Walmart Private Fleet

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G-Town's Comment
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Great job Turtle...!

Congratulations!

Turtle's Comment
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Fast-forwarding to my continued training at the DC.

Although my home DC is in Johnstown NY, certain logistical and training functions fall under the operational umbrella of the DC in Marcy NY, some 60ish miles away. This is where I will begin the next phase of my training.

Walmart booked me in a nearby hotel Sun, Mon, and Tue night to keep me from having to drive the 130 miles from home daily before orientation.

Mon11/4 - Tue11/5 0700 - 1700hrs

Breakfast at the hotel before shooting over to the DC. I'll skip most of the boring details, mon & tue were both filled with meet & greets, power meetings, signing HR stuff, q&a sessions, shop & warehouse tours, and fooood. Lots of fooood.

They know how to eat here, and aren't afraid to show it. Aside from the lunch ordered in from a nearby restaurant, there were cookies, cakes, and snacks seemingly in every room we entered. Someone jokingly said that us newbies we're now entering the "Freshman 15", where we'd gain 15 lbs in our freshman year. Determined to prove them wrong on that, I stuck with just water.

The atmosphere here is very laid back. From the transportation offices to the break room, everyone just seemed to be chillin. Obviously work was getting done, but it didn't keep anyone from smiling and chatting with you as you walked by.

The drivers. How shall I put this? Let's just say the drivers that were floating in and out left me feeling completely outclassed in their presence. Seeing badges proclaiming 10, 20, even 30 yrs longevity at Walmart, along with the Wall of Fame touting numerous 3 and 4 million milers, left me feeling really tiny with my puny 3 years.

I didn't run into any terminal rats. Naturally, anyone can find something to grumble about. But as a whole, everyone seems very happy to be here. As one driver put it:

"Welcome to Walmart. Where everyone complains, but no one ever leaves."

Wednesday got us out of the classroom and into a van with Dave, a 24-year veteran. He took us on short tours of some stores in the area before grabbing lunch at my home DC in Johnstown. There I got to finally meet my transportation manager and take a tour of that facility as well.

Closing the day back in Marcy, there were some computer training videos to watch before calling it a day. My training at Marcy is done now, so I go to my next hotel down the road from the DC in Johnstown.

Thursday I'll be meeting and going on the road for a day with my mentor, Sid. His regular days off are Fri & Sat, so I'll finish up the computer training at the terminal Friday morning before going home and returning Sunday for a week on the road with Sid.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Great stuff Turtle, really becoming a legendary tale with you recording it all these last years. Bummed a bit that I won't be running into you randomly in Denver anymore but happy to see you movin' on up to the east side

icecold24k's Comment
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This diary is a really good read. Congratulations on the new job and I will definitely be following along and looking forward to future updates.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Army 's Comment
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Hopefully when we notice that Turtle's Picture has changed, then everything is complete and he is good to go. We are all anxiously waiting turtle, best of luck and safe travels.

Turtle's Comment
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The past several days have kind of run into a blur. I'm currently in the mentorship phase, where we go out with a trainer for a week or so to learn the ins and outs of how to keep the stores supplied. Coming from the flatbed world, this system of delivery is foreign to me, but I'm adapting to it. I don't have many details to give yet, as I'm still wrapping my mind around the steps involved. Not that it's all that difficult to comprehend. Just different, and I have to unlearn some things before I can learn others. I'll get more into that some other time, but rest assured that I absolutely love this job so far.

Met up with my trainer Sid the other day. The first impression I got from him was a good one. 65 years old, full of jokes and stories, and an 18-year veteran of Walmart Transportation. He's an equal-opportunity ballbuster, and we hit it off pretty quickly.

After a quick lesson on when, where, and how to get our trip information paperwork, we hooked up to our loaded trailer, and hit the road. Our first day was a live unload at a store, then on to a drop/hook at the second store. Brought that empty reefer back to the DC and took an empty dryvan to another DC. From there we took a loaded dryvan destined for yet another DC.

The next few days were very similar, bouncing between stores and DCs. Getting in and out of the locations has been very smooth so far. There is little to no wait time for live unloads. It takes longer for me to figure out the computer inputs than it does to get unloaded.

Walmart puts trainers and trainees up in hotels for the night (separate rooms). In the off chance that something happens and we can't make it to a hotel, I brought bedding with me just in case.

I'll come back with more when I have time. There are definitely some key differences between this job and what I'm accustomed to, and I'll try to explain as I go.

Peace out for now.

Dryvan:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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