Why do some Fail @ Mercer

Discussion in 'Mercer' started by mtoo, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. mtoo

    mtoo Road Train Member

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    Today a driver talked to me on the CB. He had been with Mercer 2 months short of 2 years, said he had to quit, couldn't make any money. He said he couldn't compete with the 4 digit trucks. Now I signed on in 1989 then about 3 year ago sold out, then 9 months later bought another truck and signed back on

    I went from a 4 digit number to a zip code. His statement is wrong, an old hand has an advantage, of knowing the system and making it work for him. Freight is not given to old trucks. It is not being run around any body. Mercer want's the new trucks to succeed, the old hands are getting old and tired.

    So why do some fail @ Mercer, if it's such a good company.

    1. Some people are so far in debt and behind in payments when they lease on. They cannot dig them self out. They should have came to Mercer sooner.

    2. Some drivers need a dispatcher to run their truck. They can not make the right decisions

    3. Some drivers find they want a dispatcher to run their truck. They can make the right decisions, just find it's easier for a dispatcher to do it.

    4. Some drivers just ##### about everything, they will never be happy anywhere.

    There are many newer trucks over here that are very happy. Mercer will not baby sit a driver, it's up to the driver.
    This is my observation after being here many years. I welcome the new trucks and hope they succeed.
     
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  2. Runnin

    Runnin Light Load Member

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    Well stated "mtoo". Would you by any chance be Mr. Dollar ?
    At any rate, continued success sir.
     
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  3. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    or . . .

    5. Have know idea what their fuel consumption is - or how big of an expense it is, and drive down the road blowing the profit out of the stacks.

    ?? Perhaps?
     
  4. Jrdude5

    Jrdude5 Heavy Load Member

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    Hope not a stupid question but whats a 4 digit truck.
     
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  5. skateboardman

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    no i don't think he is mr. dollar. but mtoo, i think the 4 digit truck thing is just an excuse for making poor decisions.

    he must not have paid attention in his 2 years, ya got to have a brain, at a minimum.

    i sit here tonite with a 2.58 a mile load from Oklahoma to nitro,wv on the truck reloading for Lakeland,fl at 1.98 and then reloading 10 miles away for 2.20 a mile leaving fl on a 700 mile run. i was #33 on the board and got that load out of florida, must not have been any 4 digit trucks around lol,
     
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  6. Harley Charlie

    Harley Charlie Light Load Member

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    one that can go 1000 miles an hour. No mercer truck numbers are all in order a zip code truck has a number like12345 a four didig number is 1234 I don't think mercer has any three didgit trucks running anymore, but they might.
     
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  7. skateboardman

    skateboardman Road Train Member

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    its like the other guy said, mercer gives truck numbers out in numerical order, the lower the number the longer the guy has been here

    i been here 3 years, mine 12_ _ _ , i saw some new hires today whose numbers were 148_ _
     
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  8. kachup

    kachup Medium Load Member

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    I got a guy that works for me that left Mercer because he said he ran many empty miles out Florida and 85% of the load he moved were regular flatbed loads and heavy. He has a step deck and he only want to do OD/Step Deck loads.
    But he also said that depending who you dealt with their preference in that company. But he did say he made ok money.
     
  9. Jrdude5

    Jrdude5 Heavy Load Member

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    Thanks for the responses.
     
  10. fencitup

    fencitup Light Load Member

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    Is it fair to say that...
    1.With a little bit of business sense.
    2.A willingness to stay out for a few weeks at a time in order to follow the money. 3.Your debt under control.

    You can make it at Mercer?
     
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