Blue Bloodhound has introduced a new digital technology that is poised to change how the trucking industry connects carriers and drivers. The company said it is working to eliminate the rapidly increasing driver shortage with its web- and mobile-based solutions that connect independent, professional (CDL-licensed) drivers with motor carriers who have job opportunities.
Blue Bloodhound began its debut in Cincinnati and Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, and Louisville, KY. Drivers and motor carriers throughout the U.S. also have access to and are encouraged to sign-up and create their profile at this time.
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the driver shortage is reaching 50,000 and could go as high as 175,000 by 2024 if common industry practices are not changed, the company states. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average age of a commercial driver in the U.S. is 55. This is particularly troubling in states like Ohio where, according to the Ohio Development Services Agency, more than 25% of the current population is 55 or older, the company added.
The company said its app “simplifies the traditional and often difficult application process by allowing drivers to create a Driver Qualification file as an independent contractor, enabling motor carriers to verify qualified drivers and determine availability in minutes.”
“The recruitment and retention challenges facing our industry can be mitigated by giving drivers the right tools to fuel their entrepreneurial spirit,” said Todd Warner, chief operating officer. “Our technology gives drivers and motor carriers a secure platform in which they can connect faster and more reliably. When drivers spend more time pulling freight and less time pushing paperwork, everyone wins.”
Blue Bloodhound also said it believes that its new technology will aid in the recruitment of the next generation of truck drivers, who grew up with smart phones in their pockets.
“We are trying to break down barriers in our industry that simply don’t need to exist in our modern world,” Warner continued. “Similar technology has already been adopted by other industries. Our product will attract and retain a new crop of drivers looking to make a career on the road.”