A Solution For Driver Retention

Transport Topics

Aug 16, 2018

It’s your choice. You can enhance driver quality of life today or wait for the next technology that might improve recruiting and retention. But there is already a proven solution. With satellite TV driver entertainment is reliable and less costly.   You’re already buying late model trucks, and offering better pay and benefits packages along with favorable routes and schedules. However, as you probably already know, improving a driver’s quality of life on the road is just as important for any successful driver recruiting and retention program.   For a growing number of fleets, the key to that success is onboard entertainment that is as similar as possible to the technology a driver has at home, including the choice of entertainment devices. For example, the viewing experience on a TV screen is closer than anything — especially a laptop, tablet or smartphone— to what’s found at home.   Equally important is content. Drivers are consumers, at home and at work in a mobile environment, so the ability to offer as much of the same content they would find at home is essential to their satisfaction with your entertainment choices on the road.   The limitations to mobile devices that rely on cellular service and Wi-Fi systems are also well known. In rural environments especially, cellular service is not always available or reliable and Wi-Fi networks at truckstops also tend to be unreliable and insufficient for large numbers of users.   Today, satellite is the only technology that works reliably for driver entertainment systems in trucks. It is also the only one that will provide reliable, cost effective service for the next five or more years. Satellite is not a thing of the past, it is not going away, and it will continue to play a key role in driver entertainment technology.   That’s why EpicVue continues to leverage satellite technology to provide an entertainment solution that has the connectivity and the content that your drivers want, need and deserve. Nowhere else can they find the amount of content that is available on EpicVue, including the best in live sports, movies and entertainment with over 100 channels of programming, and premium channels such as HBO and Showtime as well as NFL Sunday Ticket.   At EpicVue we also have your bottom line in mind. We’ve had one monthly rate that’s less than $50 that hasn’t changed for the past four years. We also don’t believe in teaser rates that offer low costs to start and much higher prices soon afterward.   Any effective driver recruiting and retention program includes addressing driver entertainment needs. Driver entertainment technology is constantly evolving, and the way drivers access and use on-board entertainment services is changing as well. But why wait for tomorrow’s technology?   Satellite TV is a proven solution for now and for the future. With it you can bring reliable, less costly entertainment into the driver environment, and make great strides toward maximizing their quality of life on the road and improving retention.
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