Hey Bobcat. OD Questions.

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Bird-one's Comment
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I have few questions about the company. Biggest one I have is I'm curious how your timeline is? When do you start, and when are you done? Typically anyways. How many routes have you had since you've been there? I remember awhile back you had to bid. How often does that happen?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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My run right now is technically a 2 part run, I'm supposed to leave my yard by 1:45 am go meet another driver from my yard in Remington IN come back to my yard then go to Indy. All total that takes about 13 hours but is over 600 miles of driving and a bunch of drop and hooks.

Unfortunately my meet guy left for the new terminal so I haven't done that for a month now, instead I go straight to Indy and then where ever they send me usually either straight back to my terminal or to Chicago. Usually I get to the yard around 1 am and done by 11 am on those day.

Bud are typically once a year last year was a bit unusual as we had 3 or 4 due to people quitting or getting fired as well as one of our teams splitting up and them dropping our triples run. In fact we just started our bid for this year this week I should be picking either tomorrow or next week. I'll probably be keeping my current run since I like the 1 am start or if its available I might take the 10 am again.

I've had 6 different runs since I've started with gate times ranging from 10pm to 10 am.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bird-one's Comment
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Got it, and do you work with a dispatcher or just a manager? How often do you have to slip seat?

Dispatcher:

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Dispatchers, but that depends on what time and where you go as most of the terminals do not have 24 hour dispatchers. So you have to call "central dispatch" and talk to the one for your region.

We have assigned trucks so I usually get to drive the same truck every day. Unless like this weeks it's in the shop then I have to bounce around.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.
Bird-one's Comment
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Thanks for the info Bobcat much appreciated. Btw Remington is where the I65 chrome shop is right? Haha.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Sure thing. Looking for a job?

It is right on the other side of the highway from where I do my meet, maybe I should stop in and get chromed out.

Bird-one's Comment
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Unfortunately I think i will be very soon. Im sure you've seen the news about Deans Food. Crazy how fast things can happen out here. Wednesday morning everything was fine. Wednesday afternoon my Fort Wayne load for the rest of the week was cancelled. Today it has been cancelled for good. All cost cutting measures. For now I'm doing a bunch of annoying little shuttle runs to keep me busy. The outfit I work for has other work but im too far from their main yard. And the yard I'm running out of now will probably get shutdown and that will be that. So I'm trying to get ahead of that and consider my options. I've been looking at OD and been looking at P & C trucking out of Gary. A union trash and dunnage hauling company. But I think ODFL is the better fit for me.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I kind if figured that's what was going on, any idea on a time table? We where hiring a couple weeks ago, now I'm not sure.

I have no real complaints about OD and hope to retire here in 35 years.

Where you thinking linehaul or P&D?

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

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

Linehaul:

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.
Bird-one's Comment
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Linehaul , linehaul, linehaul. God Bless Daniel B and anybody who works P & D. I'm struggling with the timeframe hard. I love the company I work for. I hate I even have to have this conversation i would of love to do 35 years here. We have a few of them. We still have the owners first employee here pulling tanker part time. Awesome company. I also got word we are going to be swamped next week with extra loads to bring to the dsd companies to restock milk. I know ODFL is going nowhere. I may wait it out these next couple weeks. Or I may just leave now. A lot I gotta think about this weekend. I did get an email a few weeks back from the Crest Hill terminal for hiring.

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.

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

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

Linehaul:

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.
Rob. D.'s Comment
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Linehaul , linehaul, linehaul. God Bless Daniel B and anybody who works P & D. I'm struggling with the timeframe hard. I love the company I work for. I hate I even have to have this conversation i would of love to do 35 years here. We have a few of them. We still have the owners first employee here pulling tanker part time. Awesome company. I also got word we are going to be swamped next week with extra loads to bring to the dsd companies to restock milk. I know ODFL is going nowhere. I may wait it out these next couple weeks. Or I may just leave now. A lot I gotta think about this weekend. I did get an email a few weeks back from the Crest Hill terminal for hiring.

Good luck. Bird one

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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.

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

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

Linehaul:

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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