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LOADING POTATOES ON MAINE'S WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. Last Friday, in the f…

LOADING POTATOES ON MAINE'S WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. Last Friday, in the fading afternoon light of our longer February days, Caleb loads a pallet of organic potatoes onto New England-based LTL ('Less than a truckload') common carrier 'Ross Express.' Skilled at logistics and execution, 'Ross' promises overnight delivery in New England which is quite the feat since Northern Maine is a full ten hour's drive time from Connecticut.
The labor situation was tight in New England before Covid and it remains tight during Covid's midst. 'Ross' finds itself short on both truck drivers and warehouse workers. 'Ross' has run a Help-Wanted-Ad for the last three weeks. The ad has generated just three applications.
Another LTL trucking company we loaded yesterday had just hired a new driver the day AFTER he graduated from driving school. Gone are the days of being able to demand one-year's driving experience as a hiring prerequisite. Sadly, this new hire backed into a parked car on his second day of work. He is now seeking a new employment opportunity. Caleb, Megan & Jim




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