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Introducing The Hub, Hosted by ES!

Expediter Services is excited to announce that their NEW contractor’s lounge, THE HUB, is now open!
The-Hub-Logo-3The Hub has been in the works since early this year, and is a part of ES’s recent office expansion. According to Jason Williams, President, Expediter Services, the new addition is more than just a place to visit. “We’re really excited about The Hub! ES has realized the need for a place where contractors can visit and relax, but it’s much more than that. The Hub is  a place where people can get together to share thoughts and ideas. It’s a part of ES’s continuing effort to support this community. We want The Hub to be your lounge, where you Never Stand (or Sit) Alone.”
Clean. Spacious. Well-Appointed. Safe.
The Hub brings together a number of amenities to help make contractors feel at home. The common area is clean, spacious and well-lit, with a large flat-screen TV, comfortable lounge chairs where you can put your feet up, and a kitchen area featuring free coffee. In addition, The Hub also provides a free shower and a washer & dryer. And if the mood strikes, you can sit outside on our patio. Access to The Hub is monitored and controlled, so you don’t have to worry about unwanted “guests” hassling you the moment you step out of your cab.
Simply Enjoy.
The Hub is your place to meet, share resources, support one another and enjoy a clean, quiet respite from the road. If you have questions, please contact our team at 877-349-9303. to learn more.
We look forward to seeing you at The Hub!

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We Deliver on the Exclusive Healthcare Rewards Card!

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It’s Here! As promised, ES has delivered on bringing the new ITG Rewards card to ES affiliated Independent Contractors! The Rewards Card represents a great opportunity to help contractors cover healthcare costs, making it affordable, attainable & sustainable.
From an insurance standpoint, independent contractors have not had coverage as a “group”, because they are self employed, as opposed to drivers who may work for an employer. This situation has made it difficult for contractors to purchase insurance that’s affordable and ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant. ES’s community benefits from ITG’s ability to pull together a large and diverse risk pool in order to make health insurance offerings affordable, attainable and sustainable.
es-agentra-rewardsThe new healthcare offering provides minimum essential coverage, as currently required by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA states that an individual must be compliant in order to AVOID paying the PENALTY, based upon their current tax year. This new plan meets these requirements, so you pay no penalty for healthcare coverage. A real plus!
How it Works
ITG’s insurance coverage and member benefits are available exclusively to contractors in the expediting segment who are affiliated with Expediter Services. Members who select insurance through this program will receive a Rewards Card that can be used at approved vendors (Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Subway and thousands more) in order to get real discounts. These are actual dollars that contractors already are spending with participating businesses. $250 will be applied to each participating member’s card monthly. The Rewards Card is a perfect trade off that’s real and tangible, allowing the card holder, to apply the money saved at participating businesses toward insurance benefits you must have.
Affordable Cost for Membership
To be a member of the Independent Truckers Group there’s a monthly fee of only $10. This small amount is a “ticket of entry” that allows members to be eligible for a number of benefits, regardless if any other actions are taken within the group. It also gives members access to other insurance products. In addition to providing ACA minimum coverage, the program provides insurance plans for dental, vision, disability and life insurance. These services are a “one-stop-shop”, where agents can help walk members through a number of different offerings, in order to choose the coverage that’s right for you, saving both time and money. ES will provide affiliated contractors with settlement deductions that will be automatically paid to ITG. This makes the process easy, avoiding potential lapses in coverage.
“We encourage anyone who is an independent contractor affiliated with Expediter Services to take advantage of this opportunity to get affordable healthcare. If you’re not affiliated with ES, we encourage you to contact our team in order to benefit from this great healthcare offering, as well as the many other support programs offered by ES,” said Jason Williams, President, Expediter Services.
Visit the ITG Rewards website for more information.
 

