Rivigo is helping the Indian truck-driving industry out of a jam -

Rivigo is helping the Indian truck-driving industry out of a jam

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  • Sep 28 2017 16:15About: 2 months ago
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THERE are 36 gradations in India’s archaic caste system, from the priestly to the supposedly untouchable. And then, somewhere below that, are the long-haul truck-drivers. Plying the subcontinent’s potholed highways for weeks at a time, few can settle into anything like a home life. Their marriage prospects are grim; venereal diseases and sore backs from sleeping in cramped cabs are but two occupational hazards. Despite an oversupplied national job market, the industry has struggled to attract the roughly 1m new drivers it needs each year to keep everything from Amazon packages to car parts moving. Can technology help?

To fend off shortages, most truck owners have done precisely what economists suggest, which is to increase pay. Drivers can now command nearly 40,000 rupees ($610) a month, a decent white-collar wage—and not far from double the level of trucker pay just three years ago. Rivigo, a startup based in Gurgaon, an...Continue reading

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Time freshen modelTHERE gradations India’s archaic caste system from priestly supposedly untouchable. then somewhere below that long-haul truck-drivers. Plying subcontinent’s potholed highways weeks time settle into anything like home life. Their marriage prospects grim; venereal diseases sore backs sleeping cramped cabs occupational hazards. Despite oversupplied national market industry struggled attract roughly drivers needs each year keep everything Amazon packages parts moving. technology help?To fend shortages most truck owners have done precisely what economists suggest which increase pay. Drivers command nearly 40000 rupees ($610) month decent white-collar wage—and double level trucker just three years ago. Rivigo startup based Gurgaon an...Continue reading

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