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WEBINAR REPLAY – Start Your Own Trucking Business: Why Now is the Time & This is the Place

We Invite You to Watch Our Webinar Replay

Were you one of the many trucking professionals who caught the latest live webinar presentation from ES? Our February 24th event asked and answered some very important questions, including the following:

Are you a professional driver or an aspiring entrepreneur who has considered starting your own trucking business?

Are you a current owner-operator, fleet owner or independent contractor looking to strengthen and grow your business?

Is there knowledge, experience and support available that understands what’s needed in today’s trucking market?

If you are looking for answers to any of these questions, we invite you watch the replay of our IN-SITE 2021 Webinar entitled, Start Your Own Trucking Business: Why Now Is The Time and This Is The Place

As part of our ongoing effort to provide helpful insights and real solutions to entrepreneurs and trucking business owners, the Start Your Own Trucking Business webinar examines the current conditions in the trucking market. We discuss the opportunities that are available for starting and growing a trucking business and addresses the range of challenges that today’s entrepreneurs face.

For this webinar, ES secured subject-matter experts who address the key issues and current conditions in the trucking market. The webinar is a panel discussion moderated by Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute. Leah, who also serves as a host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146, leads the discussion in the style of a fireside chat. ES President Jason Williams and ES Chief Operating Officer Jeff Tacker is part of the industry expert panel that includes Nate Meyer, who is part of the Equipment Sales Team from Stoops Freightliner. In addition, the webinar panel features the perspective of veteran professional drivers Ken and Jessica Horn, who share their experience of becoming owner-operators and starting their own business through the programs and support offered by ES.

Attendees of this webinar will get an opportunity to see the level of support and the network advantages ES provides to business owners and contractors through the company’s programs. Most importantly, this webinar speaks to trucking professionals who are interested in starting or growing their own trucking businesses will learn why this is the time and ES is the place. We highly recommend you check out this webinar replay.

Click here to watch the replay of Start Your Own Trucking Business: Why Now Is The Time and This Is The Place. Save the date for our next webinar Start Your Own Trucking Business: Where The Rubber Meets The Road on March 24th, at 2PM EST.

ES is proud to have Stoops Freightliner serve as the Title Sponsor for the IN-SITE 2021 Series.

WEBINAR 1: Expert Panel

Jason Williams
President,
Expediter Services

Jeff Tacker
Chief Operating Officer,
Expediter Services

Leah Shaver
President & CEO,
National Transportation Institute

Nate Meyer
Equipment Sales,
Stoops Freightliner

Ken & Jessica Horn
Truck Owners
in the ES Community

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WEBINAR – Start Your Own Trucking Business: Why Now is the Time & This is the Place

Join Us for a Free Webinar –
Wednesday, February 24, 2:00 PM EST (1:00 PM CST)

Are you a professional driver or an aspiring entrepreneur who has considered starting your own trucking business?

Are you a current owner-operator, fleet owner or independent contractor looking to strengthen and grow your business?

Is there knowledge, experience and support available that understands what’s needed in today’s trucking market?

If you are looking for answers to any of these questions, ES would like to invite you to join us for our IN-SITE 2021 Webinar entitled, Start Your Own Trucking Business: Why Now Is The Time and This Is The Place. This free webinar will air live Wednesday, February 24 at 2:00 PM EST. Replay will be available for registrants.

As part of our ongoing effort to provide helpful insights and real solutions to entrepreneurs and trucking business owners, the Start Your Own Trucking Business webinar will examine the current conditions in the trucking market. We will discuss the opportunities that are available for starting and growing a trucking business, and this webinar will also address the range of challenges that today’s entrepreneurs will face.

ES has secured subject-matter experts who can address the key issues and current conditions in the trucking market. The webinar will be a panel discussion moderated by Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute. Leah, who also serves as a host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146, will be leading the discussion in the style of a fireside chat. ES President Jason Williams and ES Chief Operating Officer Jeff Tacker will be a part of the industry expert panel that will also include Nate Meyer, who is part of the Equipment Sales Team from Stoops Freightliner. In addition, the webinar panel will feature the perspective of veteran professional drivers Ken and Jessica Horn, who will be sharing their experience of becoming owner-operators and starting their own business through the programs and support offered by ES.