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Ready for Opportunity, Not Retirement

Larry and Sherril Rater

Larry and Sherril Rater

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Over the past sixteen years, Larry Rater and his wife Sherril have owned a successful expediting business. They started off as drivers, then bought their own truck a short time later. Today, they are fleet owners, signed on with Panther, having just added a fifth truck to their fleet. And at the tender age of seventy-five, Larry is showing no signs of slowing down.
“When I look back on how we started in the business, it’s been quite a journey. Sherril and I ran a dairy farm, which we sold to our son. I had planned on just helping him, when a friend asked if I’d like to drive a truck for his company. We tried it and were hooked. After driving for other people for a while, we had the opportunity to buy a new truck from the owner that we drove for, who was getting out of the business. We’ve been owners ever since. We’ve had as many as eight trucks in our fleet at one time,” said Larry.
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The Rater’s latest truck, although purchased from an individual, still has an ES connection. “We purchased our latest truck from someone we know who was looking to downsize. But, we still utilized Expediter Equipment Finance for the financing. They are great at helping you get a truck even if you don’t purchase it from them. I signed the paperwork for the truck November 11th, on my seventy fifth birthday. I guess you could say it was a birthday gift to myself! The other four trucks in our fleet, all Cascadias, were sourced from Expediter Truck Sales, and we used EEF to finance all of them too. They just make everything so easy.”
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While most people are slowing down at seventy five, Larry is still seeking opportunities and looking toward the future — with help from Expediter Services. “We met some people from Expediter Services six years ago at an owners gathering. I was impressed with what they had to offer. ES has tremendous leverage and negotiating power due to the size of their fleet for discounts on things like fuel and insurance. Add to that the support and programs they offer, and you have a real team to help your business grow. The kind of support ES offers is important, even when you have a great carrier like Panther behind you. It represents a tremendous benefit for fleet owners like us.”
pantherlogo-cropAnd speaking of benefits, the Raters are well-positioned to profit from the recently announced restructuring of the Panther/ArcBest brands; the first in the company’s ninety year history. As of January 1, 2017, the new company structure will be a combination of ABF Logistics, ABF Moving and Panther consolidating as a single asset-light logistics operation (Read Panther’s Press Release here). “I’m looking forward to the new year,” said Rater. “With our newest truck and ES behind us, the road into 2017 is looking good! We’re also expecting good things from Panther. As a carrier, they’ve been good for our business over the years.”

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Having Your Say About Our Annual Survey

new expediter services logoOver the past several weeks, Expediter Services has introduced it’s annual survey in order to obtain valuable feedback about how the company is servicing and performing on a number of levels. The survey is an easy-to-take online questionnaire that drivers and owner operators affiliated with ES are encouraged to take. Take the survey here.

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Cindy Sutton, ES’s Survey Coordinator

Spotlight News talked to ES’s very own Cindy Sutton, Survey Coordinator, to get her input about the importance of the survey to participants and to the future of ES. We also reached out to several of the survey participants and iPad winners to get their take.

SLN: Why is it so important for ES to give this annual survey?
We perform the survey to collect data from the most important portion of our business model, which is independent contractors made up of drivers, owner operators and fleet owners. By collecting this data, we can then know how to better serve them and improve operations on our end as we go forward.

SLN: How is the survey going so far?
The survey has been going great! We appreciate everyone’s participation. Also, everyone who takes the survey is eligible to win weekly prizes, from a new iPad to Swag Bags.
es-surveyOur goal is to reach 60% of our survey base — which we’ve already achieved. The response has been truly outstanding. Originally, we had planned to run the survey for 12 weeks. But with the response we’ve had, we’ll be ending the survey early on December 2nd. This is due to the participation of our community, showing that they are engaged and involved.

SLN: Is there still time to take the survey?
Absolutely! If you haven’t already taken the survey, you still have time to login, give us your feedback and win prizes! Just go to this link:  Take the survey here.

