According to an NBC TV story quoting the American Trucking Associations, there is a shortage of roughly 50,000 truck drivers across the country and it’s driving up shipping costs and those costs are being passed onto consumers.
Companies in North Texas are down dozens of drivers, stated the story, and “online shoppers are feeling the heat.”
NBC cited the fact that Amazon recently hiked its Prime membership up from $99.00 to $119, saying “shipping costs” were the reason for the increase.
As the cost of shipping goes up, consumers will pay more for products and produce, the story said.
According to ATA, there will be a need for 898,000 more drivers over the next decade to keep up with growth and demand.