The impact from the volatile supply chain has some major equipment manufacturers rethinking how they operate and wondering what new steps they need to take to confront the effects they have felt. The availability of parts varies month by month. Material costs continue to climb, pushing up equipment prices. Tens of thousands of heavy-duty trucks are just waiting for the finishing part. Although many were sold in the United States this year, fleets would have loved to buy even more if they could!

Large equipment manufacturers are trying to figure out how they can reposition their supply chain to better meet the shifting needs of their customers. Some believe there will be a gradual and steady recovery in the supply chain, but regardless of how quickly things recover, manufacturers agree that they need to be sure they can be the reliable supplier their customers need, even if the supply chain looks different when all is said and done. One large supplier has decided to partner with global aluminum and energy companies in the hopes to add dry van capacity as well as capacity for molded structural composite products like panels for increased thermal performance in refrigerated semi-trailers. Because trends affecting supply chain are forecasted to continue over the next decade, supply chain planners know they will have to work differently. They will have to continually focus on priorities and have a very good understanding of technologies and how they work. Equipment manufacturing companies are vital to keeping our trucks on the road. Without great companies building quality heavy-duty trucks and manufacturing replacement parts, the supply chain would experience even greater disruption and could stop altogether. Soren is grateful for all the major equipment manufacturers and all they are doing to combat the volatility of the supply chain and keep our trucks moving along. (…/equipment-manufacturers-shift…)