As promised, SLN caught up with several of the weekly survey participants and iPad winners to get their feedback about the annual survey, and about the service they get from Expediter Services.
Shirley Voyles
Contract Driver TVAL/White Glove
Carrier: FedEx
“I took the survey and it wasn’t any problem at all. I understand the purpose of it, and that’s to make sure Expediter Services knows how we feel about what we do, and how they can better service us. Years ago, when we first came on with ES, our contacts were Alicia, Amanda and April. Over the years, their staff has grown, but their level of service and quality has grown with them. Also, I have to say, it’s exciting to win an iPad! “
Lauretta Morton
Contract Driver
Carrier: Panther
“I found the survey easy to take, and I’m glad to give input because I know it helps everyone. We’ve been with ES for about six months as contract drivers. They’ve always served us good by advising us about the loads we need to keep moving. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to use the iPad for yet, but it will probably be to listen to music. What a great surprise!”
Dan Worrell
Fleet Owner
Carrier: FedEx
“I felt that the survey was quite comprehensive and I certainly got the impression that ES was going quite a bit deeper than just a general surgery. I can see how the information the company is seeking would be beneficial in moving theirs and our business along. ES has outperformed in answering every question I’ve had as a fleet owner, helping us resolve a number of issues. We got our iPad and have already programmed it in and we’re using it for our business.”
Joseph Dees
Contract Driver
Carrier: FedEx
“I’m the first to admit that I’m not the best when it comes to working on the computer, but I took the survey on my phone and was able to answer all the questions. It was thorough and I’m sure it will give Expediter Services a good look into what drivers are experiencing as we do our jobs. ES has always been responsive to us and I’m sure they will take the information and use it to improve what they do even more. Oh yes, I’ll be picking up my iPad soon!”
Expediter Services is always looking for opportunities to improve how we can service YOU and YOUR business. If you have questions about what we do, or if you’d like to access the opportunities offered by ES as an independent contractor, please contact our team at 877-349-9303.

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ES & ITG: An Affordable Health Insurance Opportunity for Independent Contractors

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In our last issue of Spotlight News, we introduced an exclusive Healthcare Offering from Expediter Services designed specifically for Independent contractors. This new plan is a great way to take advantage of the savings and stability offered by our association with Independent Truckers Group (ITG).
jason williams expediter servicesJason Williams, President, Expediter Services, says the new healthcare plan represents a great opportunity for contractors to get real healthcare at competitive prices. “Our tie-in with ITG is a win-win for independent contractors. The coverage is real, and offered exclusively to Expediter Services contractors in our market. We hope every contractor takes advantage of this opportunity to cut costs and mitigate risk following a volatile presidential election.”
Affordable, Attainable & Sustainable Health Insurance
From an insurance standpoint, independent contractors have not had coverage as a “group”, because they are self employed, as opposed to drivers who may work for an employer. This situation has made it difficult for contractors to purchase insurance that’s affordable and ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant. ES’s community benefits from ITG’s ability to pull together a large and diverse risk pool in order to make health insurance offerings affordable, attainable and sustainable.
The new healthcare offering provides minimum essential coverage, as required by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA states that an individual must be compliant in order to AVOID paying the PENALTY, based upon their current tax year. This new plan meets these requirements, so you pay no penalty for healthcare coverage. A real plus!
How it Works
ITG’s insurance coverage and member benefits are available exclusively to contractors in the expediting segment who are affiliated with Expediter Services. Members will receive a Rewards Card that can be used at approved vendors (Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Subway and thousands more) in order to get real discounts. These are actual dollars that contractors already are spending. $250 will be applied to each member’s card monthly that rolls up. The Rewards Card is a perfect trade off that’s real and tangible, allowing the card holder, to apply money toward benefits you must have, such as insurance coverage.
Affordable Cost for Membership
To be a member of the Independent Truckers Group there’s a monthly fee of only $10. This small amount is a “ticket of entry” that allows members to be eligible for a number of benefits, regardless if any other actions are taken within the group. It also gives members access to other insurance products. In addition to providing ACA minimum coverage, the program provides insurance plans for dental, vision, disability and life insurance. These services are a “one-stop-shop”, where agents can help walk members through a number of different offerings, in order to choose the coverage that’s right for you, saving both time and money. ES will provide affiliated contractors with settlement deductions that will be automatically paid to ITG. This makes the process easy, avoiding potential lapses in coverage.
Shifting Healthcare
Even in light of a change in the White House, you still need  health insurance.  One thing is for sure, change is always on the horizon but you have to make decisions based on the current requirements.  And rest assured, ES is already preparing for any future changes in requirements and regulations, so you can have coverage that’s affordable and available.

