Monday, February 1, 2016

10,560 Transport Trailers in 30 Seconds

The marketing department at Handling Specialty carried out a quick data gathering exercise recently.

We placed our video camera at the windows facing the high way to capture the transport trailers that rumble by day after day. We counted 11 transport trailers within the span of 30 seconds pass by the windows of Handling Specialty at 2:30pm EST along a stretch of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) which runs parallel along the south end of lake Ontario from Hamilton to Niagara Falls.

Now that’s just thirty seconds during a time of day which isn’t particularly busy. Now, imagine those 30 seconds times 2; to make up a minute. That’s 22 transport trailers. Now times that by 60 to make up an hour. That’s 1,320 trucks every hour on average. Now multiply that number by 8; to make up an average work day. That’s 10,560 trucks on the road moving product on a Wednesday.

That’s just trucks carrying product on one particular stretch of highway in southern Ontario, Canada. Imagine the planes and ships and trains doing the same and all of the trucks all over North America and the rest of the world! It's kind of mind-blowing; the amount of people employed to move product from point A to point B.

That’s the industry we're in. #iWorkInTheSupplyChain

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