7 Industries that Rely on Trucks—and What Would Happen without Them

The food you eat, the clothes you wear, the medicine you take—all are made possible through the trucking industry.

Truck transport serves the world every day, yet trucking is such an integral part of our society that we often take it for granted.

Let’s explore more about the importance of trucking by taking a look at some of the industries that count on trucks.

1.     Grocery Stores

Grocery stores rely on fresh food shipments each day to supply food to their millions of customers. In 2007, trucks transported over 92 percent of grocers’ prepared foods. Without a continuous supply from trucks, grocery stores would quickly run out of food—and people would go hungry.

2.     Retail Stores

Retail stores and other businesses need trucks not only to receive fresh supplies, but also to transport goods to other locations and to deliver goods to customers. Through truck shipments, retail stores meet your needs with basic supplies like tools, books, paper, or clothes. Plus, stores stay in business through truck supplies, which helps the economy thrive.

3.     Health Care

Through deliveries to pharmacies, hospitals, and health care facilities, trucking literally keeps people alive. In 2007, trucks delivered more than $500 million worth of pharmaceutical products—more than half of the total value for the year. Without trucks, medical professionals wouldn’t have access to life-saving medicines and equipment.

4.     Gas Stations

When your tank is empty, you know you can pull up to the nearest gas station to fill it. You count on a continuous supply of gasoline, but you might not think about the truck drivers who regularly deliver oil and petroleum products. This fuel isn’t just important for individual transport, but for public and business transport as well.

5.     Construction

Construction workers constantly need fresh supplies delivered by truck. For example, trucks transport 91.9 percent of the nation’s lumber and wood. Without needed supplies, construction workers couldn’t build new homes or offices—keeping community growth at a standstill.

6.    Restaurants

Like grocery stores, restaurants rely on food deliveries so they can serve fresh food to their customers. Because of these deliveries, the entire food industry can prepare and serve all the options on their menus.

7.     Water Treatment

You expect clean water to arrive any time you turn on your faucet or shower. What you may not realize is that trucks supply water treatment plants with the chemical treatments they need. Thus, treatment plants rely on truck deliveries to supply clean water.

A Week without Truck Transport

Have you ever thought about what the world would be like without trucks? The Swedish Association of Road Haulage Companies did. In 2009, they compiled a weekly plan of what would occur each day during a week without truck transport.

Here are some of the study’s results:

By day one, milk and fresh bread would run out, hospitals would run out of clean linen and begin to delay treatments, and individuals and businesses would not receive letters or packages.

By day two, pharmacies would close based on short supply. Restaurants would also run low on supplies, and grocery stores would no longer have fresh produce.

By day three, hotels could not provide clean sheets, restaurants would offer severely limited menus, public transportation would decline due to gas shortages, and school lunch options would run low.

By day four, garbage would pile in the streets, hard-copy newspapers would stop the presses, and gas stations would have no fuel.

By day five, all industrial production would stop. There would also be no drinking water available.

As you can see, trucking is a crucial part of the world around us. Be grateful to the trucking companies and drivers that help businesses thrive—including your business.

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