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ES & ITG: An Exclusive Healthcare Offering for Independent Contractors

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Expediter Services and ITG (Independent Truckers Group) have teamed up to bring Independent Contractors operating under ES’s umbrella, a new, affordable health insurance offering, designed to provide minimum essential coverage, as well as options for additional coverage that can be tailored to your level of choice. Spotlight News talks with David Brown, President ITG, to learn more about this exclusive program.

Affordable, Attainable & Sustainable Health Insurance

SLN: How did ITG’s healthcare offering come about?
From an insurance standpoint, independent contractors have not had coverage as a “group”, because they are self employed, as opposed to drivers who may work for an employer. This has made it difficult for contractors to purchase insurance that’s affordable and ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant.
Through ITG’s insurance arm, we’ve been able to develop a plan providing coverage that’s affordable, attainable and sustainable by pooling contractors through our association. This effort was monumental in many respects as our offerings have had to improve and adjust based upon healthcare regulations passed down legislatively.

SLN: Tell us more about how the coverage is affordable, attainable and sustainable?
Our insurance arm provides minimum essential coverage. This is what the ACA states: an individual must be compliant in order to AVOID paying the PENALTY, based upon their current tax year. The plan we developed meets these requirements.
As most everyone is aware, in the individual healthcare market, prices for coverage have sky rocketed as many carriers have gotten out of the market. We’ve wrapped this offering with a limited benefit program which makes this a budgetable item from the insurance company’s standpoint, as well as the independent contractor. When you put these two components together, you get a program that contains doctor and prescription coverage. But more importantly, it’s affordable, it’s attainable because it’s a guarantee issue program, and it’s sustainable because it won’t have the rate increases we’ve seen over the past couple of years.

Brand New and Exclusive Benefits to the Expediter Services community

SLN: Tell us how it works?
We’re proud to announce that ITG’s insurance plan and member benefits are available exclusively to Independent Contractor’s affiliated with Expediter Services.
Members will receive a Rewards Card that can be used at approved vendors (Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Subway and thousands more) in order to get real discounts. These are actual dollars that they’ll be spending anyway. $250 will be applied to each member’s card monthly that rolls up. The Rewards Card is a perfect trade off that’s real and tangible, allowing the card holder to apply money toward benefits they must have, such as insurance.

SLN: Are there costs to be a member of ITG?
To be a member of the Independent Truckers Group there’s a monthly fee of only $10. This small amount is a “ticket of entry” that allows members to be eligible for a number of member benefits, regardless if they take any other actions within the group. It also gives members access to products offered by our Insurance arm. In addition to providing ACA minimum coverage, we provide insurance plans for dental, vision, disability and life insurance. Our insurance services are a “one-stop-shop”, where our agents can walk members through our different offerings, in order to choose the coverage that’s right for them, saving both time and money.
Expediter Services will provide its affiliated contractors with settlement deductions that will be automatically paid to ITG. This makes the process easy, avoiding potential lapses in coverage.

A History of Working Together

SLN: Can you give us some background about ITG?
We created ITG (Independent Truckers Group), a professional trade association back in the 90’s, to help independent contractors from a working environment standpoint. This also includes an insurance division, which is a hot topic these days as it relates to healthcare.