Participants in this webinar will get an opportunity to see the level of support and the network advantages ES provides to business owners and contractors through the company’s programs. Most importantly, attendees who are interested in starting or growing their own trucking businesses will learn why this is the time and ES is the place.

To register for the live webinar presented February 24 at 2:00 PM EST or to watch the replay of Start Your Own Trucking Business: Why Now Is The Time and This Is The Place, click here.

ES is proud to have Stoops Freightliner serve as the Title Sponsor for the IN-SITE 2021 Series.

WEBINAR 1: Expert Panel 

Jason Williams
President,
Expediter Services

Jeff Tacker
Chief Operating Officer,
Expediter Services

Leah Shaver
President & CEO,
National Transportation Institute

Nate Meyer
Equipment Sales,
Stoops Freightliner

Ken & Jessica Horn
Truck Owners
in the ES Community

The Success In Trucking Podcast, Powered By ES

NTI President & CEO Leah Shaver previews the first webinar in the IN-SITE 2021 Series

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With Arrival of a New Year, ES Plans IN-SITE 2021 Series

As the trucking industry begins to roll into a New Year, ES is making plans to continue to share the knowledge and expertise from the members of ES Community in 2021. Last year, as COVID-19 global pandemic began to impact all of daily lives, ES launched the IN-SITE 2020 Online Series, which focused on exploring the opportunities and resources that are available for small businesses in trucking through the ES Community. The response to the offerings from IN-SITE 2020 within the ES Community and within the trucking industry has inspired ES to plan an IN-SITE 2021 Online Series.

ES is currently in the process of examining possible topics and subject-matter experts for IN-SITE 2021 as we develop online programming that can speak to the needs of owner-operators, independent contractors and fleet owners. Our team at ES is excited about the opportunities and possibilities that are ahead in 2021, and our IN-SITE 2021 programming, featuring a new series of webinars and more episodes of our podcast, will seek to help place those who access our program content in the best position to succeed.

ES will be providing more details on IN-SITE 2021 in the near future. If you have not already joined us for our previous webinars and podcasts, ES would like to invite you to check out our IN-SITE 2020 Online Series. We have assembled all three webinars from 2020 and our podcast catalog on one, easy-to-access web page. The webinars and podcasts cover a range of topics that still remain timely as we enter a new year.

To access our full collection of webinars and podcasts from IN-SITE 2020, please click here.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Although we can’t get together this year for a new Christmas message, our message to you is “timeless”, so we are sharing our Christmas video from last year. We wish for you all to stay safe and healthy during this holiday season.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

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You Didn’t Come This Far To Only Come This Far

By Leah Shaver, President & CEO of The National Transportation Institute

I want to take a moment to reflect on 2020 and plant some seeds as you plan for 2021. First, my genuine, heartfelt thanks to all of you for what you are doing to keep our country moving through this difficult time.  During the coronavirus pandemic, as professional truck drivers continue to deliver necessities across North America, I am cheering for you, I worry about you, I hope the best for you and today, I am so happy to connect with you!

I own and operate the National Transportation Institute (NTI), where we serve information and support to folks who employ or contract with professional drivers or work with companies that do.  We aim to deliver opportunities for fleets to grow, to attract additional workers, and then expand in their marketplace with that appropriately compensated, engaged, and retained workforce.  We also help service organizations expand into the trucking industry.  I serve as an officer on the board of directors of The Women In Trucking Association, and I work part time as a talk-radio host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio.

Consider their motto – With ES You Never Stand Alone.  As a small business owner myself, I know the cost of your time.  There are countless hurdles that you must navigate, obstacles to overcome, expenses that must be covered, fires to put out.  So many of you have told me how much easier it is to operate with ES behind you.  ES does not stop at financing the truck – their community provides support and leverage – they provide carrier advocacy, so business owners can focus on generating revenue, and not on day-to-day issues, and they also leverage their experience and contacts to negotiate and make available a variety of other resources and services to their business community.

