Fleet Focus: Con-way Freight, J.R. Schugel, C.H. Robinson


Jul 24, 2015

Fleets today are concerned with making sure their drivers are happy and that they’ll stay happy and stick around, and nothing makes drivers happier than good pay, new equipment and a few add-ons in their truck to help make their downtime on the road a little more pleasant.  

To that end, Con-way Freight recently purchased 875 new Daimler Freightliner tractors to replace older units as part of its 2015 fleet replacement cycle. “We have listened to our drivers and incorporated their feedback in the process, including features they’ve identified as being critical,” says Tim Killilee, senior director of maintenance for the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based less-than-truckload company.

  Con-way Freight is taking delivery of about 450 of Freightliner’s Class 8 Cascadia model, which will be used in line-haul operations. The remaining deliveries will be the Class 7 M2 model that will be used primarily in city pickup-and-delivery service.  

Another carrier listening to its drivers is J&R Schugel Trucking, a New Ulm, Minn.-based employee-owned company that has partnered with EpicVue to provide DirecTV to over 25 percent of its fleet. The EpicVue package will be available for company drivers, lease-purchase drivers and owner-operators as a pass-along benefit for $60 per month. The service will be provided on a first-come first-served volunteer basis to 150 drivers.

  “Providing services like DirecTV to our drivers is about being able to give them all the same comforts that they have at home,” said Clay Merches, vice president of safety and human resources. “We listen to our drivers and take their suggestions to heart. We try to provide everything they want for comfort and lifestyle, and we’re excited to offer this additional benefit to our drivers.”  
Finally, third-party logistics providerC.H. Robinson is hoping to make things easier for small and midsized businesses with the introduction of Freightview, its neutral cloud-based transportation management system software platform. The company says Freightview is designed to cut the time and money these businesses spend on freight shipping by streamlining quoting, booking, tracking and reporting.Small and midsized businesses, despite producing almost half of the U.S. private nonfarm GDP, typically ship freight using a manual, inefficient and labor-intensive process that ties up internal resources for hours every day, says C.H. Robinson, which hopes that Freightview will provide a communication tool to these businesses that remain underserved by the TMS software market.  
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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