SLN: ES and ITG have a history of working together, can you tell us about that?
Expediter Services has a reputation for always being on the cutting edge of services and benefits when it comes to independent contractors. Several years ago, ES and ITG worked together to provide additional benefits, including insurance services for contractors under ES’s umbrella. This arrangement worked out initially, but challenges and changes in the market proved to be a deterring factor to the offering under the program. Today, enhanced offerings and technology have overcome these issues. ITG and ES have once again brought to the forefront these benefits and services exclusively to contractors under ES’s umbrella.

Going Forward

SLN: Is there any risk to ITG’s healthcare insurance plan from the results of the recent presidential election?
We feel our experience with the changes in the ACA mandates over the years have prepared us for future changes that may occur within the market. Our ability to develop insurance groups to spread risk will allow us to adapt to future market conditions, helping our products to remain stable and competitive, even if the ACA is repealed. ES and ITG are already in conversations and making preparations for future healthcare requirements for Independent Contractors.

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Women In Expediting: A Conversation with Ellen Voie, President & CEO, Women in Trucking

Ellen Voie, President & CEO, Women In Trucking

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Over the past few months, we’ve shined the spotlight on the importance of the role that women play in Expediting. As more women enter into the industry, their skills and talents have become essential to building and maintaining successful businesses for many Expediting teams.
As a proud supporter and sponsor of the Women In Trucking organization, Expediter Services, is honored to feature in this issue of Spotlight News, the foremost advocate for women in the trucking industry: Ellen Voie, President & CEO, Women In Trucking, to get her insights concerning women in the industry, and the new opportunity for women offered by WIT and ES.
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SLN: Tell us about the Women In Trucking organization?
Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is a nonprofit organization formed to increase the level of women employed in the trucking industry.  Specifically, our mission is to encourage the employment of women in trucking, address obstacles that might keep women from either entering the industry or succeeding within the industry, and to celebrate the success of our members.  We were formed in March, 2007 and have grown to include nearly 4,000 members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Seventeen percent of our members are men who join because they support our mission.
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SLN: What was your motivation for creating WIT?
My motivation in forming WIT was due to my role at a large carrier.  I was responsible for corporate level initiatives to attract and retain nontraditional groups, which included women.  I realized this industry didn’t do a good job in understanding how to introduce women to the great careers within transportation.

SLN: Who is WIT’s audience?
Our audience includes nearly anyone.  First, we want to attract drivers as well as women in management roles, so that includes the non-trucking public.  Our efforts there are to break through any negative stereotypes they might have about trucking, which includes our image.  Secondly, our audience includes carriers as well as suppliers.  We are a great resource for carriers who want to attract and retain more women, but we also have suppliers who support us because they believe in our mission to increase the number of women working in the trucking industry.

SLN: Can anyone join WIT?
Anyone can join!  The dues are divided into both individual and corporate segments.  A student can join for $10 annually.  A driver’s dues are $25 annually and a non-driver pays $50 each year.  A corporate membership is either $500 or $1,000 each year, depending on the size of the company.  Our members include everyone from retired drivers to huge companies such as Walmart, Frito-lay, Daimler and more.

SLN: What are the hurdles women encounter in the trucking industry?

The hurdles, or obstacles, that women encounter can be divided into the driver population and women in leadership roles.  For drivers, everything from truck cab design to safety on the road to harassment from other drivers can be an issue.  For women in leadership, some of the challenges are working in a male dominated environment, ensuring diversity in management and creating a career path for success.

SLN: What specifically does WIT do for women in the trucking industry?
We have many projects that support our mission.  We created a Girl Scout Patch to teach the next generation about the trucking industry.  We work with truck cab designers to create a more ergonomic and driver friendly truck.  We have an anti-harassment employment guide for carriers as well as a recruiting guide on how to attract female drivers.  We formed an Image Team to speak to the media and more importantly, to give legislators and regulators rides in a truck so they can get a glimpse into the challenges a driver faces on the road.  We have a sister organization that provides scholarships for education in any field related to transportation, including safety, driving and technical areas. We are always looking to our members for guidance on how to be a better resource for them.