ES does what they say they’ll do – At NTI, we tell our customers that numbers tell a story.  ES has some of the lowest turnover of any company we survey.  Career path is vital, and it’s something that is missing from many professional drivers’ careers.  In a traditional workplace, progression from one stage of work to another ultimately peaking in our career is expected.  Becoming an Owner-Operator has satisfied that need for drivers historically, and to do so with support at ES, ensures an owner’s extra safety net for success. As you examine your current support system, think about doing the same thing you’re doing now, without that safety net.

Drown out the noise of what is around you – The shortage of qualified workers is real to any company in the business of moving goods right now. What does that mean to you?  It means that most companies looking to add capacity are putting their best foot forward in ads, the pitch, the sale, all the while hoping to convert you from interested to sitting in their seat.  Most companies eliminated growth plans and overhead from March through May, but by August, I was quite impressed at the number of trailer orders vs truck orders.  As companies seek to respond to the demand for capacity, many are targeting Owner-Operators and promoting Lease Purchase.  Not every shiny temptation merits investigation.

You didn’t come this far to only come this far – Consider your time and investment and ask yourself:  How much have you invested in your equipment?  How far have you come on your journey?  Why did you start in the first place? You have made a commitment that betters your future so if you walk away, what are you leaving behind?

Decisions have consequences, good or bad – Quick decisions lead to quick deficit – In 20 years of working in this industry, I often find that folks that make quick decisions about their next career stop don’t consider the cost of the move.   We’ve been tracking pay outcomes for professional drivers for 25 years.  Drivers that switch jobs make 26.2% less in their first year at a motor carrier than full-year drivers at the same company.

Focus on the road ahead – After a rocky start, 2020 has shaped up to prove how vital your role is in North America.  It’s the year to thank a trucker and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.  The outlook for 2021 and beyond is stellar so do not drop your momentum. Do a self-assessment as you wrap up this year to determine what you can do to improve margins and meet with your service coordinator to communicate your needs, worries, goals and achievements.  Meet with your CPA to evaluate plans before you wrap up the year and visualize how you and your business are positioned at the end of next year, and the year after that.

Look inside your circle as you evaluate and reach out to see what growth opportunities exist for you.

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Get in on the conversation next week as I’ll be hosting Road Dog Live 12/21-12/23 1600-1900 ET.  My holiday plans are cancelled due to COVID so join in and share some holiday cheer!  Don’t have SiriusXM?  SiriusXM wants you to know just how grateful we are for your ESSENTIAL service with free access just for professional drivers! Feel free to share with your friends! http://www.siriusxm.com/ThanksTruckers  #thankatrucker #spreadsunshine #bettertogether

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In the Cards: Danny & Crystal Cobb Build a Winning Hand & Strong Business Through ES Path To Ownership Program

When Danny and Crystal Cobb were considering names for their LLC, they chose Jokers Wild. The name really fit. From their perspective, trucking has become something that was in the cards, and their experience within the ES Community has made them feel like they have drawn an inside straight to success.

A few years ago, Danny had researched and found the trucking industry to be a solid second career option and Crystal followed his lead, allowing them to become a very successful team for Werner Enterprises. The industry truly spoke to Danny and Crystal, and they wanted to make trucking more than a career. So, as Danny and Crystal began looking for the best options in the market to become owner-operators and start their own trucking business, they discovered the ES Path To Ownership (PTO) program when making a connection with Forward Air.

Entering the PTO program in the Summer of 2019, Danny and Crystal brought the same strong work ethic to their runs with Forward Air that they had established in their first days as team drivers.

