UShip celebrates International Women’s Day

AUSTIN, Texas – In honor of International Women’s Day today, logistics technology company uShip is celebrating women in trucking with a special series running throughout the month that focuses on women in the logistics and trucking industry.

This year’s theme is Balance for Better, which is all about building a gender-balanced world, a message that is resonant in today’s shipping and logistics workforce where recent estimates from show that only 8% of truck drivers and 12.5% of logistics personnel in the U.S. are women.

UShip says it is also working on a number of diversity initiatives, such as bias training, name-blind resumes and folding in stronger diversity benefits, including support for new mothers in and out of the office such as offering more substantial maternity leave, along with maternity rooms and dependent care.

Heather Hoover, executive vice president of operations for uShip, has been with the company for 14 years and is the longest-tenured employee. In her position, she oversees departments including HR, people operations, customer support, logistics operations and account management.

“If you told me when I graduated from the University of Texas that I’d spend the first 14 years of my career in logistics, I’d have thought you were crazy,” said Heather Hoover, executive vice president of operations for uShip. “But I now believe more women should get into the logistics and trucking industry because it’s the lifeblood of our economy.”

With more than 200 employees, uShip says 40% of its corporate employees are women, and the leadership team is currently 50/50.

The company says its focus today is on encouraging women to join the industry since the American Trucking Assn. says that almost 50,000 additional truck drivers are needed to meet the increased demand from companies that ship goods across the country.

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