Ashley Distribution

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  1. almostthere

    almostthere Light Load Member

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    Let me start by stating the obvious..no trucking job is perfect or even mostly good....trucking is full of inherent problems both with the industry itself and the stresses of driving for a living. That said, I want to post what I have learned about this company and as I can, my experiences as a new hire. My background: I came into trucking in my late 50's. I worked in the building trades for most of my life climbing (sometimes by my raw fingers) up to the place where I owned a small homebuilding business. I was blessed with being able to work in something I really loved, I've built a lot of houses for some really nice people over the years. Short part of the long story is that I closed up shop after the housing bubble burst and I needed to find another way to make a living.
    My 1st trucking job was with Schneider as an otr driver. After about a year I was ready to move on. As it turned out Schneider took on a flatbed account for a glass company close to where I live so I transfered there and pulled a flatbed with crated glass to construction sites mostly in downtown metro areas. About the same time I moved to the glass account I applied to Ashley and was asked to come in for a road test. After thinking about it I decided to give the flatbed a year and see how it went. A year turned into 2 and a half. I left Schneider earlier this year, took some time off and applied with Ashley again a couple months ago. Anyways that's my back story.
    I've been around a while and I can tell you this is not your average trucking company. I am really impressed. It is a very large and growing privately owned furniture manufacturing company with both company owned and licensed stores that sell their product. They have a 600 plus fleet of trucks with drivers that move product to the stores and in and out of their production plants. They also use private carriers they contract with. We were told in orientation they want to expand their truck fleet by several hundred drivers.
    I'll try to update this thread a couple times a week.
     
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  3. rowdy18

    rowdy18 Bobtail Member

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    Where is orentation? How long is it? Do you gotta go with a trainer or do they send u out on your own right away? For truck are they all volvo 780s?
     
  4. Jrdude5

    Jrdude5 Heavy Load Member

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    Interesting keep em updates coming.
     
  5. 28

    28 Medium Load Member

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    Very Nice trucks at Ashley if i recall ...big Volvos
     
  6. jhudsonred

    jhudsonred Bobtail Member

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    Also new KW's. I live a few miles from the Ecru, Ms Plant. Nice trucks!!!
     
  7. almostthere

    almostthere Light Load Member

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    The trucks all have apu's, refrigerator/freezers and 1500 watt inverters. You can bring your own 700 watt microwave..there is a cabinet for it. The Volvos are 780's and 670's. They also have Kenworths. I was told the trucks are rotated to new every 3/4 years. The seem to have a really good maint. System. When a trailer comes into one of the factory/shop yards the driver pulls it through a post trip stall where a tech signs off on it before it's dropped.
    Orientation is 3 1/2 days. It's in Arcadia wisconsin their corporate hdqts.they fly you in on Monday, starts Tues and finishes Friday about noon. No trainers here, they want 1 plus years experience I think it used to be 2 yrs or more.
     
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  8. 28

    28 Medium Load Member

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    CPM ?
    Home time policy ?
     
  9. Pintlehook

    Pintlehook Road Train Member

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    @flyingmusician is a driver for Ashley, he seems to get along really well there. I'm sure he'll be interested in this thread, as well as many others. I'm comfortable and happy where I'm at, but if I were to look for a change Ashley would be on top of this list. It's nice to see a strong Private Fleet out there compensating their drivers well.
     
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  10. flyingmusician

    flyingmusician Road Train Member

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    You don't look at cpm here. You have to forget the traditional miles miles miles thinking. It takes awhile to get out of the mindset lol

    The base rate is about what the better otr gigs are paying but many other things factor in. Supplementals, length of trip, deadhead or loaded. I'm midway up the pay scale at .38 so let's look at a couple examples:

    1000 miles: .38x1000=$380 + $30 d/h = $410

    Rate per mile: .41

    500 miles: .38x500= $190 + $30 d/h = $220

    Rate per mile: .44

    100 miles : .38 x 100= $38 + $30 d/h = $68

    Rate per mile: .68

    The ideal is to get loads you can turn in a day and get it done, get the d/h pay and roll on at least towards the next one. Longer trips pay less. Really good days are when you can turn several 100 mile or less trips in a day then get a longer one out end of day. It really bumps the check.

    Live loads pay the same as d/h and my average time on dock ytd from my spreadsheet is 1.4hrs. We don't do a lot of waiting.

    Home time is weekly. I'm doing 44-48 home not counting drive time to the yard but it could be as little as 34 depending on what's going on. Haven't missed a weekend home in 16 months now. First load out for the week usually has a good window for delivery so you can dictate when you leave to some degree.

    My ytd avg miles / week is 3054. Projected and on track for just over 72k this year

    Shortest week of the year was 2670. Best so far 3457

    They run us and generally the planners are very good.
     
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  11. flyingmusician

    flyingmusician Road Train Member

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    Yep I've got a KW now.

    Started in the little Volvo 670.

    I'll take the KW any day. Much happier with it than the Volvo.
     
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