“Here’s the way that we have always looked at it,” said Danny of his time out on the road. “We’ve got three kids and four grandkids at home in Kentucky. Working in this industry, if we are going to be out here on the road and away from our family, we want to be making money and not sitting around. As we got into the PTO program, we wanted to show ES and Forward Air what we could do as a team, and we found that they helped us make the most of our time on the road.”

path to ownershipWhile Forward Air and ES got to know Danny and Crystal through their performance on the road, the Cobbs had the opportunity to learn about the services and support available through the ES Community. The combination of Forward Air, the ES Community and the PTO was a perfect fit for the dream Danny and Crystal were looking to realize as business owners.

Earlier this year, Danny and Crystal were ready to take the next steps toward truck ownership and they secured the financing through ES for their truck. They picked up the truck in March. And even though the COVID-19 pandemic had begun to sweep the country and impact the industry, Danny and Crystal still felt like they held all the right cards as they hit the road to begin operating Jokers Wild, LLC. And when Crystal came down with COVID-19 while the Cobbs were on a run through Texas at the time, the response to what became a medical emergency proved they did indeed hold a winning hand.

The Cobbs were stopped in the Houston area when Crystal’s conditions worsened to the point where Danny had to call 911 and get paramedics to take Crystal to the hospital. Crystal spent about three weeks in the hospital before she and Danny were able to travel back home to Kentucky. The recovery process for Crystal took several weeks – a period when their new truck and small business had to stay parked and could not move forward.

“We had gotten our truck and we had been running for about two weeks when Crystal got sick,” Danny recalled. “It was awful for her. She was so sick. But I cannot say enough about the support that we got from ES and Forward Air. They were so supportive of us. Lee Burkhalter, our Service Coordinator, at ES would call to check on us just about every other day to see if we needed anything, and our fleet manager at Forward Air was great about checking on us, too. They really helped in getting us get through what was a tough situation.”

Danny noted that ES removed one of the main concerns Crystal had when it came to addressing the business side of Crystal’s recovery from COVID. As the early days of the pandemic created various shutdowns and began to impact freight volumes, ES responded by offering a 90-day payment deferral plan to ES Community members utilizing ES financing.

“Being able to use that option and not having to worry about making the truck payments while Crystal recovered was a huge relief and a big help to us,” explained Danny. “It gave us the time that we needed to get healthy and to be able to run strong again when we got back on the road.”

Danny and Crystal have been rolling again for some time now, and they are continuing to make the most of their opportunities out on the road with Forward Air and ES, realizing the dream they believed was possible when they first considered starting their own small trucking business.

never stand along“We really do feel like we have drawn a winning hand,” said Danny. “You can’t beat the support you receive from ES and Forward Air. I talk to people all the time about the discounts and the services that are available through ES. Like they say, at ES You Never Stand Alone! When someone asks me about our experience, I will tell them to check out ES. If you want to be a successful truck owner, ES is the way to go. If you are willing to do the hard work, ES will help you become a success as a business owner in this industry.”

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150 Business Challenge Update: Women-Owned Business Program From ES & WIT Surpasses Major Milestone

Expediter Services, a leader in capacity solutions and ownership opportunities within the trucking industry, is pleased to announce that the company’s collaborative program with the Women In Trucking Association to create 150 women-owned businesses in transportation recently reached a major milestone. The 150 Business Challenge, which was launched in November of 2017, marked its third anniversary by having helped more than 100 new women-owned business get their respective starts within the trucking industry. Today, the total number of businesses launched through the 150 Business Challenge now stands at 105.

“When we partnered with Expediter Services (ES) three years ago to launch the 150 Business Challenge, we were so excited and that enthusiasm continues to this day. Through this program, ES has helped aspiring women entrepreneurs by removing some of the most trying obstacles when it comes to starting a business in trucking,” said Ellen Voie, President & CEO of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT).

The 150 Business Challenge follows the proven working model that ES utilizes in offering truck ownership opportunities and assisting the program participants in establishing profitable small businesses through a variety of support mechanisms found within the ES Community. Professional drivers interested in the ES truck ownership programs, like the 150 Business Challenge, go through a screening and qualification process, including an evaluation period.

