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We may kid around, but we're serious about helping our customers have success. The CarriersEdge Community is where we share success stories, answer common questions, and provide the information you need to make the most of online training.

Make the Case

Why Online?

Not sure online training is right for your fleet? Scientific research and stats can help make the case.

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Seeing is Believing

Infographics break down the costs and benefits of online training compared to other options.

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Customer Stories

Hear what our customers and partners have to say about us.

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Online training isn't a new idea. In fact, it's been used successfully in other industries for years, and numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate it's effectiveness as a learning tool and the ROI it provides.

If you're thinking about including online tools as part of your driver training programs, but aren't sure it's the right way to go, here are some things to think about.

Best Fleets to Drive For

Best Fleets to Drive For

Best Fleets to Drive For is annual survey and contest produced by Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge that identifies the best employers in the North American trucking industry. For the 2015 edition of the program:

  • 84% of finalists were using online training as part of their driver training strategy
  • 17 of the Top 20 Best Fleets use online training
  • 96% of participating fleets using online training listed it as a significant contributor to the improvement of overall driver performance.

Scientific Studies and Research

ThinQ Research Summary of Studies

Considerable research has been done into the efficiency of online training (or ELearning), and the resulting studies can be overwhelming to try and read. Fortunately, you don't have to - a few years ago, the research department at ThinQ went through all the major studies and condensed them into a single 6 page whitepaper, summarizing the main findings. Among the many proven benefits captured in this whitepaper, ELearning:

  • Saves time without decaying the learning benefits
  • Minimizes both travel costs and time away from work
  • Better meets the needs of geographically dispersed workers
  • Provides more consistent course delivery and more individualized instruction
  • Achieves consistently better results overall

Extra Benefits for Transportation

Benefits of Online Training for Transportation

The ThinQ whitepaper above outlines the proven benefits across all industries, but the transportation sector sees a number of additional benefits as well. This short whitepaper highlights a few of them, including:

  • Fewer disruptions to operations or driver hometime
  • Higher participation rate among drivers
  • Greater ability to measure performance and analyze trends

FMCSA Also Likes It

FMCSA Study of WBI Effectiveness

In 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) evaluated the effectiveness of online training in the transportation industry, as part of a project to explore whether or not FMCSA should produce online training of its own. The study - Efficacy of Web-Based Instruction to Provide Training on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations - is a lengthy 109 pages, but it includes a number of significant points:

  • "...technology-based instruction, including WBI [Web-Based Instruction], is less costly and potentially more effective than traditional instructional methods when developed by staff experienced in the design of online training"
  • "...technology-based instruction reduced instruction costs by approximately 33 percent, reduced the instruction time by approximately 33 percent, and increased learning by approximately 33 percent"
  • "WBI provides these individuals the opportunity to learn from their current location without the need to travel to a central location. This is particularly advantageous for the motor carrier industry as drivers, fleet safety managers, or other field personnel can complete training as long as they have a computer and access to the Internet."

The report also outlines a series of best practices for the design of effective online training, all of which are already included in CarriersEdge.

With all of that research, it's no wonder our customers are seeing such great results.

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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but these infographics show that online training may be worth thousands of dollars in savings.

How much does driver training cost?

A look at the true cost of delivering just one driver meeting. All those hidden costs sure add up!

How much does compliance training cost?

Whether you handle compliance training in-house or send people to outside vendors, it's a costly venture. This infographic breaks it down.

Want to see what your own costs are? Add your own numbers to the formulas provided in the infographics and see how much you're spending for classroom training right now. Be warned, however, the results might be scary!

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Industry associations and insurers recommend CarriersEdge, and more than 300 fleets currently use it as part of their driver training programs. Here's what they have to say about it.

Videos

Customer Experience Video - Liberty Linehaul

Customer Experience Video - E.G. Gray Transportation

Customer Experience Video - Easson's Transport

Testimonials

"We have used other products in the past, and I must say the CarriersEdge solution has the best online content I've seen. We require training programs that are current, topics that cover multiple functions in both official languages, combined with easy to use reporting. The admin tools and reporting capabilities that CarriersEdge provides help our business deliver an effective online training program to our employees, independent contractors and their drivers throughout the organization."

Day and Ross Inc.
Joe Sullivan
Sr. Director, Safety and Risk Management

"CarriersEdge provides a well thought out, well integrated product that fits both drivers' and office associates' needs. Convenient and user-friendly, the content is superior and implementation was very easy."

Interstate Distributor Co.
Scott Manthey
VP - Safety

"CarriersEdge provides a compelling solution for improving driver quality and our customers absolutely LOVE it. They can't stop raving about the quality and effectiveness of the programs."

Marsh Canada Ltd.
Greg St. Croix
Sr. Vice President, Transportation Risk Consulting

"For us, this is the only way to go - a huge saving in training costs with little or no interruption to the movement of freight."

Rosenau
Bob Heidrick
Safety Supervisor

"The comprehensive, detailed training programs are easy to follow and very interactive for our drivers. Programs like this are a must have for any transportation company "

Paramount Freight Systems LLC
Trent Dye
Director

"I am very pleased with the training programs offered through CarriersEdge. The modules are very well laid out and thorough, and drivers like how easy it is to navigate through the sessions."

Halvor Lines
Keith Terska
Driver Services/Training Manager

"This is a successful tool for us. We are receiving rave reviews from our drivers, and we've noticed a change in the attitude and quality of our drivers."

Consolidated Fastfrate
Kelly Peterson
Western Regional Health & Safety Manager

"Excellent modules, excellent price - I have no problem endorsing this program."

J & F Trucking Corporation
Susan Rowe
Director, Safety & Compliance

"My drivers and management found the system easy to use and when we had questions, the on-line support from CarriersEdge was quick to help us out. e-Learning is now going to be at the core of our driver and management training philosophy."

Tibbs Transport
Steve Thibert
Vice-President

"In the last two weeks, my staff have gone from skeptical to DEPENDENT."

Revolution Staffing
Dave MacDonald
President

See someone above that you know? Feel free to give them a call and talk to them directly.

Have your own story to tell about CarriersEdge? We'd love to hear it.

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Get Rolling

Common Questions

Fleets often have the same questions when getting started. We have the answers.

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Starting Up

What does it take to actually get signed up? Not much!

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Webinars

Our monthly webinar series discusses driver training challenges, best practices, and success stories.

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Click the links below for answers to common questions about CarriersEdge.

Product

How do you ensure the content is good?

The CarriersEdge product development team is staffed with expert instructional designers who have deep experience across a variety of industry sectors. Our people have developed hundreds of courses for sectors including transportation, mining, oil & gas, heavy equipment, and manufacturing. We understand how to decipher government regulations, and we understand how people who work in industrial sectors think.

That's a massive depth of expertise, but we don't stop there. Our network of industry advisors and partners supplement our in-house knowledge with specialized insight in key areas. For content areas where there are recognized experts in the industry already, we partner with them to produce content that takes advantage of both our skills sets.

Can I have my dispatch or maintenance staff take the courses?

Absolutely! The content was designed for drivers, but many fleets find that office or maintenance staff benefit it from it as well. You can use the system however you like.

What about drivers with weaker English, or who aren't strong with computers?

That's not a problem. Studies have shown that online training is the most effective training method for individuals with English as a Second Language, and it's not hard to see why – they can take their time, review anything they need to review, and practice in a safe environment without having to worry about what anyone else thinks, and without holding up the class. Because courses include both text and voiceover, ESL participants will both see the words and hear them spoken at the same time, which helps tremendously with language comprehension skills.

