Amazon pushes dedicated truck operation; will it suck oxygen out of the driver room?
Is Amazon.com Inc. draining the commercial truck driver pool?
Yes, according to a top motor carrier executive, who told one of its best shippers—a customer prepared to tender abundant and predictable traffic at highly compensatory rates—that it would only agree to a 90-day contract extension once it comes up for renewal June 15.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the carrier executive said drivers who would normally be available for recruitment were instead migrating to Amazon. The executive added that equipment and drivers would be diverted to the spot, or non-contract, market, which remains sizzling hot and appears to be a better deal for the carrier than signing static contracts while pricing remains so dynamic, the person said. Neither the executive, the carrier, nor the shipper were identified.
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