Is Working For US Foods A Physical Job?

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Evalyn V.'s Comment
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Is u.s foods very physical. Im fit but imwondering if im going to be tired with a sore body for it. Until i get use to it.

George B.'s Comment
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You are unloading food at various stops. Anywhere from 15-100 cases or even more. Good money but very physical.

Banks's Comment
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I spoke to US Foods about a year ago when I was putting feelers out. If I remember right, the trailer is loaded by temperature. Frozen in the nose, refrigerated in the middle and everything else on the tail.

You get stops that take frozen, refrigerated and everything else and you have to dig through pallets to find their shipments.

I've never done it, but I've heard it's labor intensive. I opted not to go with US Foods because the building I spoke to required layovers and that's a no go for me.

G-Town's Comment
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There are several food service companies similar to US Foods; Sysco, Performance Food Group and McLean to name a few.

One of our successful moderators started his career at Performance Food Group. Here is his training diary:

Food Service as a Rookie Driver

Seabee-J's Comment
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In a word. Yes . I drive a bus locally and see these guys everyday and what they do . Lots of in and out of the trailer with a dolly. Tons of stops at everywhere from delis to restaurants and bars . Everything is hand offloaded by a dolly and some of those packages are heavy especially the frozen goods . There is a lot of tough maneuvering and difficult locations to get into as well occasionally I've seen them offload in traffic in downtown areas and villages so just be prepared. They get paid pretty well but it's one of the toughest local grinds out there.


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Toad's Comment
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Long time reader on here, but very few posts. I’ve driven for Sysco for a little over 14 months. If you’re In pretty good shape you shouldn’t be sore. Have you been driving for elsewhere? All food service companies have their slight variance but for the most seem to be the same. You’ll have stops with stairs both up and down, and be digging for cases throughout the day, but most people make it harder than it is. I have really enjoyed it, any specific questions and I’ll try to help.

Dave T.'s Comment
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I have never delivered food (other than ice cream and dairy products) but I have delivered beer. I’ve been in and out of the same places those guys have that work for those companies. I can’t say much for the food but I’ve had to lug kegs up and down the same steps, in and out of the same bars and restaurants as they have and it’s not easy work. They probably have to rotate products just like I had to rotate beer inside those coolers too. They have quite a few stops during the day and night. We have two restaurants close to where our office is where the delivery drivers have to park in the middle turn lane of a busy two lane road to make deliveries. Lots of places want their deliveries on certain days between certain times so it can also be a time crunch. I thought about trying it but I’m way to outa shape for that anymore. They do make good money but they work hard to earn it. If the food doesn’t tickle your fancy, give beer a shot or even Pepsi or Coke if you’re looking for a job to keep you in shape.


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HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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