For people that don't have computers, most fleets provide one or two machines in their terminal so drivers can participate from there.

What if drivers quit or new ones get hired?

You can manage this on your own with the admin tools in the system. During the setup process, we'll show you how to add and delete accounts, so you can make sure you're always up to date. Driver histories are kept after accounts are deleted, so you can still generate reports even after they leave, and if they come back, you can undelete them and their entire history will be there waiting.

Can drivers access it through the satellite?

In most cases, yes. CarriersEdge is tested and compatible with a variety of current in-cab communication products, and we're always expanding that list. Contact us to confirm that your specific system is supported.

Can I try it out? Can my drivers try it out?

Absolutely! You can sign up for a trial account here. We encourage fleets to have drivers and other managers try it out as well, to provide the broadest feedback during the trial. In many cases, the drivers end up being the biggest advocates for the program.

Management

What kind of ROI will we see?

You should see a positive ROI within the first 3 months of use. Using a high end price average of $6 per driver per month, in the first 3 months you'll spend $18 per driver on the program. If even half of the drivers take a course during that time, the cost per course works out to $36 – substantially lower than the cost of running an internal training session or sending people to an external training provider.

CarriersEdge is priced such that the economics work with only half of the drivers taking one course per year. Most fleets have every driver take at least one course per year (some do many more) so the ROI is very strong.

Will we get a break on our insurance if we sign up?

In most cases, no (or at least not directly). Insurance companies generally won't offer a discount just because you signed up for a program, since that on its own doesn't lower your risk. However, if you use the program regularly, provide proactive training to all drivers, monitor the progress and follow up with those that need additional help, insurers will certainly factor that into the calculation of your risk.

Of course, if you're doing all those things, your loss ratio and overall violation rates will improve as well, which will directly impact your premiums.

Will this help with driver retention?

It can. If you treat your drivers like experienced professionals, invest in the ongoing development of their skills, and find ways to enable that development that don't require them to sacrifice weekends or driving time, then you'll definitely see improvements in your retention numbers. CarriersEdge can be a big part of that process.

What are the technical requirements? What do my IT people need to do?

The service requires little more than a computer with an Internet connection and modern web browser. Some courses require the Flash player (although we're in the process of removing that requirement) but beyond that, you don't need anything special. IT people don't need to do anything special either, they just need to make sure you can get to the carriersedge.com website and that's it!

Is our information safe? What about credit cards?

Yes! We maintain a high security, PCI-Compliant environment, as verified by Trustwave, to ensure your personal information is secure at all time.

For more information about the specifics, click the icon below.

Do we have to sign up the whole fleet?

No! If you want to roll it out to your entire fleet at once, you can certainly do that. However, many fleets find it works best to start with a particular group of drivers (e.g. one terminal, or maybe just local drivers) then expand to other groups over time. If you're rolling out an online service to your drivers for the first time, starting with a smaller group provides a good opportunity for people to get comfortable with the new processes, in a more controlled environment, before bringing the whole company on board. It also gives you the opportunity to collect some feedback and testimonials from that pilot group and use that in your communication plan for the wider rollout. CarriersEdge is priced so you never pay for things you don't need, and always have the flexibility to increase or decrease your licenses.

How do we get started?

Getting started with CarriersEdge is very simple. We need a copy of your logo and (optionally) your current driver list to setup your environment. That generally takes about a day and when it's done we'll do a walkthrough call where we show you the administrative functions in the system. The setup call takes about 45 minutes (during which we'll have you enter your credit card info directly into the system for billing and payment processing) and after that you're done. You don't need to attend any training sessions, or have consultants visit your office - just a logo, spreadsheet, and phone call.

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We understand that implementing online training is more than just flipping a switch. Even though CarriersEdge is extremely easy to use, you still need to think about how drivers will access it, put together a rollout plan, and communicate that across the company.

Don't worry, we've got you covered there as well!

After helping hundreds of fleets get going with the service, our support people know the ins and outs and making it a success at any fleet, and they'll have you up and running in no time. Our top notch customer service includes:

  • Setting up your environment to match your needs
  • A walkthrough call to show you how it all works
  • Email templates and sample messages to help you communicate to drivers
  • Regular webinars to help you make the most of the system and ensuring you're getting maximum bang for the buck
  • Rapid-response support (even after hours) to help you and your drivers if you get stuck

All that is included in your monthly subscription fee as well, so there's no extra cost for the personalized attention.

To get started, all we need is your contact info and a copy of your logo!

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Webinar schedule

CarriersEdge webinars generally run on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, alternating between business, training, and product areas. All sessions are free to attend, so let us know if you're interested and we'll send you connection details.

Business Focus

  • Planning for Success: Launching Training with No Headaches or Hassles
    July 12, 2016
  • What's it worth? Calculating the ROI for Online Training
    January 12, 2016
  • 5 Ways to Build Company-Wide Support for Online Training
    April 19, 2016

Training Focus

  • The Best of Both Worlds: Using Classroom and Online to their Full Potential
    November 10, 2015
  • Making the Most of Powerpoint
    February 9, 2016
  • Building Better Training: A Look Inside the Course Development Process
    May 17, 2016

CarriersEdge Product Focus

  • What's new with CarriersEdge
    December 8, 2015
    March 15, 2016
    June 14, 2016

Webinar recordings

If you can't make one of the live sessions, check out these recordings of previous sessions and see how to make the most of online training.

Calculating ROI

Calculating ROI

You're implementing (or considering) online training, and you need to put together a business case that shows the investment will pay off. But how to do that? It's rarely as simple looking at crash or violation costs, so where do you start?

This session explores the challenges of calculating ROI for training projects in general, and provides some specific tips related to online initiatives.

Sections include:

  • What training can and can't do
  • Reducing the cost of the status quo
  • The value of specific, quantifiable improvements
  • Going where you've never gone before

Building Support

Building Support

You're implementing (or considering) online training, but you need to make sure everyone in the company buys into the idea and is ready to help make it a success. With executives grilling you on the cost and benefits, operations asking about scheduling, and drivers wondering what's in it for them, getting everyone aligned can seem like a monumental task.

This session explores the various concerns raised by different stakeholders in the company, and helps ensure that you have great answers to all their questions.

Sections include:

  • Understanding E-speak - what executives care about and how to speak their language
  • What other managers need to know
  • Getting drivers onside and excited
  • Climbing the mountain
  • What success looks like

Rolling Out Successfully

Rolling Out Successfully

You've decided to go ahead with online training, but now it's up to you to make it a success. Getting everyone up and running presents its own set of challenges so you need to have a clear plan.

This session will discuss the various stages in a typical roll out, highlight some things people often forget, and provide best practices for making it a success. Sections will include:

  • Drivers - Getting the message out
  • Management - Determining roles and responsibility
  • Executives - Delivering business results

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March 31st, 2016
Best Fleets to Drive For and Driving For Profit Announce Combined Seminar
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London, ON and Markham, ON - March 31st, 2016 - NAL Insurance, the leading provider of WSIB alternative coverage for the trucking industry, and CarriersEdge, a leading provider of online driver training services and creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, today announced that they are joining forces to produce a full-day workshop discussing best practices uncovered during the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For program, along with current issues in driver wellness and owner-operator contract compliance.

Driving For Profit: Best Practices from the Best Fleets will feature a full morning devoted to sharing information from the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For program, highlighting emerging trends, innovative ideas, and successful programs from this year’s crop of winning fleets. A panel of winners will provide furrther information about their own programs and secrets to success.

