Tim Voulopos

Tim Voulopos

Director of Business Development at J.B. Hunt Transport Services , Inc.

Location:
615 JB HUNT CORPORATE DR, Lowell, Arkansas, United States
HQ Phone:
(479) 820-0000

General Information

Experience

Intern  - Nabisco , Inc.

Logistics  - Cardinal Health , Inc.

Senior Vice President Business Development  - Cardinal Logistics Management Corporation

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Tim Voulopos of Cardinal Logistics, Concord, North Carolina, presented both of these questions to attendees:
An estimated 30,000 truck driver positions are currently unfilled, Voulopos said. He pointed to a few reasons trucking rates have increased, with four of the six bullet points on his PowerPoint slide presentation wittingly identifying "drivers" and the other two reasons as "equipment costs" and "mechanics/technicians". "The stereotypical 'old school' driver does not and cannot exist in today's industry," Voulopos said. He outlined several changes to the role of truck drivers' responsibilities, which have helped to shrink the availability of drivers. The increased use of technology required of drivers inside trucks-from engine and fuel monitoring to keeping track of hard stops and collision avoidance technology-has translated to more work and stress for drivers for less pay, he said. The gap between U.S. average wages and the average wage for a truck driver has been increasing, Voulopos noted. "If you want to be a driver, you have to subject yourself to all of this stuff," he explained. On top of these new priorities, drivers also are aging rapidly. Nearly 75 percent of all driver turnovers are the result of retirement and regulatory impact, Voulopos said. "If you do run a fleet ... know your competition for drivers in the area regarding pay, benefits and bonuses," Voulopos suggested. He added, "The driver shortage is real and it's not going away anytime soon."

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Tim Voulopos of Cardinal Logistics, Concord, North Carolina, presented both of these questions to attendees:
An estimated 30,000 truck driver positions are currently unfilled, Voulopos said. He pointed to a few reasons trucking rates have increased, with four of the six bullet points on his PowerPoint slide presentation wittingly identifying "drivers" and the other two reasons as "equipment costs" and "mechanics/technicians". "The stereotypical 'old school' driver does not and cannot exist in today's industry," Voulopos said. He outlined several changes to the role of truck drivers' responsibilities, which have helped to shrink the availability of drivers. The increased use of technology required of drivers inside trucks-from engine and fuel monitoring to keeping track of hard stops and collision avoidance technology-has translated to more work and stress for drivers for less pay, he said. The gap between U.S. average wages and the average wage for a truck driver has been increasing, Voulopos noted. "If you want to be a driver, you have to subject yourself to all of this stuff," he explained. On top of these new priorities, drivers also are aging rapidly. Nearly 75 percent of all driver turnovers are the result of retirement and regulatory impact, Voulopos said. "If you do run a fleet … know your competition for drivers in the area regarding pay, benefits and bonuses," Voulopos suggested. He added, "The driver shortage is real and it's not going away anytime soon."

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Tim Voulopos of Cardinal Logistics, Concord, North Carolina, presented both of these questions to attendees:

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