I am sorry I didn't see your questions earlier. I am still with HT. I will gross this year 65 000, working 4 days a week. Pay scale is now $18.10 for new drivers, $22.45 after 3 years. Raises are every 9 months, usually about $1,-. No union, no overtime. My rate is $20.45, however my actual rate is $24,84, because of my 122% efficiency. I worked average 45,5 hrs per week, but was paid for 56 hrs per week. My salary for an actual job I do this year will be 55K, another 10K I made was for safety bonuses and performance bonuses (HT shares its revenue with all associates).
I usually work "layover shifts", going to stores which are far away. On average I stay one night per week in motel (or, to be precise, one day. I have to drive at night, sleep during day hours). If I wish I could take additional days, however I never do.
Merger with Kroger didn't change much. If any - for better. We are still HT, we operate as an independent division, however we are backed up by second larger retailer in the USA. Now we have enough resources to faith Publix and even Wal-Mart. Being part of Kroger gives us power to buy cheaper and sell for less, sustaining what made us great in the first place - best service and quality of the goods we sell - and that is always good thing for the future of all of us.
HT still hires new drivers. They are growing, opening new stores and some driver retires every year.
And for me - it is the best job I ever had in my life.