End Of Month For Truckers...

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Kevin B.'s Comment
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I'm curious what, if anything, truckers have to do for end of month? End of month is a big deal with many business, mine included. I'd imagine you'd have to turn in receipts, maybe some logs, but I'm curious what else if anything?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Nope. Never even realize what day, week or month it is. 😂 Sometimes I forget what state I am.in.

All logs are electronically recorded in real time. As a company driver I don't need to bother with receipts unless i personally paid for something (light bulb, washer fluid and such) and get reimbursed. That happens maybe 3 times a year.

Kevin B.'s Comment
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Sounds positively divine... In hospitality, and I'm sure elsewhere, end of month is usually a pretty big deal. A big rush to get numbers in and problems fixed. And the night's work has to be just perfect lest you have a problem in January and the fix in February so to say, then have to explain to corporate why your numbers are going to be out of whack in whatever for two months...


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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LTL companies usually get busier at the end of a month, other than that there really isn't a anything extra to do. For drivers anyway.


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
Rob T.'s Comment
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As company drivers there isn't any paperwork type stuff you need to do specific to being the end of the month. That may differ from an owner operator , I'm not sure.

I haven't noticed business levels changing at the end of the month for grocery store deliveries. The only time there's a significant change in business is around holidays, winter storms, and sporting events.

When I was doing food service it was hit or miss for end of month business. Many companies would be trying to keep their food costs lower towards the end of the month (or quarter). Other businesses like hospitals, or nursing homes and even Facebook were so far under budget they started ordering more expensive product. They did that because if they didn't spend nearly all of their food budget the budget for the next quarter or year would shrink.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Hey Kevin, that's a great question! I think you'll have to get accustomed to a new position of authority. As drivers we are the low man on the totem pole - we do the grunt work. We make things happen on the front line.

It sounds like you are accustomed to management practices. I know in hospitality the line is blurred between management and grunt work, but in trucking they are clearly seperate. I can assure you the people in the office are wrestling with numbers and juggling things to make their end of month goals and quotas.

Fortunately the driver never knows what they are struggling with in the office. We get dispatched and we do our best with what we are working with. There's a liberty in that which I think you'll find refreshing.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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