Building on that foundation, the afternoon will feature sessions digging into the issues of owner-operator contract compliance and driver wellness. Panelists of industry experts and fleet representatives will share tips for improving the effectiveness of company programs and avoiding potentially costly pitfalls.

"The 2016 edition of Best Fleets to Drive For uncovered a wide range of simple but effective ideas for creating great workplaces and we’re looking forward to sharing them", said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. "Driving for Profit has always done a great job of providing relevant, actionable information for fleet owners, and we’re excited to be working together for this event."

"Since inception, Driving For Profit has been about helping fleets improve their bottom lines", added Glenn Caldwell, VP of Sales and NAL Insurance. "By partnering with Best Fleets to Drive For we can expand that even further and showcase a great selection of proven program ideas".

Driving For Profit: Best Practices from the Best Fleets will take place June 1, 2016 at the Mississauga Grand in Mississauga, ON. The agenda for the day will include:

  • 9:00 - 10:15 - Best Practices from the Best Fleets to Drive For part I
  • 10:15 - 10:30 - Networking and refreshment break
  • 10:30 - 11:30 - Best Practices from the Best Fleets to Drive For part II
  • 11:30 - 12:30 - Best Fleets to Drive For panel discussion
  • 12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch and networking
  • 1:30 - 2:30 - Driver health & wellness panel discussion
  • 2:30 - 3:30 - Owner-Operator contract compliance panel discussion
  • 3:30 - 3:45 - Wrapup

Tickets are available at www.drivingforprofit.com for $199, with an early bird price of $149 until April 29. Complimentary passes will be provided to NAL and CarriersEdge customers, and Best Fleets to Drive For participants.

For more information, contact:

Glenn Caldwell
VP Sales
NAL Insurance
gcaldwell@nalinsurance.com

Mark Murrell
VP, Sales & Marketing
CarriersEdge
mark@carriersedge.com

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March 29th, 2016
CarriersEdge Adds New Punjabi Courses
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Markham, ON - March 29th, 2016 - CarriersEdge, a leading provider of online driver training services and creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, today announced the release of its first online training courses translated into Punjabi.

The courses, all part of the CarriersEdge Defensive Driving suite endorsed by insurers and associations across the country, cover the basics of defensive driving, speed and space management, changing lanes and passing, navigating intersections, handling turns and curves, backing techniques, and dealing with adverse conditions.

The CarriersEdge course library includes more than 65 different training modules, in English and French. Over the next year, the most popular of those titles - covering areas such as HOS & logbooks, vehicle inspection, and others - will be translated into Punjabi as well. All translated courses include the full range of instructional tools found in their English counterparts - text, images, animation, voiceover, interactive quizzes - providing a consistent education experience, regardless of the chosen language.

"This is a milestone in online training for the Canadian transportation industry", said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. "Punjabi has been one of the most requested languages from fleets across the country, so we're very excited to have these titles available to our customers."

CarriersEdge subscription customers will automatically receive the new Punjabi courses as part of their subscription service. Courses can be purchased individually through CarriersEdge partners across the country.

For more information, stop by booth 1605 at Truck World in Toronto, April 14-16, 2016 for a demonstration.

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March 8th, 2016
Truckload Carriers Association Unveils Overall Winners of 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For: FTC Transportation and Bison Transport
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Las Vegas, Nevada - March 8th, 2016 - At its Annual Convention, taking place this week at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its partner CarriersEdge announced the names of the overall winners of the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For. FTC Transportation, Inc., of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for the small carrier category, an award sponsored by EpicVue, the industry leader in in-cab entertainment services for trucking fleets. Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for the large carrier category, an award sponsored by Bose Corporation, manufacturer of the award-winning Bose Ride® system for heavy-duty trucks.

Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies providing the best workplace experiences for their drivers. To participate, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources. The 20 top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For and then divided in half according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.

This is the fourth time that FTC Transportation, Inc., has landed a spot in the Top 20, and the first time it has been named an overall winner. It was the smallest fleet to get into the Best Fleets Top 20, demonstrating that it's not necessary to be big in size in order to have big ideas. FTC earned top marks for its employee benefits, combining solid health insurance coverage, 401(k), and above-average vacation allowances - all things that are uncommon in a fleet of FTC's size.

2016 marks the second time that Bison Transport has been named an overall winner of Best Fleets, and the sixth time the company has been listed in the Top 20. Bison continues to push the limits in every category evaluated for Best Fleets. Even though its size is quite large, the company still manages to keep people engaged through a variety of committees (including equipment spec'ing, workflow efficiencies, wellness, and retention and referrals) and numerous online tools.

Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, noted that both of this year's overall winners are providing a winning combination of outstanding programs for their drivers, satisfaction rates above 90%, and low driver turnover under 30%. Both companies were also the 2014 grand-prize winners of TCA's National Fleet Safety Awards.

"It's interesting that both of our Best Fleets overall winners are also previous grand champions in the safety arena... it may well be that their safety numbers are outstanding because of all the other things that they do," she said. "Both have taken a holistic approach to improving fleet operations and working to build a more efficient, more inclusive fleet that all drivers can benefit from. As a result, they have happier drivers, who focus on doing their jobs better, leading to better safety and more efficient operations. This, in turn, makes everyone happier... and the cycle continues."

John Lyboldt, TCA's president, said, "What happens in a trucking company every day is the biggest opportunity for increasing revenue and net profit. The leaders and their teams who have figured this out are examples for all of us to learn from. The Best Fleets winners raise the bar for all of us to reach for, and they provide a road map of success in building a sustainable workforce. Anyone who loves what they do knows they are valued, important, and respected. Congratulations Best Fleets."

The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 trucks or more, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets were evaluated in areas like driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.

For more information about the Best Fleets to Drive For program, please visit www.BestFleetstoDriveFor.com. You can also follow TCA on Twitter (www.truckload.org/Twitter) or Facebook (www.truckload.org/Facebook) or search the hashtag #BestFleets2016 on social media networks.

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January 26th, 2016
Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For®
What does it take to provide superior working environments that keep trucking employees and professional truck drivers happy? These companies have figured it out. More...

Alexandria, Virginia - January 26th, 2016 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are pleased to announce the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For. In the 8th annual survey and contest, these 20 for-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized for providing outstanding workplace experiences for their employees and professional truck drivers:

Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

  • Bay and Bay Transportation, Eagan, Minnesota
  • Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Massachusetts
  • Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc., Redmond, Oregon
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc., Cambridge, Ontario
  • Erb Group, New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation, Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Grand Island Express, Inc., Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Interstate Distributor Co., Tacoma, Washington
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd., Prescott, Ontario
  • Landstar System, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida
  • Melton Truck Lines, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLC, Northwood, Ohio
  • Nussbaum Transportation, Hudson, Illinois
  • Paramount Freight Systems, LLC, Ft Myers, Florida
  • Prime Inc., Springfield, Missouri
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee
  • TransPro Freight Systems, Ltd., Milton, Ontario

In addition, five companies have been identified as "Fleets to Watch" (honorable mentions) for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:

  • Boyd Bros. Transportation Inc., Clayton, Alabama
  • Brenny Specialized, Inc., St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Crete Carrier Corporation, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Maverick Transportation, LLC, North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Trimac Transportation, Calgary, Alberta

To be considered for the Best Fleets program, a company operating 10 trucks or more had to be nominated by at least one of its company drivers or owner operators. CarriersEdge then interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as total compensation package (base pay, bonuses, vacation, sick days, etc.), health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities, career path/advancement opportunities, and more.

