New Dispatcher // Tips ???

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Rob S.'s Comment
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I've been thinking a bit more about this. Forty five drivers is about what my DM at Swift handled by herself. So if your company has 45 trucks, are you going to be the only dispatcher? There are also some big variables related to what the company carries and whether they are local or OTR. I know, nothing as good as a chicken dance, right? (Brett, do we need a new emoji? A dancing chicken pulling a reefer?)confused.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gif

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Lambchops's Comment
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Magnificent responses; thank you — especially the chicken dance!

I’ve got very thick skin, no worries there. I’m calm and cool-headed under pressure.

The company has (I believe) 5 current dispatchers. They’re family owned and are a full service refrigerated carrier serving all 48 states and Canada — running Kenworth T680s.

I’ll definitely know more after the first day; with subsequent questions to come forthwith!

I’ll start cramming come DOT/HOS data.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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