The Packer’s National Editor Tom Karst chatted on Dec. 6 with Jay Thompson, president and general manager with Transportation Business Associates, Denver. Read entire chat on the Fresh Talk blog.
11:03 a.m. Tom Karst: There are a lot of challenges in the trucking sector now. Talking about regulations and how trucking companies feel about produce. It isn’t always warm and fuzzy, is it?
11:04 a.m. Jay Thompson: It seems like the more we have gotten into the information age, the more information that has come available. The regulators say, “This is more information, and we have to figure out ways to use it.”
These regulations are just one on top of the other. The trucking industry, the logistics industry overall, is having to deal with not only the emissions-related regulation, but now hours of service regulation could really affect equipment utilization. Utilization has more impact on profitability than any other item.
11:05 a.m. Karst: When you cut that back, it raises fixed costs, right?