In-cab satellite TV latest perk to attract and retain truck drivers

DC Velocity

Nov 25, 2015

Can satellite TV cure the driver shortage?   Probably not. But in an environment where every little bit helps, satellite broadcasting could have a role to play. At least that's what Interide Transport, a Salt Lake City-based trucker with 95 trucks, believes. Last November, the carrier installed in-cab satellite TV systems in each truck. Today, it reports a 23-percent improvement in driver retention, and savings in annual hiring costs of about $92,400. Interide said the carrier's improved driver retention metrics eliminate the need to hire 23 new drivers a year, at a per-driver recruitment cost of $4,200.   The premium satellite programming package, provided by EpicVue, a Salt Lake City-based firm that provides TV packages tailored to truck fleets, costs $600 a year in subscription fees per driver. There are no upfront costs. Interide estimates that it saves about $36,000 a year with the system installed.   "The satellite TV systems are one of the major reasons we're retaining drivers." said Sean Snow, Interide's founder and CEO, in a statement.   The EpicVue package provides more than 100 channels, including several premium-priced channels. The in-cab systems are offered to fleets with 20 or more vehicles for a monthly subscription fee of $49 for a five-year contract, or $59 monthly for a three-year contract.   The sets, which are mounted in the cab's sleeper berth, will not work when the truck is moving, according to Susan Fall, head of a public relations firm that focuses on the trucking industry and represents EpicVue. The one exception would be if fleets purchased EpicVue's "inMotion" product, which is designed for team drivers, she said.   Fall, who has run her company for 15 years, said in an e-mail that she's "never seen a product truly take off like this one." In-cab satellite TV is in the early stages, but Fall predicted that it will be a "standard feature for over-the-road drivers in the next decade."   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.”