In late 2017, Frito-Lay truck drivers received a significant pay cut, an unfortunate change implemented by their parent company, PepsiCo. The substantial reduction in salary, said to have been around $30k, prompted many of the drivers to quit their jobs, inevitably resulting in delayed product deliveries. Store owners soon became fed up with these delivery interruptions and voiced their frustration to the company, some stating that they had not received a delivery of Frito-Lay chip products in over 3 months.
It’s not often that we open a bag of chips and contemplate the journey they took to get to the store we bought them from. But maybe we should.
Have you ever thought about the trucking industry and what life would be like if it did not exist?
For starters, hospitals would lack basic supplies, ATMs would run out of cash, U.S. mail and package delivery services would come to a sudden halt and children wouldn't have access to their favorite bag of chips in their school vending machine. Needless to say, it would curtail many of life's daily activities.
According to Easy Freight Factoring, “Trucks deliver 10 billion tons of every commodity consumed and transport over 671 billion dollars worth of goods every year.” The reality is, if you wear it, eat it or use it, than it was most likely delivered by a truck at some point in its production process.
Trucking isn’t just important, it’s essential, and its work has contributed greatly to the success and vitality of the U.S. economy. Even more, it is a booming and rewarding route for anyone looking to have an impactful career.
Becoming a trucker is not just about the bag of chips, it’s about your industry, your economy and your commodities that you, and everyone else, consume daily. As a trucker, you help contribute to the success and happiness of the population’s everyday activities.
Culture — every company has one. At Oakley Transport, we recognize the impact of our business environment and strive to create one that is welcoming and family oriented. The best way to discover a company’s culture is to identify their priorities. With us, our employee well being is our foremost concern.
We prioritize the care of our employees, recognizing that they are our most valuable asset and the cornerstone of Oakley Transport. Providing for employees and accommodating their needs creates trust, respect and camaraderie - three things we believe help foster relationships and spark motivation to work hard and work well.
Building a positive, family environment in which our employees can thrive is paramount for our company. To cultivate happy and successful drivers and staff, we follow multiple procedures and standards to ensure our company stands out as the best. These include…
Furthermore, we feel that friendly environments not only attract employees, they also attract customers! Word gets around, and it’s almost certain that customers will walk away from a company that is known to have a hostile environment.
Because customer experience is vital for the health of a company, we are adamant about relationship building. Never underestimate the power of a positive work environment; it provides fresh perspective and a renewed drive to pursue excellence. Treat your employees with care and respect and they will do the same with customers.
We believe our company’s culture is one worth being proud of. Because, at Oakley Transport, we know that relationships start with a kind word and a friendly face.
There is nothing that warms our heart more than hearing kind words from happy employees. We strive to make every driver’s experience at Oakley Transport great, and receiving positive feedback always makes our day.
Recently, we received some extra nice words from a long time Oakley warrior, Scooter Poe, and couldn’t help but share them with you. We appreciate you, Scooter, just as much as you do us!
“I’ve been here just under a year and I can say I will never leave as long as I’m healthy enough to truck. Matt Davis, Carly Reifenrath and Tony Bivens have helped me a lot. I ran for Tony on a short dedicated haul from Mission, TX to Florida. During that time, I had two family members pass and I was able to go say my goodbyes. [Carly and Matt] got me a load that went by my house.
I got calls and texts from office personnel while I was off for a couple days. They checked in on my family and me. I have never worked for a company that did that. My gratitude is huge because I got to tell my grandmother goodbye and talk to her one more time.
A lot of driver managers and companies claim to be family oriented. Recruiters say stuff to get you hired and then forget you. I gotta say, Oakley isn’t just a job where you’re a number. As long as I’m able to continue driving, Oakley Transport will be my home. I can’t thank y’all enough for all the love and support y’all have given me. I personally want to thank this company for being more than just a transportation/trucking company. You truly and honestly feel like family. Thank you, Oakley family, for being what you say you are — a family oriented company. That’s no lie!” — Scooter Poe
At Oakley Transport, our drivers are the backbone of our company and maintaining their happiness is our priority. As a result, we are constantly looking for solutions to better their experiences on the road, at the terminal and with the customer.