A selection of each fleet's drivers was also surveyed, with their feedback compared to management's and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year's winners and honorable mentions. Two companies, Landstar System, Inc., and Grand Island Express, Inc., reached the milestone of five consecutive years on the Best Fleets list.

Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, said, "For 2016, we've noticed a trend toward the theme of 'flexibility' in job structure and routing, as well as team communication. From within the Top 20 winner pool, it seems that many companies are creating different types of jobs so drivers have more options that suit their lifestyles. We're seeing more and more communication going out on Facebook, meetings via web or conference call, and similar things that just generally make life more convenient for professional drivers. Fleets are also moving more of their business into mobile apps or websites, and, in many cases, are providing devices directly to their drivers."

She also pointed out another trend: that the majority of Best Fleets winners are participating in new entrant training. Most companies are hiring drivers fresh out of school now, or starting their own schools directly.

John Lyboldt, TCA's president, said, "It is very helpful for the rest of the trucking industry to study the trends that come to light with the Best Fleets contest and survey, as these ideas can help everyone to improve their workplace environments. Anything we can do collectively to attract qualified employees - and keep them - is a positive thing."

Phase two of the contest will be to divide the highest scoring fleets into small and large fleet categories, from which two overall winners will be selected. These awards will be sponsored by EpicVue of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Bose Ride of Framingham, Massachusetts.

The overall winners' names will be announced during TCA's Annual Convention, March 6-9, 2016, at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. On March 1 and 3, clues about the winners' identities will be posted with the hashtag #BestFleets2016 to TCA's Twitter account (www.truckload.org/Twitter) and Facebook page (www.truckload.org/Facebook).

For more details about Best Fleets to Drive For, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.

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September 8th, 2015
Now Open: The 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For® Contest and Survey
Nominations will be accepted until October 31, 2015 More...

Alexandria, Virginia - September 8th, 2015 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge encourage professional truck drivers to nominate their companies as Best Fleets to Drive For®. The annual contest and survey evaluates and identifies those employers that provide exceptional workplace environments within the trucking industry. Simply visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com between September 8 and October 31, 2015, to make your nomination for this prestigious title.

By nominating a fleet, a professional truck driver is acknowledging that there are things about the company's culture that he/she likes, such as outstanding compensation, safety practices, benefits, equipment, training, etc. If the company accepts the nomination and agrees to participate, the survey then digs deeper into its policies and practices. Ultimately, the survey reveals the innovations that have proven successful in attracting and retaining skilled personnel in the trucking industry.

To be eligible, a for-hire fleet must have 10 or more trucks and operate in the U.S. or Canada. TCA membership is not required. Participants will answer questions about their current human resources best practices, both electronically and through phone interviews with senior management and a random sampling of their drivers. The top 20 finishers will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For and will be announced in January 2016. From this pool, companies will then be divided into both "small" and "large" categories, and two overall winners will be recognized March 6-9, 2016, at the TCA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

TCA Chairman Keith Tuttle-whose company he founded, Motor Carrier Service, LLC, of Northwood, Ohio, is one of only three companies to make it into the Top 20 for five years in a row-said: "Although the process of collecting data for the survey can be a bit grueling the first time, I believe that the nomination process validates the great strides that the nominees continue to make. There is great value for the carriers whose drivers recommend them, whether they ultimately win one of the two overall categories or not. Self-assessment is a priceless way to help you learn, grow, and ultimately improve your operations."

In mid-October, companies that have been nominated (or believe they will be nominated) and are considering participating are invited to learn more about the survey requirements through a free Webinar. More details will be released as they are finalized, but the event will outline the questions that surveyors will ask, data requirements, and methods for collecting better information more easily.

"Everyone agrees that the Best Fleets program, now in its eighth year, is highly valuable because of the innovations it brings to light," said Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge. "Our survey is unique in that it captures the most successful practices and makes them available to other companies so they can learn from them. Ultimately, that improves the entire trucking industry."

To view best practices from last year's survey as well as profiles of the overall winners, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. To view the program's Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/BestFleetsToDriveFor.

About TCA
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

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August 25, 2015

Markham, ON - August 25, 2015 - CarriersEdge, a provider of online driver training services and creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, today announced several enhancements to its online driver training system, offering fleets greater ability to customize and consolidate their training programs.

In addition to the core library of online safety training courses, CarriersEdge customers now have expanded options for adding their own content into their personalized training environments. Powerpoint presentations, videos, and several other file types can be uploaded directly into the system where they'll be automatically converted to web format and added to the list of titles available for drivers.

New event management functions provide the ability to schedule and track classroom training activities alongside online content. In-person events such as orientation, driver meetings, and coaching sessions can be scheduled for individuals or groups, with management approval options, attendance tracking after each event, and waiting list capabilities as well.

"More and more, our customers are looking to CarriersEdge as the central hub for all their training activities", said Mark Murrell, VP Sales & Marketing at CarriersEdge. "In addition to our extensive library of online courses, they want the ability to add their own material and track outside activities as well. With these new tools they can now do all that and more."

The company also announced the release of new titles in its Practical Cargo Securement series. Based on the industry standard handbook of the same name, the new titles detail securement requirements for metal coils in cargo vans or on flatbeds.

"With these new modules, we now have more than a dozen distinct titles based on the Practical Cargo Securement handbook", noted Murrell. "That handbook is the gold standard in cargo securement for a reason - it's comprehensive, clear, and easy to use - and we're very proud to be the exclusive provider of online courses based on its content."

CarriersEdge subscriptions customers automatically receive all new course modules and system features as part of their subscription. Courses can also be purchased individually through CarriersEdge partners across the country.

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April 27, 2015

Oakville, ON - April 27, 2015 - The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) has brought another value added service to their membership. The PMTC Online Drivers' Academy is powered by CarriersEdge and the KRTS Information Highway. It will offer PMTC members discounted rates on a wide range of driver training options that will cover members' safety, compliance and professional development needs.

Individual courses from the PMTC Online Drivers' Academy make it easy to buy what you need, right when you need it. All programs are available in both English and French.

Mike Millian, President of PMTC is always interested in bringing value added services to the PMTC membership and says, "The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada is the only national voice dedicated to representing the views and interests of the private fleet sector since 1977. We will continue to bring value added services to its members. This latest partnership with KRTS and CarriersEdge clearly demonstrates that the PMTC will continue to partner with reputable and respected industry providers that can offer supreme services to its members at a members-only discounted rate."

The PMTC Online Drivers' Academy will also offer a subscription service for its members - all the tools you need for a complete driver training program in one simple package, with a month-to-month service - no contract. You only need to give 30-days-notice to cancel so you are not locked into any long-term commitments.

Matt Richardson is the Sales and Operations Manager at KRTS and has led the KRTS Information Highway team to great success in partnering with associations and industry to ensure the products and services are available at the best possible rates. Richardson says, "All of our customers love the flexibility of being able to access the courses anytime. The content, graphics and tutorials are very clear and concise. The administrative support and content of material offered by CarriersEdge is unmatched in the industry."

To learn more about the PMTC Online Drivers' Academy visit www.pmtcacademy.ca

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February 26, 2015
Truckload Carriers Association Launches New Learning Platform Specifically for Driver Training
CarriersEdge provides foundation for association's first driver-focused training product. More...

Alexandria, VA - February 26, 2015 - Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) announced today that Truckload Academy, its education and certification arm, is adding to its suite of educational options a new subscription-based, online learning platform specifically tailored to training professional truck drivers.

