Why Would a Company Do This?

Discussion in 'Refrigerated Trucking Forum' started by Canadian hunter, May 20, 2021.

  1. Canadian hunter

    Canadian hunter Bobtail Member

    May 20, 2021
    I am not a trucker, but I am coming into this forum as a civilian with full respect for the work you do in bringing food to our table. it is appreciated. I have a question for which I cannot find the answer so I thought I would try and get it right from the horse’s mouth.

    I live up in Canada and we have been good neighbours to a regional size cold, frozen and dry food distribution warehouse for 20 years. They run a mix of straight trucks for local delivery as well as a fleet of trailers for daily regional deliveries. The furthest run might be 360 miles and the same back home. We have experienced a bit of noise from time to time but recognizing the essential services and jobs they provide we have never made a complaint in those 20 years.

    We used to hear the reefers holding temperature as they sat over the weekend at a gentle idle and it was absolutely no problem. Now they sit silent all weekend and then on Sunday night they start the whole fleet in unison. The units the run on high idle for hours creating a bass resonance that comes right into our homes. Similarly, during the week, the regional trailers seem to be coming back at ambient temperature and they are run up at high idle once they are back in the yard.

    Could this be some effort by them to achieve fleet fuel savings? If so, what types of calculations and considerations go into bringing back a warm trailer or letting your fleet sit warm all weekend.
    Really, just wondering if we are talking about saving dollars or cents.

    Any education on this would be appreciated.
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  3. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Because they're not loading trailers until sunday evening? Because a local ordinance doesn't allow them to run reefers from friday to sunday?
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  4. Mike250rs

    Mike250rs Medium Load Member

    Sep 24, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
    They are turning them on to pre cool for loading.
    Im guessing the trucks roll out before dawn on mondays
  5. reeferwrencher

    reeferwrencher Medium Load Member

    Aug 4, 2018
    It s a good time to sell.
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  6. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2017
    It sounds like they used to have far away pickups and deliveries and the yard was just a waypoint in transit, but they recently won a new contract near the yard involving Monday morning pickups with extreme temperature requirements.
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  7. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

    Oct 21, 2017
    Driving my recliner
    Contact your local government officials, lodge complaints with them. If enough people complain they will address the issue.

    They need to run their business, but they need to be good neighbors as well.
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  8. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Who was there first? That would have a large bearing on what the local government has to say about it.
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  9. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

    Oct 21, 2017
    Driving my recliner
    Nope. I’ve watched town get built up around plants & race tracks only to have them businesses chased out of town.
  10. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    Sounds like buying near a freeway or train track ! Obviously, they are in an industrial zone and this means noise
  11. Capacity

    Capacity Heavy Load Member

    Jul 28, 2019
    Neenah Wi
    The flower greenhouse guys here had to buy a new lot down the street to store there loaded trailers in due to complaints, they have been there since the 50s.
    Being highly perishable the reefer trailers run continuous 24/7.
    So when your Poinsettias cost 10 bucks more this Christmas, you mite wonder why.
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