In addition to looking at work history, it is during the evaluation period program that participants are given the opportunity by ES to demonstrate their attitude, their aptitude and their work ethic. The company’s process for qualifying truck ownership program participants is unique because it places a greater emphasis on a driver’s work history over a traditional credit score. ES offers qualified participants competitive, market-rate financing for professional drivers seeking to own trucks from the leading equipment brands in the industry.

“We know what it means to push through a hard time in order to get ahead,” said ES President Jason Williams. “Over the years as we have developed our programs, we took note of the hurdles women have faced in trucking from a financial standpoint when looking to start a business, and that was part of our inspiration as we started the 150 Business Challenge three years ago. We believe in helping people and allowing them to make the most of an opportunity.”

“The 150 Business Challenge has become a platform for success because ES offers women more than the opportunity to buy a new truck. This is a truly comprehensive program that delivers access to the support that business owners need to prosper and grow”
~ Ellen Voie

The Business 150 Challenge provides participants the opportunity to drive as an owner-operator for one of the partner carriers in the ES Community. Members of the 150 Business Challenge are now a part of the fleets at FedEx Custom Critical, Forward Air and Panther Premium Logistics, a service of ArcBest. As part of the additional support that is available, ES also provides program participants access to a complete set of services and discounts through the ES Community that cover the key areas of fuel, maintenance, insurance and back-office support. Other services and discounts are also available through the ES Community.

“The 150 Business Challenge has become a platform for success because ES offers women more than the opportunity to buy a new truck. This is a truly comprehensive program that delivers access to the support that business owners need to prosper and grow,” said Ellen. “ES has done an amazing job with 150 Business Challenge, and we’re looking forward to seeing the next steps this program will take in 2021.”

Long before the collaboration with WIT on the 150 Business Challenge, ES had established a reputation in the industry for opening doors for women who are seeking to become business owners in trucking. Today, the number of women within the ES Community who are fleet owners, owner-operators or independent contract drivers involved in the programs offered by the company now exceeds 38 percent of the ES fleet.

Looking specifically at results from the 150 Business Challenge, the small businesses that have been established through this program have developed a solid track record of success and growth. According to officials at ES, this group of small businesses started through the 150 Business Challenge are generating a combined revenue total well in excess of $2 million per month.

“One of the most rewarding parts of the 150 Business Challenge for our team at ES has been the opportunity to work with the great people we get to welcome into the program. We have really enjoyed working with new entrepreneurs and watching these small businesses get started, achieve success and grow,” said Jason. “Obviously, everyone in business has faced some unique headwinds in 2020. We are grateful to be able to serve as a resource for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to find their success in trucking. We are looking forward to welcoming the 150th business started through the 150 Business Challenge during 2021.”

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Thanksgiving 2020: A Season for Counting Blessings

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, the entire team at ES would like to pause for a moment and reflect on the importance of counting our collective blessings. The past year has been both challenging and remarkable, and 2020 has been a year of counting. From votes in an election year to the volume of COVID-19 cases, numbers have been a main topic of our national conversation. Yet, in preparation for Thanksgiving in 2020, our team at ES would encourage everyone to look toward the light in a year that has been cloudy.

As we look back on 2020, one of the keys to success within the ES Community has been the ability of our community members to focus on counting the number of blessings no matter how many problems may have been mounting up. Throughout the year, we saw examples of the independent contract drivers, owner-operators,  fleet owners, motor carriers and vendors within the ES Community pause to look at what they had in hand and what they had built as they stepped forward to address the challenges they faced this year. We are thankful that our community members chose to take this approach to 2020. The positive way you stepped forward in these unprecedented times led to both personal growth and business growth.

The blessings that the ES Community has received in a year of challenges that no one could anticipate will no doubt make Thanksgiving in 2020 one of the most memorable and meaningful seasons that we have experienced.

