Many in our society have adapted to immediate gratification in the ordering of items ranging from daily needs (toothpaste) to holiday gifts (that sweater for Dad). As digital continues to drive increased consumer consumption, the need for shipping will only increase. (Not to mention that trucks move almost all food consumed by Americans, as NPR stated in a recent story.)
Domestically, e-commerce sales have grown from $42 billion in 2002 to $446 billion in 2017, and the Department of Transportation forecasts a 45% increase in freight volumes by 2045.
The United States Department of Transportation estimates that the slight change from 28 feet to 33 feet would result in an astounding “net reduction of almost 3 billion miles annually”. Moreover, more freight per truck means reduced costs for carriers and lower prices, resulting in a net 5% savings on door to door service for consumers. Along with lowering costs for consumers, Transportation Economist Noel Perry found that increasing the national length to Twin 33s would receive a 10 percent reduction in operating costs for shippers as well.
Overall, the increased efficiency of Twin 33s would result in significant cost savings for both the individual consumer and the larger corporation or business. The time is now to make this no-cost change to bring about immediate benefits.