In late 2017, Frito-Lay truck drivers received a significant pay cut, an unfortunate change implemented by their parent company, PepsiCo. The substantial reduction in salary, said to have been around $30k, prompted many of the drivers to quit their jobs, inevitably resulting in delayed product deliveries. Store owners soon became fed up with these delivery interruptions and voiced their frustration to the company, some stating that they had not received a delivery of Frito-Lay chip products in over 3 months.
It’s not often that we open a bag of chips and contemplate the journey they took to get to the store we bought them from. But maybe we should.
Have you ever thought about the trucking industry and what life would be like if it did not exist?
For starters, hospitals would lack basic supplies, ATMs would run out of cash, U.S. mail and package delivery services would come to a sudden halt and children wouldn't have access to their favorite bag of chips in their school vending machine. Needless to say, it would curtail many of life's daily activities.
According to Easy Freight Factoring, “Trucks deliver 10 billion tons of every commodity consumed and transport over 671 billion dollars worth of goods every year.” The reality is, if you wear it, eat it or use it, than it was most likely delivered by a truck at some point in its production process.
Trucking isn’t just important, it’s essential, and its work has contributed greatly to the success and vitality of the U.S. economy. Even more, it is a booming and rewarding route for anyone looking to have an impactful career.
Becoming a trucker is not just about the bag of chips, it’s about your industry, your economy and your commodities that you, and everyone else, consume daily. As a trucker, you help contribute to the success and happiness of the population’s everyday activities.