A Day In The Life Of A Walmart Dedicated Driver

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G-Town's Comment
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Bud wrote:

I agree, great reading and helpful for understanding what you do on those runs. I think it would make me a little crazy (or crazy-er!)

And if no one has said it to you, thank you for making sure the ice cream is in the freezer at the store when I go to get it for my wife and grandson!

Thank you Bud.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the blow-by-blow.

Cool to see how this account rocks.

Rick

Linden R.'s Comment
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How long did this take to type!?!

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Started it in a Word doc on Sunday, worked on in a little bit each day, finished it last night. Not sure how long it took to type.

Oh... I was gonna say, 3 minutes in between sections is pretty darn fast!

Pianoman's Comment
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Thanks G, that was great. I enjoyed every word.

G-Town's Comment
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Rick wrote:

Thanks for the blow-by-blow.

Cool to see how this account rocks.

Rick

You're welcome Rick and thanks for taking the time to read it.

G-Town's Comment
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Paul wrote:

Thanks G, that was great. I enjoyed every word.

Thanks Paul

Stewart A.'s Comment
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Very nice G-Town. It sounds like you are blessed with a great team at Selinsgrove and I hope and imagine you have let them know that too. These day to day work stories are just what some of us considering trucking need to hear. I know this one was also a pretty sweet day compared to a lot of them, but it is still really good to hear/read.

I hope you and everyone else out there driving trucks have more and more days of being the "bat" instead of the "ball".

Old School's Comment
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As I make the left into the DC and proceed up the hill to the big white fortress, the little QC reminder is blinking red, warning me of my impending HOS infraction,…I have arrived with less than 15 minutes to spare on my 14. Got it done, all of it! Some would consider this day long, arduous, and stressed. To me, it was perfect; utilizing 98% of my clock, covering over 350 miles, and 4 stops. Tending to the work quietly, safely, and efficiently, delivering over 117,000 pounds of grocery product to fill the shelves for hungry Labor-Day Weekend shoppers. A thankless job you say? I think otherwise.

As I relax in the cab, closing out my trips, entering the post-trip maintenance macro, my thoughts turn to my time as the “Bat” and consider it a blessing to even the score for all those days when I was unfortunately the, “Ball”. A great day indeed. Yes, today was my turn to have all the fun.

I love this part of your story! You expressed many of my sentiments at the end of what some would call a hectic day. I get a lot of satisfaction from a day that goes off with getting a lot accomplished in an efficient way. Some days seem to be almost magical when I sit back and think about what I just got done. Our jobs are completely different, with the exception that we are both trying our best to serve our customer's needs, and in so doing we serve the public in general also.

Great stuff G-Town, thanks for sharing with us!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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As I make the left into the DC and proceed up the hill to the big white fortress, the little QC reminder is blinking red, warning me of my impending HOS infraction,…I have arrived with less than 15 minutes to spare on my 14. Got it done, all of it! Some would consider this day long, arduous, and stressed. To me, it was perfect; utilizing 98% of my clock, covering over 350 miles, and 4 stops. Tending to the work quietly, safely, and efficiently, delivering over 117,000 pounds of grocery product to fill the shelves for hungry Labor-Day Weekend shoppers. A thankless job you say? I think otherwise.

As I relax in the cab, closing out my trips, entering the post-trip maintenance macro, my thoughts turn to my time as the “Bat” and consider it a blessing to even the score for all those days when I was unfortunately the, “Ball”. A great day indeed. Yes, today was my turn to have all the fun.

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I love this part of your story! You expressed many of my sentiments at the end of what some would call a hectic day. I get a lot of satisfaction from a day that goes off with getting a lot accomplished in an efficient way. Some days seem to be almost magical when I sit back and think about what I just got done. Our jobs are completely different, with the exception that we are both trying our best to serve our customer's needs, and in so doing we serve the public in general also.

Great stuff G-Town, thanks for sharing with us!

You're welcome kind Sir. Thanks for giving it a read.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brian M.'s Comment
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Having done a couple Walmart dedicated runs myself you really have done an incredible job breaking it down sir. Thank you for sharing this information with me and others great job!

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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