Conway-Freight Bought Out By XPO Logistics

Topic 10643 | Page 2

Page 2 of 4 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:
Miss Miyoshi's Comment
member avatar

Ok. Cool. I'll check into the requirements here and see if I can get that taken care of ahead of time. The DOT physical seems pretty straightforward. What is done during the short lifting/physical test?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Scott M's Comment
member avatar

Ok. Cool. I'll check into the requirements here and see if I can get that taken care of ahead of time. The DOT physical seems pretty straightforward. What is done during the short lifting/physical test?

I remember picking up about 40 lbs chest high and filling out a paper for any physical injuries/problems- I put broken arm and date broken. It's healed with no current issues. Seems like there's a couple other things required, but can't remember. Took less than 5 minutes.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
member avatar

So they don't make you run a timed mile or do pull ups or push ups or anything crazy like that? (Just need to know so that if they do I add that to the list of things I need to work on.)

G-Town's Comment
member avatar

Miss Myoshi wrote:

double-quotes-start.png

Frightening. I was considering Con-Way, as I see their trucks regularly where I live. Hopefully Prime will remain solvant and prosperous for a while.

double-quotes-end.png
If you were driving for Con-Way right now, this could be a good thing. Time will tell.
Scott M's Comment
member avatar

So they don't make you run a timed mile or do pull ups or push ups or anything crazy like that? (Just need to know so that if they do I add that to the list of things I need to work on.)

No, nothing crazy. I was very impressed with Prime. I think there's a future with Prime.. the owner wants to grow.. my recruiter said Prime reached $1.5 Billion gross in 2014. But there are bigger companies.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
member avatar

Cool beans. Thanks for the info! (Still have to lose some weight and get into a little better shape, but at least I know I'll likely not fail any physical test.)

Beth S.'s Comment
member avatar

Cool beans. Thanks for the info! (Still have to lose some weight and get into a little better shape, but at least I know I'll likely not fail any physical test.)

Next you're going to tell me that the elliptical and weight machine in our house aren't there to hang clothes on. rofl-1.gif

Yeah, I need to work on getting back in better shape as well.

Tyler Durden's Comment
member avatar

If after school I am still considering driving TT, I would still consider Conway or XPO ..... Whatever it is then

That's if I decide to drive TT

Old School's Comment
member avatar
Frightening. I was considering Con-Way, as I see their trucks regularly where I live. Hopefully Prime will remain solvant and prosperous for a while.

I think it is important to note that Conway is not insolvent, or anything close to it. They are a good solid company with all kinds of credit available to them if they need it. XPO wants them because it will help them succeed in meeting their goals by strategically increasing their market share of the LTL and Truck Load markets that they are after.

Brett posted that chart, which may look frightening to the uninitiated, for a reason. A chart on Prime would look very similar. The point that he was trying to convey is how slim the margins are in the industry as a whole. This is why we so often discourage people from jumping into trying to be an owner operator , basically you are starting a trucking company whether they understand that or not. This business is all about revenues, and a little about profits. That works out okay when you can do it on a grand scale, which is precisely what the folks at XPO are trying to accomplish. All commodities businesses need a tremendous amount of volume so that they can have some decent profits. When a person tries to accomplish the same thing on a small scale, such as being an owner operator, the risks are so much higher because you lack the buffer that the voluminous revenues give you.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Sami's Comment
member avatar

So, should I be concerned about getting my CDL sponsored by Conway Truckload? I'm set to start on the 26th. I spoke to my recruiter today before reading this, and he didn't mention anything about it, which isn't surprising, really.

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.
Page 2 of 4 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

This topic has the following tags:

Con-Way Freight Prime Inc Choosing A Trucking Company Reports From CDL Training Truck Driving Orientation Trucking News
Click on any of the buttons above to view topics with that tag, or you can view a list of all forum tags here.

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More