Long Haul Trucking Taps EpicVue In-cab Satellite TV to Recruit and Retain Drivers

Fleet News Daily

Apr 14, 2015

How does a long-haul refrigerated carrier operating in 48 states boost driver recruitment and retention? In-cab satellite TV provider, EpicVue has the solution.   The company has announced that Holland Enterprises is installing EpicVue as a key part of its strategic approach to recruit and retain drivers. The Fargo, North Dakota-based refrigerated carrier currently has 175 satellite TV packages in its fleet of 220 company-owned tractors.   “As a 48-state, long haul trucking company with an average length of haul of 1,550 miles, we need to recruit and retain drivers who are willing to be on the road 14 to 21 days at a time,” said Brad Schemel, vice president of Holland Enterprises.   “EpicVue is one part of the package we offer that sets us apart from our competition and allows us to bring in new drivers and grow our fleet. It’s expensive to hire new drivers, so in terms of driver recruitment and retention, EpicVue helps us find good drivers and keep the ones we have. It’s definitely part of the reason for our success,” he added.   “Our drivers that have EpicVue systems definitely like it,” Schemel added. “Satellite TV gives them the option of sitting in the comfort of their truck and doing things there that they may otherwise do inside a truck stop. It gives them the flexibility of watching what they want, when they want. It’s a definite creature comfort for drivers and provides a greater level of satisfaction with the job.”   EpicVue in-cab satellite TV systems, including an antenna, DVR and 24-inch flat screen TV, can be installed in less than two hours per vehicle. The service provides more than 100 channels of programming, including premium TV services such as HBO, Showtime and NFL Sunday Ticket, for a monthly subscription fee and without any hardware costs.   Noted Lance Platt, CEO of EpicVue, “There is no doubt that the trucking industry is experiencing a driver shortage and that it is difficult to attract and retain quality drivers,” said Lance Platt, CEO of EpicVue. “We are pleased that Holland Enterprises has chosen EpicVue to help provide the comfort and convenience of an affordable satellite TV system that makes truck cabs feel more like home for drivers, and that it is a key factor when drivers decide to work for and stay with the company.”   Previously considered a cost prohibitive solution for commercial truck drivers, EpicVue has packaged satellite TV for fleets with 20 or more vehicles for $49 per month under a five-year contract, or $59 monthly for a three-year contract.   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.”       https://www.truckinginfo.com/326830/nussbaum-prime-named-best-overall-in-tcas-best-fleets-to-drive-for