Amazon?

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Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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I was wondering if anyone had pulled any trailers for an Amazon Fulfillment Center. I know UPS and FedEx pull most of them, but I have seen other companies' trailers in the yard. The reason I ask is that I worked the docks one night, and we filled the trailer from floor to ceiling, front to back. I don't know anythinga about driving, but it seems doing that would make pulling that trailer a bit interesting. Just wondering if anyone had any stories about it.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I worked the USPS for 18 years and our amazon would come in cardboard boxes about 6ft high the base sat on pallets. The entire box and pallet got put in machine that was dumped upside down so the mail could fall on a conveyor belt.

Shipping it this way made no difference in driving. Some of the smaller boxes were on pallets eith shrink wrao.. still no difference.

My guess is the companies you saw other tban FedEx and ups are local contractors with usps. Despite popular belief... most usps drivers are not Postal workers but local and regional. Many are basically on dedicated routes.

Dedicated Route:

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."

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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I pull loads for Amazon every so often working for Werner. Those loads invariably go to a ups facility. I've never had an Amazon load over 10k lbs though. Even when they fill the trailer, so much of the load is packaging and it really doesn't weigh that much.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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I worked for amazon before I got my cdl and went to work for WST. Many companies haul stuff for them as they contract with many different carriers, including my current company. Amazon has also recently purchased their own tractor trailers for some markets, but knowing they don't generally pay very well unless you are in mid to upper management, I wasn't interested in sticking around. Incidentally I used their scholarship program to pay for my cdl school. They ll pay it with no obligation to stay and work for them.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Wow! That's very interesting .I'll have to look into that when I go back in. What did you do?

Susan D. 's Comment
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I worked in customer returns and trained new employees in customer returns.. also drove a lift when needed.. I'd pretty much do anything needed as I was cross trained for most jobs in the building. I initially went there with working in safety in mind but later decided that was not what I wanted to persue. Funny though because they were begging me to interview for a safety mgr position in Lexington, but I declined to interview since I was already in cdl school.

Their scholarship program is great. You have to be an actual amazon employee for 1 year to qualify for "Career Choice".. actual blue badge employee and not a temp.

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.
Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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I'm a blue badge, just not sure I want to be there a year. Lol

Susan D. 's Comment
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It's a small price to pay for free cdl school where you won't be under contract to any particular company.

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.
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