ISO Info On Driving A Reefer For Dollar General

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Angela S.'s Comment
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Hi! I'm interviewing for a Dollar General Reefer position out of the Westville IN DC (it's a fresh/frozen only division) and am wondering if anyone has experience with driving directly for Dollar General? I know Werner and others have DG accounts but am wondering what it's like to be an actual Dollar General reefer driver?

I know it's driver unload but it's from a reefer so it's a little different than unloading the dry van. There's a lift gate and I'd be wheeling in 2-3 loaded carts per store, leaving them in the cooler, and wheeling out and collapsing the empty carts...

Thanks for your input!!

Dry Van:

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Angela how much experience do you have?

My reason for asking; most Dollar Stores are very tight maneuvering around, setting up and then backing into (usually no dock). Not something an entry level driver should be attempting. Often like “trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.”

Before you accept this; I’d ask what the territory is and randomly view a satellite image of several the places you’ll be delivering to.

I can’t speak to the physicality if this, but I hope you like and are proficient at backing.

Good luck!

Auggie69's Comment
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Hi! I'm interviewing for a Dollar General Reefer position out of the Westville IN DC (it's a fresh/frozen only division) and am wondering if anyone has experience with driving directly for Dollar General? I know Werner and others have DG accounts but am wondering what it's like to be an actual Dollar General reefer driver?

I know it's driver unload but it's from a reefer so it's a little different than unloading the dry van. There's a lift gate and I'd be wheeling in 2-3 loaded carts per store, leaving them in the cooler, and wheeling out and collapsing the empty carts...

Thanks for your input!!

I do local P&D in the city. EVERY Dollar General I drive by I look at how I would get in and get back out with a sleeper and a 53ft trailer.

Then I say, "Nope. Not me."

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.

Dry Van:

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.

Wild-Bill's Comment
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I was a District Manager on the retail side at Family Dollar. I can tell you that what the others have said is true. The parking lots are small and busy. Most stores will be delivered through the front door. If there are docks, they’ll be EXTREMELY tight and usually require blocking off a Main Street to get in. Sometimes with your nose still hanging in traffic once you’re in the dock. Some of those poor drivers would take up to two hours just trying to get the truck into the lot. In some of my stores we had to have police directing traffic for every delivery.

There’s not enough money in the world to make me drive a dollar store account. I know people do it, and I’m sure some like it. but it’s not not for me. Way beyond my skill set and acceptable stress level.

Might have been an overly blunt answer but that’s my two cents.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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I used to work at one before I became a driver. We had a regular driver come every week; knowing what he had to back into and out of and how he did it, I didn't realise how good of a driver he was at the time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Susan D. 's Comment
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The DCs won't be a problem but Omgosh the backing at most of the stores would be a career killer unless you're very very good at backing into tight busy lots.

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