Now available, Oakley drivers can weigh their loads right from the comfort of their seat. This can be accomplished through the WeighMyTruck app, to which drivers can register their Comdata card to make payment options quicker and easier.
Typically, a weigh in requires multiple steps before a driver can return to the road. What can sometimes take over an hour, will now only take a mere 5 minutes with the WeighMyTruck app. After 22 CAT scale transactions, drivers can save up to 11 hours on the road and have a positive impact on the HOS clock.
The steps are simple. Line up the truck on the scale, open the app and verify the information. The cashier and weigh master will then take the reins from there, weighing the truck and printing and signing the ticket. The payment and a digital scale ticket will be automatically processed through each driver’s Comdata card.
To watch a quick video on how this works click here
Recently, Oakley Transport launched the Safe Driving Incentive Program, which rewards drivers for outstanding performances on the road, and already many are earning more cents per mile. Oakley’s Culture and Engagement Manager, Meghan Pilkenton, caught up with one of the participants, Jack Thornton, to ask about his personal experience with the incentive program and his opinion on the SmartDrive Video system. See the Q&A below.
Meghan: How do you feel about the Safe Driving Performance Program and the SmartDrive Video System?
Jack: I like it because it protects us. In the past I’ve been accused of accidents or unsafe driving by other truck drivers and 4-wheel drivers. The SmartDrive program is a way to prove that I am innocent. I’m glad I’ve got it for that very reason. I really helps the drivers.
Meghan: Did/Are you having to make any changes to your driving behaviors as a result of the system and incentive program?
Jack: Yes, but in a good way! I’ve had the chance to improve my skills from reviewing the videos with Oakley Transport’s Safety team. I’m now more cautious and I’ve slowed down. I better watch my speed now. As a matter of fact, I never realized how many speed limit signs there were before until I started using the video system. Having that technology in your truck definitely makes you pay close attention to everything.
Meghan: What would you tell a driver that is on the fence about the Safe Driving Performance Program?
Jack: Just do it! Protect yourself and the company. If people call in accusing you of unsafe driving, the video system gives evidence that you were doing the right thing and it isn’t your fault. Oakley Transport could be in real trouble too if there are enough drivers blamed for accidents. If we can prove we are not at fault, that helps the entire Oakley team.
Meghan: What is your next goal in the Safe Driving Performance Program?
Jack: I want to go all the way! I got the .03 cents per mile during the first month participating in the program. I’m going to work hard to get the .05 cents per mile bonus next time!
The idea of attending a four-year university post high school is a presupposed academic step that is ingrained into us since we first learned to read and write. Any other notion is often accompanied with forewarnings of a life flipping burgers or mopping bathroom floors. However, contrary to popular belief, there are actually many other outlets apart from college that still have the potential to propel you forward into a valuable and fulfilling career.
Have you ever considered trade school? This type of career path often only requires a year or less of additional education, is significantly cheaper than college and can get you into the workforce at a much quicker pace. It’s a worthwhile alternative to the traditional college route.
“Four-year degrees often saddle students with huge debt and prevent them from being successful financially. Many students would be better served going to more affordable vocational programs, which teach real-life skills and lead to stable employment for many students,” Mike Row, host of Dirty Jobs, says in an article on Freight Waves.
While there are many avenues for vocational programs, trucking is currently one of the nation’s leading trades. In fact, it is the number one industry currently in need of employees. And it’s not such a bad gig either. Students fresh out of trucking school can earn $45k to $50k as a starting salary!
Furthermore, Career School Now says that as the job market continues to flourish, less than 1/3 of positions will require a college degree, which cues the perfect time for you to look into obtaining a trucking license!
Your first step to getting behind the wheel begins with a high school diploma. Next, you’ll fulfill your commercial drivers license (CDL) requirements through a trucking school. Some of the top rated programs can be found through RoadMaster Drivers School, Sage Truck Driving Schools, Coastal Truck Driving School and American Truck Driving School, among many others.
