Economic Outlook for Holidays

The number of coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country and many major cities and states begin to consider large scale lockdowns. Despite this, many goods are continuing to fill warehouses, along with shelves being restocked at many retailers in preparation for the 2020 holiday season. According to CNBC, “The National Retail Federation said it expects holiday sales during November and December to rise between 3.6% and 5.2% year over year.” Holiday sales last year reported 4% growth in 2019 from the prior year.

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The Importance of Apps

As the trucking industry tries to continue to improve productivity and keep drivers happy, mobile technology remains important. A steady increase of the number of apps available for drivers is an ongoing theme to advance efficiency. Many of these apps are available on the driver’s handheld devices including GPS, load assignments, delivery status and travel centers just to name a few. To keep pace with the pandemic, travel centers are focusing on mobile apps and grab and go food to minimalize face to face interaction. “The Pilot Flying J app is a helpful tool for guests and professional drivers to use any time, but especially now to limit contact at stores and help stay safe and healthy,” Jason Nordin, Pilot’s chief operator, wrote in an email to American Trucker. “With the Pilot Flying J app, drivers can handle business and get the services they need from the safety and convenience of their phone.

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Cyber Attacks Continue to Target the Trucking Industry

In today’s day and age, cyber-attacks and security breaches are not abnormal or new. COVID-19 has provided hackers with an opportunity to carry out their attacks as people are distracted and mostly working from home. Working from home can make people vulnerable and  more at risk of a security breach especially if you are working off of an unsecured internet router. There has been a significant increase in phishing emails since the start of the pandemic and hackers have been using the fear of COVID-19 to get people to react to their emails and gain access.  

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Trucking Industry COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 is now in the lexicon of our vocabulary, we have been using it daily and its impact is felt globally.  From school closings, social distancing, and out of stock supermarkets, people and industries from all walks of life are being impacted.   The trucking industry is not immune to COVID-19 and has experienced cancellations and postponements of annual shows and events.  As reported by Josh Fisher of FleetOwner Magazine, below is a list of trade shows and conventions that have been affected thus far:

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Trucking Industry Receives Positive News

Yesterday, the trucking industry received a much-needed jolt to kick off 2020.  The United States and China signed a trade agreement that is expected to create a boost in U.S. manufacturing and an increase in the number of exported American goods.  While this deal will not completely mend the transportation industry after a historically turbulent 2019, it does provide a solid base from where negotiations can continue.  Vice Premier Liu He filled in for Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the meeting, reading a letter to President Trump from Jinping stating, “the first phase is good for China, the U.S. and the whole world.”

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