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Today's Pickup: DHL Hopes To Attract Drivers By Getting Them Out Of The Truck


Deutsche Post DHL Group has taken a new approach to recruiting driving in Europe: offering to rotate them out of driving roles when capacity is not so tight.

FreightWaves Bulk and Intermodal Editor Michael Angell reported the recruitment drive comes as the industry anticipates the existing driver shortage to grow in Germany. The aim of the program is to fill capacity gaps, particularly during peak season, then allow drivers to rotate into warehousing and terminal roles in periods of slack capacity.

"If the peak season is done, they will still have a safe, reliable position supporting people in the warehouses," said DP DHL spokesperson David Stoeppler.

The goal of the recruitment strategy is to smooth out DHL Freight's capacity between busy and slack periods, according to Stoeppler.

Did You Know?

Maine produces about 120 million pounds of lobster annually, compared to a paltry 25 million from the non-Maine New England states combined every year.


"You come into peak in a more normalized environment, but the demand is there, and the demand is strong, even as it compares to last year." — Werner Enterprises President and CEO Derek Leathers, on this year's peak season as it compares to last year's peak season

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Final Thoughts

Following a record-setting September, fleets continued to order trailers at near-record rates in October, according to data from both ACT Research and FTR.

FreightWaves' Managing Editor Brian Straight reported the story, noting ACT said trailer manufacturers booked a preliminary total of 55,250 unit orders in October, just off September's record 58,200-unit rate. FTR reported a total of 53,000 units.

"After posting the highest monthly net order volume in history in September, the trailer industry continued at a breakneck pace in October. Our projection ranks October as the second-best net order month in history, up more than 70 percent year-over-year," said Frank Maly, ACT's Director of CV Transportation Analysis & Research.

FTR said that OEMs are now taking build orders for the second half of 2019.

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