Truck drivers the key to food deliveries at grocery stores


Spartanburg County, SC (WSPA) – Grocery stores are busy places with shoppers buying items at a record pace and the demand has truck drivers busy as well, racking up those miles.. to deliver those items.

Truck stops like this one are where drivers park, eat and rest..and they’re gonna need some rest because they’re the ones making sure our store shelves…are re-stocked..

When you see trucks barreling down the highway, know that drivers like Thomas Canty are behind the wheel.

“At the end of the day, ya’ll still gotta eat, ya’ll still need toilet paper, detergent whatever you need, so I’m here to help.” truck driver, Thomas Canty said.

Canty has been driving trucks for more than four years and drives more than 10,000 miles a month. By law, truck drivers can only drive 11 hours before needing to take a 10-hour break.

Swafford Transport and Warehouse, picks up items, stores those items and delivers products for companies, but delays in China cause a ripple effect for this company.

“Just because they couldn’t allow the workforce back in because of the quarantine, so once that cycle ran its course, they ramped back up to full speed.” Swafford Transport and Warehouse, Dusty Locke said.

Grocery stores are packed with deliveries and people clearing the shelves, ultimately leaving them empty.

“I got about three-quarters of a truck load in today and were working on it right now, it didn’t get here till 3:00 pm, it was suppose to be here this morning and I’m waiting on another truck that was supposed to be here this morning.” Quality Foods of Greer, Manager, Junior Holder said.

For shoppers, John and Ruby, both in their 70’s, a stop at the store is a necessary trip. “This is the 3rd store, 4th store I’ve been to today so.” shopper, John Kellett said. “What are you looking for?” reporter asked, “Toilet paper.” Kellett said.

Plenty of demand keeps truckers on the road and lower gas prices turn out to be an added bonus.

“Actually it’s been good because the fuel prices is wonderful, so that means I get to put a lot more money in my pocket.” Canty said.

The drivers we spoke with say they’re taking extra precautions, by washing their hands more and using sanitizer.

Some grocery stores are adjusting their hours to give them time to re-stock shelves, call ahead if you plan to shop.

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