Driver Connect, powered by CarriersEdge and KRTS Online Highway, fits the lifestyles of professional drivers, while giving trainers an easy-to-implement educational program. CarriersEdge is the association's partner in the Best Fleets to Drive For annual survey and contest.

"We are excited to add Driver Connect to Truckload Academy's offerings so our members and the industry at large have a training solution that utilizes the latest technology," explained Ron Goode, TCA director of education. "With drivers being constantly on the move, it is difficult for company leadership to manage their training needs."

Prior to launch, the program was piloted by TCA member fleets familiar with online training programs available to the industry. Trent Dye of Paramount Freight Systems considers this program a "must-have" and explained, "The comprehensive, detailed training included some of the best online training materials that we have seen in the transportation industry." He continued, "The training programs were easy to follow and very interactive for our drivers in the pilot program."

Many educational offerings focus primarily on the information needed to educate the end-user. The Driver Connect platform adds another layer to the training equation—it considers the learning styles of those taking the courses and provides an interactive learning experience designed to engage the driver.

Drivers can log in from their desktop, mobile device or through their vehicle's satellite to choose from a library of courses, including refresher courses.

As important, Driver Connect is also designed with the trainer or manager in mind. The interface allows trainers to set up and manage driver accounts, assign courses, and monitor progress.

Through advanced reporting tools, managers can run and automate reports, track compliance, analyze trends company wide, and review individual training status. Testing and assessment tools help managers identify where training has been most effective or where additional help is needed. When a driver successfully completes a course, managers can also print certificates.

Carriers interested in the training platform can learn more at www.TruckloadAcademy.org/driver-connect and are invited to sign up for a two-week trial. Attendees at the TCA 77th Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida, March 8-11, can stop by the TCA Booth (#915) to talk to an association staff member about the program.

About Truckload Carriers Association
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

About Truckload Academy
Truckload Academy is dedicated to furthering the industry's education and training opportunities through its On-demand platform (recorded conference sessions, workshops, and webinars), Live Learning events (webinars), Certifications, and Driver Connect.

About KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc.
KRTS Transportation Specialist Inc. has been a leading provider of training to the transportation industry since 1989. The KRTS Online Information Highway allows companies and drivers to easily access online training programs and modules helping both drivers and fleets improve their overall safety.

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November 5, 2014
CarriersEdge Takes Practical Cargo Securement Online
New series of online courses based on industry standard handbook. More...

Markham, ON - November 5, 2014 - CarriersEdge®, the leading provider of online driver improvement programs, today announced the release of Practical Cargo Securement, a new series of cargo securement courses based on the industry standard handbook of the same name.

Produced in partnership with Techni-Com, a leading producer of commercial vehicle safety and compliance materials, the series includes both full length courses and shorter refresher modules, with variations for van and flatbed. A total of 10 new titles will be available in the series, addressing such topics as basic principles, securement structures, the importance of cargo packaging, the correct use of blocking and tiedowns, calculation of aggregate working load limits, and cargo inspections.

"For years now, Practical Cargo Securement has been the definitive guide to cargo securement in North America", said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. "The combination of Techni-com's oustanding content with our proven instructional design and training delivery system offers our customers an outstanding educational opportunity for their drivers."

"CarriersEdge has done a fantastic job with these courses", Rolf Vanderzwaag, president of Techni-com. "Many fleets have requested training materials that compliment the handbook and these titles make an excellent companion."

CarriersEdge subscription customers will automatically receive the new courses as part of their subscription service. The courses may also be purchased individually through CarriersEdge partners and resellers across the country.

About Techni-Com
Techni-Com works primarily with the Ontario Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance as a development partner, producing and publishing compliance, awareness and training products in the areas of airbrakes, wheel safety, cargo securement, dangerous goods, hours of service and vehicle inspection. Techni-Com also works with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, based in Washington D.C., also a distributor of Techni-Com publications, and with other similar organizations.

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May 12, 2014
BCTA Offering CarriersEdge to Members
Fifth provincial association to offer online training program for members. More...

Markham, ON - May 12, 2014 - The British Columbia Trucking Association today became the fifth Canadian provincial trucking association to offer a customized CarriersEdge package for its members. With more than 40 titles covering safety, regulatory and professional driving topics, streamlined registration, and discounted pricing, the program offers BC-based fleets exceptional value and flexibility.

More information is available at www.BCTAOnlineTraining.com.

About BC Trucking Association
BCTA is a province-wide, non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association formed solely to advance the interests of British Columbia motor carriers. Founded in 1913, BCTA includes among its members for-hire and private carriers hauling every conceivable type of freight including manufactured goods, heavy specialised commodities, bulk products, household goods and general freight. The association also represents motor coach, courier, and waste management companies, and suppliers to the industry.

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December 9, 2013
NAL and CarriersEdge Launch Online Training Service
New offering for owner-operators provides complete training program in one package. More...

London, ON - December 9, 2013 - NAL Insurance, the leading provider of WCB Alternative Insurance Programs, and CarriersEdge, the leading provider of online driver improvement programs, today announced the release of the StepUp Contractor Package. Designed for owner-operators, and available exclusively through NAL, the StepUp Package provides a selection of the most popular CarriersEdge online training courses, packaged specifically to suit the needs of owner-operators and their drivers.

Priced at just $9.99/month per person, the StepUp package includes compliance courses covering vehicle inspection, cargo securement, hours of service, dangerous goods, and fire safety, as well as professional development titles covering fuel efficiency, health & wellness, and business skills for owner-operators. The service is available on a month-to-month basis, with no minimum commitments or contracts. Employee drivers can be added for the same price, allowing owner-operators to provide comprehensive driver training to all their people.

"Utilizing our leading edge technology platform, we believe that we can deliver solutions not only for our Fleet customers, but also our Owner Operator clientele", said Chris Henry, VP & GM of NAL. "With the StepUp package, owner-ops can have a complete safety and compliance training program available at their convenience. These courses sell individually for $40-50 through other channels, so we're very pleased to be able to offer more than a dozen different titles for less than $10/month."

"NAL is known for having their finger on the pulse of the owner-operator community in Canada", added Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. "This package will help those contractors stay up to date on the latest regulations and we're very excited to be working with NAL to offer it."

The Contractor Package is available immediately through NAL's Owner Operator Portal. More information is available at www.NALInsurance.com or by calling 1-800-265-1657.

About NAL Insurance
NAL Insurance is the largest provider of Worker's Compensation Alternative Insurance in the Canadian Trucking Industry. Currently, NAL protects over 240 Fleets and over 7,000 Owner Operators throughout the country.

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September 23, 2013
CarriersEdge Adds New Drug & Alcohol Awareness Courses
New modules detail requirements and testing processes. More...

Markham, ON - September 23, 2013 - CarriersEdge®, the leading provider of online driver improvement programs, today announced the addition of two new modules to its library of online training courses - Drug and Alcohol Testing Overview and Drug and Alcohol: Reasonable Suspicion Testing.

Drug and Alcohol Testing Overview takes a comprehensive look at the effects of drugs and alcohol, the testing process, and the consequences of a positive test. The full length course is designed for both drivers and supervisors.

Building on the overview course, Drug and Alcohol: Reasonable Suspicion Testing focuses specifically on supervisor responsibilities. Details of the supervisor's role in the testing process, the importance of appropriate documentation, and signs of alcohol and controlled substance use are also covered.

"Drug and alcohol awareness is a hot topic on both sides of the border", said Jane Jazrawy, Vice President, Product Development at CarriersEdge. "The publicly available information is often complex and confusing, so it's a real challenge for fleets to understand what's required of them and communicate it to staff. These courses provide a clear, concise picture of the process, helping to ensure that both drivers and their supervisors understand how to stay compliant."

