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OntarioVanMan

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I'd say one important thing for vendors to do would be to try and find out from drivers what the company or products reputation is amongst drivers. They could do this privately with comment cards or trying to have a direct conversation with some so that they can talk with the driver about a negative image. This might help improve the image of the product or company which can help with sales or recruiting better quality drivers. The recruiters should respond like a human instead of a company puppet and have information to back it up. If someone says that a company hauls cheap freight instead of just saying "We pay $1.70/mile", they should just acknowledge the concern and show them the last 100 loads and the rates they paid the drivers.

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Total honesty would help....when a carrier says we pay .80 +FSC....they should tell you the little details...like FSC is calculated on the Mid West average...2nd lowest in the nation AND if the FSC is is say 19.9 cents..they round DOWN to .19 and they keep the .9!!
.9 x 100,000 miles a year is a whooping $900 of YOUR money in their pockets...
If said carrier has say 400 units...that is approx. $360,000 dollars....not chump change...

sorry bout my personal rant.....


As per usual....Don't know if I'll be there....last 2 yrs I happen to be close by.....
 
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JohnMueller

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Have an I-pad ready with the PSP & DAC services up & running.
Moose - "Nothing runs like a Moose!"

We will gladly run an MVR and PSP on the spot for any owner operator that fully completes one of our applications, and signs the required disclosure and release forms at the Expo.

Because nothing runs like a Moose - it would make me very happy to be able to run yours. We are starting an "Expedite" tractor division in addition to the Truckload division we've run for years.
 

moose

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with all the respect i am already work with the best. & very happy to stay here.
on a side note, i think that recruiting this year is going to be VERY hard.
not many good truckers are looking to jump ships.
& most carriers increased compensation .
 

Monty

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I know my favorite times at the MATS show was always out back, enjoying a smoke and having the chance to speak with folks outside the booth. While the booth in the central point, much must be accomplished there, and goals must be met. Casual time is best .. such as the lounge at Executive West ... just time to banter things back and forth, without sales pressures. It's how I came to Hot Shot Express years ago ....
 

JohnMueller

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Moose;

You loyalty is very admirable!

Recruiting has been very hard since 2008. It takes more than just higher rates to get some of the best drivers.




with all the respect i am already work with the best. & very happy to stay here.
on a side note, i think that recruiting this year is going to be VERY hard.
not many good truckers are looking to jump ships.
& most carriers increased compensation .
 

OntarioVanMan

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Time for a merger! Load 1, PTL and Barrett.....all great owners and pretty much think the same towards drivers...and Steve's place would make a great swap facility for loads :)
 

cheri1122

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Time for a merger! Load 1, PTL and Barrett.....all great owners and pretty much think the same towards drivers...and Steve's place would make a great swap facility for loads :)

'Barrett's Premium Load 1' - at least it doesn't sound like a law firm, lol.

I agree with those who posted that the people who make the effort to mingle with the O/Os & drivers away from the showroom are the highest caliber. They're more able to offer the best product because they listen to us, and they have the best reputations because we talk to each other. And in the age of the internet, we can 'talk' to a LOT of people.
One thing I'd like to see is an event that helps and/or encourages drivers to sharpen [or show off] their driving skills -
a sadly neglected area, methinks. The very foundation our business rests upon, yet hands on opportunities to learn [practice may just reinforce bad habits] and improve are scarcer than nuns in a casino - what does that say about us?
 

jelliott

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Great point Cheri! We are participating in the Michigan Trucking Association Rodeo competition this year in Lansing. Bill our safety director is one of the statewide judges!
 

Monty

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And how do ya know how many Nuns are in a casino? I'm betting they're wearing their flashy sun dresses when there! :rolleyes:
 

Jenny

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And how do ya know how many Nuns are in a casino? I'm betting they're wearing their flashy sun dresses when there! :rolleyes:
We saw a nun at the Casino in Tucson once. We were really confused, then we realized it was Halloween :rolleyes:
 
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