Barry Wilkins, transportation and supply chain security director for N.C.-based Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, firmly believes that trucking companies must develop security strategies for their businesses now and in the future in order to stay competitive.
"Security programs are fast becoming competitive advantages in trucking," he told Fleet Owner. "That's because shippers are demanding better security and contingency planning from their carriers."
Also, Wilkins added, those carriers that have security programs in place will be the only ones crossing the U.S. border with Canada if another terrorist incident like September 11 takes place.
Wilkins believes that only those carriers that seriously upgrade their security measures will survive in the future.
"We're in a whole different world now," he explained. "There is still a very real threat of terrorism and only proactive contingency planning can harden supply chains against such a threat."