MEMPHIS, Tenn — The bottleneck of shipped goods is being felt all across the country, including here in the Mid-South.
FOX13 spoke to one local logistics company owner who said he deals with it every day. And he has some advice if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet.
People in the freight industry told FOX13′s Tom Dees they have never seen it like this before.
”The industry itself is backed up without drivers from 10 to 15 years from now it is just being seen now because of the higher demand after we shut down during covid,” Ray Johnson said.
Ray Johnson runs J-Way Logistics in Olive Branch. His company deals with the delivery of small packages to tractor-trailer loads of goods.
”You got America that is short some 900,000 drivers, and it’s been like that for the last 15 to 20 years, so statistics show there are 12 loads for a driver right now, and a driver can’t take but one load at a time right now,” Johnson said.
Johnson said right now it’s hard to find drivers. He also said if you are looking to order Christmas gifts, especially electronics, do it now. It’s something Tiere Temples of Memphis told FOX13 he is worried about, because with almost three weeks until Halloween, he hasn’t done any Christmas shopping yet.
”Maybe a little because the stores don’t have anything so we can’t buy anything,” Temples said.
Carolyn Collins of Olive Branch said she’s not sweating a shortage of Christmas shopping.
”I have already done my Christmas shopping,” Collins said.
FOX13 also spoke to truckers about the shortage
A number of truckers we have talked to told us they don’t see the problem going away any time soon.
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