SLN: How can companies benefit from addressing women’s roles/issues in their businesses?
Companies who hire female drivers will enjoy a very productive and safe group.  Women take fewer risks and so accidents are less severe due to their safe driving behaviors.  Woman are often better with customers, better with their paperwork and better with the equipment.
For women in leadership, women bring a different perspective to the team.  We are more collaborative and more inclusive in our decision making styles.  Again, the less risky behavior results in a more focused view regarding decision making at the top levels.
Numerous studies have found that a greater level of diversity brings in higher profits to the organization and that’s a great reason to hire and promote more women!

SLN: What is the latest Opportunity you’ve found for Women in the trucking industry?
We are so excited to partner with Expediter Services (ES) to attract more women into the industry.  ES has a higher percentage of female drivers than the industry average (six) because of the collaborate and inclusive culture.  The turnover rate in the trucking industry as a whole should be an embarrassment because a typical carrier does not adequately prepare a potential driver for the challenges he or she might face in this industry.  ES ensures the driver not only understands, but is prepared for these challenges.  This is something we feel will help attract and retain more women in transportation careers.

SLN: How can women benefit from Women in Trucking and ES’s Women in Expediting opportunity?
Expediting is something many women enjoy because they don’t want to operate a truck “that bends.”  The smaller straight trucks are easier to learn to operate and a driver can be productive in a shorter time after deciding on this career opportunity.  The expediting segment of the industry can offer women (and men) a way to earn a good wage in a job that gives them more independence than sitting in an office and offers a sense of adventure along the way.
WIT and ES will be working together to give potential drivers opportunites to drive for a living, become owners, and start their own businesses in a supportive culture that encourages, mentors and offers services to make them more productive and successful.  Between our two organizations we have the resources and the expertise to create an environment for success.

SLN: Where do you see the WIT/WIE opportunity going in the near and far term?
As we develop our partnership in the expediting segment we can grow beyond and move into the class A part of the trucking industry.  We have the systems in place to change the way the industry attracts and retains all drivers, but more importantly, to increase the number of women who are not only employed in the trucking industry but who are successful and happy with this environment.

Thanks Ellen,  for sharing your experience about Women in Expediting with us.
Stay tuned for another edition of Women in Expediting in a future issue of Spotlight News!

Visit our Women in Expediting page to learn about how you can get started today with your new career.

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Women in Expediting: Starr Hill. The Follow Up.


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You may recall in a recent issue of Spotlight News, we spoke with the husband and wife team of Randy and Starr Hill, an independent contractor expediting team, who leveraged Expediter Services opportunities, programs, and equipment to build a successful business. Read more here.  As their earlier story unfolded, it became clear that Starr had overcome a number of hurdles set forth by the DOT, Carriers, and the industry at large, with perseverance, planning and help from ES. Starr was kind enough to go into more detail about her journey into Expediting and how Expediter Services was there to help her clear these hurdles to achieve her goal of becoming a driver in order to work with her husband.

SLN: Thanks for taking time to talk with us again. Can you give us more background as to why you chose Expediting as a career path?
After Randy’s back injury, we were looking at getting back into a trucking career with a better lifestyle, and Expediting was definitely a much better choice because the trucks are easier to drive than tractor trailers. We also liked the fact that Expediting is mostly no touch freight.
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SLN: You’ve mentioned that you didn’t have your CDL when you decided to give Expediting a try. Tell us more about your thought process while considering this new direction.
When we made the decision to get into Expediting, we contacted ES to get more information and to tell them about our business goals before getting started. They were extremely helpful. At first, only Randy was officially onboard at ES, since he already had his CDL. It was our plan from the beginning that I would get my CDL, too. I had passed my written portion of the test, but still needed to become trained in order to get qualified by a carrier. We actually lost time at the start because I had such a difficult time finding a way to finish up.