CarriersEdge subscription customers will automatically receive both courses as part of their subscriptions. Courses can also be purchased individually through CarriersEdge partners across the country.

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September 3, 2013
TCA Invites Professional Truck Drivers to Nominate their Carriers as a Best Fleets to Drive For®
Prestigious survey and contest spotlights companies that are already doing a good job and pushes others to follow in their footsteps. More...

Alexandria, Virginia - September 3, 2013 - When you drive for the best, let the world know by nominating your company for the Truckload Carriers Association's (TCA) 6th annual Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest. Company drivers and owner operators may nominate trucking companies through 5:00 p.m. ET on November 1, 2013. Simply go to www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com to complete the application form.

Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual evaluation of the best employers in the trucking industry. CarriersEdge of Markham, Ontario, the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions, conducts the survey for TCA.

"This program publicly recognizes and celebrates the fleets that are working to provide exceptional workplace environments," said Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. "As we survey the participants, we're documenting a series of success stories that model best practices for other companies to adopt or follow. It's good for the carriers, the drivers, and the image of trucking, which is why the number of nominations seems to double every year. As we head into the next round, I have no doubt that this trend will continue."

Best Fleets is open to all for-hire trucking companies operating in the U.S. or Canada with 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. After a company is nominated and chooses to continue with the survey and contest, it answers questions about its current human resources best practices, both electronically and via phone interviews with senior management and a random sampling of its drivers. Top finishers will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For®, and the highest scoring fleets in each of the Company Driver and Owner Operator categories will be named that category's overall winner.

As a carrier proceeds through the program, its policies and processes are scrutinized, from benefits and professional development, to driver and community support, to safety record and company culture. According to Tom Pirnie, president of Grand Island Express of Grand Island, Nebraska, the winner of the Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers in last year's program, "Entering this competition forces a carrier to examine, in depth, its recruiting, HR policies, procedures and benefits. A review of maintenance and safety practices / results is also necessary. The whole process will give you a benchmark as to how you compare to your competition. It will bring positive change to your company."

Pirnie believes that there are many tangible benefits for carriers who participate in Best Fleets to Drive For®. "The competition can supply renewed energy and focus on company improvements," he said. "Setting goals and working on improvements can upgrade the communications and morale of all the associates, including the drivers themselves. Winning or placing in the top 20 creates company pride and unity."

After the survey is completed, the top 20 winners will be announced on January 31, 2014, and will be recognized at TCA's Annual Convention, March 23-26, 2014, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. The Best Overall Fleet in both categories will also be announced and honored at the convention.

To view best practices from last year's survey as well as profiles of the overall winners, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. To view the program's Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/bestfleetstodrivefor.

About TCA
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

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May 8, 2013
CarriersEdge Adds New U.S. Hours of Service and Fire Safety Courses
New HOS module addresses upcoming regulatory changes. More...

Markham, ON - May 8, 2013 - CarriersEdge, the leading provider of online driver improvement programs, today announced the addition of two new modules to its library of online driver training courses - U.S Hours of Service 2013 Update and Fire Safety.

U.S. Hours of Service 2013 Update (HOS2013) focuses on the changes to the U.S. Hours of Service regulations scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2013. Included in the module are the changes to the 34-hr restart, the 168-hr rule, and the 30 minute break requirement. The short module, running approximately 30 minutes, provides an introduction to the new regulations for drivers and fleet staff familiar with the current rules.

"With HOS2013, we've built a dedicated module that focuses exclusively on the new regs people need to be familiar with", said Jane Jazrawy, Vice President, Product Development at CarriersEdge. "Fleets can get their drivers up to speed on the changes quickly, and without having to put them through a full length logbooks course."

Fire Safety for Drivers

The new Fire Safety course covers content required by the federal regulations, including the different classes of fire and their dangers, fire prevention, the steps to take in the event of a fire, and correct operation of a fire extinguisher. Designed specifically for the transportation industry, the module pays particular attention to the dangers faced by drivers and warehouse staff.

"Fire safety is a critical component of a workplace health and safety plan, but fire safety courses have traditionally provided only general information", added Jazrawy. "Our fire safety course addresses the situations that drivers most commonly face on the road, as well as hazards to avoid in the warehouse."

CarriersEdge subscription customers will automatically receive both courses as part of their subscriptions. Courses can also be purchased individually through CarriersEdge partners across the country.

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April 10, 2013
2013 Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series Dates Announced
Fifth anniversary edition of tour will stop in 13 cities. More...

Markham, ON - April 10, 2013 - CarriersEdge, the leading provider of online driver improvement programs, today announced dates for the 2013 Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series. The series of half-day seminars will visit 13 cities across Canada, sharing the innovative ideas and best practices of the fleets identified as this year's Best Fleets to Drive For.

Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest conducted by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge. It identifies the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for company drivers and owner-operators. Nominated fleets are evaluated on the range and depth of programs being offered, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. Fleets with the best overall scores are named Best Fleets to Drive For.

The Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series presents data collected during that process, including industry trends, innovative programs, and case studies of winning fleets.

Specific topics to be included in the 2013 edition of the series include:

  • Bonus and incentive programs that improve all areas of the business
  • Post-orientation ramp-up programs that dramatically improve success rates for new hires
  • Owner-op programs that redefine what it means to be an independent contractor
  • Why driver turnover isn't what people think it is

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the program, the 2013 edition will also take a look back over the past five years at the areas that have seen the most improvement, and the areas that are shaping up to be equally transformative over the next five years.

"The 2013 edition of Best Fleets to Drive For saw a huge increase in the number of nominated fleets", said Mark Murrell, President of CarriersEdge. "With that level of participation, it's no wonder we found so many great programs. Having done this tour for four years now, I'm really looking forward to sharing what we found again this year."

Returning as sponsor, for the fourth consecutive year is Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management.

"The Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series gives fleet operators a chance to learn how winning fleets operate safely and efficiently", said Scott Cober, National Transportation Practice Leader for Marsh Canada. "This program has consistently afforded participants with valuable learning opportunities, and we're proud to be a sponsor."

Also returning as a tour sponsor is Transportation Media, the leading information provider for Canada's transportation industry, who will be recording selected events for their award-winning video series Transportation Matters.

Dates and Locations

All seminars will run from 9:00am - noon, with refreshments provided. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. To register, contact Judi at 905-530-2430 or info@carriersedge.com.

CarriersEdge is the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management, teams with its clients to define, design, and deliver innovative industry-specific solutions that help them protect their future and thrive. It has approximately 26,000 colleagues who collaborate to provide advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Marsh is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global team of professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. With 53,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $11 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Guy Carpenter, a global leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; Mercer, a global leader in human resource consulting and related services; and Oliver Wyman, a global leader in management consulting. Follow Marsh on Twitter @Marsh_Inc.

Transportation Media is the leading information provider for Canada's transportation industry, addressing the needs of both carriers and shippers. Its properties include Truck News and Truck West, Motortruck Fleet Executive and Canadian Transportation & Logistics magazines, two Web sites with daily news services, e-newsletters, a research group, and the award-winning Web TV show Transportation Matters. Combined these properties have a circulation of more than 150,000 providers and buyers of transportation services across Canada. Transportation Media is part of Business Information Group, one of Canada's largest business magazine publishers.

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February 7, 2013
In Fifth Annual Survey and Contest, 20 Fleets Are Named Best Fleets to Drive For by TCA and CarriersEdge
The 2013 winning fleets are true innovators when it comes to providing outstanding workplace experiences for their drivers. More...

