young people are not attracted to this occupation.

Los camioneros no envejecen bien. Quizás, cuando eres joven, la emoción de la carretera abierta es una motivación. Después de unos años, la incomodidad de la conducción constante comienza a manifestarse: dolores de espalda, familias rotas, mala alimentación, o peor aún, accidentes de tráfico. No es de extrañar que los jóvenes no se sientan atraídos por esta ocupación.



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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/09/us/politics/trucker-shortage-supply-chain.html?smid=em-share