The President's Column
By Steve Weitekamp
It is frequently said that we can't stop progress. While it is indisputable that we as individuals and a society have
benefitted from many aspects of progress, many of us still have concerns about the ever-increasing pace of change.
Technology is integral to all aspects of life and work. The question that comes to mind is: Where do movers fit in?
Within the last month, there was a news story that described the first self-driving truck's recent beer delivery. Technology disrupters are
envisioning a freight industry with driverless/cab-less trucks in 20 to 30 years. As someone who started his career as a truck driver and is a
representative to an industry reliant on truck drivers, I have a large degree of trepidation about the continuous discussion of the future of
trucking being dominated by self-driving trucks.
I don't have any answers, but I can say that commercial trucking, of which moving and storage
is just a very small segment, has long been a critical employer in our economy and one of an
ever-shrinking list of blue collar jobs to provide middle-class income.
Below, there are two photos of Fifth Avenue in New York City that demonstrate how quickly things changed in
transportation technology at the turn of the 20th century. The photo from 1900 shows a street packed with horse-drawn
wagons and carriages. The photo from 1913 shows that same street without a single horse.
New York City in 1900
New York City in 1913
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