No Walmart In Texas

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Uncle Rake's Comment
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I had hoped at some point to drive for Walmart. Over the past few months, I checked the drive4walmart website several times and never saw any opportunities for driving in Texas. I recently found an email address for info on walmart jobs and sent the following message:

Good morning,

In the past several months I have browsed the drive4walmart site several times. Not once have I seen OTR driving positions anywhere in Texas. Is the web site an accurate indication of all jobs available in Texas?

Here is the response:

Yes, at this time we are not accepting applications in TX or the surrounding states north and east of TX.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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So where are you going to next?

Turtle's Comment
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If you live near a WMDC that is hiring, you could work there for the time being and transfer to TX when something opens up. WMPF drivers have dibs over outside applicants.

Donna M.'s Comment
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If you live near a WMDC that is hiring, you could work there for the time being and transfer to TX when something opens up. WMPF drivers have dibs over outside applicants.

With marten I run a lot of Walmarts , frozen/ dairy or remix loads. I hate it , trying to get truck route into store, small docks, standing for forever at back doors, and then fighting with bulk heads. I’m sure there are lots of different types of routes with Walmart. But not for me!

Harvey C.'s Comment
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With marten I run a lot of Walmarts , frozen/ dairy or remix loads. I hate it , trying to get truck route into store, small docks, standing for forever at back doors, and then fighting with bulk heads. I’m sure there are lots of different types of routes with Walmart. But not for me!

Interesting, Donna. Michael also does a lot of WalMart loads for Marten but never to a store, always to a DC. They are usually a frozen or refrigerated Nestle load coming out of Utah but he did once rescue a load of bananas when another driver had some problem. He is on a dedicated account and does a lot of the same type of loads and deliveries. He has two deliveries in the Stockton area today where you just left. His manager got mixed up and was sending him for home time today when it was supposed to be Saturday so she's now going to have him do some local day cab runs out of Stockton. He has done that in Jurupa before while his truck was being worked on but didn't like that but this time he will still spend his sleeping break in his own truck.

Turtle, when Michael drove day cabs before he said they were left pretty messy by other drivers but I believe you've said that you share a truck with the same drivers all the time, right? I imagine that helps keep the truck more tidy.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Donna M.'s Comment
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With marten I run a lot of Walmarts , frozen/ dairy or remix loads. I hate it , trying to get truck route into store, small docks, standing for forever at back doors, and then fighting with bulk heads. I’m sure there are lots of different types of routes with Walmart. But not for me!

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Interesting, Donna. Michael also does a lot of WalMart loads for Marten but never to a store, always to a DC. They are usually a frozen or refrigerated Nestle load coming out of Utah but he did once rescue a load of bananas when another driver had some problem. He is on a dedicated account and does a lot of the same type of loads and deliveries. He has two deliveries in the Stockton area today where you just left. His manager got mixed up and was sending him for home time today when it was supposed to be Saturday so she's now going to have him do some local day cab runs out of Stockton. He has done that in Jurupa before while his truck was being worked on but didn't like that but this time he will still spend his sleeping break in his own truck.

Turtle, when Michael drove day cabs before he said they were left pretty messy by other drivers but I believe you've said that you share a truck with the same drivers all the time, right? I imagine that helps keep the truck more tidy.

These are marten terminals at dc, Monroe, ga : Wintersville ohio, Clarksville Arkansas tomah Wisconsin that’s the ones I’ve run for! Spent about a month at tomah Wisconsin last year. If you look at the picture of my new truck I’m hooked to a Walmart in a store dock.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

BK's Comment
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I’m surprised to hear that Walmart is not hiring in Texas. Florida, I can understand. Does anyone know why Walmart is not currently hiring in Texas?

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I had hoped at some point to drive for Walmart. Over the past few months, I checked the drive4walmart website several times and never saw any opportunities for driving in Texas. I recently found an email address for info on walmart jobs and sent the following message:

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Good morning,

In the past several months I have browsed the drive4walmart site several times. Not once have I seen OTR driving positions anywhere in Texas. Is the web site an accurate indication of all jobs available in Texas?

