COVID-19’s first wave immediately disrupted industries across the board, catalyzing rifts that will resonate for years to come. Perhaps no industry felt these changes more than the freight industry, which faced unprecedented demand as a result of increased online shopping, supply chain disruption and shifts in consumer buying habits.
The freight transportation industry has been growing over the last few decades. Even when the economy was slowing down or going through a slump, the trucking industry kept going strong.
Gagandeep Baidwan explained that he is his own boss, so he likes to see what loads are available and decide if he wants to take the freight or not. He further shared that he likes the freedom of being able to plan out his drivers routes and which loads he is going to take next.
Reflecting on the past year, no industry has been left untouched by the impacts of the continuing pandemic. COVID-19 has drastically altered buying habits and consumer priorities, putting an invigorated demand on the freight industry in particular.
In the time of COVID-19, as more and more people practice social distancing, the heroes that deserve our praise are the essential workers at the front line.
“I chose to be in a trucking business because it allowed me to be self employed and be my own boss. It gives me a lot of freedom and the ability to maintain work-life balance. Plus, the money is good in the trucking industry.”
After following in his father’s footsteps, Gagandeep Baidwan has paved his own successful path in the trucking industry, which he spoke about in a recent interview with Thrive Global.
Businesses large and small have felt the symptoms of COVID-19. While many industries braced for the economic impact of the pandemic, the freight industry witnessed firsthand what a full or partial lockdown can do to a volatile economy.