A world of businesses, all fueling the trucking industry.
The Allied Trades group represents a broad range of services for the trucking industry. To better understand these businesses, take a look at the following types of companies, classified by the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) as representing the Allied Trades on the basis of their specific roles.
This segment of the Allied Trades supplies the trucking industry with essential assets. This category includes businesses such as truck, tractor and trailer manufacturers and dealers.
Parts and Service Suppliers
Companies that represent the aftermarket and the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) parts segment of the industry make up a big chunk of the Allied Trades. These companies provide the parts (aftermarket and OEM), equipment, service and repair facilities necessary to keep the trucks and trailers running.
Financial Services Providers
Like any business, trucking companies need financing. Carriers need access to capital in order to purchase, rent or lease equipment crucial for getting products into the hands of consumers. The trucking industry has created financial services firms that provide the banking and financing expertise to keep the trucking industry running.
Technology is becoming ever more important to the trucking industry. Specialized firms help incorporate the latest innovations in communications, telemetry, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), computer systems/software and other technologies both in the truck and at the office.
Driver Services Providers
Drivers couldn't be on the road all day without a support network as large as the country itself. In fact, an entire industry has sprouted up to support drivers on the road. Truck stops, hotels, service centres, card-lock fuel stops and other services are available to drivers to ensure that, while on the road, they can get the goods and services necessary to complete their job.