Swift Kmart Account

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Philly Boy's Comment
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It's been a while since I been on trucking truth and so far all I got was good advice . Well I got a gig with Swift and I'm on the Kmart dedicated account . For loaded miles I'm getting .51 .37 for empty miles 25.00 on unloads and 15.00 per stop . It sounds good to me but I'm not sure if it is or not . This is my first gig and want to know if I'm being paid fairly and what would be considered good weekly milage. If there's anyone else on the same account what's your opinion on this account. Thank you guys for what ever info you can give .

G-Town's Comment
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Sixto I don't run K-Mart but I do run Walmart dedicated. There are some similarities.

You need to ask Swift several questions:

- Average mileage per dispatched load?

- Average number of stops per load?

- I assume you are doing some if not all of the unloading; if so is the freight loose loaded, palletized or a combination? Will make a huge difference in the time it takes to empty the trailer.

Couple of other things to think about; at the moment K-Mart is not doing very well. They are not the "big player" they used to be. That's unlikely to change in the near future. As a driver getting paid CPM you need to consider how busy you will be. Will this account keep you moving?

In reading you post, there is a CPM for loaded and a lower one for empty. You worst case scenario for a one stop load is a round trip CPM of 44. Keep that in mind. Depending on the number of loads per trip and the routing, will greatly effect your income.

For example a one stop load cubed out with a 40k load? How long will that take you to unload it if it's loose freight and not palletized? You need to get the above questions answered to establish a realistic set of expectations.

On the surface it sounds ok, the biggest concern is the financial instability of K-Mart and how busy you will be. It will challenge you though; close quarter maneuvering, the physical exertion of unloading and learning the ins and outs of the account.

Good luck and try to keep us posted.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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.

Philly Boy's Comment
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Thank you for responding back and forth the advice . Those are questions I did not think about asking . I don't do any unloading they do all the unloading and if it takes them more than an hour to unload I get hourly pay . This is my first job as driver I was looking for good pay but also the experience more so the experience and I took into consideration the backing up into tight corners would be could for me . Definitely thank you for the advice.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Thank you for responding back and forth the advice . Those are questions I did not think about asking . I don't do any unloading they do all the unloading and if it takes them more than an hour to unload I get hourly pay . This is my first job as driver I was looking for good pay but also the experience more so the experience and I took into consideration the backing up into tight corners would be could for me . Definitely thank you for the advice.

So I am confused; in your original post you stated there is unload pay of $25.00 and stop pay of 15.00. That doesn't make any sense if you are not unloading the trailer. Is it possible that's dispatch pay? Also ask them if the $15 stop pay is after the first stop. Most companies, including Swift only pay on the stops after the first.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Philly Boy's Comment
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Maybe I miss under stood what I was told . Dispatch pay sounds about rite but I was told that it was called a live unload but they unload it . I made the mistake of not getting everything in writing.

G-Town's Comment
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Maybe I miss under stood what I was told . Dispatch pay sounds about rite but I was told that it was called a live unload but they unload it . I made the mistake of not getting everything in writing.

Ok, I think it's one or the other, but not both. If live? You get the 25. If drop and hook , you get the 15. That is a likely scenario.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Philly Boy's Comment
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Thank you for helping me understand things a little bit better I appreciate it. I'm still new to this I've only bin out there now for a week and still learning the ropes . Grant it I'll learn something new everyday. Thanks again . It means a lot to me .

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