The ink industry is working to overcome numerous challenges with shipping and receiving.
David Savastano, Editor10.10.19
Filling an order isn’t the end of the ink manufacturing process. The ink has to travel to the customer. The same goes for ingredients for ink; ordering the pigments, resins, additives or other raw materials is the first step, but the final step is when the products are shipped to the ink makers.
The problem is that there is a shortage of truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association’s website, the issue is dire:
“The for-hire trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers. Despite the national unemployment rate being under 5%, the industry struggles to find enough qualified drivers. The shortage stood at roughly 36,500 in 2016 due to a multitude of reasons, including demographics, regulatory, and the fact drivers are away from home for a period of time, among other factors. This figure was down from 45,000 in 2015 but was expected to surpass 50,000 by the end of 2017.”
As a result, getting shipments can be challenging.
Jeffrey Shaw, chief
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