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Don's Comment
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"Donnie"?! Haha. I am paid mileage, Packrat

Are you being paid mileage or hourly, Donnie?

C T.'s Comment
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Here at fedex we have outside carriers make pickups and deliveries for our linehaul. I've seen Werner, PAM, western express, us express, crst and so on. Since I work the dock every night, I have a slight better understanding on how some of these warehouses operate. Of course they're all different, but seeing everything from the dockworkers perspective has changed my view on the speed of some shippers and receivers. There have been instances when a single worker is responsible for unloading an entire 53ft trailer of goods. Every pallet, skid, box, crate or whatever else has to be scanned and weighed for accuracy. In addition, that piece then has to be moved to another trailer, scanned again and loaded properly to the destination trailer. You're looking at several minutes for one piece of freight. Multiply that times all the freight on a fully loaded trailer and it could take a while. I've seen some of these guys wait the entirety of my shift to be loaded/unloaded.

Now with that being said, sometimes you wonder what excuses places have for not loading/unloading. Doing flatbed you can see what is being loaded, how much is left to load. I've waited over an hour for a single coil to be loaded, looking right at it as it sits beside my truck. Some places just don't care I guess.


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.


Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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