Happy New Year! How Slow Are You?

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Bird-One's Comment
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We’ve been the slowest since I’ve been around. But we also lost a bunch of work from dairy plants closing. Not sure if the company will fully recover. Was curious how everybody else is holding up?

ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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My company is doing fine. The Japanese are still buying lots of beef and pork.


RealDiehl's Comment
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It's business as usual here at Barr-Nunn. I handle a lot of light, expedited loads for mostly the same customers week after week. I guess this helps bc our customers aren't holding up orders while waiting to get a full trailer's worth of stuff to ship. They are more concerned with WHEN their loads need to be picked up and delivered. Not about how much they can cram into a trailer.

Banks's Comment
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I've been working about 3 days a week. I applied for furlough last week and then I was in a car accident a few days later. Car was deemed a total loss so I backed out of the furlough because I'm going to need paystubs to get a loan. I don't want the headache of trying to get a loan while on unemployment.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Slow, my meet is canceled 2 or 3 days a week. Luckily I can run the same loads to Indy and dump them there to be relayed later on. According to my meet driver who has worked for OD for 22 years this is the slowest he has seen. Many drivers are getting called off or only working 3 or 4 days.

3 drivers got fired and another quit, so they axed 4 extra board runs and made us rebid last week. Unfortunately, I lost my run but I ended up a extra board run an hour earlier.

Turtle's Comment
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People continue to eat, so I'm as busy as ever.

BK's Comment
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My company is super busy. They just picked up a new, big contract with National Beef. Also, they are short on drivers, trying to hire more. Trying to get any time off gets groans from the Fleet Managers.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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We haven’t slowed down a bit. I don’t expect we will considering we haul pet food ingredients, the food that feeds our food and ingredients for beer.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Really, really slow since I returned from vacation on Sunday. I have not driven more than 9 hours this week. Most days have been less than 5 hours of driving. If it continues like this for me, it won't be worth staying out on the road, not when I can make as much as I will end up with for this week on a 50 hour work week and home every night.

Changes will probably need to be made soon. I am saying this as someone who is a proactive type who doesn't wait for things to get bad and then worse.

Old School's Comment
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Apparently there's still good demand for aluminum extrusions. Knight just negotiated our new contract with Hydro and the drivers are getting a healthy pay raise as part of the new deal. I'm still running all the miles I can. I had lunch yesterday with a manager over dedicated accounts and he said things are looking good for us over the next few years.

It seems the LTL sector is taking the biggest hit. I feel for you guys. I hope things turn around for you soon.


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
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