Drivers and IT staff drive prices up

(PresseBox) ( Weinheim, )
  • trans-o-flex announces general adjustment of freight prices by 4.9 % as of January 2020
  • In Germany, 150,000 drivers will be missing next year
  • Own company for training and further education: focus on driver training and qualification
The trans-o-flex logistics group is planning to adjust freight prices by 4.9 % as of 1st January 2020. This increase in costs, which we are thus passing on, is primarily driven by higher personnel expenses,” says Wolfgang P. Albeck, CEO of trans-o-flex. “Additional cost drivers include energy and insurance and, last but not least, investments in the generally demanded digitisation in the logistics sector.” According to Albeck, IT investments have a particularly strong impact at trans-o-flex because the company makes ample use of the possibilities offered by digitisation, from quality assurance and temperature documentation to modern and mobile track-and-trace solutions. “This enables us to achieve higher quality and transparency for our customers and to offer new services”.

In the personnel sector, the noticeable shortage of drivers in the entire transport industry in Germany is driving up costs. According to estimates published by professional associations in the transport sector, around 150,000 drivers will be missing in Germany by 2020, with the situation expected to worsen in the coming years.

“At trans-o-flex, we do everything we can to retain good drivers and attract new ones,” says the Managing Director. “It is not least for this reason that, this year, we founded our own company for the training and further education of our employees, with a focus on the qualification of driving personnel”. According to Albeck, however, all attempts to counter the lack of qualified drivers entail additional costs. In addition, there is a relatively new trend in personnel expenses, which, among other things, rise at an above-average rate because service providers such as trans-o-flex with their modern, IT-driven logistics solutions, for example, depend on the equally rare and highly qualified IT specialists.
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