Transportation of goods from factories to consumers relies on trucks and truck drivers to fill the gaps in keeping the supply chain flowing. But several other transportation modes are also involved in keeping the supply chain chugging along and bringing products to everyone. In fact, planes, trains, and even ocean-going ships may be used, especially when goods are imported or exported. Ships and trains are employed when bulk materials need to be moved to manufacturing facilities for processing into partially or finished products.
For example, a truck may be employed to haul corn or wheat from farmers’ fields to a grain elevator where it will be ground into cornmeal or flour and stored until it is moved by rail cars in bulk to ships for transportation overseas, or domestically around the country for further processing and packaging. Then trucks deliver the products to a distribution centre or warehouse for final mile delivery by trucks to stores for sale to consumers. If a product is ordered online for purchase, the product is delivered directly from the warehouse to the consumer by truck.
At any time of day or night, if you’re driving, you may encounter trucks as truck drivers pick up or deliver goods to and from stores, warehouses or distribution centres. In reality, without trucks and their hard-working drivers the supply chain ceases to move goods to you. That is why many items were in such short supply during the height of the COVID pandemic. Borders were closed at times to prevent the spread of infection. For instance, cross-border truck drivers from Canada who regularly deliver everything from household goods to medicines were prevented from crossing into the United States if they weren’t vaccinated for COVID.
Cross-border drivers were often denied the use of washroom facilities whether vaccinated or not, making it difficult for truck drivers to perform their duties of keeping the supply chain moving freely and causing even everyday essential items to be difficult or impossible to acquire. Finally, vaccines were created and produced, becoming available and saving lives, but not before a wakeup call at just how fragile the supply chain is if truck drivers are unable to perform their duties. We all suffer without them. Motor on. We thank you for your service of filling in the gaps of the delicate supply chain.