Walgreens anyone?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Soltaker, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    not really, have you seen a walgreens or CVS delivery.>??

    usually night time, (but some run into daytime hours) they stack those plastic totes onto a 2 wheeler nearly above the drivers head, and wheels it into the store, all year long, and guess what, many times in winter, the parking areas are not plowed, try moving that loaded 2 wheeler in that crap...

    food service, same thing, same conditions...no win situation for either driver, but food service generally pays more, and you missed what i had said, at CVS, a driver MUST DO 2 trailers each night...i do believe walgreens is the same. think one ain't gonna get burnt out in short time.>????

    i cannot say how many trailers a food service worker must do each shift.
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  3. Driver0000

    Driver0000 Medium Load Member

    Jun 26, 2016
    I call it 'mobile dock work', cause it is...
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  4. Radman

    Radman Road Train Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    If it's scoop from the ground and go on a 2 wheeler it can be quick to unload. If your having to load a 2 wheeler then pain in the butt. Frito-Lay OTR guys unload a full trailer they have tall wheelers but chip boxes are light and some do two 53' trailers a night local.

    Are you talking 2 28"or 2 48" trailers? Foodservice guys do one trailer a night from a 28" to 48". Also stops are a factor on how many cases. You can do more cases less stops. We have guys unloading 1100-1300 cases a night in a 48" but they stay around less miles to drive and 8-12 stops. Palllet must be organized decent to do this too.

    I can't see Walgreen stuff to be heavy besides the soda. My company handles a lot of frozen food. Frozen boxes are heavy as fark. Plus places like Pizza Hut order mostly frozen 50-100 cases at a time and have a freezer capacity of 30 rest must go on their racks. Guess who gets to load the rack when it's a key drop? This guy? CVS guys probably gets to roll it in to the back room and go. I'm sure the back rooms are made for this. Foodservice most aren't which stall times.

    I deal with back rooms that can't fit crap in. Managers always over orders thinking it'll fit somehow. To the point their un boxing while I'm wheeling it in.

    While food service does pay more there is more obstacles to deal with. Most Walgreens are mostly built the same.

    For the snow you gotta bring a snow shovel and make a path. It sucks but I'd rather be local in town dealing with that then driving on i80 Wyoming on pure ice for 200-500 miles with 70mph winds. It's gonna be a long night regardless where your at.
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  5. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    CVS/Walgreens/Rite-Aid, do not have soda on thier trucks, that comes in via....the soda companies. those plastic totes are VERY heavy as you have all sorts of bottles of soaps, shampoos. food stuffs, etc, etc. not one tote has all one product, which can make it lighter to carry. the "average" weight of many totes is about 40-50 lbs. now add up even just 40 lbs by the number of totes on a 2 wheeler.

    only rarely is a roller conveyer ever used, and that is for the runs that go into the day time, and the store employees, MUST help unload. only then, does the driver stay in the trailer and shoot them down to the waiting employee's...

    but the driver, MUST still reach up for the top totes (all trailers are stacked up to the ceiling).


    all i can say is these two things..

    1) they are always looking for drivers......that in of itself tells you what..??

    2) good luck to anyone that can stay at the very least 2 weeks to one month.....
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  6. Texas_hwy_287

    Texas_hwy_287 Road Train Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Here is the following info on walgreens as they have cpc running everything for walgreens.

    Attached Files:

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  7. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    nearly the same ad as for any CVS logistics company or driver-leasing company. they can offer the world, but when a driver gets burnt out in short time, they re-run the ad over and over again. there was a time when Ryder had the exclusive contract to supply drivers, and Ryder DEMANDED no less than 2 years exp. then all heck broke loose when drivers were quitting in droves.

    now several other logistics companies are involved with the CVS account and they too, run the same darned ads nearly daily.

    they just cannot keep drivers, heck, they cannot even keep steering wheel holders....how bad is that..?????
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  8. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    It's called working smart,not hard.
    Do you want to break your back for a grand a week
    Or sit in the truck and watch television while some
    Other guy unloads your truck for the same money
    Or more.

    And who in there right mind wants to work from 9 pm
    Till 10 am the next morning. That's no life,I don't care
    If you go home everyday.
    You ain't doing nothing but sleeping.

    I've done them both.
    Now to answer the OP'S questions:
    This was about 10 years ago, but I worked out of Burlington New Jersey doing Walgreens for Ryder.

    Same deal,temp to hire thing.
    We went into n.y.city everyday.
    2 to 4 stops per day.
    About a hour at each stop.
    Fully loaded trailer from top to bottom,
    Front to back.
    When you open the door you jump out the way.
    A pallet or case of bottled water might come crashing
    Down on you.

    Driver has to get everything to the back of the trailer
    By himself. The store employees take it from there.
    So this should be a daytime job.

    Rollers and a pallet jack are a must. You'll die of
    A heart attack otherwise.
    Most of the stuff is in those plastic totes.
    They weigh about 20 lbs apiece and they easily
    Slide down the roller.

    It's those cases of bottled water ,soda ,and juice and
    Laundry detergent That kick your ###.
    When your done unloading,you take back all of
    Their empty totes with you.

    We made more than the Walgreen drivers did.
    The Walgreens drivers got paid at flat rate,
    Depending on what route they had for the day.
    No matter how long it took.

    We got paid by the hour with overtime after 8 hours.
    We were on overtime everyday sitting in traffic out
    In Long Island trying to get back across the bridge
    Into New Jersey.
    It's the only way the job was bearable.

    They asked me a couple times to hire on
    With them. I wouldn't do it. Not for what they
    We're paying them.

    I actually loved the job. Once you know the routes
    It's a piece of cake. If it was anywhere other than
    N.y. City I would have stuck around.

    But it's definitely a young mans game.
    You will bust your ### everyday.
    Drivers don't stick around long doing it because
    They can make the same money just holding a steering
    Wheel and bumping dock. So why bother.

    That was a long time ago,maybe it's gotten easier now.
    I doubt it though.
  9. sherlock510

    sherlock510 Road Train Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Who wants to be 40-50 years old with a bad back/knees? Call it what ya want but even at 30 there's no way I'm driving around the city doing multiple stops and unloading the trailer, for what? Imagine being 47 and can't twist ya wife into a pretzel because ya been unloading/driving trucks for 15 years trying to be superman, couldn't pay me enough. I'd rather use that extra energy for the gym or other hobbies.

    Like the other driver said, the high turnover rates explain everything.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2017
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  10. Soltaker

    Soltaker Bobtail Member

    Sep 4, 2016
    Deer Park, WI
    Thanks to all of you who shared your info. It is so greatly appreciated.

    The way the position was explained, it supposedly goes from DC to DC. And while the driver does have to hand unload the truck, it gets unloaded onto a conveyor or rollers and pushed in for the warehouse employees to handle from there. I was told specifically that I would not be going to the retail locations. That would mean ramps and 2 wheelers, and I know I'm not cut out for that. But rollers and a conveyor? Might not be so bad.

    Also, the trucks leave between 3am and 6am, so not only would I be home every night, but I could possibly be home early enough to take my daughter to soccer every now and then (relieving my wife of this is one of the main reasons I'm contemplating)
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  11. Soltaker

    Soltaker Bobtail Member

    Sep 4, 2016
    Deer Park, WI
    See, this is what worries me.

    Thru the Temp agency, I'd be getting $24/hr, time and a half after 8, and generally work 40-55 hours. Walgreens is supposed to start hiring full time in January. My fear is that the $24/hr could quickly become $18- $20/hr if Im offered full time employment with Walgreens.
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