FedEx Freight Diary (ala Russian Rabbit)

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by McUzi, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. McUzi

    McUzi Medium Load Member

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    I've always liked reading @Russian Rabbit 's UPS adventures. I've come to notice there really isn't such a thread available from those of us in Purple.

    Ask away, I'll be posting stubs in similar fashion to RR as well.

    Last week was a strange week. My run has been seeing some regular cuts to it recently, but my local supervisor is pretty good about nagging the heck out of central to get runs for his guys that aren't working.

    Usually when he pulls an additional run out of Central, it is last in the lane to go to NY for 444 miles. This isn't generally an issue, however, last in the lane on that run is usually sitting until 430 or later to be sent back home AND the run is too short to qualify for delay time (only 222 miles each way). I have the option to work the dock, but it is not forced like our much shorter run that goes into CT. I happened to log into the computer while I was eating lunch and noticed I had a bunch of "learning" modules to complete by the end of September (mostly all HAZMAT refreshers) so I punched the clock and completed those and made my own delay time that way. All in all about 82 miles short of what my bid run would be for the week, but an extra drop and hook on a via to another center and a meet trailer swap put me about $20 shy of a regular paycheck

    Bi-annual bonus also hit this week as well so the extra income will be siphoned off into savings for wintertime protection.
     

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  2. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    Smart! We get paid for 'em--may as well be making the same money sitting at a computer as working the dock.
     
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  3. McUzi

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    Although, my run was cut from the bid sheet that goes into effect next week, I ended up able to choose from last in the NY lane or extra board due to some moves around the Road Driver board that totally took me by surprise. I took the NY bid with no dock bid, but since I'll count on sitting there until 4 at the earliest and get there around 1230, I'll hit the dock for 3 hours anyway and make it worth my while.

    I originally planned on a CT run with forced dock for the guaranteed work, since the supervisors there are cool with me hostling in the yard all night instead, and I'm far more effective in a yard horse than on a lift.
     
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  4. jmz

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    Great idea for a thread! I’d considered doing something similar, but my run is ridiculously boring and short and I wouldn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea that all FxF drivers make peanuts. The city driver who shares a truck with me typically gets more miles than I do on the road.
     
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  5. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

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    US Foods is hiring in your area;)
     
  6. McUzi

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    Second night in a row sitting at home, unfortunately. On the bright side, my wife is happy that I'm home next to her a second night in a row. Temporary pain for the long term seniority gain.
     
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  7. jmz

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    I know it sounds like I’m complaining but that’s nothing compared to some of the other guys at my terminal. And of course I posted that earlier today at home, and now I’m posting this on my lunch break at a terminal that’s 250 miles away.

    I knew what I was getting into and I still don’t regret making the jump from US Foods because it’ll be worth it in the long run.
     
  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    How far does he go?
     
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  9. jmz

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    Last few times I checked it was around 100-150 miles, and he’ll have 3-5 different trailers listed on the DVIR, so he’s probably just doing swaps all day.
     
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  10. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    FXF YARDS AND YOU!

    (Just imagine one of those 1950s announcer guys on an old educational filmstrip.)

    Ever wonder why there are so many differing opinions on the same company? It could be that they're at a yard that doesn't suit their preferred lifestyle and work habits, and are unaware that there are alternatives. So let me describe the different types of yards the company has...

    HUB: These are the big yards where freight comes in from everywhere and goes out to everywhere. PHX, SBO, AQE and so on.

    Pros: Usually on-site fuel and shop. Located in big cities if that lifestyle appeals to you. Due to sheer size, a fair amount of turnover happens, so you're likely to move up quicker(especially if most of the senior drivers started out doing P&D on dinosaurs).

    Cons: Lots of management and the accompanying micromanagement. Big docks can be the most stressful and chaotic environment you'll encounter. Large pool of extraboard drivers mean overtime can be limited or nonexistent.

    SATELLITE YARD: These are smaller, outlying yards where everything comes from or goes to the nearest hub. Basically a couple of line drivers and a few P&D guys. May or may not have on-site management. Mostly located in small towns.

    Pros: Everyone knows each other, how they like to run, and cooperates because there isn't that buffer of anonymity. Things are more laid back without 17 managers climbing up your nose and out both ears. When things are busy, you'll get OT because there isn't a huge pool of drivers to pull from. You generally get the same route and get to know your customers very well, helping things run smoothly.

    Cons: Anything that needs to be fixed requires an outside vendor or a trip to the hub. Turnover is low, so you might be the bottom man for quite a while. You do everything from hostling to dockwork on the P&D end. Line runs are usually fairly short. And if one guy wants to start drama, it can be hard to get away from it.

    RELAY YARD:
    These are basically a meet point with an office. Located in the exact middle of nowhere, they serve to facilitate cross-country linehaul and nothing else.

    Pros: If you hate doing anything but driving, this is your dream job. You get in a truck with an already built set. Drive to a meet point. Swap sets with the guy coming the other way. Head back to the yard, fuel along the way, hand it off to the next guy. No hostling, dockwork, or make & break. Runs are long. Money is great.

    Cons: You won't get a lot of exercise. All repairs require outside vendors who may or may not suck. If the last guy leaves you a problem, it can be a while getting it dealt with. At least at the yard I was at, there was an amazing amount of completely unwarranted drama. Did I mention 'middle of nowhere?'

    So now you know the different options available in your Purple Driving Career. Thanks for watching, and drive safe! :D

    (Filmstrip breaks. No one notices because the whole class has fallen asleep.)
     
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