Most people don’t understand how important the trucking business is for our survival. 70% of all freight moved in the U.S. from the food industry to healthcare is done by trucks. If trucks stopped, within a short period of time, Americans would be in a life threatening situation. There are 7 major industries that would be critically affected right away if freight stopped moving because of their just-in-time manufacturing. These industries are: The Food Industry, Healthcare, Transportation, Waste Removal, The Retail Sector, Manufacturing, and Banking/Finance. Below is a timeline of what would happen to society if trucking came to a halt.
In the first 24 hours…
Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease.
Hospitals will run out of necessary supplies.
Service stations will begin to run out of fuel.
Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop component shortages.
U.S. mail and other package delivery will cease.
Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle, leading to skyrocketing prices and long lines at gas pumps.
In just 2-3 days…
Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of consumer hoarding and panic.
Supplies of essentials like bottled water, powdered milk, and canned meat at major retailers will begin to disappear.
ATM’s will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process transactions.
Service stations will completely run out of fuel.
Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas.
Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted, eventually coming to a standstill.
In just one week…
Automobile travel will cease due to lack of fuel.
Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.
In just two weeks…
Clean water supply will begin to run dry.
By one month…
The nation’s cleanest water supply will be exhausted.
As you can see above, if trucks were to stop moving there would be a severe domino effect. Trucks are the lifeblood of many industries, delivering the goods and supplies we need to exist. TDS has created the resource to keep the trucking industry running smoothly while simultaneously making the jobs of those in the industry easier. Ready to take your company to the next level? Contact Transportation Data Source online or at 877-740-9110.