Have you worked for a food service company?

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  1. Cerberus101

    Cerberus101 Heavy Load Member

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    this is actually how i started out in '92. i delivered to area restaurants and mom/pop shops. it was total touch freight and i liked it. it either came off with a hand truck or by the pallet, all depending on the stop itself. i did it for 7 yrs before moving onto auto parts delivery , then to coke delivery, then to b33r which was a pain but pay made up for it, then otr off to local and back to otr.
     
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  3. slim66

    slim66 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks a lot for the replies! I'm already working pretty long hours ( basically around 10 - 12 per day ) so that doesn't bother me. I also like the idea of having more or less regular routes to run. However while I don't mind physical work, like Truckinik I'm not a big guy and I'm a little worried about the level of exertion and strength required. It seems a lot depends on the company and the type of customers they serve. Tough decision but thanks again for your input! :biggrin_25514:
     
  4. Toby

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    Your physical stamina will increase as you keep working. I'm 6'0 and around 210 lbs. Most of the guys I work with are 5'4 145 lbs. I had a hard time when I first started, but as time went on it became easier. You control what you carry. I might take seven cases of Kraukus Ham while you would take 4-5.
    We also deliver alot of bottled water to gas station mini marts. I usually pull 7 cases. When my boss rides with me he only pulls 5 at at time. Think about it. I know it will be a hard decision. I was to go OTR but when I started thinking about being away from my family etc... I couldn't do it and I really respect those who can.
    Good Luck in making your decision.
    Toby
     
  5. Burky

    Burky Road Train Member

    I see that, and greatly appreciate your response. I wasn't sure how often you have been checking in, but hoped yo would catch this thread. It is a good feeling to be able to pass the info on and help someone else. Thanks....
     
  6. NyteWulf

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    Been there, done that. Drove a small box truck, no CDL required, got paid 7 bucks an hour for it. Never again.
     
  7. slim66

    slim66 Bobtail Member

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    Toby, thanks a lot for your replies. I'm in the Ogden UT area and there are a couple of food service companies around here and in SLC. I've not been able to talk to anybody who has actually worked for a FS company in this area except for the individual mentioned in my first post. Most other drivers turn up their nose at the thought of doing FS. It looks like a couple of you have had positive experiences though.

    Whatever the case I do appreciate very much the time you all took to respond. That is what makes this forum such a great resource for all us newbies out there!:yes2557:
     
  8. dstockwell

    dstockwell Light Load Member

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    How did you like coke, I may have an inside track to a job with coke.
     
  9. Cerberus101

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    it wasn't bad. alot of moving stock around though. i looked at it last year to go back into it and i didn't like how they changed there pay scale. they payed by the box instead of by the hour. i didn't care for it since money would fluctuate to much in my opinion. now on the other hand i liked working the b33r delivery. not budweiser or big place like that since they seemed to pay less but the independant b33r delivery places. i did it in myrtle beach a few summers back and actually thinking about going back.
     
  10. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    I tried to get on with coke when I was OTR. I put in an Ap and asked if I could get interviewed before I went back out. I was told no we will call to set up an appointment. Sure they did when I was several states away. The woman called me a bunch of times and I was really getting frustrated. I never could nail a time down. Took a local job and they called me when I was running local. She asked what state I was in and I said home. She said great can you come in? Nope too late already got a local.

    I know several coke drivers all of them speak highly of coke. Know a couple of RC workers one likes it one hates it. Don't even get me started on pepsi!:biggrin_2554: That is one ate up outfit. Know lots of their drivers and have had too many yanked up loads from them when I was OTR. Pepsi hired me on the spot with no road test or nothing, but I turned them down.
     
  11. BearGator56

    BearGator56 "The G stands for GOOD!"

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    With summer time coming up, those beer and coke vendors are no fun to work for. I delivered beer for Miller down in Orlando for over 3 years. Averaged 800+ cases a day on a side loader. Touched every case by hand, and wheeled it in on a hand truck. Then rotated the new product in, filled the case... hard work.

    That was the toughest driving job I have had, and it didn't pay well. I went to SYGMA from there. My pay jumped 20k a year, and I never looked back.
     
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