JB Hunt Amazon Looks Pretty Good! Love Inputs!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Had a nice visit with a JB Hunt recruiter at our "meet and greet" last month. He said they do not hire newbies (my term) for OTR. Target Dedicated (pretty local) was suggested but not really what I want. Amazon also mentioned but didn't get into details.

Another recruiter followed up today by phone. She mentioned Intermodal (Chicago rail yards to not far away... 1 or 2 states maybe). Not for me! Looking for OTR.

Then she mentioned Amazon. ..

DC is about 30 minutes away. Run 5 days on, 2 days off. Much driving at night. Training pay is $15/hr. plus overtime and $15/stop. Wait... it gets better!

7 State region, Solo @ .54 cpm , 2,000 mi. / wk. average.. $73k average of all drivers on account, $75-80k top-performers!

Thinking this could be a great way for me to get my start. Pay seems way above average for a newbie (assuming it doesn't include a bunch of unobtainable bonuses or some such).

Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky is a nice enough "run" area for me to start... unless that is not large enough to be considered "OTR". (Just want the time to count as "OTR" if possible as "full OTR" gigs seem to want a minimum of "x months or years of OTR" experience).

Recruiter today said Intermodal is their largest division and they don't do much "OTR". Did some work recently for a client and their tenant who drives for JB Hunt. He drives 10PM - 10AM and is pretty happy. He doesn't like the automatics. Auto braking system also not a favorite but not a big deal. Work for him today went well. We will be talking more. He offered to help me with backing too. He went through my class in 2015...

Any all inputs appreciated.

Thanks!

Here are more details for those who want them...

Time Off/Shifts: The account operates 7 days a week, both day and night Drivers will have 2 consecutive days off, not necessarily weekend days Start times will range throughout the day – start times cannot be selected 75% will be night driving – pickup 20:00 – 04:00 Account will do their best to give drivers preference but need drivers to be flexible Routes will vary during peak season (October – January) Account Details: Account will consist of both drop/hook and live unloads depending on store volumes. All no touch freight. Pick up loaded trailers (drop & hook) from Customer DCs and delivering to other Customer DCs. Will make 3rd party backhauls when available. 90% drop/hook and 10% live load/unload at Customer DCs. On-time service is critical for customer. On-time pickup, transit, and delivery monitored. Drivers will be required to work Intermodal, support other dedicated accounts, or 3rd party loads when volume is low. Trucks will be parked on JB Hunt yard for time off. Driver mush provide all transportation to and from work. Recruiting Radius: Variable radius is 75 miles around Kenosha (zip code 53143)

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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"Support other dedicated accounts "...

Hope that's not just another way to recruit for Target!

LOL!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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. Drivers will be required to work Intermodal , support other dedicated accounts, or 3rd party loads when volume is low

It sounds pretty good to me, except for that. I would not want to do any intermodal work personally especially in and around Chicago. There are some interesting yards they have to get in and out of daily. I would advise messing with intermodal at all until you have some experience.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

G-Town's Comment
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Marc I agree with Bobcat on Intermodal. I’ve picked up trailers in IM yards...rather tough gig to run intermittently for a rookie. Heavy emphasis on PTI cause IM equipment is subjected to handling extremes, gets beat-up. Exercise elevated care.

Target on the other hand is similar to Walmart except that it’s predominantly drop-and-hook at the store, many times requires a quadruple move of two trailers; drop the load away from the dock, pull the empty away from the dock & drop facing your exit, re-hook the load, position it on the dock and drop it. Re-hook the empty and go.

The two things that will happen on an account like you described; it will accelerate the efficiency of close-quarter maneuvering skills and provide a variety of experience, making you more marketable in the future.

To me, overall if you are up for the challenge, I think it is a really good opportunity, worth further exploration.

Good luck!

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

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.

Pianoman's Comment
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I agree with G Town, sounds like a good gig if you're up for it! And yes, the vast majority of companies would consider that gig as otr experience.

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.

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