Driving for Wal Mart....smile 4d camera and Microphone

Discussion in 'Wal-Mart' started by Chewey2, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    That's ok. You experienced drivers are nothing more than know-it-alls with too many years of bad habits. :rolleyes:
     
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  3. foggy

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    NO, experienced drivers are the ones who were driving and turning profits for companies and took responsibility for loads, on time deliveries, repairs, flats and communications with customers back in the day before satellites and cell phones. You truly were captain of the ship and fended off bankruptcy, poor working conditions ,low pay, law enforcement, thieves, crooked dock foremen and a host of other problems, all on your own. All of this done while you were in diapers!!
     
  4. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Apparently you missed it, but I was being facetious.

    I've been noticing a trend lately of experienced hands being turned down for jobs in favor of those with less for the reasons I mentioned.
     
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  5. foggy

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    Because they make less money. The pay scale at just about all companies starts low and works up with experience. If you have a lot of turnover(and some companies have over 100% turnover) you keep your wages(aka overhead) down low. Many companies have the attitude that anyone can drive a truck and with satellites and computers they can micro manage them. But with the increase in trucking accidents, new drivers who want far more time at home, a growing distrust between drivers and management, the driver is just a number fixation and less reward for work well done situation...I think there is more to the numbers than the vice management is showing the boss. There is no substitute for a well motivated, properly paid, well experienced driver force. You lead men and women with a carrot...not a stick.
    There should only be two pay scales. First 90 days pay and then full pay. A man that works 20 years does the same as a man just working one year at most companies.
     
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  6. Pedigreed Bulldog

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    I disagree. The hand with 20 years is going to be able to handle a lot of situations without breaking a sweat that would have that 90-day wonder curled up in a ball. Why? Because it ain't his first rodeo. He's probably seen several similar situations over the years to draw potential solutions from as he deals with this new one. "All in a day's work" as he calmly handles the situation. The rookie is seeing that situation for the first time, and doesn't know what to do...and more importantly, what NOT to do (cue the USA low bridge u-turn video)...to get himself out of it. Dealing with these situations is what builds experience so that in time, he'll be worth the big bucks, too. 90 days, you're still wet behind the ears. Hell, even after 10 years and you've still got a lot to learn.
     
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  7. MACK E-6

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    I'm personally of the opinion that learning is one thing that should never cease.

    Just look at our community right here. There are some things that the 90 day newb knows that even a 16 year veteran such as myself wouldn't know. Experience is a subjective thing.

    Another thing I've found is the day you start telling yourself or everyone else how good you are oftentimes tends to be the same day you'll screw something up royally. Karma is funny like that.
     
  8. Chewey2

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    Evening everyone.....just a quick update...8 more drivers have been fired from the two test dispatches because of the cameras. It is quickly moving to 5% of the total drivers at the terminals.
    Another problem has been with the Qualcomms. They don't seem to have the capacity to handle two cameras and a microphone so the company has decided to switch every truck in the company over to an entirely new system with higher capacity to handle transmissions and recording. The expense of switching the entire fleet is high and speaks of the determination of the company to put these cam systems in every truck. Today they put out a communication speaking of how we need to cut expenses....that got a laugh. They are initiating another round of hiring in expectation of firings, quitters and retirees from all of this so if you want to put up with this...now is the time to apply:(
     
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  9. TransplantBadger

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    I think at this point the best case scenario is that Walmart adopts the outward facing cameras and realizes no benefit in the inward facing ones.
     
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  10. kanidana

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    This is pathetic. Do inward facing camera really provide that extra benefit for insurance companies//oh probably. If you grab a stick of chewing gum whiled driving, you're probably a distracted driver. It's amazing how the big powerful companies start with this nonsense and it spreads out from there. I'm glad I'm out of this world shortly. Since trucking is the only thing I want to do and it's heading towards a place I hate, the finality of my existence is the only real saving grace. And #### inward facing cameras. I've had them for years every where. Enjoy the 1984 world that these mega corps invite.
     
  11. TransplantBadger

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    I can't even think of being watched by a camera without flying off the handle.

    There's also holes in the story they're telling.

    Seems to me some people are being fired for things outside critical events.

    Just my little tinfoil hat theory...
     
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