Alexandria, Virginia - February 7, 2013 - Twenty trucking companies from across North America have been named the 2013 Best Fleets to Drive For by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge. The annual survey and contest, now in its fifth year, identifies for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. This year's winners are as follows:

  • Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd. - Breslau, Ontario
  • Erb Group of Companies - New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Fremont Contract Carriers - Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation, Inc. - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Gordon Trucking, Inc. - Pacific, Washington
  • Grand Island Express - Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines, Inc. - Superior, Wisconsin
  • Landstar System, Inc. - Jacksonville, Florida
  • Load One Transportation & Logistics - Taylor, Michigan
  • Motor Carrier Service, Inc. - Northwood, Ohio
  • Paramount Freight Systems - Jeffersonville, Ohio
  • Sammons Trucking - Missoula, Montana
  • Spirit Truck Lines, Inc. - San Juan, Texas
  • Steed Standard Transport Ltd. - Stratford, Ontario
  • Steelman Transportation - Springfield, Missouri
  • Tennant Truck Lines, Inc. - Colona, Illinois
  • TimeLine Logistic International - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Trimac Transportation - Calgary, Alberta
  • WTI Transport - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Yanke Group of Companies - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

In addition, five companies have been identified as "Fleets to Watch" (honorable mentions) for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:

  • Celadon Canada - Kitchener, Ontario
  • Farm2Fleet - Gibson City, Illinois
  • Freight Exchange of North America, LLC - Chicago, Illinois
  • Prime Inc. - Springfield, Missouri
  • Transpro Freight Systems Ltd. - Milton, Ontario

The nomination process began in the fall of 2012, when company drivers and owner operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 or more trucks. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies' desire to participate, CarriersEdge interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as:

  • Total compensation package - including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
  • Health benefits
  • Pension plans
  • Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
  • Career path/advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
  • Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
  • Team building and driver community development activities
  • Annual driver turnover rate
  • Fleet safety record

A selection of each fleet's drivers was also surveyed, with their feedback compared to management's and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year's winners and honorable mentions.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said: "It's a pleasure to report that we had a 50% increase in nominations and participation for the fifth anniversary of the program. Clearly, being named a Best Fleet to Drive For is a prestigious title that is motivating companies to constantly raise the bar on the offerings they provide their truck drivers."

The Yanke Group of Companies, based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, holds the distinction of being the only company to be named a Best Fleet for all five years since the program was launched. "I think that's a real achievement, considering how much we've seen fleets improve their programs since we started," said TCA President Chris Burruss. "It's very difficult to get named a Best Fleet to begin with, let alone remain on the list for five consecutive years!"

Now that the winners have been named, the next phase of the contest is to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers. These overall winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 3-6, 2013, at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Truckload Carriers Association
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

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September 4, 2012
TCA Opens Nominations for Best Fleets to Drive For
Contest and survey reaches 5th anniversary milestone. More...

Alexandria, Virginia - September 4, 2012 - Now through October 31, 2012, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) will accept nominations for the 5th annual Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey. Company drivers and owner operators may nominate trucking companies by completing an application form on www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.

Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual evaluation of the best employers in the trucking industry. CarriersEdge, the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions, conducts the survey for TCA.

"When we first launched Best Fleets, it was virtually unknown, and some companies were skeptical about getting involved," said Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. "Now, it has become a huge badge of honor to be named a winner, and especially an overall category winner. Companies love the visibility it brings them - and their recruiting departments make the most of it by plastering the contest logo in their marketing pieces and on their equipment. Everyone wants to drive for, and be, a Best Fleet!"

Trent Dye, director and general manager for Paramount Freight Systems, LLC, an overall category winner for two consecutive years, said, "The Best Fleets to Drive For program has allowed us to take the information we have been given and use it to improve in all areas of our business. We are excited each year for what Best Fleets stands for because it gives us the ability to know what works and what does not work."

The survey is open to all for-hire trucking companies with 10 trucks or more, regardless of TCA membership status. Participating fleets will be evaluated against a broad range of criteria reflecting current HR best practices, and the resulting survey data becomes an excellent source of industry success stories in the areas of benefits, professional development, driver and community support, safety record, and company culture.

For 2013, a few things have changed. After a company has been nominated by one of its company drivers or owner operators and agrees to participate, it will be asked to provide more details electronically rather than through a telephone interview. CarriersEdge will still discuss the survey materials with the company via telephone, but the new process should greatly reduce the interview time, which was running 2-3 hours in the past. The change will create one centralized, integrated system that allows for easier and more timely communications between nominated companies and TCA/CarriersEdge.

Some new questions have been added to this year's survey. Drivers will be asked how much they trust the company they have nominated. Companies will be asked if they have researched and understand the reasons why their people leave. The survey also asks how much companies invest in developing their drivers; do they have a line item in their budget for training and other driver development activities?

After a company has provided the necessary information electronically, interviews will be conducted as necessary with senior management and a random sampling of the company's drivers. Top finishers will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For, and the highest scoring fleets in each of the Company Driver and Owner Operator categories will be named that category's overall winner.

To view best practices from last year's survey as well as profiles of the overall winners, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. To view the program's Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/bestfleetstodrivefor.

About TCA
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

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April 24, 2012

Mississauga, ON - April 24, 2012 - Kee Human Resources, the only national staffing company focused on the trucking industry, today announced it will renew its commitment to sponsor the Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series.

Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest conducted by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge. It identifies the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for company drivers and owner-operators. Nominated fleets are evaluated on the range and depth of programs being offered, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. Fleets with the best overall scores are named Best Fleets to Drive For.

The Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series presents data collected during that process, including industry trends, innovative programs, and case studies of winning fleets. Now in its fourth year, the tour will be stopping in 11 cities across Canada this year.

"The Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series provides a wealth of information about industry trends and innovative driver retention programs", said Dave Waver, General Manager of Kee Human Resources. "We're excited to once again help bring this information to fleets across Canada."

"Kee Human Resources is well known for their support of the industry", said Mark Murrell, President of CarriersEdge. "As a free program, the Seminar Series relies on sponsor support and we're very happy to have Kee involved again."

Dates and Locations

All seminars will run from 9:00am - noon, with refreshments provided. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. To register, contact Judi at 905-530-2430, or click the Register links above.

Kee Human Resources is the only staffing company focused on the trucking industry. Kee has been supplying drivers, dispatchers, administration staff and dockworkers to both private and for-hire fleets for over 23 years. Kee is an entrepreneurial firm comprised of over 450 employees with offices in Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Throughout the years the trucking industry and Kee have risen to many challenges for its member clients through relentless recruiting and retention practices, as well as training through their in-house training academy.

CarriersEdge is the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

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March 29, 2012

Markham, ON - March 29, 2012 - CarriersEdge, the leading provider of online driver improvement programs, today announced dates for the 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series. The series of half-day seminars in cities across Canada will provide tips and tricks from the U.S. and Canadian fleets identified as this year's Best Fleets to Drive For.

Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest conducted by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge. It identifies the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for company drivers and owner-operators. Nominated fleets are evaluated on the range and depth of programs being offered, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. Fleets with the best overall scores are named Best Fleets to Drive For.

The Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series presents data collected during that process, including industry trends, innovative programs, and case studies of winning fleets.

The 2012 edition of Best Fleets to Drive For saw dramatic results from smaller fleets, with both the Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers and Best Overall Fleet for Owner-Operators awards going to fleets with less than 200 drivers. A detailed look at programs from those winning fleets will be a central focus of the seminars.