Once you have completed your driving and knowledge exams and earn your trucker’s license it’ll be time to find employment…and the Oakley family will be waiting for you with arms wide open!
Interested in joining the Oakley Transport family? Check out our driver requirements and start paving the way to your new career. https://www.oakleytransport.com/requirements.html
We are excited to have been recognized by Commercial Carrier Journal as a 2017 Innovator for our ISO achievements. Thank you to each and everyone of our family members for making this possible!
If you are looking for a new career, there may be some opportunities in places you haven’t thought to look. Truck driving and hauling is a booming industry and constantly on the hunt for quality drivers to keep their wheels rolling. Though truck driving may seem conventional, it offers many eclectic and unique opportunities you can’t experience any place else.
If you have a spirit of wanderlust, a career behind the wheel could be your perfect match. Being a truck driver allows you to see the country’s marvels and get paid while doing it! Although CDL truck driving does require extensive time away from home, if you find enjoyment in travel, this is a great opportunity for you.
As a trucker, you are at the helm of America’s support system. From food to pharmaceuticals, the country heavily relies on the transportation of their goods to keep their business operating (aka job security!). Thus, it’s your responsibility to ensure each product is delivered on time and in excellent condition. So if you work well under the pressure and stress of deadlines and can confidently navigate weather conditions, road construction and heavy traffic, trucking may be your calling!
Furthermore, starting a trucking career doesn’t require a four year degree and earning your Commercial Driver’s License is relatively simple. There are multiple driver training schools available, and some like America Truck Driving School and Road Masters offer programs that can be completed in as few as four weeks. During training, you will undergo a combination of classroom testing and hands on practice to ensure safety and competency on the road. Within a short period of time, you will be headed down a path toward your new career.
Trucking could also be a fitting job option if you crave independence and variety in your schedule and despise being walled in by a cubicle. In this position, you are the captain of your ship. From music choice to the amount of breaks you take, as long as marks are hit and deliveries are efficient, you are free to conduct your work schedule in the way that best suits you.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a truck driver, we would love for you to call Oakley home. Please visit our website, oakleytransport.com, or feel free to contact one of Oakley’s recruiters at 888-791-2309. They would love to welcome you aboard the family and kick start you to a new, great career!
Cavaliers for the Community: Oakley partner Love's Travel Stop raises millions for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
The famed travel stop company raised $2.76 million dollars for CMN Hospitals. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospital treats hundreds and thousands of children with trauma, diabetes, cancer, surgical needs as well as infants in NICU. These hospitals are governed under a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase funds to support gaps caused by medicaid and insurance coverages. Love’s stepped in to help fill that void through donations.
“We’re so grateful that Love’s Travel Stops’ employees and customers helped smash this year’s campaign fundraising goals,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, in a press released published by Love’s. “The generosity and dedication that everyone has shown to help their local communities and save kids’ lives is tremendous.”
To help acquire the finances vital for CMN’s services, Love employees facilitated a five week donation-focused campaign with activities that included 5k runs, bowling and fishing tournaments, cookouts and more.
Additionally, during National Coffee Day, Love’s utilized the help of caffeine lovers to increase their contributions. Every 24 oz coffee and cappuccino was discounted to $1, and every sale was accorded to the hospitals.
Despite hurdles that were met along the way as a result of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, employees were still able to raise over $2 million, setting a new company record.
“Every year, our employees show passion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and this year they also demonstrated perseverance,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s, in the company’s press release. “Other locations stepped up their fundraising efforts so we could still make a difference for kids while employees in storm-affected areas focused on recovery efforts.”
We are extremely proud to partner with a company whose efforts within the community speak volumes of the organization’s true character, Owner and Founder Thomas E. Oakley says.
“Loves philanthropic effort speak volumes of the organization’s true character, and we at Oakley are extremely proud to partner with the company, Owner and Found Thomas Oakley says. “Throughout our partnership with Loves, we see and feel their genuine care about the drivers on the road. These actions along with their contribution to the community are pillars of a strong partner."
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