When The Trucks Stop, It’s Over

Friday, March 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

MARCH 16, 2017

Systemic risk. I guarantee that most ordinary folks have no idea that if trucks stopped rolling all across America, within a short period of time nearly all Americans would be in a life-threatening situation from major delivery shortages. 70% of all freight that is moved in the U.S. is done so by truck. You (we) depend on that ‘stuff’ for our survival.

A major disruption in truck travel would immediately impact seven major industries, and would bring America to its knees within days due in part to “Just-In-Time” manufacturing, zero-inventory, and the fact that our modern way of life is entirely dependent upon unimpeded distribution chains.
The other day we had to take the long drive into the city, and while on the freeway Mrs. MSB commented how there were so many trucks – I mean a-lot of trucks (18-wheelers) on the road. She was right, they were with us the entire way – an endless parade – the ‘life-blood’ of the system that keeps most of us alive. I pointed out that what we were looking at is metaphorically the same as the blood vessels in our bodies, carrying the nourishment, goods and supplies which enable the existence for most of us.

This observation along our trip only reinforces the realization of our dependence on others and systems which are mostly or entirely out of our control. The truckers keep us alive – literally. Knowing that this is the case, it might motivate you to prepare for system disruptions (whatever the root cause) so that you are not left out in the cold if it ever happens…

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