Cargo Transporters adds satellite TV package to cabs

Fleet Owner

Mar 12, 2015

Cargo Transporters, a truckload carrier operating 500 trucks and 1,600 trailers, is equipping its cabs with satellite TV from EpicVue.   The EpicVue package offers drivers more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming, including premium channels such as HBO/Cinemax, Showtime and the NFL Sunday Ticket. There is a monthly subscription fee, but no upfront hardware costs.   “We originally placed an order for 20 EpicVue satellite TV packages so we could gauge ease of use, installation and driver feedback,” said Dennis Dellinger, president of Cargo Transporters. “The response was so overwhelmingly positive from our drivers that we quickly ordered 70 more packages. It’s really quite incredible to see how happy our drivers are to be getting TV in their sleepers.”   The EpicVue service for fleets includes a 24-in. flat screen TV, a DVR, an off-air antenna used to pick up local channels and an EpicVue designed and manufactured ruggedized satellite antenna for installation on the rear or the top of the cab.   Satellite packages for fleets with 20 or more vehicles start at $49 per month under a five-year contract, or $59 monthly for a three-year contract.   “One of the best parts about bringing this product to the trucking industry is seeing just how well received it is by drivers,” said Lance Platt, CEO of EpicVue. “They finally get to enjoy the simple pleasure of television that probably just about every one of us takes for granted on a daily basis. We are so pleased Cargo Transporters drivers are getting to experience it now as well.”   See Original Article Credit Image: Cargo Transporters
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