final mile service and dcs (dedicated contract services)

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  1. Ddr1992 579

    Ddr1992 579 Medium Load Member

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    What's it like to drive for a final mile service or dcs? What's the typical day like? What's the equipment like and what type of license or endorsements are needed? What do they haul? Is it a little bit like food service? Any company that solely does this? Do they load and unload there own trailer? Any help would be appreciated, thank you...
     
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  3. The Shadow

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    3 days and no one answered so I’ll give you what little I know. I answered an add not knowing and got a conversation with a DCS recruiter. Basically it goes like this ( for the job she and I were discussing anyway) :
    This was appliance delivery. So you would go to either the shipper or a cross dock facility and pick up a load of say, dishwashers. Full load. Then you drive to a new apartment complex and one by one, unload and install those dishwashers. All of them. When you emptied your truck or finished that complex, you started over with either more appliances at the same job site or somewhere else. I think it was mostly local to that area, in my case the triangle area of NC, and they wanted you “on site” at least 8 hours per day not counting driving time. Paid by the piece. DCS has their hands in all kinds of stuff but that’s what she wanted me to apply for that day.
    I turned her down then and there. I have spent too much of my life trying to get a tractor trailer in and around apartment complex and hotel job sites already. When I make a change it certainly won’t be to something like that. It’ll be drop and hook or bumping actual docks...
     
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  4. EuropeanTrucker

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    Another account they have is target. Unloading 2-4 trailers a night on roller rack by yourself.

    You pick up each individual box and put it on roller until you are done. Then I guess you go to another DC to pick up a trailer then drive to another Target and repeat.
     
  5. The Shadow

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    I actually did that at a Walmart store in high school. Walmart drivers would drop and hook a full trailer during the evening (2 at Christmas) and we would unload them one box at a time. I chose to be the guy inside the trailer feeding the roller rack because I prefer to work alone and it was a cluster ###k palletizing everything by department at the other end. I could do the whole trailer in less than 2 hours on a bad day. (Of course I was 17 at the time and coming off a North Carolina tobacco farm so it wasn’t really super hard work for me… then). I don’t know if I could do that for a living nowadays. If I had to. Maybe. Definitely would want food service money to do it though. 75K per year with a 4 day work week might get me interested (in NC dollars; 100k in northeastern US dollars). The conversation I wrote about in the above post didn’t get far enough to talk about money. I doubt it’s big money though, there would’ve been a thread on here by now unless I missed it.
     
  6. EuropeanTrucker

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    Funny you say that because I did same thing when I wa 18 right after high school for Target. It was some hard work and I was pretty good shape at the time.

    I know that account paid about $1650 a week. Start around 3-5 am and about 10-12 hrs a day.
    In Chicago, if you have experience, you can get same pay or more for less physical work.
     
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