750 Truck Fleet Tunes into EpicVue Satellite TV System to Boost Driver Retention

Fleet News Daily

Apr 2, 2015

With long-haul driver turnover rates in the 100% range, an Illinois company with a fleet of more than 750 late model tractors is flipping the switch on a satellite-based TV system for in-cab entertainment and boosting driver recruitment and retention at the same time.   The carrier is Hirschbach Motor Lines and the solution it selected is EpicVue.   Here’s how it works: EpicVue, provides premium in-cab satellite TV packaged exclusively for the trucking industry – an approach that is quickly demonstrating a poweful ROI.   EpicVue in-cab satellite TV systems, including an antenna, DVR and 24-inch flat screen TV, can be installed in less than two hours per vehicle. The service provides more than 100 channels of programming, including premium TV services such as HBO, Showtime and NFL Sunday Ticket, for a monthly subscription fee and without any hardware costs.   “We saw the addition of in-cab satellite TV systems in our trucks as a way to improve the quality of life for our drivers and accelerate the growth of our fleet,” said Brad Pinchuk, president of Hirschbach Motor Lines. “Since our announcement, we’ve seen an immediate spike in the number of new drivers being hired each week, as well as a decrease in the number of drivers exiting the organization.”   Based in East Dubuque, Illinois, Hirschbach is a refrigerated carrier specializing in delivering fresh and frozen products across the U.S. with a primary market that extends from the upper Midwest to and from the south, southeast and northeast.   Previously considered a cost prohibitive solution for commercial truck drivers, EpicVue has packaged satellite TV for fleets with 20 or more vehicles for $49 per month under a five-year contract, or $59 monthly for a three-year contract.   Noted Lance Platt, CEO of EpicVue, “The driver shortage is a severe and costly problem for trucking companies. Providing the comfort and convenience of an affordable satellite TV system that makes truck cabs feel more like home for drivers is an idea that is long overdue.”   See Original Article
Nussbaum Transportation and Prime Inc., were named the Best Overall Fleet in their respective categories in the Truckload Carriers Associations’ 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For Contest.   Hudson, Illinois-based Nussbaum took top honors in the small carrier category and Springfield, Missouri-based Prime received the honor for the large carrier category. Prime and Nussbaum have both been named to the Best Fleets Top 20 multiple times, but are winning the overall award for the first time.   Nussbaum operates a fleet of 400 tractors, combining both high- and low-tech solutions to create a balance across its programs. The company scored high in several categories including having an industry leading scorecard and mobile app, a simple, effective driver outreach schedule and a formal career path and certification program.   Prime’s fleet includes 7,200 tractors, but was noted for maintaining a personal touch despite it’s size. The company hosts a variety of committees, social groups and educational offerings, providing contractors with a range of options for personal and professional development. New for this year, the company implemented a new program in partnership with Missouri Good Dads, to help drivers build and strengthen family connections while away on the road.   Both companies were also noted for their safety and retention numbers as well as satisfaction scores well above 90%.   “For several years, these fleets have been catching our eye with their range of creative programs,” said Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge chief executive officer. “Each year they continue to expand on those offerings, so it’s easy to see why their drivers speak so highly of them, and why they’re achieving such stellar results.”   Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey, now in its 11th year, that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experience for their drivers. To participate, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources.   From the nominated fleets, the top 20 finishers are identified as the Best Fleets to Drive For and are then categorized according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named the overall winner.   The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets are evaluated in areas such as: Driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record. The award is offered in partnership with CarriersEdge and is co-sponsored by DMC Insurance and EpicVue.   “Year after year, the overall winners are truly changing the game,” said John Lyboldt, TCA president. “It’s imperative that fleets establish driver-centric offerings which attract and retain a skilled workforce, while establishing programs that improve the work-life balance for their employees. Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation have done just that. Congratulations to both winners on this well-deserved honor.”       https://www.truckinginfo.com/326830/nussbaum-prime-named-best-overall-in-tcas-best-fleets-to-drive-for