Food Shortage???

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James E.'s Comment
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I’m hearing a lot about food shortages and was wondering how that’s affecting companies like Prime and such whose main source is grocery loads?

Has it affected any of you reefer drivers at all?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Nope.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It’s coming. I haul ag, primarily for pet food suppliers, dairies, co-ops and breweries. The dairies are paying premium right now trying to stockpile the feed ingredients they mix for cattle, pigs and poultry. In Minnesota, only 11% of the wheat crop made it in the ground and corn is expected to come in at a 20-30% loss. Oregon had a ridiculous amount of acreage that didn’t get planted and several other states we run in are experiencing similar issues. Cargill and ADM are two of the larger suppliers we pick up at and they’ve already issued warnings in regards to crop shortages.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Banks's Comment
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I haven't experienced or seen any food shortages. Local restaurants are packed as long they're open and the grocery store shelves are full. This is all a reflection of what I say and may vary region to region, but to be it sounds like more fear mongering.

Dennis L's Comment
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I haven’t seen any food shortages yet on the Walmart shelves where I live in southeast Arkansas.

Definitely price increases

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I haven't experienced or seen any food shortages. Local restaurants are packed as long they're open and the grocery store shelves are full. This is all a reflection of what I say and may vary region to region, but to be it sounds like more fear mongering.

You won’t see shortages yet, last years crop storage is winding down to make room for the new product, which has already been determined to be short. It could take several months before actual shortages come into effect.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I’m hearing a lot about food shortages and was wondering how that’s affecting companies like Prime and such whose main source is grocery loads?

Has it affected any of you reefer drivers at all?

As far as I have seen, the issue appears to be at the distribution centers. There is plenty of food. The problem is that many places experienced months of staffing storages. Some places are still recovering from that. Other places are still experiencing staffing shortages.

Some days might be slower than others, as per what dispatch has told me, but nothing outside what is typically seen from day-to-day.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I haven't experienced or seen any food shortages. Local restaurants are packed as long they're open and the grocery store shelves are full. This is all a reflection of what I say and may vary region to region, but to be it sounds like more fear mongering.

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You won’t see shortages yet, last years crop storage is winding down to make room for the new product, which has already been determined to be short. It could take several months before actual shortages come into effect.

Yes indeed. The Left's Grand Scheme in effect. Food, fuel, diapers, baby formula, energy, car parts, etc. All are fair game to become scarce. 61 days until the mid terms.

BK's Comment
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The company I drive for is busier than ever. I discussed this with an office manager last time I was in the terminal. He said a number of smaller companies have ceased operations during the pandemic/recession and Helwig has picked up new customers as a result. The last monthly company newsletter had a report from the company president assuring drivers that the company was keeping all it’s current accounts because of it’s “industry leading on-time record”. And I can attest to the fact that management is fanatical about being on time. It puts drivers under pressure, but diamonds are made because of pressure.

I was born and raised in agricultural country and everywhere I go I see bumper crops, especially corn and soybeans. I’m sure there are areas where crops have not faired so well, but I see very little crop failure along my routes.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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