Autonomous vehicles and self-driving trucks are widely being hailed as the future of the supply chain industry.

So much so that 51 percent of supply chain companies believe their operations will include these vehicles by 2025, according to survey results found here. As a result, many in the industry are concerned about what, exactly, that will mean for the approximately 3 million men and women who earn their living driving trucks as many companies seek out cheaper alternatives.

In that same study, only 14 percent polled said they don’t plan to use the technology.

Stryker Logistics Owner and President Fuji Avdic said his company isn’t considering self-driving vehicles at all.

Avdic said though he’s a fan of Tesla’s autopilot feature for his personal use, he believes Stryker’s drivers are what make the company run.

“Even though we’re so technology-driven, I feel like we’ve built those people up, and those same drivers have built me up,” Avdic said. “They’re a part of our company.”

Avdic said he wants to show loyalty to the people who have been loyal to Stryker.

“I would never replace them with self-driving trucks in order to show my loyalty back to them,” he said.

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