Whats it like to deliver beer?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Ddr1992 579, May 17, 2020.

  1. Retired and busy

    Retired and busy Bobtail Member

    Jan 12, 2018
    Budweiser Drivers around here knock down $65K a year Avg. some with better territory make more. Home every night, pension or 401K, Health insurance is paid in full ( family also). Big supermarkets, Costco, WM dock drop and merchandisers stock it. Like soda, two wheeling it Across parking lots or through doors can suck.
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  3. Russian Rabbit

    Russian Rabbit Road Train Member

    Jan 3, 2016
    It's Bull ####. Really, half of it is that a lot of liquor store owner's are miserable schmucks who are nasty and rude. That's like half the battle.

    The other thing is that you don't have the right tools to make the job efficient and easy. i don't have time right now to get into detail about this, but may soon.

    If it weren't for those two factors, beverage might not be half a bad job. A big advantage is that it's mostly daytime work.

    Look at my latest check in my diary; i grossed over $2000 and my air conditioning was so cold i had to turn it down. i actually couldn't wait to get outside because it was actually soothing because i was so cold.

    i mean, how did you food and beveragians fare? Were you so cold that you couldn't wait to get out in the sun, or did you feel as if you were melting? And then, when you got home you were too tired to do anything? Was it worth it?
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  5. localguy65

    localguy65 Light Load Member

    Oct 8, 2012
    I delivered beer and soda out of a trailer with a lift gate. The cases were on 4 wheel carts that were covered. We pushed the carts into the store, got checked in and unloaded and merchandised the product.

    Out trucks were very basic but automatics.

    Worst part about beer is waiting to get checked in by a manager/cashier. Sometimes they're alone and you're not a priority. Stocking kinda sucks but after a while you see what stores you can just drop the cases and roll.

    Best part is pretty much nights, weekends and holidays off. Start and finish early most days.

    They had about 8 side loaders that did restaurants and bars. If I did beer again, that's the routes that I would want. Just drop and go and you get to know good looking bartenders and servers!
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  6. BigDog Trucker

    BigDog Trucker Heavy Load Member

    Nov 4, 2018
    I'd say MAYBE a lil easier then construction labor, but not far behind. Lol
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  7. mickeyrat

    mickeyrat Road Train Member

    Nov 24, 2011
    on my 30 min break
    at this point I wonder job types are left to ask about?
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  8. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    although the o/p has been here so much asking about trucking jobs, and duties, she/he needs to come to the realization, that nearly ALL driving jobs are NOT just driving. a "certain amount" of actual work IS involved.

    now, as one ages, and get his/her experience, then driving jobs (such as what i retired from) like dedicated accounts, offer one a salary, set hours (dependent on weather and driving conditions) but are not always easy to obtain, such as my last job, the company absolutely DID NOT and still DOES NOT hire anyone with less than 5 years, all seasons all hours driving experience.

    and i think that's the way it should be. for instance, why should i (or any other experienced driver) see someone with LESS experience get the same job? to me, that's NOT earning that job.

    but i am old school as well. like a union job (as i have done as well) as one other example. why should the senior drivers, work thier way up the pay scale to top rate, and a newbie comes in and gets THAT SAME pay right off the street?

    WORK FOR IT...EARN IT......

    those other "dedicated account jobs", like some mega-carriers offer, tell me please, what's thier turnover rate???

    at my former employer.>??

    you had to die, or get injured, and can't work any more.

    that's how i got that job, the driver i took over from, got hurt, and put on SS disability.
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  9. Ddr1992 579

    Ddr1992 579 Medium Load Member

    Sep 10, 2018
    I did construction labor for 3yrs... I know what labor is... loading and unloading trucks, manufacturing labor(22,000lbs of sugar each night not including lifting and moving pallets) lifting pipe, operating a scissor lift, flagging, and a few other things, but it was at a temp service
  10. 13 Speed Road Ranger

    13 Speed Road Ranger Bobtail Member

    Dec 7, 2020
    Personally I would rather just drink the beer. Maybe in a bounce house.
  11. HiramKingWilliams

    HiramKingWilliams Medium Load Member

    May 15, 2019
    State of Jefferson
    Dont give him any ideas......
  12. flybynight12

    flybynight12 Medium Load Member

    Jan 10, 2015
    Dont forget store owners trying to cheat you or steal then you get back and the truck is short and you have to pay or have they fixed those problems yet?
  13. Coal Region Deplorable

    Coal Region Deplorable Light Load Member

    This is going back probably about 35 years, but one of my friends fathersowned a beverage Warehouse that delivered to bars and restaurants. He had mostly those trucks with the side bays. Every so often one of his drivers would get so drunk out on his route that's some bar owner would call and say you better come get this guy. Show this friend of mine would come get me drive me out to get the truck, and she pick up the driver and take him back to the warehouse.

    I'd go finish up the stops and let me tell you it was a lot of hand work. We didn't just drop the beer at the edge of a dock or someplace we stopped will be into their coolers on hand trucks.

    A lot of those little bars were a nightmare. You'd be taking kegs of beer down old staircases into the basement. In a lot of ways it felt like a household movers job.

    On the upside at least back then most of the bars would give you a couple drinks on the house when you got done making their delivery. I guess that wouldn't fly now but back then that was standard operating procedure.
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