Danielle Loughnane

Danielle Loughnane

Danielle Loughnane earned her B.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and has currently been working in the data science field since 2015. She is the author of a comic book entitled, “The Superhighs” and wrote a blog from 2011-2015 about working in the restaurant industry called, "Sir I Think You've Had Too Much.” In her spare time she likes reading graphic novels and snuggling with her dogs.

Where Have All the Truckdrivers Gone

The trade industry is not the only career path affected by this generation’s connotation of blue collar jobs. For years it was ingrained in high school students that a college degree was the way to prestige and wealth. In fact, I spent the better part of my twenties convincing people that I had a “real job” in the restaurant industry. As the negative perception spread, the need for laborious jobs increased and entire industries faced a shortage of workers. In an industry that relies heavily on long-haul truck drivers to move goods – the supply chain and logistics business have seen first-hand how far this negative perception can go. According to a report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) – last year saw 60,000 truck driver positions go unfilled. That number could potentially increase to 160,000 by 2028.

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Railroading the Supply Chain

“"OmniTRAX's management expertise and our Precision Scheduled Short Line Railroading... will bring this 100-year-old railroad to modern times, making it and our customer's businesses far more efficient and profitable," CEO of OmniTrax Inc. Kevin Shuba said in a statement after news hit Friday that the transportation provider acquired Winchester & Western Railroad for $105 million from their parent company Covia Holdings Corp. WW acknowledged that becoming part of OmniTRAX would enable them to implement operational strategies that only a logistics company can provide. The 103-year-old company is also looking forward to the support and leadership that OmniTRAX can provide for them.

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Effects of Tariffs on the US Supply Chain

On July 6, 2018 after months of threats, the United States began to collect a 25% tariff on $34 billion worth of imported Chinese goods. Today, that number has reached $250 billion with the US-China Trade War showing no sign of being resolved in the near future.

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