Covenant Transport Family Dollar Dedicated

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  1. Trucker-C2018

    Trucker-C2018 Bobtail Member

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    Anybody kno about Covenant family dollar account.. Im thinking about doin dedicated.
     
  2. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Dollar stores accounts (Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree). Do a search on here and see how many have got fired when on these accounts. Hard to get into and set up with cars always getting in the way. Hard for an experienced driver to avoid scratching some paint much less a newer driver. Think real hard before doing this.
     
  3. '07 KW w/53' Conestoga

    '07 KW w/53' Conestoga Medium Load Member

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    Ya...JB Hunt is back advertising too that they are looking for O/O to run these loads. Tis the season.

    The approach into the store needs to be carefully thought out, no doubt. It is not for rookie drivers, but, most back of store retail deliveries aren't.

    I don't know much about Dollar General, I have seen some video. If stuff is in rolling cages, and your using a lift gate and wheeling them in, that doesn't seem so bad. But, if you have to use gravity belts such as the loads at Family Dollar? Forget it. Definitely not worth the $.

    They are back breaking to say the least. Trailers are packed floor to ceiling with every size, type and weight box known to man. Dog food, Kitty Litter and Snow Melt are the WORST.

    They want you to send each box down via gravity belts, but, they give you nothing to prop the belt up with, you end up using the customer's product boxes you are ultimately delivering. Not designed to do the job. You build your way back into the nose of the trailer. The gravity belts are a piece of junk, with missing rollers, belts that fall apart, won't stay together.

    Speaking of trailers, the Family Dollar pool are some of the worst maintained you will find, leaking roofs, which ruins products, you'll have stuff crashing and breaking.

    As you work your way into the nose of the trailer, if you work alone, you will have to constantly walk back and forth in the trailer, babysitting the stupid POS gravity belts that keep falling apart.

    Basically, you will do this load 1 day and be ready to quit. I was sore for 3 days.

    I was working on my second stop after starting at 6 am, NO breaks. It was about 1:30...I had to rest my back it was so tight, I was starving and was limping in pain. I finally said "I am taking my Teamsters Mandated lunch break" (I am not a Teamster, but, they don't know that!!!). I went into the store, bought a bottle of Ibuprofen, popped about 5 of them and hobbled to a nearby fast food joint and ate. I came back about 45 min later, a kid who was working with the crew from the store was up inside my truck unloading it! I gave him $20 and said "If anyone asks, I was with you the whole time". I got a great report on the job I did, but, I was so sore, I never went back for more.

    If you can get yourself reliable help, it isn't as bad, but, that cuts into your profits, and, unless you know them well, do you really want to sleep in the truck with some flunky?
     
  4. snowmantrucking101

    snowmantrucking101 Light Load Member

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    Don't mess with them compulsive liars there. Lye through the whole process & doesn't stop their. Go elsewhere!
     
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  5. '07 KW w/53' Conestoga

    '07 KW w/53' Conestoga Medium Load Member

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    Good point, most mega carriers are full of crap, pay like crap, treat you like crap. Oh sure, there are a few that are decent....but, for the most part, they are their to take advantage of you.

    Most pay $1.04 per mile plus fuel surcharge...how the heck are you supposed to make any money at those rates??? It costs nearly a $1 a mile just to run the truck. So, what is left? $0.48 to pay yourself???? How will you ever afford health insurance, disability, workers comp...and, what about some day having to replace your truck with a new one?

    At that rate, you might as well be driving someone else's truck.
     
  6. snowmantrucking101

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    I hear ya man, not many good answer's left in the profession sorry to say.
     
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  7. '07 KW w/53' Conestoga

    '07 KW w/53' Conestoga Medium Load Member

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    Oh, Snowman, don't say that! Sure there are!!! I simply refuse to work for the mega's out there. I just can't believe how many THINK there are no other options for them...or worse, think they are doing WELL at $1.04 + a mi.

    I have my own authority, so, it is easier for me to pick and choose, demand top rates all the time. But, I'll gladly put on hardworking owner/ops and pay them a decent % if they want to come on board.
     
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  8. Earl W

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    Does anyone not complain to.dispatchers or go over their heads, that's what glass door means..companies cant fix a trailer problem if it's not reported..I call that the OTR mentality, just pass the problem on to the next guy...if a dispatcher schedules you too tight then it's usually alright to be late, I eat if I'm hungry
     
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  9. '07 KW w/53' Conestoga

    '07 KW w/53' Conestoga Medium Load Member

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    And....I did. All that. I reported the trailer AND I said "screw it" and ate. Right in the middle of the second stop. I told them it was a union mandated lunch break. I never mentioned I wasn't in the union!!!! Its my union, see? Ya, that's the ticket!

    As for the trailer, I'll bet a dollar to donuts it's still leaking on cargo today, a year later.

    What your talking about, the "glass door", that's all fine and good when it's a company you drive for regular, but, when your an Owner Op, what's the likelihood I'm going back for seconds? Uh...none.

    I merely posted to warn others.

    THAT is what this forum is for.
     
  10. x1Heavy

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    Do try to shake off the opium dream of dollars in the dollar family of dent a truck, shoot a driver, bury munitonus staff in boxes they will never sort.

    With that said, do whatever you can not to be involved in that problem. Yes I said problem. You will have all white hair before 30 doing this.
     
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