As our entire team at ES looks back on 2020, we are humbled, grateful and thankful for the collective strength and character of everyone we serve.  Every member of our community – the independent contractors, owner-operators, fleet owners, motor carriers and vendors – all of you kept ES moving forward. Most importantly, as our nation faced the reality of a global pandemic, our ES Community did our part in keeping the American supply chain moving. Thank you for continuing to answer the call. America needs YOU, and our entire ES team appreciates YOU!

ES is always working to bring together the people and resources to create programs, services and opportunities to help support your business, no matter the road ahead.  With ES you Never Stand Alone!!!! 

We want each of you to know how thankful we are for you and the opportunity to help you grow your business.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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IN-SITE 2020 Podcast: Women In Trucking Association President & CEO Ellen Voie Discusses Success of 150 Business Challenge

Prior to the opening of the Women In Trucking Association’s annual Accelerate Conference, the IN-SITE 2020 Podcast had an opportunity to interview Ellen Voie, the President and CEO of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT). Expediter Services is proud to serve as a Gold Level Partner of WIT, and ES will be one of the exhibitors during Accelerate 2020, which will be a virtual conference held on November 12-13.

Through the podcast, Ellen gives our listeners a preview of Accelerate 2020 and the adjustments that WIT has made to convert the popular conference into a virtual event. She also discusses the continuing success of the Business 150 Challenge, the collaborative initiative between ES and WIT to help create 150 women-owned businesses in transportation. Announced during the Accelerate Conference in 2017, the 150 Business Challenge continues to be a success. After three years of operation, the program has now assisted in the creation of more than 100 new women-owned trucking businesses.

In addition to discussing the relationship that WIT has developed with ES over the years, the podcast provided Ellen an opportunity to look back at her career in trucking and building WIT from the ground up. Toward the end of the podcast, Ellen reflects on the development and growth of the Women In Trucking Radio Show, which can be heard every Saturday on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146.

To access our full collection of webinars and podcasts from IN-SITE 2020, please click here.

IN-SITE 2020 Podcast Series Sponsored By Stoops Freightliner

EPISODE 8: WIT President & CEO Ellen Voie Discusses Success of 150 Business Challenge

Stoops Freightliner is serving as the title sponsor for the IN-SITE 2020 Online Series. ES will continue to post more podcast segments as we work to grow this series. To access the full listings for the podcasts in the series and to learn the latest about IN-SITE 2020, please click here.

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Joe & Carol Shelton Look Back At A Decade Of Growth With ES

Over the past decade, Joe and Carol Shelton have become shining examples of what is possible through the ES Community. The timeline of Sheltons’ growth from industry newcomers with a dream to the reality of successfully operating a family-owned business with a 12-truck fleet stands as a testament to hard work and the support offered through the ES Community. Just take a look at what the Sheltons have been able to do over the past 10 years.

In 2010, Joe and Carol began working with ES as part of the couple’s effort to build a trucking business. In 2011, the Sheltons became fleet owners with FedEx Custom Critical, operating their own LLC, R2R Associates, while utilizing the programs and services ES offers to small business owners in trucking.

At the beginning of 2014, Carol exited the driver’s seat of the truck to focus her energies on handling the day-to-day operations. Dean Shelton then joined the family business to create a father-son driving team for a period of time during the company’s growth and development. The Sheltons’ daughter, Evin Watkins, followed in her brother’s footsteps, joining the company to assist with working on payroll and accounting needs.

Through their time out on the road and behind the wheel, Joe and Carol have been able to bring a perspective and an understanding while working with the drivers in their fleet. When it comes to setting up their fleet for success, Joe and Carol place an intense focus on creating a hassle-free environment for the members of their fleet.

In running a fleet of custom-built trucks, featuring large sleepers and other extras, the Sheltons are seeking to provide their fleet with maximum comfort and the kinds of amenities that help to make life on the road as smooth as possible. One of the hallmarks of the company’s operation is the fact that the Sheltons take great pride in their fleet and they always strive to keep the R2R fleet well-maintained and profitable for both the company and its independent contractors. At R2R, maintenance, safety and driver morale are always the top priority.

