Growing Pains: Increasing Your Fleet Size During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Changing with the times

July 2, 2020


As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in the U.S., it’s clear the pandemic isn’t lessening its deadly grasp anytime soon. Numbers are rising in nearly half the states, according to the Associated Press.

Where does this leave carriers hopeful to expand the size of their fleets at a time when driver numbers are already at a critical all-time low? It goes without saying: the stakes are higher than ever. Are you ready?

Embracing Tech When It Matters the Most

More than ever, implementing digital technology is critical; it allows office staff to hire drivers faster with simple applications that can be done from literally anywhere, while at the same time, keeping everyone’s health and safety top of mind.

According to the CDC, limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of the disease; it recommends limiting close contact with others outside one’s household in both indoor and outdoor spaces since people can spread the virus before they even know they’re sick. With that said, it’s crucial to stay away from others whenever possible to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

Aside from the health aspect, applicant tracking systems offer a plethora of additional benefits, including simple driver applications that are mobile-friendly. They also reduce orientation time, provide leads to better-qualified candidates, and provide industry-leading analytics.

Making a Case for Recruiters

Driver recruiters are already tasked with an overwhelming workload.

They have to make quick, critical decisions regularly, manage complex hiring processes, uphold consistent communication with recruits, and maintain files and documents so they’re always up-to-date.

Aside from this, they have to organize and lead interviews and arrange – perhaps even host – orientation and training. Why make an already stressful and overwhelming process even more complicated?

An automatic tracking system provides a seamless workflow; one that, in the end, helps to find the best drivers out there, and dramatically reduces overall onboarding time.

Getting Ahead of the Rest

For carriers hoping to attract top talent – even during this global pandemic – the adoption of digital technology is what’s going to give them a distinct advantage; drivers need and want easy-to-navigate software that makes applying for a job simple, convenient and fast.

Gone are the days when drivers could physically submit paper applications; given current circumstances, it’s no longer safe, and for the most part, it poses an inconvenience.

Intuitive software makes it easier than ever to find quality drivers and begin building relationships right from the start.

Want to learn how TruckRight’s intuitive software could benefit your fleet, even during this global crisis? We’re here for you. Book a free demo today.

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