Paul Transportation sees turnover drop 60 percent with EpicVue

Commercial Carrier Journal

Mar 26, 2018

  EpicVue shared news that customer Paul Transportation has realized a 60 percent drop in its driver turnover rate after installing EpicVue satellite TV systems in its entire fleet of 175 tractors.   “EpicVue has made a huge difference in our recruiting and retention efforts,” said Nick Williams, recruiting manager at Paul Transportation. “Before we installed the in-cab satellite TV systems we had an annual driver turnover rate of 144 percent and at most times we had to fill 25 empty seats. Today, our turnover rate is 85 percent and we usually have only three empty seats to fill.   “In the first two months after we began installing the systems we had an increase of 300 driver applications,” Williams added. “That is double the usual number in that time period. Also, in the first year with EpicVue we hired 16 percent more drivers.”   Paul Transportation, Inc., is a Tulsa, Okla.-based flatbed trucking company. In March 2017, the company decided to add EpicVue to its entire fleet and completed the installations by the end of the year.   “Among the drivers that have joined our fleet are five new hires who said satellite TV was the only reason they left their previous employer to come work for us,” Williams related. “Other drivers have told us that EpicVue makes a difference because it helps pass the time and makes it less frustrating when they have to wait, that it’s good to be able to keep up with their favorite shows when they’re on the road, and that it makes their truck feel more like a house.”   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 and without upfront hardware costs.   Source
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.”