Spotlight News recently caught up with Joe and Carol during preparations for their participation in the IN-SITE 2020 webinar series. Joe and Carol were part of a panel of business owners who participated the webinar. To view a replay of the webinar, please click here.

Now for the Q&A with Joe and Carol…

How have you adjusted to operating your business during COVID-19?

Joe: We have always been careful to maintain cash reserves as part of our operation. You never know when situations are going to come up, and having cash reserves proved to be very important this year. We were prepared for when it happened, and our cash reserves, along with the Paycheck Protection Program, have helped to carry us through so far.

We have been able to maintain our fleet size that we had prior to the pandemic. We had 12 trucks before things started and we’re still at 12 trucks. One of the keys to maintaining our fleet is the fact that we have very good teams driving for us. They have kept our trucks moving and busy. Our teams have continued to step up and that’s really helped.

Can you talk to us about your experience with the support and the services that are available to your business through the ES Community?

Joe: This is one of my favorite topics, and you’ll find me preaching about ES all the time. There are so many places that ES works to make a difference for your business. For us, it’s been the maintenance program and their fuel program as well as their sales and finance programs.

Let’s take maintenance, for example. If you are running a trucking business, maintenance is a very big deal. We have 12 trucks, and our operation is a family business with four members of the family. Before we started using the ES maintenance program, we were getting calls at two and three in the morning when a truck had a problem. That’s just part of the trucking business. But with the maintenance program that we can access through the ES Community, we are able to have 24-hour maintenance support. We are able to set parameters with the maintenance team on how to handle things after hours. That’s been great. Plus, through the maintenance program, we are able to schedule preventive maintenance as well. Having access to a strong maintenance program means the world to me and our business. I can’t say enough about the maintenance program that is offered through the ES Community.

Another big plus for our fleet is the EFS platform that ES utilizes. Through their EFS platform, we have a percentage of each load deposited to our EFS account at each delivery, which can help with cash flow. Also, the EFS platform used by ES is very secure and it provides us with detailed reporting.

Insurance is another huge consideration for anyone in business in this industry, and ES has worked with its vendor network to offer strong and affordable insurance options to the members of the ES Community. The coverage and the discounts on insurance alone make being a part of the ES Community worth it.

What other service offerings have you and your company utilized through the ES Community?

Joe: One of the services that we have found very valuable to our business has been the truck sales arm of ES. If we have truck that is aging out and needs to be sold, ES has a great system where they can post it for us, advertise it, and they even take the calls from the people who are interested in buying the truck. ES sends me the offers they get on the truck. There have been times when ES has provided the financing for the person buying one of my trucks. It’s great.

The services that ES offers to the members of the ES Community are comprehensive. From industry-leading discounts on fuel to discounts on truck washes, ES covers it all. At the end of the day, we consider ES as a business partner, and we believe you have to have strong business partners to succeed in this industry. Everything that ES does is focused on supporting our success and the success of everyone in the ES Community.

The team at ES is always available to help you on whatever comes up. They have some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry – people who will stand by you and walk with you.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Carol: We are very grateful for the relationship that we have built with FedEx Custom Critical over the years. They have been very important to our success and growth over the years. FedEx Custom Critical and ES have formed a great support team for our business. Even given the challenges we’ve faced with COVID, we have done well this year. Of course, we believe that we have the best teams on the road today running in our fleet. Our teams bring it every day, and those efforts make us successful.

Joe: We went back and looked at the month-by-month results for 2018, 2019 and 2020. What we’ve seen so far this year is not too far off the mark, considering all that has happened this year. And while it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen tomorrow or down the road, we do know this: We have great partners in ES and FedEx Custom Critical. They both have shown over the years that they will stand by our business. They are invested in our success.

As we look at things down the road, I’ve been able to talk to the team at ES about what’s happening in the industry, and what they see that’s ahead in the industry. Being able to have those kinds of conversations and being able to have access to that kind of expertise is a big deal.

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