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Here is the response:

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Yes, at this time we are not accepting applications in TX or the surrounding states north and east of TX.

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Awh, MAN !!! That sure IS a bummer, got a similar situation here; Tom is switching companies due to their being acquired by a not so desirable, we looked into the WMPF dealio, too. The closest terminal hiring is almost 2 hours away, and the closer one is 'full up.' Tom's on a 'waiting list,' but they told him not to hold his breath, unless they expand their fleet in the Columbus vicinity. NO body leaves, haha!

Great to see you back around, Raif. Last I knew, you left Prime to go to Marten, and then something about needing to get the manual (E) restriction off your license. Correct? What else did I miss?

Hope all is well; the industry sure has some oddities occurring this year, in many ways.

I’m surprised to hear that Walmart is not hiring in Texas. Florida, I can understand. Does anyone know why Walmart is not currently hiring in Texas?

Hay, BK ~ No WalMart's in Texas, hmmm.... Those must all be serviced by Crete, Marten, etc., perhaps ?!?

CDL-A Driver - CDL A Walmart Dedicated, Home Weekly! Top 50... Crete Carrier Corporation Texas

Well, there's that !! ^^^^ LoL.. Good ole' Google ! I'm not all sure that one day, WalMart won't take that all 'back,' however. Wonder if Turtle has any intel ?!?!? Or Brandon ?!?!?

Take care Raif (and all!) , glad to see you're still at it~!

~ Anne ~

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Turtle's Comment
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With marten I run a lot of Walmarts , frozen/ dairy or remix loads. I hate it , trying to get truck route into store, small docks, standing for forever at back doors, and then fighting with bulk heads. I’m sure there are lots of different types of routes with Walmart. But not for me!

That isn't my experience as a PF driver. The routes in are built right into our Navigo, including the exact turn needed to get into the right entrance. Besides that, with just a little experience, you learn the stores and the ways in very quickly.

The size of the docks aren't an issue for me, but I agree they can be challenging for some.

We have walkie-talkies that communicate directly with the store associates, including the manager. They know I'm there before I even dock the truck. Waiting isn't usually an issue. If it is, a quick call to the DC gets the transportation manager involved, and the door gets opened pronto, and I mean pronto.

The bulkheads can be tough for the vertically challenged, but all you have to do is ask one of the seemingly hundreds of tall young lads walking around to help you.

Turtle, when Michael drove day cabs before he said they were left pretty messy by other drivers but I believe you've said that you share a truck with the same drivers all the time, right? I imagine that helps keep the truck more tidy.

They've done away with slip-seating here, I have my own truck that nobody else uses. But there are still "programs" that have 3 drivers sharing two trucks. You have the truck all week, but get into the other truck next week, and so on. WM has very strict rules in those cases regarding the cleanliness of the trucks. Trucks don't get left dirty, at least not that I've seen. The drivers seem to hold themselves to a higher standard of order and cleanliness. When you personally know the other drivers you share a truck with, you care more about leaving them a clean truck, and vice versa.

Does anyone know why Walmart is not currently hiring in Texas?

Because those areas are arguably the most desirable WMDC locations around. Good weather, easy miles, easy money, etc.

The closest terminal hiring is almost 2 hours away

It's like an hour and twenty minutes away from where you live. I drive an hour and a half to my DC. If Tom wants a "home daily" position, then I'd understand. But for a weekly commute, I'd say that wasn't that bad for a job as easy as this that pays as much as it does. Just saying :)

I'm not all sure that one day, WalMart won't take that all 'back,' however.

I doubt they'll ever take it completely back, but they're trying! They've drastically reduced the dedicated presence at Pottsville, G-Town's old turf. The reduction is slower at my DC, but still ongoing.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Uncle Rake's Comment
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Pack rat wrote:

So where are you going to next?

I intend to apply at a company called CIRCON to haul hazmat waste materials. The problem is they only have manual trucks and I have to go back to school to get my automatic restriction lifted. I am scheduled to do that next week. I am working on a review of Marten that will give a fuller explanation.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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