Delayed For The Dreaded Quality Control

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Chris L's Comment
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So yesterday I head up to AB to pick up a load of beer headed for Hatfield PA. I get the trailer hooked up and head down to the scale get there and they (The AB guys) that the load has been flagged for QC. So I have to take it back to the lot and drop the trailer. I drop the trailer and head to the warehouse and talk to the shift manager basically there is a problem with some of the labeling on the bottles so the trailer has to be unloaded and sorted out he wasn't sure when that was going to to happen. Loading of trailers heading out have priority. So I checked again this morning at 05:30 A.M. the load is still flagged! Now I'm waiting on my FM to decide if I'm going to wait for this load or get reassigned. I know what the QC problem is that there was 22 Pallets of Non Latrobe brewed Rolling Rock Beer on the back and Pennsylvania is having none of that......lol

Fm:

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.
Army 's Comment
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I have to say, that’s pretty crappy. I can’t believe that it got flagged after you were loaded and on your way out. Hurry up n wait I suppose.

PackRat's Comment
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When I first read the title my first thought was you were having Qualcomm issues.shocked.png

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Let's hope the "33" on Rolling Rock bottles is not for the number of hours you will be delayed.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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This is actually a well timed example of what Rainy was talking about in her article Are Drop And Hooks Really Any Better Than Live Loads?. Oftentimes the answer is no, it doesn't work out like you would have hoped. There are just too many factors outside of your control.

Yes, when a drop and hook goes smoothly you can often save some time over a live load but that's like hoping the traffic will be light in Atlanta or the weather will be nice in Wyoming in January. Sure, it's great when these things happen, but they don't happen often enough for you to count on them.

Bummer!

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.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Chris, I composed a poem to help you pass the time.

"I think that I shall never hear

A poem as lovely as a beer.

The stuff the tavern has on tap

With golden base and snowy cap

The stuff I like to drink all day

Until my memory goes away

Poems are made by fools, I fear

But only Bud can make a beer"

(warning: don't drink and drive) ]

Stevo Reno's Comment
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I think you have found your new calling Bruce rofl-1.gif At least til your butts back in the driver seat lol........Just don't spend all that cash your poems make in 1 place lol

RealDiehl's Comment
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Chris, I composed a poem to help you pass the time.

"I think that I shall never hear

A poem as lovely as a beer.

The stuff the tavern has on tap

With golden base and snowy cap

The stuff I like to drink all day

Until my memory goes away

Poems are made by fools, I fear

But only Bud can make a beer"

(warning: don't drink and drive) ]

I think you have found your new calling Bruce rofl-1.gif At least til your butts back in the driver seat lol........Just don't spend all that cash your poems make in 1 place lol

rofl-3.gifrofl-1.gif

PlanB's Comment
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One morning I was picking up a load of Miller lite. I had dropped my empty for inspection and hooked to a preinspected empty. I then got the required bulkheads preloaded inside the trailer. I was instructed to wait in an assigned parking space and until the yard dog came and gave me further instructions. And there I waited...and waited...and waited.

Later that afternoon I asked the guards if everything was ok, they just said go back to your truck and wait. Very unpleasant couple.

Now it's nearly sundown and I walk up to the guard shack to use their restroom. I noticed that the guards had changed shift, so I decided to see if the new faces had any info. Much more pleasant couple than earlier. When they checked my load info, "Oh your waiting on Miller Lite! The production lines have been down for two days! I still don't think they even have an ETA on when they'll be back up! "

Ah crap.... Would have been nice if the day time guards had shared that info.

Around 7am the next morning the yard dog finally came and knocked on my door. They were finally ready to load me.

Sat for a full 24hrs on their lot while they got their production line going again. On the up side once I got in a door they had me fully loaded in under 10 minutes.

Not the longest I've had to wait on a load, but still hate wasting a day.

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Chris L's Comment
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Well I did get a new assignment I currently have a load of Bud that I have to deliver to Deptford, NJ tomorrow morning. I'm currently shut down at the PA Turnpike rest stop just passed the Allentown exit. I'm about 60 miles away so I'll get up early and beat the Philly morning traffic and get into New Jersey as quick as I can. Only problem I have now is my AC unit for my bunk is crapping out I'll have to have maintenance check it out when I get back home tomorrow.

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