What Kind Of Things Do You Care About When Looking For A New Company?

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G-Town's Comment
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As many of you know I was Walmart Dedicated for 8 years; delivering to stores and Sam’s... I am in complete agreement with Pack Rat.

Besides I believe PianoMan was on a Walmart Dedicated account several years ago out of a CO DC.


I'd strongly recommend to look into Walmart, as they have top pay, wide parking areas and accessible docks to back in at DCs and stores, and the main plus, there is no need for the big fridge, as at every store delivery there is always an option to go in and buy fresh food.


Really? You should see "all the room" I get to work with at a number of the stores, neighborhood markets, and even the super centers driving this dedicated WM account out of Cheyenne. We get our share of hair raising scenarios.

Papa Pig's Comment
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G town and Packrat. Quite a few dollar general markets are old Walmart neighborhood markets that closed and got repurposed. Never delivered to one that had a lot of room to get straightened out in. End up blindsiding a bit and trying to avoid a rail and drop off because the docks are at a slope


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

PackRat's Comment
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Love most of the neighborhood markets I go to....NOT! In truth during my short time on this DC gig, it hasn't really been the stores or the docks, but the inadequate design of the streets getting to the store. I can only think of a handful that require backing from the street, and only one of those is a blindside.

I encounter one store (not a neighborhood market) that is a 110° right turn entrance from a three lane road. This requires being in the far left lane to get the trailer straight enough to no hit a power pole on the right of the drive. While this is going on, to the immediate left is the side of the building where that driver's mirror gets closer than 12". Lots of historical scrapes, paint, and gouges along the building and that pole. Exiting that place is just as nerve wracking. My deliveries there are usually all of three to five pallets, so less time unloading than the actual to and from.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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