Walmart Dedicated Finale Review

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Banks's Comment
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That 68 CPM doesn't mean anything if you don't have runs available for you.

Also very true. This gets overlooked when people go to LTL because they hear about guys making 100k+ a year. Those guys have built seniority and the freight dictates the work. Senior guys don't sit at home.... Unless it's snowing or a nice beach day.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Leeva804's Comment
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Also I’ll just have to bite it if it’s like the Walmarts since it pays .68 cents a mile.

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I genuinely hope it works out the way you hope it will. Thats your attitude at this moment, but did you feel a similiar way when you started the Walmart dedicated? If I remember correctly you were making much more doing that than your prior job. Most people after they get the hang of things start to allow little things to get them worked up. We recently had a guy walk away from a 100k a year job to go pull construction equipment because he allowed small things to change his mentality of the gravy job we have. To be honest, at my current company I've dealt with far more cry babies that allow the small things to affect their entire day than I have at any other job I've had.

Did Estes give you any idea of how long it typically takes to get your own run? What kind of miles the xtra board is getting on a consistent basis? That 68 CPM doesn't mean anything if you don't have runs available for you.

Good luck.

The TM said I can expect to run 2300-3000 miles a week and my two days off on the weekends will not start until I get home. Late or not.

The reason I chose Estes is because my friends runs out of the Commerce Road terminal and has showed me the checks and described Xtraboard. Completely gravy run including staying in hotels.

He’s clearing nothing less than $1600 gross or more a week. My problem with Walmart dedicated is you can hustle and work as hard as you want to offset the crazy hours amd unfair practices on the account but you’ll never make more than what they allow you to make. Which I plan to tell you guys about regarding seniority on the account.

Either way 1 year experience the doors have opened for me and rightfully so.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Hey, CONGRATULATIONS on accomplishing all that you have! Especially the debt thing.

Whatever was not for you, I hope it’s behind you now. What’s waiting for you at the new gig, I hope is all you wish it to be.

Focus on the positives that came from that Walmart gig. For whatever you didn’t like, it DID allow you to accomplish a lot.

Congratulations!

G-Town's Comment
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Steve points out...

Hey, CONGRATULATIONS on accomplishing all that you have! Especially the debt thing.

Whatever was not for you, I hope it’s behind you now. What’s waiting for you at the new gig, I hope is all you wish it to be.

Focus on the positives that came from that Walmart gig. For whatever you didn’t like, it DID allow you to accomplish a lot.

Congratulations!

You’re right Steve ; he has accomplished a lot in 1 year. Thanks for pointing that out and shifting the tone to something more positive.

Leeva804's Comment
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Hey, CONGRATULATIONS on accomplishing all that you have! Especially the debt thing.

Whatever was not for you, I hope it’s behind you now. What’s waiting for you at the new gig, I hope is all you wish it to be.

Focus on the positives that came from that Walmart gig. For whatever you didn’t like, it DID allow you to accomplish a lot.

Congratulations!

Thank you kind sir! I’m truly looking forward to the change and I’m actually excited to get back into a manual truck again. Best part about new gig is it’s 15 minutes from my house so the drive home will be fast and cost saving now.

RealDiehl's Comment
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When I was with USXpress I worked on the Taylor Farms dedicated account. Gordonsville DC was one of the Walmart's I delivered to, along with Pottsville, PA (G-Town), Johnstown, NY (Turtle), and New Bedford, PA.

It used to take what seemed like forever to get unloaded. Usually bc Taylor Farms more times than not messed up on their end with overages, shortages and damages. It was difficult watching my clock tick away while being unloaded bc I knew I would miss out on getting another load if I couldn't make it back to Taylor Farms (in south jersey) with enough time to squeeze in a reset before picking up another load. Luckily, I was in a sleeper, and when I started using the split reset, everything became much easier. All that time waiting could be used toward the split reset (big thanks to the TT folks for helping me figure that out).

Still, running dedicated was not for me. Once I completed my year with USX I applied to Prime.

That's how I relate somewhat to your story, Leeva804. Once you get through that first year opportunities become available. The first year may not be ideal. The important thing is to struggle through it the best you can instead of quitting and blaming the industry or company for your difficulties. Once you get through it I can understand if you want to vent your frustrations a little bit. Just remember that we all deal with some kind of difficulty on a daily basis. Nothing is ever perfect. Congratulations on getting through your first year. And Good luck with Estes!

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