Interide Transport Reports 23 Percent Improvement In Driver Retention

American Journal of Transportation

Nov 24, 2015

Refrigerated carrier saves $36,000 annually with EpicVue in-cab satellite TV systems   SALT LAKE CITY– November 23, 2015 – EpicVue, providers of premium in-cab satellite TV packaged exclusively for the trucking industry, today announced that Interide Transport is reporting a 23 percent improvement in driver retention and $36,000 in annual savings by equipping its entire fleet with satellite TV systems. Now installed in all of the carrier’s existing and new vehicles, EpicVue is generating a payback on the investment in lower recruiting costs of about four months per truck.   “Since installing EpicVue in our entire fleet we’ve seen a 23 percent improvement in driver retention that we can attribute directly to having in-cab satellite TV systems,” said Sean Snow, founder and CEO of Interide Transport. “That equates to a $92,400 savings in hiring costs per year, and after accounting for the EpicVue monthly subscription fees it means saving about $36,000 annually. The satellite TV systems are one of the major reasons we’re retaining drivers.”   Headquartered in Salt Lake City and founded in 2009, Interide Transport operates nearly 100 power units and about 150 refrigerated trailers in nationwide service. The carrier fields customized late model Peterbilt and Freightliner tractors fitted with a host of driver comfort and convenience items, and fuel saving and safety technologies.   With no upfront costs and spending only $600 per year in monthly subscription fees per tractor, EpicVue is costing Interide Transport $56,640 annually for the 95 tractors currently in its fleet. By using the satellite TV systems as a retention tool the carrier is eliminating the need to hire about 23 new drivers annually at an average cost of $4,200 to recruit a new driver.   The EpicVue package includes more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming, including premium channels such as HBO/Cinemax, SHOWTIME and the NFL Sunday Ticket. The in-cab satellite TV systems are offered to fleets with 20 or more vehicles for a monthly subscription fee of $49 under a five-year contract or $59 monthly for a three-year contract.   “In a recent survey of 270 over-the-road drivers , we found that 25% of drivers cited incentives and benefits as a lower turnover and retention factor,” said Lance Platt, CEO of EpicVue click here for more. “At Interide Transport, EpicVue’s value is clearly seen in the impact it has on retention and on the cost of hiring new drivers.”   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.”