Anyone Know Anything About Ashley Furniture?

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Vicki M.'s Comment
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My dispatcher just called to inform me that Wilson Logistics has sold all of it's west coast holdings to Ashley Furniture, who is branching into the logistics business. The fleet that hauls Prime reefers will remain Wilson from what I understand. I am not too worried, usually acquisitions like this are business as usual for a while (been through a few in casinos lol). And I have almost 3 months solo and will have 4 by Jan 1 when this takes effect. So I only need to make it a few months if it sucks lol

If anyone has any info about what kind of company Ashley is to drive for, I'd appreciate the input.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I made a handful of deliveries/ pick ups at some Ashley companies. I talked to a few drivers. They run Ashley loads out then run normal freight back or as fill to keep them moving. They don't run exclusively Ashley. Their warehouses/ plants had exclusive areas for their drivers. Those i talked to seemed happy with them. Thats all I know, hope it helps.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Completely no help for you, but I know that I hear a lot of their recruiting commercials on the XM Radio looking for "qualified professional drivers". Also one of the only companies that uses primarily black trailers.

Sorry Vicki!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Wow, Vicki !!

Miss ya, lady. I've not been on social media since my shoulder injury much;

BUT . . . I'm 'thinking' (out loud?) that Paul W. (Pianoman) worked for them, for a spell. I'll see if I can't bounce him into this thread.

Glad to hear you are still 'awesome!' m'lady!~

~ Anne ~

Sid V.'s Comment
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Hi vicki

I delivered a load of furniture last week to a store and they said they usually have Ashley furniture trucks come in. They also said that Ashley drivers help unload the trailers which kind of shocked me cause it was heavy stuff, so you may want to check if they do any unloading to stores if that pertains to you.

Good luck

Pianoman's Comment
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Unfortunately I don’t know anything about them sorry Anne and Vicki. I used to work for American Furniture and we’d pickup a lot from Ashley Furniture but I’ve never talked to their drivers or anything. They seem all right from the outside

Trucker Chris (CK)'s Comment
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I don't know much about them, but some of their equipment looks like it's held together with tape. My first Level 1 was in CA at Mountain Pass CVEF, and there was an Ashley truck in the bay next to me getting written up for all sorts of things.

I was nervous because it was my first one, and the inspector told me I had nothing to worry about with my 2020 tractor and 2020 trailer (this was around beginning of July 2019.) He then pointed to the Ashley truck and said "This guy on the other hand...." and giggled.

That's really the extent of my knowledge and experience with them. It may not be typical.

GrizzlyMan's Comment
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I am right there with you. I'm a western regional with Wilson and will become an Ashley driver at the beginning of the year. I've been with Wilson for 2 1/2 years. When I first started, we hauled a LOT of Ashley freight. Like you could almost guarantee you'd have an Ashley load every week. Once they opened their Tacoma terminal , we stopped hauling as much, and it slowly turned into more and more Ashley trucks hauling their own loads.

Over the years I've talked to a lot of Ashley drivers. They typically seem happy and don't want to leave. They like to brag about their pay and their benefits. I had seriously considered jumping ship and going to Ashley not too horribly long ago.

I'm a lease driver and love everything we have here. When I came to Wilson, I had planned on only staying for just a year. (There's a big back story to that, but it doesn't pertain to the current situation.) I didn't expect to make much on the lease. I did the lease specifically to have as much control as I could for my one year. I have over 20 years experience and had no intention on letting a company control me. I was stunned to actually truly enjoy working for Wilson and I have made far better money than I expected. Thus why I'm still here.

I've been around a bunch of trucking company acquisitions through the years. I've either worked for companies that have been on one side or the other of it, or known people that have been through it. Sometimes it goes really badly. Other times it works out awesome. I think this has the potential to be really, really good. I expect company drivers to really come out ahead. Ashley claims they want us to continue on exactly as we've been doing. They don't want to change our freight contracts or anything. According to them, the only thing that is going to change is the name on the sides of the truck. That said, there will be changes. They will see things they think need changed. It could turn out badly. I don't think it will, but it's possible. We've had a really good thing here. I don't know how much it would take to screw it up. And it could get screwed up even with the best of intentions. I'm sad I'll no longer be a part of Wilson, but I'm cautiously optimistic about the future with Ashley.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Bruce S.'s Comment
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If it was really an Ashley Distribution Services truck you saw being inspected at the scale house, it had to be one of few with any issues. I’d encourage everyone interested in knowing their track record to look it up for free on the USDOT Safer site. Ashley’s out of service record is one of the best I’ve seen. Their driver inspection record is even better so look at the factual results for yourself. Darned impressive which tells me their commitment to safety and maintenance is second to none.

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I don't know much about them, but some of their equipment looks like it's held together with tape. My first Level 1 was in CA at Mountain Pass CVEF, and there was an Ashley truck in the bay next to me getting written up for all sorts of things.

I was nervous because it was my first one, and the inspector told me I had nothing to worry about with my 2020 tractor and 2020 trailer (this was around beginning of July 2019.) He then pointed to the Ashley truck and said "This guy on the other hand...." and giggled.

That's really the extent of my knowledge and experience with them. It may not be typical.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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