Harris Teeter - North Carolina

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by RobC, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. RobC

    RobC Bobtail Member

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    Hey drivers. My name is Rob, 34 years old, been driving since 2006 with a large national carrier. I have been on a dedicated account for the last 2.5 years running mainly eastern U.S. and Canada. It is a good position, with lots of home time and decent salary, but I have been entertaining the idea of moving on to better things and more money. Right now I think I have pretty much hit the top of my pay with my company, with the account I am on. I could theoretically make more if I wanted to go back to running OTR, but I won't. The money isn't worth living on the road. So, I have been looking at a local job that has good pay, and Harris Teeter Grocers has been on my list to check out. I have briefly spoken to a couple drivers on the CB, and got good reviews from them, but I wanted to see if anyone here could shed some light on the job for me. I would need to make at least $50k annually to make the switch, and prefer to be closer to $60k the first year. Is this realistic? How are the runs with HT? Mainly night runs, or a mixture? I heard they provide lodging if you have a long run. I would be running out of the Indian Trail DC (Charlotte area). Any insight is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    I'd bet within a year Harris Teeter becomes a dedicated account for JB , Schneider, or some other BFI . The days of private fleets are numbered.
     
  4. jonah

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    You can easily gross 1K per week, in a bad week. In good times, like weeks before Christmas, or when snow is coming to the South, you will gross $1200 without problem. New drivers starting salary is $17.30 per hour, and that is "computer time" - actually drivers make 10-20 % more. Every 9 months, for three years, drivers have rises, and after three years they make almost $22 per hour - and they still perform 10-20% more efficient, making actually over $25 per hour. And HT pays for every minute you work for them - pre-trip inspection, fueling, drop and hook, unloading, etc.

    Additionally drivers receive profit sharing checks and safety bonuses - two, or three $K per year, and 50% matching 401K, up to $2000/year.

    Drivers work days or nights, new guys usually have to work Sundays, some works 4 days a week, others 5 days a week and shifts change every 6 months. New schedule is chosen by truckers on seniority basis. Drivers working for HT longest choose first, new guys take what is left. And new guys stay new for long time, nobody quits job at HT. Only retirees go away.

    Some runs require staying overnight - those to Nashville, or Florida, but if someone doesn't want to go there, he doesn't have to. Runs to Wilmington, or Charleston, SC take all day - one trailer per shift. Local job, in Charlotte Metro area, requires three, or four runs per shift.

    Good equipment, great, friendly people, best job I ever had.
     
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  5. jonah

    jonah Bobtail Member

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    Message for a person, who sent me PM: I cannot answer back until I have seven posts. You have to either wait, or ask me here.
     
  6. jonah

    jonah Bobtail Member

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    I think most grocery chains have their own private fleets. Food Lion, BiLo, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Publix... Actually I don't know any big food store chain, who is using outside carriers. Wal Mart is using them for reefers, but Wal Mart is not a "normal" grocery store.
     
  7. rickybobby

    rickybobby Road Train Member

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    Some mega carriers pull frieght to those stores. Walmart uses everyone and anybody lol. Schneider pull freight for kroger.
     
  8. Jorihe84

    Jorihe84 Road Train Member

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    Kroger is using atlas logistics, Publix has there own fleet but use Davis Express for the majority too. Meijer also outsources to carriers (mostly us xpress)
     
  9. RobC

    RobC Bobtail Member

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    Jonah, thanks for the great response. I am only considering leaving my current position for two jobs, Wal Mart fleet or Harris Teeter. My company treats me very well and I get home regularly. Otherwise, I would like more money and decent home time. With over 6 years OTR/regional with a spiffy record, I believe these would be great jobs to have long-term. I haven't seen HT hiring lately but will check in occasionally. Thanks again.
     
  10. jonah

    jonah Bobtail Member

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    Still looks like majority of the grocery chains has their own transportation. Meijer doesn't have stores in Carolinas, Kroger also left my home town many moons ago, and those, who stay here use theit own trucks. Publix is building their first store in Charlotte, they have already couple of them i SC suburbs of Charlotte - and I see sometimes Publix truck in Rock Hill. Didn't know they use other companies, but that is exception to the rule. Piggly Wiggly and Ingles also have their own trucks.

    When I was hired several months ago, I've been told we (there was two of us) where chosen amongst "thousands" - for sure it was exaggeration, but looks like they have many candidates for each job opening. However with several drivers approaching retirement age they will need new guys to take their position.
     
  11. Jorihe84

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    Publix does have their own fleet but use Davis Express heavily. Davis has their own dispatch office at the Publix DC on Dacula, GA
     
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