Work slowdown

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by authentic251, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. authentic251

    authentic251 Light Load Member

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    Which type of local jobs are seasonal or experience some type of slowdown during the year? Have an idea of a few but wanted to hear from others.
     
  2. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    LTL can have some slow downs from about late November till about April..but not to the point where you get laid off, maybe fewer hours per week, and maybe a day or 2 off, if you want it.

    that's what i went thru with NEMF, as linehaul
     
  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    construction depending on what part of the country you live in, can be year round. in other areas, they come to a screeching halt, due to snow, ice, and extreme cold...however a good number of those companies apply for snow plowing contracts, with cities/towns/states to supplement income for "some" of the senior workers that have CDL's for operating the plow trucks.

    i also worked for a truckload carrier, we hauled cigarettes from the south and booze from KY, along with electronics to stores, and we went like gangbusters. only a slight slowdown of the electronics just after x-mass and up to about March(??)

    so i think primarily, it would depend on the type of freight and demands over say general freight.
     
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  4. authentic251

    authentic251 Light Load Member

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    Yea was thinking construction for the most part. Guess it does depend on how bad the weather gets where you live with ice,snow,etc.
     
  5. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Certainly no slowdown around here...:confused:
     
  6. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    I don't look at them as slowdowns, I look at them a brief returns to normalcy. Right now we are working 40-50 hours a week on average but it will jump up the week before Halloween and then go nuts before Thanksgiving until Christmas.
     
  7. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    The driver shortage often leads to slowdowns. Freight piled up everywhere.
     
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  8. Russian Rabbit

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    i'm not sure what is going on here, but it's freakishly slow on linehaul, yet, at my terminal, freight is spilling of the docks for city.

    This is highly unusual, unprecedented, and very strange.
     
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  9. truck_guy

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    We slow down for the first 2-3 weeks of January, then income tax refunds start rolling in and it’s balls out until the following New Years. Foodservice life.
     
  10. authentic251

    authentic251 Light Load Member

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    Thanks for the replies fellas. Anyone drive in the construction industry that notice any significant slowdowns at certain times of the year?
     
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