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Aiming to add 900 drivers, Walmart increases pay average to $87,500 in first year

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Walmart requires truck driving job candidates to have at least 30 months of full-time commercial driving experience and no serious traffic violations in the past three years. (Courtesy: WALMART)

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart says it needs to add 900 truck drivers to its fleet during 2019 and is willing to pay to get them on board.

Wednesday, the company said it will provide Walmart drivers the chance to earn an average of $87,500 in their first year of employment with an all-in rate of almost 89 cents a mile.

Beginning next month, Walmart drivers will receive a per-mile increase of $0.01 and a 50-cent increase in activity pay for arrive and arrive/drop occurrences.

That means Walmart drivers will now be paid up to $1 every time they arrive at their destination and drop a trailer, the company said.

“Truck drivers are a critical part of our team here at Walmart and have been since Sam Walton started the private truck fleet in the 1970s,” said Greg Smith, executive vice president of Walmart U.S. Supply Chain. “Our professional drivers are part of what makes Walmart so special. This wage increase reflects the importance of our private fleet and our commitment to recruiting and retaining the best drivers in the industry.”

According to the retailer’s website, each year Walmart’s 8,000 drivers travel more than 700 million miles and deliver millions of cases of merchandise to Walmart and Sam’s Club’s 4,700 locations across the nation.

CBS News reported that as of May 2017, the median annual pay for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $42,480, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Driver pay has since climbed, and by March 2018 came to more than $53,000 for a driver on a national, irregular route, the American Trucking Associations found. The industry group projects the U.S. will be short 175,000 drivers by 2026, CBS said.

Walmart requires job candidates to have at least 30 months of full-time commercial driving experience and no serious traffic violations in the past three years.

A story on Walmart’s website touted the retailer’s reinvented truck driver orientation as helping to add new hires to Walmart’s fleet.

The revamped orientation initiatives have already cut in half the time between a candidate’s initial interview and a mandatory driving assessment, expediting the time it takes to complete a new hire.

“These hiring events are both improving the skill level of our candidates and enriching their onboarding experience,” said Lori Furnell, Walmart’s director of driver talent acquisition. “We’re leaning heavily on the expertise of our Walmart road team and our certified driver trainers to grow our skilled fleet of professional drivers.”

 

 

 

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Robert Peiser resigned as chairman of the board at USA Truck

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USA Truck trucking and logistics groups offer a balanced approach to supply chain management including customized truckload, dedicated contract carriage, intermodal and third-party logistics freight management services. (USA TRUCK)

VAN BUREN, Ark. — Robert A. Peiser has resigned from his position as chairman of the board of USA Truck, Inc., effective immediately, the company reported in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The filing said his resignation  does not relate to any disagreement with the company on any matter relating to the company’s operations, policies or practices.

ROBERT A. PEISER

“He has served as our chair since early 2012 and provided a lasting contribution to our company,” the filing said. “His dedication to creating value and protecting our stockholders’ interests helped bring USA Truck through some very difficult times and leaves us well positioned to prosper. We are grateful for his efforts on behalf of all USA Truck stakeholders.”

The filing said Alexander D. Greene had assumed the role as chairman of the board.

“He has been a thoughtful and trusted member of our board for many years and has the experience and perspective to guide and counsel the company as we continue our path forward,” the filing said.

Greene has been a director of the company since May 2014 and currently serves on the boards of directors of Ambac Financial Group, a publicly held provider of financial guarantees and other financial services; Element Fleet Management Corp., a fleet management and services company; and GP Natural Resource Partners, a diversified natural resources company, as well as on a number of private company boards and committees. He also recently served as chairman of the board of Modular Space Corporation, a North American supplier of modular buildings and storage units, prior to its sale to Williams Scotsman in August 2018.

Previously, Greene spent over 35 years in private equity, investment banking and commercial banking with firms including Brookfield Asset Management, The Carlyle Group, Wasserstein Perella & Co., and Whitman Heffernan Rhein & Co.

Greene graduated from The George Washington University and is a volunteer firefighter and president of the Armonk Independent Fire Company.

USA Truck provides comprehensive capacity solutions to a broad and diverse customer base throughout North America.

According to its website, USA Truck trucking and logistics groups blend an extensive portfolio of asset and asset-light services, offering a balanced approach to supply chain management including customized truckload, dedicated contract carriage, intermodal and third-party logistics freight management services.

 

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PGT Trucking honors million mile drivers, safe driver honorees

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Top: PGT Trucking CEO Pat Gallagher (left) presents the Grand Prize Ford Escape Titanium to Four Million Mile Driver Glenn Gray (right). Bottom Left: PGT Million Mile Drivers stand with CEO Pat Gallagher (far left) and President Gregg Troian (far right). Bottom Right: Million Mile and Safe Drivers and their guests enjoy an evening of entertainment, dinner and awards at this year’s event. (Courtesy: PGT TRUCKING)

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — PGT Trucking recently recognized 56 Million Mile Drivers and 144 Safe Drivers at its annual awards event held at the newly-renovated Willows event center in Industry, Pennsylvania, May 18.

