EpicVue: Not Just Another Recruiting Tool

CCJ Digital

May 16, 2017

R.E. Garrison Trucking to outfit 700-truck fleet with EpicVue satellite TV service

 

Aaron Huff, CCJ Digital Trucking

  EpicVue, providers of premium in-cab satellite TV packaged exclusively for the trucking industry, today announced that R.E. Garrison Trucking, Inc. is outfitting its entire fleet of more than 700 tractors with EpicVue systems.   “As the need to retain drivers grows we see EpicVue as a way of keeping the operators we have from moving to another carrier,” said Shawn Nelson, director of driver relations at R.E. Garrison Trucking. “Our retention numbers are good, but if having in-cab satellite TV helps us keep just one percent of our drivers it will pay for itself in lower recruiting costs.   “In the past, we looked at satellite TV as a possible recruiting tool,” Nelson continued. “Then, despite paying more per mile than our competition, we had one of our top teams leave because another carrier was offering EpicVue’s service. That was an eye opener for us, and once we announced that we would be installing the systems, our phones were tied up by drivers wanting to know how soon they’d have EpicVue in their trucks.”   Headquartered in Cullman, Alabama, R.E. Garrison Trucking is a refrigerated carrier that also offers dry van and flatbed services with a fleet of over 700 tractors. Currently, the fleet’s technicians, who were trained by EpicVue, are performing installations at a rate of about 25 to 30 systems per week.   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.   View Original Article Here
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