SLN: Was ES helpful in finding a solution to your getting qualified?
Oh, definitely! Once we mentioned our predicament to the ES team, they came up with a solution: I could train with my husband in our own truck. I can’t tell you what a relief it was.

SLN: What are the advantages of having your husband train you?
Had ES not come up with the solution that my husband could train me, I probably would not be in the business right now. I would have had to train with a stranger, and I probably would have had to train with a strange man — and Randy (nor myself), would have wanted that scenario. Besides, my husband is a real driving professional, and I can’t think of a better person to train with. There are other advantages and benefits to training with my husband, too.

SLN: Can you go into detail about these advantages and benefits?
I’m happy to tell you more, because you really can’t get these benefits anywhere else when you’re just getting started in the trucking business.
– I didn’t have to go to trucking school. I was able to get all of the necessary training on-the-job, with my husband.
– I didn’t have to train with a stranger.
– Once I got my license, I was able to earn full pay, not training pay, which is a huge benefit.
– We’re not tied to a lease-purchase.
– We’re not tied to paying back any signing bonus.
– We’re not stuck into a contract with a carrier forcing us to drive for them for any set number of years because they paid to train me.
– We’re free to pursue truck ownership on our own terms.
– We also have real options, like great equipment and support from ES that lets us train, work and progress at our level of choice.

SLN: That all sounds great! How have things been for you and Randy since you’re now fully licensed and up to speed?
Business is great! I’m driving and contributing to our team, just as we planned. Throughout the entire process of Randy and I becoming contractors with Expediter Services, they have truly lived up to what others in the business have told us about the company. They keep their promises and work with you to help find solutions. It’s refreshing to find a company that doesn’t fight you tooth and nail. They really want you to succeed. I honestly don’t see how anyone would not want to have them standing with you in your corner.

Thanks Starr,  for sharing your experience about Women in Expediting with us.
Stay tuned for another edition of Women in Expediting in a future issue of Spotlight News!

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When There’s Downtime, It’s Time to Upgrade

Back in February of 2014, Spotlight News featured Michael and Dee Zaffino, a couple who made the switch from driving eighteen wheelers, over-the-road, to being successful Expediters who purchased their very own 2008 Kenworth T660 straight truck from Expediter Truck Sales. Read more of their story here.
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Over the past two years, the Zaffino’s have racked up tens of thousands of miles on their truck, delivered hundreds of loads and generated a good revenue stream — but lately, they began to realize their truck was getting a little tired. “We’ve really driven our truck,” said Dee. “From the time we first bought it until just recently, we’ve made the most of our investment.”

It’s Important to Know When to Upgrade

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As with any truck, there’s a point when you know it’s time to upgrade, and that time was soon approaching for the Zaffino’s. “Our Kenworth was beginning to have maintenance issues. It’s something we were expecting, since it was an older truck,” said Dee. “It comes to a point where there are diminishing returns. We began to have so much downtime, it just didn’t make sense to keep putting money into the vehicle. We purchased this truck from Expediter Truck Sales with over 700,000 miles on the clock. We definitely feel like we got our money’s worth because the price we paid for it was far below what we would have paid for a new one. That’s why we went back to Expediter Truck Sales for our new truck!”
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Once again, the Zaffino’s trusted Expediter Services to help them get back up to speed. “We contacted Danny Vernon at Expediter Truck Sales and told him about the issues with our truck and that we were ready to upgrade into a newer unit. He found us a 2014 Cascadia from ES’s fleet and WOW, what a difference! You hear people say that you actually make more money when you drive newer equipment, and that is absolutely true. After driving our new truck for about a month, we can see the difference in fuel economy and of course maintenance. With this new truck and ES’s support, Mike and I feel we we could be in the position to build a fleet in the future,” said Dee.
The buying experience was just as good this time around, too. “Purchasing our new truck was almost too easy. Every step of the buying process was handled under one roof. Our financing was through Expediter Equipment Finance, and everything went smoothly. I don’t know any other company that brings all of the pieces together like ES. I can also say the same thing about their support. They’re with you every step of the way.”

