A Day In The Life Of A Walmart Dedicated Driver

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G-Town's Comment
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Brian wrote:

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!

Thanks Brian. What DC were you running out of?

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."

G-Town's Comment
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Stewart wrote:

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".

Stewart you bring up a great point. I always conduct myself professionally at all of the Walmart stores I deliver to. And absolutely express my appreciation for their hard work and effort unloading their product.

Many of these folks I see several times a month, they remember and appreciate the respect I give them. All part of the job.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Stewart wrote:

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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".

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Stewart you bring up a great point. I always conduct myself professionally at all of the Walmart stores I deliver to. And absolutely express my appreciation for their hard work and effort unloading their product.

Many of these folks I see several times a month, they remember and appreciate the respect I give them. All part of the job.

I can definitely vouch for that. I used to unload trucks at Sam's club before I started trucking and we always remembered the good guys and the crappy ones. The good ones always got better service than the crappy ones. The forktrucks might only have one speed but there are little tricks you can use to get a truck out the door quicker if you really want to.

G-Town's Comment
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JakeBrake wrote:

I can definitely vouch for that. I used to unload trucks at Sam's club before I started trucking and we always remembered the good guys and the crappy ones. The good ones always got better service than the crappy ones. The forktrucks might only have one speed but there are little tricks you can use to get a truck out the door quicker if you really want to.

Thanks for hammering home my point.

I have some great stories about Sam's, the ****son City Club in particular. When I go there, it's usually my second run of the day and typically I arrive with less than 3 hours on my clock, so it's a hustle to make it back to the DC. Without fail they unload a 20 pallet load in 25 minutes. Gravy.

G-Town's Comment
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JakeBrake wrote:

I can definitely vouch for that. I used to unload trucks at Sam's club before I started trucking and we always remembered the good guys and the crappy ones. The good ones always got better service than the crappy ones. The forktrucks might only have one speed but there are little tricks you can use to get a truck out the door quicker if you really want to.

Thanks for hammering home my point.

I have some great stories about Sam's, the ****son City Club in particular. When I go there, it's usually my second run of the day and typically I arrive with less than 3 hours on my clock, so it's a hustle to make it back to the DC. Without fail they unload a 20 pallet load in 25 minutes. Gravy.

Dixon City...

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Thank you for the rundown of a day in the life. I am now talking to Swift about joining them, they have a Walmart DC about 5 minutes from my house that is actively hiring (was my recruiters words). I asked about getting on with that account, and he said they will talk to the Swift Academy after I finish up there and see how I did to determine if I will be able to run that account. Is that a real possibility? Or will they want me to run some OTR before going to this account?

Do you still run that Walmart account?

Any tips you can give to a guy that will be going in to get my CDL then hopefully move into this account?

Thanks again, sorry to dig up an older post if I was not supposed to.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

G-Town's Comment
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Jeremy inquires:

Do you still run that Walmart account?

Yes, I do. We also have another forum member; Danielsahn who started running Walmart right from Swift Academy Graduation.

So the long and short of it; Walmart is a great gig for the right person; either love it or hate it.

I was OTR for about 3 months before committing full time Walmart Dedicated. That was over five years ago. I am someone who loves the account.

Danielsahn managed to get linked up with a Mentor (trainer) assigned to the Walmart Dedicated Account in Johnstown NY. He got hands-on training right out of CDL school, thus he absorbed the nuances and specifics of the account while under direct supervision.

My suggestion is to make it known your desire to Mentor with a trainer assigned to the WM DC you are considering. This type of trainer does exist, although in smaller numbers. If that's possible, absolutely the best formula for success on a retail delivery account like Walmart.

Good luck!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Jeremy inquires:

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Do you still run that Walmart account?

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Yes, I do. We also have another forum member; Danielsahn who started running Walmart right from Swift Academy Graduation.

So the long and short of it; Walmart is a great gig for the right person; either love it or hate it.

I was OTR for about 3 months before committing full time Walmart Dedicated. That was over five years ago. I am someone who loves the account.

Danielsahn managed to get linked up with a Mentor (trainer) assigned to the Walmart Dedicated Account in Johnstown NY. He got hands-on training right out of CDL school, thus he absorbed the nuances and specifics of the account while under direct supervision.

My suggestion is to make it known your desire to Mentor with a trainer assigned to the WM DC you are considering. This type of trainer does exist, although in smaller numbers. If that's possible, absolutely the best formula for success on a retail delivery account like Walmart.

Good luck!

Thank you for the valuable information, I'm going to call my recruiter right now and see if that is a possibility.

Awesome resource here in this forum. A huge thank you from me to all that have contributed to this site!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Colin K.'s Comment
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Thank you for that detailed description of your awesome, and busy day, G-Town. I'm impressed. I also learned a great deal.

I used to be a Job Coach for autistic adults. One of my clients worked in the produce section at a Walmart restocking vegetables, fruit, etc. I gained a new appreciation for their store and crew when I saw how fast they turned over product. Now I know the procedure from the trucking end as well.

Stay safe out there, everybody! Colin K.

G-Town's Comment
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Thank you for that detailed description of your awesome, and busy day, G-Town. I'm impressed. I also learned a great deal.

I used to be a Job Coach for autistic adults. One of my clients worked in the produce section at a Walmart restocking vegetables, fruit, etc. I gained a new appreciation for their store and crew when I saw how fast they turned over product. Now I know the procedure from the trucking end as well.

Stay safe out there, everybody! Colin K.

My pleasure Colin. Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.

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