Please Describe What an Ideal Company Would Be Like...

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Jodymcgrody, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    McKesson. Loads are in one particular spot, trailers in another ready to go. Drop hook and deliver. Reload within hour with cardboard bales going to Memphis, drop, hook next load going out and roll.

    No bs propaganda, no micromanagement, mo make work etc.

    But you do have some important people following you, your tractor and trailer plus the load trackers within the pallets. A word from you fills the area with the law if need be.
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  2. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    The one that has more money, more miles, and more hometime.
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  3. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    You are projecting yourself onto what you think other driver's are like.

    Sit down, I have some shocking news for you................
  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    I'm not even going to respond to the OP, when drivers think they can run a company, that is time for the people who make it work to leave.
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  5. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    We live in a society where you have to have the best everything now, or you're nothing.

    So you're new company has to be the best, most ultimate, end all to be all, or it's just going to suck.

    Your trucks have to be the ultimate. In fact you're going to need to replace your brand new trucks every 90 days.

    Detention will be $100 an hour, paid by the minute, starting 1 minute after your appointment time.

    Driver can accept or decline any load.

    Layover ($500 a day) will be paid on any day the driver sits, even if he declines loads or is out of hours.

    24/7 HR hot line must be available if the driver is suffering an emotional or psychological situation.

    This is just a broad outline of what you're going to need.
  6. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    Ask 10 drivers what they want, and you will get 40 answers.

    Seriously though, there is too much variance in what drivers want to be able to have one company make more than a fair-sized chunk of truckers happy.

    Some drivers want the back office to handle everything, and they just drive. Others want a load board and no interference from the back office at all.

    Some drivers want CPM. Others want % pay.

    Some drivers are easily insured. Others can barely be insured at all.

    What I would suggest is looking at the business models of several trucking companies, see which ones make the most sense to you, and then modify that business model to suit your needs.

    Problem with that is that starting as a smaller operator, there are going to be things that you just can't do affordably. Custom software? Probably not an option. Special deals on service and block fuel buys with big truck stop brands? Not likely.

    There are a few small fleet owners in here that speak up from time to time. I imagine they might be willing to say a few words on this.
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  7. tommymonza

    tommymonza Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    S.W. Florida
    Any company that does not route you around Chicago.

    All kidding aside other than better benefits and a little more cpm the company I am at is my pick.
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  8. Super-Trucker

    Super-Trucker Bobtail Member

    Jul 31, 2014

    Where are you located? What do you haul? Which lanes do you travel? Do you hire Own/Ops?
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  9. Jodymcgrody

    Jodymcgrody Bobtail Member

    Mar 11, 2018
    Pretty good food for thought so far.
    I'm thinking maybe rotating teams out of one truck where a driver can choose a net profit versus days out to rotate out. Make $8-$10 grand, take a week or more off. Another driver steps in and the truck keeps rolling.
    Transparency on all financials with driver input.

    Also I'm thinking seriously of trying to put together a package for Native American Tribes. Create a sort of European Union of participating tribes. Set up terminals, fuel depots, warehousing and distribution centers on tribal lands throughout the U.S.
    Have factoring be part of it.
    And ideally to create a single tribal license plate representing the union. It would make it easier to have something that tribes could join rather than negotiating a deal with each one separately.
    Map it out from starting with one truck to an entire network across the Nation.
    On the drivers side, that'll evolve based on input. Have a load board, line haul percentage, cpm. Have all the data available so people can figure out what works best for them without any bs.
    Mostly I just have a lot of chicken scratch in a notebook right now.
  10. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Great, another plan for the Native Americans that was thought up and implemented by a non Native American. You're in for quite an education. Let us know how this plan works out for you.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2019
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