How's Everyone Doing in LTL Right Now?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Mike2633, Aug 23, 2022.

  1. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

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    Alright I did it passed my hazmat test this morning 100% score. The computer shut off after 24 questions. Worked out well on that end. I’m going to try and get fingerprinted tomorrow.
     
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  3. Mike2633

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    Alright everyone time to run. I’ll see you all out there.
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    Lot of different ways this could go. It could be one bill with 10+ pallets going to one customer, or it could be one bill with maybe 1-6 pallets/handling units going to one customer.

    But I've also seen it where you have 41 bills containing 41 handling units going to a single customer. So if you have 300 bills for one day, and 15% of those are going to a single customer, it means the bottom of the seniority board may not have anything to deliver for that day. If that happens, they usually get sent out empty to do trailer swaps or do pickups.
     
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    Almost all of the weekend runs are volunteer. Maybe a couple laydown bids and FedEx Ground bids on the weekend here and there. Almost none of them are the extra board being forced out (would have to be severely short on drivers and too much extra freight).
     
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  6. Mike2633

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    What does that mean high enough in the lane, does that mean that your run is usually the first or second run scheduled to depart and usually it's always going?
     
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    That’s pretty much it. If there are 4 loads between 2 terminals to move, the earlier runs are safest as far as stability.
     
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    It’s funny reading this when weekend linehaul runs are absolutely fought over in my terminal.
     
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    Exactly. If there’s 10 drivers going to the same place but they only have enough freight for 8 drivers, then drivers number 9 and 10 get cut to the extra board.
     
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    Ok, so thank you for propping that door open cause this does add some good discussion material without starting a new thread.

    At my old barn at USF Reddaway, everyone on linehaul and city was considered "extra board". Major caveat was that management was lazy and they usually kept you on the same route (or city for P&D) 98% of the time. Win-win since your workday was predictable and you were the subject matter expert for that route/city. Major downside was when the 2% emergency showed up, you were caught with your pants down. "Crap, this is a layover run and now I have got to find a dog sitter" or "hope they like returns, cause this city is so foreign to me they might as well dropped me off in Belarus".

    My current company USF Holland on the other hand has everything chiseled in stone. You are on a bid. If they run out of freight they need to make something up, otherwise there are some consequences if they break your bid. Usually this may intail some financial benefits towards the driver that got his/her bid broken.

    We do use about 10% of the barn (on the city side) that can bid on an "unassigned" bid, which means they call you around 4 PM and tell you what time you can expect to come in the next day. This start time could be 1 AM to about 3 PM; or your 10 hour restart. You also never knew where you were going.

    My question to everyone (and I genuinely can not find a pool of more qualified people to answer this). Is your barn set up the same way? Do you have the same terminology and structure?
     
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    I’ll go first. In the city we had/owned our routes everyday was the same. In the summer when routes would get cut you would ride with another driver on some kind of extended bigger route. That was in the city.

    On the road everyday can potentially be different as far as first runs go obviously I start at my drop yard and end my day there but in the middle can be different. Past 2 nights I’ve gone to our terminal in Akron, Ohio, but night before that I traded runs and went to one of our stores in Niles, Ohio and the night before that I was in Youngstown, Ohio so they can do whatever they want with us as far as first runs go.

    Usually if stuff gets cut or slow they can either make work up for us to do or just send us out and back. Week before last I had like almost 3 out and backs in a row. This week I’ve had 5 double runs probably close to 2500 miles this week.
     
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