Coca Cola Co.- MN,WI,IL USA

Discussion in 'Shippers & Receivers - Good or Bad' started by Viola81, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. uglyvegas

    uglyvegas Light Load Member

    Oct 5, 2011
    las vegas, nv
    You want bad!!! Go to the coke location in LA, terrible to get to, tiny narrow roads, no parking except a tow away zone, indifferent fork drivers with two speeds, dead slow, and stop! I showed up there at 12:30 for a 1:30 apt, finally got out of there at 5:45pm into the lovely LA traffic. I really think that they were doing it on purpose, there were 5 of us loading that had arrived over a 2 hour window and everybody was done within a 15min window. A trip that should have taken 5.5 hours ended jup taking me 7.5 hours by the time I got out of the LA area. Told my dispatcher don't send me there again!
  2. uglyvegas

    uglyvegas Light Load Member

    Oct 5, 2011
    las vegas, nv
    Do not accept the load unless they airbag the single in the nose. They know they have a problem with the new bottle design and will do it if you ask. About 2 years ago we did a 6 truck run from Las Vegas to SLC and every single trucks nose pallet went down. Since 5 of us were from the same company we all pitched in and restacked all 6 trucks nose pallet in SLC with the help of the guys there. I actually carry a couple of reuasable bags in case the shpr doesn't have any (happened in tempe a while back) If you don't have any bags strap over the top with cardboard if you have etrac, or vertical load lock it on both sides again with cardboard. I do a lot of softdrink/beer/water loads so I carry a lot of ways to secure the load
  3. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    pepsi would be out of luck if I was driver. I don't touch freight,ever. health reasons and co. ins. policy. lol Yes some companies allow you to do that.
    I'm a driver not a dock worker,anymore.
  4. cadillacdude1975

    cadillacdude1975 Road Train Member

    Mar 20, 2010
    Chattanooga, TN
    that is what i started telling dispatch. i drive the truck, not work the dock. sorry. it might be different if i could get paid what they pay the lumpers. i could unload a trailer and make 75 bucks, or they would pay a pumper 350 to do the same thing. how f'ed up is that?
  5. clint1204

    clint1204 Bobtail Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Coke only pays detention if you are on time for a scheduled appointment, literally 10 minutes late and loose your appt time. when that happens you won't get a single penny from them. Should be glad they don't charge a lumper i guess.
  6. Grouch

    Grouch Road Train Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    Between here and eternity
    Coca Cola, Baltimore Md. When I was hauling pallets, the company kept an empty trailer there and all we were to do was drop and hook. Well, went in one night and was told, "we ain't got the trailer you brought in last time unloaded yet, so we will live unload you". Now Coca Cola in Baltimore is a ##### hole and you have to back in a tight dock off a 4-lane road, blocking traffic the whole time. It took 2 1/2 hrs for them to unload me. Next time I go there, same song and dance. Backed into the dock around 10:30pm @ midnight they had not touched me. I walk around to the office and get the "song", "we are about to get you"-----1:30am rolls around, still no activity. I walk back around to the office and get the same "song"-----2:20am comes and still not been touched. Now I got my $ss on my shoulder and go back to the office---now mind you, I am in a day cab---I tell the man in the office, "@ 3:30am I am leaving here, empty, loaded or bobtail, I don't care and I don't mean start @ 3:30am, I mean be finished"----Well 3:15am arrives and still nothing, I go out and start unhooking, I can't take the trailer cause it is locked into the dock. I start pulling out from underneath the trailer @ 3:25am and said "bye-bye, now you got 2 of our trailers and called the boss and told him I was bobtailing home. Never went back to that "hole".
    Gearjammin' Penguin Thanks this.
  7. ladr

    ladr Road Train Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    Have NEVER been to a coke place that was anything but a pain.
  8. DispatchU

    DispatchU Bobtail Member

    May 6, 2019

    Any more recent experiences ther , say on unloading plastic bottles ?
  9. PureLeafTea

    PureLeafTea Light Load Member

    Mar 21, 2013
    Paw Paw isn’t bad. They don’t respect appointments, but who does? 3 hours to load isn’t bad, but why should it take that long when you had an appointment not like they didn’t know you were coming. They set the time! If there was a law guaranteeing detention pay starting minute one (which is easy to do with ELDs) I bet all these companies would suddenly load VERY quickly or only do drop and hook loads (benefiting only big carriers).
  10. Crazytrucker77

    Crazytrucker77 Medium Load Member

    Nov 23, 2014
    Hermiston, OR
    I picked up a load from Portland, OR once and they threatened to kick me out for bringing a pepsi product into the building. Well I am sorry you don't let us stay in our trucks and take forever to load. I was thirsty and you don't make any good soda's. Ultimately they made me finish it and throw it away. Next time I will get a coke bottle and put my MT Dew in it lol see what they say then.
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