CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Bloodhound has introduced a new digital technology that is poised to change how the trucking industry, one of the nation's most mobile sectors, connects carriers and drivers. The innovative company is working to eliminate the rapidly increasing driver shortage with its web- and mobile-based solutions that connect independent, professional (CDL-licensed) drivers with motor carriers who have job opportunities.
Blue Bloodhound began its debut in Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., and Louisville, Ky., important hubs for the transportation industry. Drivers and motor carriers throughout the U.S. also have access to and are encouraged to sign-up and create their profile at this time.
Blue Bloodhound answers a very real need that has been plaguing the U.S. transportation industry for years. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the driver shortage is reaching 50,000 and could go as high as 175,000 by 2024 if common industry practices are not changed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average age of a commercial driver in the U.S. is 55. This is particularly troubling in states like Ohio where, according to the Ohio Development Services Agency, more than 25 percent of the current population is 55 or older.
Blue Bloodhound empowers CDL drivers by letting them operate as fully independent contractors, experiencing the freedom and flexibility previously reserved for owner-operators. The easy-to-use app simplifies the traditional and often difficult application process by allowing drivers to create a Driver Qualification file as an independent contractor, enabling motor carriers to verify qualified drivers and determine availability in minutes. The intuitive technology serves as a vital connecting piece that expands the database of potential drivers for the carriers while providing drivers with more options for jobs as well as greater transparency in compensation structure.
"The recruitment and retention challenges facing our industry can be mitigated by giving drivers the right tools to fuel their entrepreneurial spirit," said Todd Warner, Blue Bloodhound COO. "Our technology gives drivers and motor carriers a secure platform in which they can connect faster and more reliably. When drivers spend more time pulling freight and less time pushing paperwork, everyone wins."
Blue Bloodhound also believes that this new technology will aid in the recruitment of the next generation of truck drivers, who grew up with smart phones in their pockets.
"We are trying to break down barriers in our industry that simply don't need to exist in our modern world," continued Warner. "Similar technology has already been adopted by other industries. Our product will attract and retain a new crop of drivers looking to make a career on the road."
For more information on Blue Bloodhound, visit www.bluebloodhound.com.
SOURCE Blue Bloodhound