Magnum ltd - fargo, nd

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  1. Winnyf1

    Winnyf1 Road Train Member

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    Yeah it was nice while it lasted, though I need to get back to my western lane... It's been a while.
     
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  3. supersnackbar

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    No, not Concord, Chicagoland again, for Sunday, then p/u Monday going to Fargo for Tuesday. I will probably drop my truck off for the cam warranty job. I spoke to Tony, he said he has many loaners, and even a few '17s I might be interested in. Told him he doesn't need to waste a new truck on me. I don't think he grasps the idea that my days here are numbered.

    And how do you use a wasted day from piss poor planning to your advantage? Appointments 12 hours apart, but with travel time, not enough time to even get a split log break. Piss poor planning is piss poor planning no matter who is planned on the load. And it doesn't make it right.
     
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  4. Winnyf1

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    @supersnackbar another point to consider regarding planning is the impact of the customers request on Magnum or any other company. No doubt we occasionally make a mistake, however, there are times when we are simply responding to our customers.

    In my last career my team often ordered trucks and while most of the time we wanted the product delivered as quickly as the driver could, we also used delivery to extend terms. An example would be adding a day onto the shipment if it put the delivery into a new fiscal month for the customer or added a few days to their payment term. So when the driver arrives at the customer, of course they refuse early delivery.

    My point is sure you hopefully will find a place where the insurance costs are lower and they run more like a Polly but beware because with the way we are running in this industry you might find that many companies are adding days...
     
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  5. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    I understand customer related issues, but bottom line, I wasn't the only truck in the area. Magnum runs a lot of freight into northern TX. If a driver says "that is beyond my 14", the next response shouldn't be "go in early and see if they will load you" knowing full well that if they don't, the driver will be out of hours before he/she leaves. Simply find a more suitable unit to load. I can see the times, especially on temp control loads, where the loading or unloading causes extra delays and runs a driver out of hours, but to purposely send a driver in to pick up who has stated that the load time is over what they have available, that is just plain irresponsible. And it happens more in Matt's zone than any other. Then to expect the driver to just spend the night in a place that doesn't even have the basic necessities is just plain not giving a #### about the people that make the money that pays your paycheck. Yea I know, welcome to trucking...that's the way it is and always has been, and most likely always will be. But the way everyone claimed that Magnum cares about their drivers, then do crap like this means someone was fibbin...I could sacrifice my personal comfort if it meant turning decent livable miles, but when you're averaging under 10k for half a year, it makes that sacrifice intolerable.
     
  6. ncmickey

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    I guess I just don't look at everything as a personal attack on me. In your situation, I would have figured that it was a busy day at the shipper and they got me what appointment was available. I know I'm super important but sometimes the appointment for that day is the only one there is left. So instead of delaying for a day the dispatchers and planners who have faith in me figure I'll figure it out. I would have called ahead and reserved a parking spot at the J for which the 'uncaring' company I work for will reimburse me. Then I would hustle up and see if I can get loaded early. If not, oh well, I have a spot to park.
    Then I would get up and roll out in the AM with a fresh clock, good nights sleep, shower and a dump.
    Every load is different. Every day the clock gets managed different. And yes... Sometimes its inconvienient or not to my liking... But 90+% of the time it's pretty easy to figure out

    But what do I know. I only have 2+ years experience and you have many more than that....
    Let me add one more thing. When I get a load plan like you have I don't immediately think the company sucks and bad mouth them on here... I call up a few fellow drivers and tell them about my ####ty plan. They usually have helpful tips and suggestions. They also call me sometimes and I return the advise and such.After a phone call or two I can see it's not a big deal... Usually it's just me needing to change my maxi pad and man up.Hahaha...And it ALWAYS works out. They (Guys like Oor, xeres, winny, runningman and Pigbacon among others) also remind me that I am one small piece to the puzzle that the planners and dispatchers have to put together EVERY day. I can't see the rest of the puzzle. I don't have to know why.... I just take care of my piece....

    This is where you explain where I am wrong or why it wouldn't work for you that way...
     
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  7. Xeres63

    Xeres63 Medium Load Member

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    In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1......
     
  8. Ordy19

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    That dead horse around here is getting the heck beat out of it.....

    SSB reminds me of the guy I met in CR lounge one time that said a GPS was a waste of money and took to long to program and Mapquest directions were the way to go. He would go to Hotels and ask them to print off directions for him, but a GPS took longer to program.
     
  9. Oor

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    Some days you just have to remember we're here to solve the customer's problem, not the other way around.
     
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  10. supersnackbar

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    WOW!!! The stretch on that comparison was almost as big as the stretch on the bungee cord of the Amazing Jumbo, the Grand Canyon's only bungee jumping elephant. Still not sure how a technological deficient driver reminds you of a driver who has a problem with an ill-planning dispatcher back-handedly trying to get a driver to run illegally...which is exactly what is being done when you drive past your 14. We've all done it in our career, but @ncmickey, what happens when you are just easing across on that 10 mile gray time the company says you can pull a load without logging. And some pimple faced punk comes rolling up behind you in his lowered rice rocket, jamming on his 10,000 watt stereo, and looks down at the sext message his girlfriend just sent just in time to bury himself under your trailer...how far will this honorable company staff back you when they haul you in front of the judge? Do you really think they will stand there and say "yes, your Honor, we authorized this driver to proceed after his legal hours had expired"?. If you believe that, since you're a master fisherman, I would like to interest you in some prime ocean front property just west of Phoenix, AZ. It is more than likely they would throw you under the bus. You would be sacrificed faster than a virgin at a Mayan apocalypse party. And before anyone says that won't happen to me...I have worked with 2 people who had it happen to them. One died in the crash. Another driver was within a year of retiring, and was hit. The other driver was technically at fault, but because of my friends log book being off, he not only got cited and was blamed for the wreck, but lost almost everything in a civil lawsuit once the other guy found out they were citing my friend for the accident. The company denied knowing anything about him running over his hours because nothing was documented, everything about him being out of hours was verbal. And this was long before the lawsuit happy universe we live in today. Which is also the reason I use the Peoplenet (or Qualcomm with other companies) to communicate with op's instead of chatting it up on the phone.
     
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