CHICAGO -- Distributors seeking to reduce transportation costs might start by mending relationships with carrier fleet drivers. One of the main reasons for driver shortages, high turnover rates and rising workman's compensation claims in the carrier industry -- all of which lead to higher costs for distributors -- is improper treatment and inefficient operations at food industry warehouses, said Lana Batts, president, Interstate Truckload Carriers Conference, Alexandria, Va. Yet some ...

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