These individuals set the standard for excellence at PGT Trucking and throughout the industry, according to Pat Gallagher, PGT Trucking CEO.

“We value and support our Million Milers and Safe Drivers,” Gallagher said. “We are encouraged and excited by their professionalism and attitude, and we are honored to have these drivers represent our company with their knowledge, dedication, integrity and above all, their commitment to safety.”

PGT’s Safe Drivers have driven for the company for more than five years, or less than one million miles, without a preventable accident and Million Mile Drivers have accomplished this pristine status by driving over a million miles without a preventable accident.

“The Million Mile Drivers represent a very exclusive group of professional truck drivers,” said Gregg Troian, PGT Trucking president. “Exclusive, since the accomplishment includes a mix of hard work, constant attentiveness, pride, loyalty and commitment. It’s an honor to have them wear the PGT Proud Professional badge.”

The Million Mile and Safe Driver Celebration is the premier event for PGT drivers and their guests.

PGT has recognized its million mile and safe drivers for more than 20 years.

The evening’s top award winners included Rick Franklin, recipient of the David Levin Award for Company Driver of the Year; Steven Dowler, recipient of the Harry “Buster” Barnes Award for Independent Contractor of the Year; Gwendolyn Campbell, PGT’s Rookie Driver of the Year; Mike Rowley, recipient of the Hobert Hill Award for Agent of the Year; Natalie Young, recipient of the Bill Wright Award for Team Player of the Year; Alan Harff, Safe Operations Manager of the Year; Cindi Janicki, PGT MVP of the Year; and Bill Hershey, President’s Award recipient. PGT also inducted three new million mile drivers into this elite group, including Peggy Glidewell, David Haynes and Tony Sheehan.

Additionally, all Million Mile and Safe Drivers receive an award package that includes Ray Ban or Oakley sunglasses, a personalized cap and a gift of their choice from watches to tools, and lawn equipment to tires.

Drivers at the event are entered into various raffle drawings, and this year, Four Million Mile Driver Glenn Gray took home the grand prize Ford Escape Titanium.

Gallagher said PGT was honored to welcome internationally known guest speaker David Coleman to the event, who shared his thoughts on how teamwork, strong relationships and purposeful decisions influence the lives of drivers and their families each and every day.

“We are so blessed to be able to have 200 of the nation’s top drivers within our fleet,” he said. “To recognize them each year at this event is just a small token of our appreciation for all that they do for PGT, our customers and the communities we service.”

PGT Trucking is a multi-service transportation firm offering flatbed, dedicated, international and specialized services. PGT operates in excess of 1,000 power units and over 1,500 trailers and is headquartered in Aliquippa.

For more information visit www.pgttrucking.com.

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NACV to feature 3 Solutions Theaters to focusing on trucking industry needs

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Leading truck and trailer manufacturers and commercial vehicle parts and components suppliers will demonstrate their latest product offerings during the NACV Show 2019, taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 28-31. The NACV Show 2021 will be held in Atlanta from September 27-30, 2021. (Courtesy: NACV)

ATLANTA — The North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show), the biennial B2B trucking industry event focusing on the needs of fleet owners, managers and decision makers, said Thursday that it will feature three new Solutions Theaters to showcase topical industry discussions on the show floor.

The show organizers have partnered with leading industry publications to secure thought leaders and industry visionaries who will discuss a range of topics.

All Solutions Theaters’ sessions are free for NACV Show 2019 registered attendees.

“We expect the discussions that take place in our three Solutions Theaters will inform and empower all industry professionals who attend NACV Show 2019,” said Carmen Diaz, show manager for the NACV Show. “We are excited to present top industry leaders and visionaries during our on-floor education sessions to discuss both the challenges and opportunities confronting today’s fleet professionals.”

Following is an overview of some of the NACV Show 2019 on-floor education sessions:

Two panel discussions will take place in the Solutions Theater located in Hall A.

The first panel is entitled “Finding the Data Driven Solutions That Work for You,” which will focus on how fleet owners can identify leading service challenges. Panel participants will provide insight into collecting and organizing the right data to help overcome these challenges. The second panel is entitled “How to Use Data to Improve Service Operations” that will highlight how to best utilize data — from fault code data to VMRS records — to reduce fleet downtime to improve operations.

Also, in the Hall A Solutions Theater, three educational topics will be discussed, including a Class 8 panel discussion, a medium duty panel discussion and “Last Mile – Autonomous Delivery Startups” discussion.

Two panel discussions will take place in the Solutions Theaters located in Hall B, including “Vetting Technology” and “Best use of Smart Technology.” Three educational sessions will also take place in the Solutions Theaters located in Hall B, including “Transitioning from AOBRDs to ELDs,” “Driver Retention” and “Rapid Pace of Technology Trucking.”

The show organizers will announce additional conference and educational programming topics prior to the event, which takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 28-31.

The North American Commercial Vehicle Show is a B2B exhibition focused on fleet decision makers and key influencers in the commercial vehicle industry.

 

 

 

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