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Jared B.'s Comment
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Oh I'm not focused on just making money. I'm wanting a career and am looking for the best company to drive for that I can make a career at. I was also looking at swift as well

G-Town'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.

Have you ever delivered to a Walmart store? Multiple Walmart stores...? For consecutive days...?

I’d go with “different” but definitely not “easy”. It’s a different set of challenges, that unless you’ve experienced it first-hand for more than a few days, you won’t realize the reality of running Walmart Dedicated.

That said...I would not trade Walmart Dedicated for anything. It suits me...love it.

Old School's Comment
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Oh I'm not focused on just making money.

Maybe I misunderstood this statement...

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

It sounded to me like you were justifying your decision based on dollar signs.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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I'm basing my opinion on limited experience. One SAM's Club and 15 or so DCs. All have been a positive experience.

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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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Have you ever delivered to a Walmart store? Multiple Walmart stores...? For consecutive days...?

I’d go with “different” but definitely not “easy”. It’s a different set of challenges, that unless you’ve experienced it first-hand for more than a few days, you won’t realize the reality of running Walmart Dedicated.

That said...I would not trade Walmart Dedicated for anything. It suits me...love it.

Jared B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the advice guys and no I done enough research coming In to know i wont make top dollar starting out that dont bother me. I just want a company i can start with and keep working for so that's why i ask about these companies. I just mentioned the money as part of it bc it's something Schneider cant offer me.

Also how is swift as a company I talked to a Schneider driver at a rest area that said swift was a better company to work for in the long run.

Sorry for these basic questions I just dont like to jump around when it comes to jobs and am trying to make the best decisions now

Old School's Comment
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Jared, your dilemma is one of the most confusing things new entry level drivers go through. The problem is all the negative stuff on the internet about these trucking companies. It's worse than misleading, it becomes demoralizing. The biggest problem is that the information is completely unrealistic and unreliable.

Here's why:

The trucking career is difficult to make a good start in. The training is minimal and the real learning comes while you're a rookie solo driver. That causes a lot of people to blame the company for their issues. It takes extraordinary effort to get through that first year's learning curve, and it's only those extraordinary people who usually survive it.

Honestly, I would put those questions and doubts about how these companies are to work for out of my mind. Each of them are great companies to work for. Focus on your commitment to developing yourself as a driver. I recommend you do an over the road job first. You'll ease yourself in to all the little tricks that will help you develop into a professional driver that way. Each of the three companies you've mentioned have plenty of other opportunities you could move into after you've gotten through that really tough first year.

1. Land your first job, determined to develop yourself into a safe productive over the road driver. Focus on your performance, not the company's.

2. Finish that rookie year as safely as you possibly can.

3. If your interest in certain other types of trucking jobs has developed, then request to be moved into those certain accounts.

Any safe and productive driver will certainly have his requests honored if they are needing drivers in the areas you might have developed an interest in. Swift probably has the most diverse set of opportunities available due to their size, but I'm not trying to sway your decision. Each of them will be great places to work.

Over The Road:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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The dollar accounts are all pretty much the same whether its family dollar, dollar general, dollar tree. I found a few videos on YouTube that don't seem to want to upload here. https://youtube.com/watch?v=FTjQqDB2A4A&t=204s . This is a video of a driver backing into a store. At least in my area most stores don't have docks instead your ramp goes into their door at back of door. Here's a "training" video https://youtu.be/ZvEjQtqfBgo . Skip to about the 5 minute mark for the action. Keep in mind after unloading you still likely have another stop which may require you to back in at a place similar to the first video. Also, you may very well want to unload that truck fast but you're relying on the store staff who are paid hourly and make less than you do so they may or may not be as motivated as you are. Notice in the video how high cases are stacked. Grab the wrong one and you'll have stuff falling on your head.

Rob T.'s Comment
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skip to about the 5 minute mark for the action

Sorry, I meant the 2 minute mark.

Jared B.'s Comment
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Thanks guys I'll be going to schneider.i think it's the better fit for me.

The Boss's Comment
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Online I have seen what the dedicated “Dollar General” jobs entail. It doesn’t appear to be too difficult. The video disclosed the required offloading using rolltainers and conveyors. It also claims that it is a dedicated account with regular scheduled customers. I am sure the duties or tasks are not all inclusive, like all other jobs. So, what are they not telling us that could be so misleading? I thought Schneider was a reputable company to work for?

Sam

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.

CDL:

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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