Dee Discusses Being a Women in Expediting

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We also asked Dee about her experience being a Women in Expediting. “Mike and I are two totally different people and bring different skills to our business. I handle most or all of our paperwork, and since I have a customer service background, I do almost all of the daytime driving, which puts me in contact with most of our customers. I find that people are sometimes surprised that there’s a woman who is driving the truck, but they are also polite and respectful. I think there’s a change toward people seeing more and more women in the trucking business and it’s becoming much more common.”
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“I think it’s important for anyone, male or female, to realize that Expediting is a lifestyle and you have to be able to work in a true team environment. We all have different talents and skills and each team member gravitates to tasks that suit their talents. I would advise women who want to become expediters to try it out as a contract driver (as we did) to see if it’s the right thing for you. Also, women need to not be intimidated because the industry is changing to reflect the growth of women in the industry, and that’s a good thing.”

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No CDL. No Problem.

hillpic-fixIn the world of science, there’s a principle know as Occam’s Razor: the easiest solution to a problem is usually the best. This rule can also be applied to Expediting. Just ask Independent Contractors Randy and Starr Hill, a husband and wife team who found a simple solution to a big problem, with help from Expediter Services.
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When Randy Hill found himself laid up from a severe back injury a few years ago, he and Starr’s financial future looked like it might be in jeopardy. They both knew there had to be solution to their situation, so they began to look for business opportunities online. “Randy spent a couple of years at home recovering from several back surgeries,” said Starr. “He had been a freight hauler for years and was looking for a way to get back into the business. The major criteria we were looking for was that any trucking opportunity would need to be low touch or no touch freight. He found Expediter Services online and gave them a call just to get some information.”

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Kim Smith, ES Recruiter

The Hill’s phone call put them in contact with ES Recruiter Kim Smith. It turned out to be a call that would help overcome a number of obstacles standing in the way of their success. “Randy had been spending a lot of time talking with Kim about our business goals and learning about Expediter Services. ES’s answers to our requirements, including no touch freight sounded good, but I was skeptical. I also spoke with Kim and she was able to overcome any apprehensions that I had. We decided to give ES a try. We started preparing everything on our end to get started as Contract Drivers, signed on with FedEx as our carrier. We hopped a bus to the ES offices, got our paperwork in order and took the truck to the carrier’s orientation. When we finished all of that, there was a 2014 Cascadia waiting on us,” said Starr.

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ES Fleet Manager, Alicia Leslie

There was only one problem, however. “In reality, Expediter Services actually only brought Randy on board. I was still working on getting my CDL, and had finished  the written portion and just needed to be trained on a truck to get qualified. Finishing this part of my CDL had put us behind in getting started. One day, Randy mentioned this problem to Kim. She made a couple of phone calls and quickly called us back with a solution: Randy could train me while he’s working in our truck, then when I was ready, I could go take my test to complete my CDL. We were blown away by such an easy solution and the great support from ES to help me finish my CDL. To be able to train with my husband in our own truck was so easy and truly a blessing. It goes without saying that I was a lot more comfortable and safe training with my husband versus a stranger. For anyone looking to get trained, especially women, I highly recommend this approach. We started the process to become Contract Drivers back in November of last year. By June of this year, I had my CDL and we’ve been on the road ever since, driving and making money. It’s wonderful! We absolutely love what we do!”
With their business finally up and running as a team, the road ahead is looking very good indeed. “A few weeks ago, we got a call from our Fleet Manager Alicia Leslie, telling us to drop by and pick up our brand new 2016 Cascadia. The truck is wonderful. It’s so nice, it kind of gets us to wondering what it would be like to actually own our own truck some day. And when that day comes, ES will be our choice. I know they’ll be there for us no matter what decision we make for our business.”

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