Schneider Vs Us Xpress

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Kenworthcruisin's Comment
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Hi guys, So I just talked to Schneider and start the 21st for training. However I got a call today us xpress about a possible job and what they offer is interesting. Both are dedicated routes. With Schneider I go through their program to train. With us xpress I go through a school. Just wanting opinions on companies.

Dedicated Route:

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."

G-Town's Comment
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Both are top notch companies.

First, I strongly suggest you find out what each Dedicated Account opportunity is before making a decision.

Any “Dollar” store account is not the type of job an entry level driver should be performing; close quarter maneuvering, difficult backing situations and heavy physical labor on top of all that.

Let us know what they are and we can then continue this discussion.

G-Town's Comment
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I remember you now is a Walmart Account. Right? What is the other one?

Pete B.'s Comment
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I cannot opine about US Express, as I know nothing about them, but I can tell you that with Schneider you will receive excellent training, very well-maintained equipment, and helpful, friendly, and courteous treatment from support staff. As a young tanker driver I made friends with experienced drivers who were happy to make themselves available to me when/if I needed advice; I expect the same comraderie exists among the dry-van drivers.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Like G-town said. Find out what account they want to put you on. I know U.S. Xpress likes to steer new recruits toward a "dollar" account.

Kenworthcruisin's Comment
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Yeah it is the dollar store account but they do offer more starting pay and a 5k signing bonus

Old School's Comment
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Jared, one critical reason many people fail at this career is their short sighted approach to it. You are focused on chasing dollars and that is a really poor foundation to build on in a safety sensitive career. You don't want to join the many people who started out this career thinking they could just jump right in making top dollar without having the experiences that typically produce those higher levels of income. Those "Dollar" accounts typically chew up new drivers and then spit them out with accidents on their records which keep them as ineligible for hire by other companies.

Personally I would definitely re-think this approach. Focus on a much less stressful entry level driving job. Build your skills over time and focus on safety first. It will be a much more likely path to insure long term success in this business.


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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I would strongly suggest avoiding Dollar anything accounts, I heard pitches from many companies including US Express while I was in school and they all said the same thing dedicated account, great pay, sign on bonus. My thinking was why are you in CDLs begging new drivers to take these accounts if they are so great? It is because most drivers do not want these accounts due to their difficulties.

Drive around to some dollar stores and imagine trying to for a semi in the lot and then having to unload the trailer yourself no matter the weather. Depending on your route you may have to do it multiple times per day, which means increased chance of problems.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
G-Town's Comment
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Jared...I agree wholeheartedly with Old School and Bob.

You’ll make just as much running Walmart, learn a ton, and NOT expose yourself to unnecessary risks and stress.

Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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"If" Wilson Logistics where to offer me the opportunity to work on a dedicated Walmart account I'd jump on it. Walmart stores and DCs are easy to deal with compaired to grocery distributors and cold storage facilities.

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