- XPO Logistics recently announced two free national driver training programs designed to equip military veterans to begin post-service careers.
- The two programs — one for those who have limited "behind the wheel" experience, and another for veterans who, lacking transportation experience, can attain their Class A commercial driver's license (CDL-A) — would help add to XPO's more than 12,000 drivers within the LTL carrier's ranks.
- The two programs are an expansion of the company's commitment to tuition-free training at its driving schools.
Almost full employment levels have created strong competition for jobs across all industries, and logistics and transportation companies feel the pinch in a tight labor market.
The driver shortage, from school buses to LTL shipments, continues to impact supply chain performance. While wages for drivers have increased, the cost of the CDL exam and the training required to go solo behind the wheel can be prohibitive to companies and candidates alike.
While some may enjoy the life on the open road, the glamour of making city deliveries in a snowstorm might not be enticing to many. All transportation companies are openly on the hunt for drivers, often advertising the need and a 1-800 number across the back doors of their rigs.
The opportunity to actively work with veterans and placing them in good, secure jobs provides a flow of workers for an industry that continues to grow.
We hear too many tragic stories of veterans not assimilating back into society. The XPO Logistics program is doing more than the traditional, "Thank you for your service" approach to veterans. They are providing real opportunities for those who have served their country and who deserve to leave the service with a good job and an opportunity to thrive. Through the program, the company is seeking to solve an operations issue, an economics issue and a societal issue.
Supply chain professionals have choices when it comes to sourcing products and services. They are often far too focused on the "low cost at all cost" approach to sourcing. But they have the ability to buy with a social conscience, working with companies that have similar principles and values.