Finding A Consignee Can Be A Guessing Game

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Don's Comment
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One thing I have learned in my few months of driving is finding the exact location of a shipper or consignee. Using company directions, gps, google maps or calli g a consignee can all lay a giant goose egg at times. I had a delivery to a place in Zanesville, Ohio. Looked up the addtess on Google maps, which listed another business. Gps stated "no address found". Checked with dispatcher again for address and any directions available. Address was confirmed. I called the consignee. Got directions from them along with landmarks. Great! Anyhoo, I am merrily following the directions along I-77 S, then I-70 W in Ohio when my gps starts warning me of a "5-ton weight limit" on I-70. I am like "huh, on an interstate?" I see other semis going on down the highway, so I am looking for road signs for any restrictions of any kind. Nadda. I do go into and out of a weigh station with no issues. I get to Zanesville and start following the consignees verbal directions. This place must be in the deep netherrefuons of Zanesville. I come to a the street the consignee stated to take, but it says "No trucks". Go up the street I am on, when the gps is giving me warnings about truck restrictions. I look around for signs, but do not see any. I hope and pray I am not on one. I come to a stop sign and see "N. State" and "S. State" and think "uh-oh, the address only says State St. I play eenie..meenie..minee..moe and decide to take South. After driving through an industrial area road, I finally find the consignee but the sign has a different name out front. Ugh..Just goes to show that sometimes we have to have some old-fashioned luck to find a place, no matter where it is hidden.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Good job on finding the place, I hate when stuff like that happens.

But that is a good example of why self driving trucks will not happen anytime soon. It would probably go to wrong location or just stop and send out a panic alarm.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Ooohhh I bet I've been there before because that sounds so familiar.. outside of Zanesville.. exit east if the truck stops and looks quite ", residential"? Can't remember the name but it was some kinda snack food place.

Don's Comment
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Owens Brocking is the place in an industrial area. They manufacture (whiskey?) bottles. Broken glass throughout the grounds. I was worried about tire issues from all the glass on the pavement

Ooohhh I bet I've been there before because that sounds so familiar.. outside of Zanesville.. exit east if the truck stops and looks quite ", residential"? Can't remember the name but it was some kinda snack food place.

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Good job Don, I used to always call the consignee for exact directions which were usually better than relying on Google Maps or other electronic devices. Then I created an index card system for every load I delivered or picked up to have for reference. An index card file box, a couple of index card packs and you always have your directions handy. I would include phone numbers and any special instructions, local truck stops or food if needed, etc. It helped me and others if they asked. Harry H [navypoppop]

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Don's Comment
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Why, shut my mouth Harry, we think alike! I do the same thing. I write the directions, where we are to go to get to shipping or receiving and dock once I get there and any other tidbits I need to know that will help me at each consignee.

Then I created an index card system for every load I delivered or picked up to have for reference. An index card file box, a couple of index card packs and you always have your directions handy

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

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