Happy National Trucking Week!
It’s National Trucking Week, celebrating, recognizing and acknowledging the integral role employees are a part of in the transportation industry. As they say, “if you’ve bought it, a trucker probably brought it.” We keep the wheels turning while food is being delivered to tables. The trucking industry remains a critical component of the worldwide supply chain. Although it can be challenging at times, it is also rewarding for many individuals within the industry.
The pandemic shined a spotlight on our industry and provided a look through a different lens at our supply chain. We continued to power uphill as an essential service during the pandemic. As our company continues evolving, it is important to remind ourselves of the incredible power our industry and its people hold. We want to extend our gratitude to everyone working in the trucking industry. Thank you for trucking through these challenging times and reminding us of all the incredible positive changes we are making in the communities around us. We are proud, and so should you!
We Help Bring Food to Family's Tables
Trucking plays a vital role in the process between producers and consumers. As border buddies, the US and Canada exchange roughly $2 billion in goods and services each day, and Canadian drivers alone handle 75% of cross-border truck freight. As members of the trucking industry, you help keep trucks rolling with items that go into families' home fridges and freezers.
As a company specializing in refrigerated trucking, the demand for our services is also increasing. The global refrigerated goods market expects growth from $56.01 billion in 2021 to $62.47 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.5%. Providing fresh food, pharmaceuticals, and other essential items to our customers would be difficult without making some cool moves.
We Value Our Communities
The trucking workforce is made up of a diverse group of people who are happy to work together. When it comes to being the providers of essential items, whether the food we eat, the medicine we need, or the materials required to build homes, we always look for opportunities to help. The Erb Group aims to contribute to communities around our terminals by offering in-kind support or donations to extend our mission of bringing food to family's tables. In August, we donated $5000 to The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford to enhance food programming and accessibility. We also delivered furniture for a Kitchener not-for-profit to make their new supportive housing units feel more like home for the community's youth.
We Are Resilient
During the peak of the pandemic and beyond, critical supply chains and their employees were in extremely high demand. Thus calling upon the 650,000 individuals in Canada's trucking workforce to put in longer hours and drive more miles to keep the stress of society at ease. In 2018, the average truck driver previously waited about 2.5 hours at warehouses. Still, supply chain bottlenecks have made delays and closures even more unpredictable now, without considering other driving obstacles. However, through it all, we remained resilient and continued to deliver with excellence.
It takes a special type of person to work in the trucking industry. Our goal is to ensure our employees feel valued, and know they are part of an integral operation. The challenges and triumphs we have conquered have shed light on our industry and the people who work hard to keep the wheels of our trucks moving. "The main reason I like to work for Erb Transport is that I enjoy seeing our customers' products on the grocery shelves and knowing that we played an important role in it getting there," said Penny Gill from our Montreal Terminal.
Thank you for sticking with us for the long haul and bringing food to family’s tables with cool moves and warm hearts.
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