Werner And Dollar Tree Route

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Russell H.'s Comment
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Hello i am looking to go work for Werner doing a dollar tree route trying to find the pros and cons of it

Susan D. 's Comment
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Without knowing anything about you and your level of experience, I can't really say whether that's a good idea or not.

Do a search on this site for terms like "dollar account". The word "brutal" is frequently mentioned. If you are an inexperienced driver, I would recommend avoiding that kind of job, like the plague. If you're a very experienced driver with excellent backing skills and enjoy hard physical labor, more power to you and go for it.

Those stores are not meant for big rigs. You'll frequently be backing off busy streets into tiny parking lots filled with impatient 4 wheelers. Then you'll have to unload at each stop. Those loads generally have multiple deliveries on a single trailer. It's very diffcult and stressful work and beyond the skill set of an inexperienced driver. Those types of jobs would ruin a rookies career before they ever got started good.

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G-Town's Comment
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Gladhand's Comment
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Look at dollar trees on google maps and better yet drive over to one and picture getting a truck in there. If you have experience then by all means if you can handle tight quarters and manual labor go for it. If you are new, I highly recommend staying away from it.

Linden R.'s Comment
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As a rookie? N-O spells NO. If you are good (and I mean EXTERMELY GOOD) at backing and love tight spaces in the middle of nowhere? Go for it.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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RUN!! If the account is Dollar anything. Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General, etc... there IS a reason companies can NOT keep drivers on these accounts despite paying fairly well to do them.

USMC AAV's Comment
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I gotta Agree with Patrick C!! Don't do it! I've heard nothing but bad things about how they abuse the drivers on that those runs. Keep in mind you have to help unload the trucks.. You do regardless of what they tell you. If the store people who work there are good, thtn they will help you, BUT many times they have one person show up, who moves slow and doesnt care if it takes all day. I have heard endless stories of what happens at these stops, byt some good friends of mine who have actually driven these loads. Seriously...Don't do it!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I gotta Agree with Patrick C!! Don't do it! I've heard nothing but bad things about how they abuse the drivers on that those runs. Keep in mind you have to help unload the trucks.. You do regardless of what they tell you. If the store people who work there are good, thtn they will help you, BUT many times they have one person show up, who moves slow and doesnt care if it takes all day. I have heard endless stories of what happens at these stops, byt some good friends of mine who have actually driven these loads. Seriously...Don't do it!!

Be real careful about using "I have heard" here. We try to keep things at a personal experience level. Have you run a Dollar account yourself, AAV?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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TBH Errol almost none of us have run these accounts. We based our info on what we see, hear, and conclude. AAV admits he personally hasn't done them. He has friends who have. Either way you throw it, there are certain truths. You WILL be backing into small parking lots, more than likely off of either a busy street or country highway. You WILL be unloading your trailer. You WILL have impatient, ignorant 4 wheelers trying to drive around you while you perform your setup and back. Those truths just can not be denied. I have sat and watched a dollar general driver back into a dollar general off of a shabby 2 lane country highway. I felt sorry for him the whole time.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Be real careful about using "I have heard" here
TBH Errol almost none of us have run these accounts

You're both right! We don't like hearsay, but that's rarely a problem here. Do be careful about repeating stuff you've heard though unless you know for a fact it's from a reliable source.

I have in fact run the Dollar Tree account with US Xpress which is similar to the other dollar store accounts and it really is a very tough gig. Very tough. The stores are often times in small plazas, in highly congested areas, with tough backing situations. You have to unload the truck, which is a ton of hard work, and you normally have to make multiple stops with each trailer load, which is also tough.

You can make pretty good money on these accounts and many of them will get you home weekends but it's a really tough gig and I don't recommend it to rookies. The backing and navigation skills needed are really at a pretty high level. Not only that, but rookies have enough stress to endure without worrying about unloading trucks and multiple stop loads.

I think you can make a similar amount of money doing much easier work and still be home on weekends if you look around a bit.

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