Werner Dollar Store Runs In Northeast

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Michael B.'s Comment
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Fresh driving school graduate here and have been offered a dedicated run in the Northeast based out of the Rome, NY hub. Just looking for some opinions on these runs. I know the basics as far as what they pay per trailer unload ($164.00) and per stop ($10) but there seems to be some variation as far as cpm (.39 cpm offered). There also seems to be some varying of opinion on what you can make a year. They are claiming up to $55,000 first year that includes tuition reimbursement of up to $5,000 is this a realistic number? Looking forward to hear everyone's opinion good and bad.

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."

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

G-Town's Comment
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Regardless of the company The Dollar Accounts; General, Tree or other are probably the most difficult driving job their is. The driver is responsible for unloading several times per week. Most of these trailers are cubed out at 40k with loose loaded un-palletized freight. If you want to be weightlifting 8-10 hours per week it's an ideal situation.

Most of the Dollar Stores are tucked away in tiny malls with tiny parking lots making for very tight maneuvering and very difficult backing situations. There is a store near me handled by USX requiring an off street 90 degree blindside backing maneuver in order to dock. This is difficult for an experienced driver proficient at close quarter maneuvering, let alone a rookie.

Although I am sure there are exceptions, for an entry level driver, Dollar Dedicated is going to be extremely frustrating and difficult.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Scott M's Comment
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As G town wrote for a new driver the maneuvering and backing situations are something you want to seriously consider. You don't want multiple accidents showing up on your DAC and MVR. On TT it's recommended to get experience before you take on these difficult situations.

If you want the physical exercise, that's great!

There's been a lot written here on TT about this type of job. You might want to do a search on Dollar stores here on TT.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Boomshaker E.'s Comment
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Not sure what Werner pays, but US Xpress on their Dollar General account, of which there are a number of Werner trucks that pull the same freight at the same location for Dollar General. The get paid .39cpm, $90 a trailer, and $25 per stop. Some of these guys average abound 1,000 to 1,200 a week. If you hustle more then you make more. This is based on at least 5 trailers a week. As G-town said, these types of accounts will challenge you backing skills big time. And you will almost for sure get into a backing accident quickly. I wouldn't recommend it to a new driver. I am on this same account and already had a booboo in just over a month. Not going to stay with this account as I have told my safety director 53ft trailers should never go in to a small strip mall with cars everywhere, children running around, old people waking, and cars always trying to beat you in or out of the parking area. And there is no one out there to spot you. Don't want to scare you being a newbie, but at least you're getting the info before you start. Just something to think about. Good luck.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Shawn's Comment
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I got a message about doing this temporarily yesterday. I ignored it. The only thing I know about these accounts is what I've read here. I'm not doing it. Not anytime soon anyways.

Michael B.'s Comment
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Not sure what Werner pays, but US Xpress on their Dollar General account, of which there are a number of Werner trucks that pull the same freight at the same location for Dollar General. The get paid .39cpm, $90 a trailer, and $25 per stop. Some of these guys average abound 1,000 to 1,200 a week. If you hustle more then you make more. This is based on at least 5 trailers a week. As G-town said, these types of accounts will challenge you backing skills big time. And you will almost for sure get into a backing accident quickly. I wouldn't recommend it to a new driver. I am on this same account and already had a booboo in just over a month. Not going to stay with this account as I have told my safety director 53ft trailers should never go in to a small strip mall with cars everywhere, children running around, old people waking, and cars always trying to beat you in or out of the parking area. And there is no one out there to spot you. Don't want to scare you being a newbie, but at least you're getting the info before you start. Just something to think about. Good luck.

Thanks G-town, Jetguy and Boomshaker I really appreciate the info and with the other post on here that I have read I think I will stay away from these types of accounts.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Michael B.'s Comment
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I got a message about doing this temporarily yesterday. I ignored it. The only thing I know about these accounts is what I've read here. I'm not doing it. Not anytime soon anyways.

I see you're in Mass Shawn if you don't mind me asking what have you decided on in the Northeast? I'm in Vermont and looking for something that will get me home at least a couple times a month.

Shawn's Comment
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I'm with werner doing 48 states. That sounded more appealing to me than the family dollar account. But, I just got off my trainers truck last week. I think we were in the northeast twice while I was training. Right now I'm in upstate NY, hopefully he's got me going home soon. I've been out for almost 2 months.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Old School's Comment
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hopefully he's got me going home soon. I've been out for almost 2 months.

Shawn, you are supposed to use the qualcomm to request your home time. Next time you are speaking with your DM ask him what the home time macro is, or just look it up yourself. It's not a game of chance, you make the request with dates and times, and then they put a plan together to get you home based on your request.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
miracleofmagick's Comment
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If you are solo, have you requested home time yet? If you haven't they aren't going to route you home.

I'm with werner doing 48 states. That sounded more appealing to me than the family dollar account. But, I just got off my trainers truck last week. I think we were in the northeast twice while I was training. Right now I'm in upstate NY, hopefully he's got me going home soon. I've been out for almost 2 months.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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