Everything changes, including the moving industry. What will the future of the moving industry look like? Well, certainly advances in technology will play a big role. It is already commonplace to use a GPS app to navigate between moving locations. Let’s see what else is store for us.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT RE-LOCATION STATISTICS?
It is reported that millennials (i.e. adults between the ages of 22 and 38 years) are among the majority of movers with an uptick of over 12% moving after only two years in their present home. Not only are they moving, but they are among the highest demographic who is moving long-distances across our country. This desire of millennials to move long-distances has been attributed to the fact that they are also the first generation born after the technological revolution.
TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF THE MOVING INDUSTRY
With everyone becoming accustomed to the use of the internet, we are using more and more apps within the moving industry. This is good news for the young and the old and especially good news during the pandemic. It is now easy to have a face-to-face meeting over the internet with apps such as Zoom or Duo. It is also possible to have an estimate done by the client giving the moving company a virtual tour, via the internet. Estimates, contracts and other documents can easily be transmitted between client and company. All of this can be accomplished without ever leaving your home thanks to advances in technology. Taking a beat from the aforementioned facts, it is easy to understand that technology can make one feel more comfortable and secure about the moving process.
ARE SELF-DRIVING TRUCKS IN OUR FUTURE?
Currently, the labor department reports that there is a massive shortage of truck drivers. People simply do not want to have a career where they are spending the majority of their time alone and driving. The young simply do not want a career as a truck driver. This is important to point out, because with the lack of interest in this type of work, it will eventually be difficult to find reliable drivers as we travel forward through time. This is especially so for long-distance truck drivers.
Again, technology is in the process of altering this field by introducing self-driving vehicles. This would include self-driving trucks. This concept is being introduced by companies such as Tesla and Embark.
Tesla has a “semi-autonomous system where the acceleration, braking, and steering is controlled by a computer,” though a human is still at the wheel. Embark “focuses on automating the on-highway driving process…[while] letting a driver take over when they get off an exit.
Furthermore, self-driving vehicles will be safer. With reports of “an average of 4,000 deaths each year in the U.S. from truck-related crashes… 90% from human error,” it is easy to understand why. [https://yfsmagazine.com/].
TECHNOLOGY IS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR OF CHANGE
It should be noted here, that many millennials are also minimalists. It was once believed the minimalist trend was age-related and was only prevalent within the millennial age bracket. Since investigation of this belief, it has been proven that the desire to downsize (minimalize) and otherwise declutter spans across all generations. This fact means that it is becoming easier to relocate since one has fewer material goods to move.
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