Other notable trends that will be explored further in the seminars include:

  • The increase in companies offering education assistance programs for their drivers
  • The evolution of bonus programs from a focus on safety and fuel efficiency to comprehensive multi-metric performance bonuses
  • The increasing use of in-cab technology for communication, performance management, and driver development
  • Changes in approach to driver wellness as a key element of overall retention strategies

"The 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For program found some really interesting developments across the North American trucking industry, and some real innovation in the smaller fleets", noted Mark Murrell, President of CarriersEdge. "With more and more fleets finding novel ways to support their drivers, and some great feedback from the drivers themselves, there will be a lot to discuss in the seminars this year."

The 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For Seminar Series will again be presented by Marsh Canada Limited, the Canadian operation of Marsh Inc., a global leader in insurance broking and risk management.

"The Best Fleets to Drive For seminar series gives fleet operators a chance to learn how winning fleets operate safely and efficiently", said Scott Cober, National Transportation Practice Leader for Marsh Canada. "This program has consistently afforded participants with valuable learning opportunities, and we're proud to be a sponsor for the third year."

Also returning as a tour sponsor is Transportation Media, the leading information provider for Canada's transportation industry, who will be recording selected events for their award-winning video series Transportation Matters.

Dates and Locations

All seminars will run from 9:00am - noon, with refreshments provided. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. To register, contact Judi at 905-530-2430, or click the Register links above.

CarriersEdge is the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management, teams with its clients to define, design, and deliver innovative industry-specific solutions that help them protect their future and thrive. It has approximately 25,000 colleagues who collaborate to provide advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Marsh Canada Limited has 1,100 employees and offices in 13 cities across Canada. Marsh is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global team of professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. With 52,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $10 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Guy Carpenter, a global leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; Mercer, a global leader in human resource consulting and related services; and Oliver Wyman, a global leader in management consulting. Follow Marsh on Twitter @Marsh_Inc.

Transportation Media is the leading information provider for Canada's transportation industry, addressing the needs of both carriers and shippers. Its properties include Truck News and Truck West, Motortruck Fleet Executive and Canadian Transportation & Logistics magazines, two Web sites with daily news services, e-newsletters, a research group, and the award-winning Web TV show Transportation Matters. Combined these properties have a circulation of more than 150,000 providers and buyers of transportation services across Canada. Transportation Media is part of Business Information Group, one of Canada's largest business magazine publishers.

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March 6, 2012
Motor Carrier Service, Inc. and Paramount Freight Systems Are Overall Winners of 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For
Both fleets incorporate driver feedback into company operating procedures to ensure the best possible working environment. More...

Kissimmee, Florida - March 6, 2012 - This morning, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its partner CarriersEdge named the overall winners of the fourth annual Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest. Motor Carrier Service, Inc. (MCS) of Northwood, Ohio, was selected as the Best Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh Canada, Ltd. For the second year in a row, Paramount Freight Systems (PFS) of Ft. Myers, Florida, was selected as the Best Fleet for Owner Operators.

Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest identifying the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Nominated carriers are evaluated on the range and depth of offered programs, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. The top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For, and the highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.

Both companies received their awards on March 6, 2012, as part of the TCA Annual Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

Motor Carrier Service, Inc., like most carriers, measures driver performance as a routine part of daily operations. However, unlike other fleets - where evaluation methods are created at the management level and then communicated to the drivers - MCS actively solicits its drivers' feedback up front. For example, drivers were recently asked what they should measured on and which factors they believe are less useful indicators of performance. When they suggested that truck cleanliness and driver attitude be taken into consideration, MCS incorporated these measurements into the overall evaluation procedure. The result was a resounding success that "changed things dramatically," according to Keith Tuttle, president. He continued, "The process resulted in better understanding between management and drivers - especially when it became clear that both groups agreed!"

MCS drivers also provide integral feedback via a Driver Liaison Committee that reviews company policies and makes recommendations for changes and future programs. At twice-yearly safety meetings held in conjunction with driver rodeos, the Committee watches as fellow drivers are randomly selected to perform maneuvers. The Committee suggests improvements, offers advice, and helps their fellow drivers understand how local and national regulations might apply to the situation at hand. This type of driver-to-driver feedback has proven to be highly effective for MCS, moving the focus of the safety meeting from a passive listening situation to an active skill-building scenario.

Paramount Freight Systems continues to build on the outstanding workplace environment for which it was recognized last year. Like Motor Carrier Service, Inc., it maintains a committee of drivers who provide their input on company policies and procedures. It also uses a "buddy program" to pair experienced contractors with those just starting out. Both programs are fairly common in carriers that employ company drivers, but are somewhat unusual for an all-owner-operator fleet.

PFS has been reaching out to new drivers through social media. Early on, it embraced social media tools and now runs an aggressive and effective social media campaign that includes Facebook and Twitter. The company says it has hired 25 new owner operators as a direct result of its social media posts.

In general, drivers leased to the company seem content. One driver wrote: "Paramount has great runs, and they get me home weekly so I can be a mother and still have a good paying job. They are really focused on hiring women and have always done what they said they are going to do. The operations department is helpful and friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to help out owner operators. With the high price of parts, the parts discounts they offer are saving me thousands of dollars each year. Paramount is truly a class act and second to none."

This opinion seems to reflect the feelings of most of the drivers leased to PFS, as the company enjoys a very low driver turnover rate. In fact, 60% of its drivers have been with the company for more than five years. Of fleets operating in the United States, it has one of the highest percentages of drivers who have been with the company for 10 years or longer.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said, "Both of this year's overall winners are fairly small fleets of under 200 drivers each, yet they act like 'big companies' in terms of their driver outreach efforts, committees and programs. They are out there every day pushing the boundaries of what is traditionally thought of as a 'normal' program, and it's clearly working. It goes to show you don't have to be big to be progressive."

Gary Salisbury, outgoing chairman of TCA and the president and CEO of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., of Hope, Arkansas, agrees. "Motor Carrier Service, Inc. and Paramount Freight Systems dispel the myth that small companies can't compete with the big guys. No matter what your size, you can still create an outstanding work environment for your people."

The Best Fleet to Drive For survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 trucks or more, regardless of TCA membership status. Fleets had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers (either a company driver or an owner operator). Nominated fleets were evaluated against a broad range of criteria reflecting current HR best practices such as driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, safety record, etc.

For more information about the Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey, please visit www.BestFleetstoDriveFor.com.

About Truckload Carriers Association
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

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January 26, 2012
Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce Winners of Best Fleets to Drive For Survey and Contest
2012 survey provides a valuable snapshot of the unique programs being offered by North America's most innovative fleets. More...

Alexandria, Virginia - January 26, 2012 - After months of nominations, interviews and scoring, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are proud to announce the 2012 winners of Best Fleets to Drive For, a survey and contest that identifies North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. This year's winners are as follows:

  • Best Cartage - Kernersville, NC
  • Bison Transport - Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. - Clayton, AL
  • Celadon Canada - Kitchener, ON
  • D.J. Knoll Transportation - White City, SK
  • Don Hummer Trucking - Oxford, IA
  • Erb Group - New Hamburg, ON
  • Fremont Contract Carriers - Fremont, NE
  • Gordon Trucking, Inc. - Pacific, WA
  • Grand Island Express - Grand Island, NE
  • Kriska Holdings - Prescott, ON
  • Landstar System - Jacksonville, FL
  • Motor Carrier Services - Northwood, OH
  • Paramount Freight Systems - Ft. Myers, FL
  • Sammons Trucking - Missoula, MT
  • Steelman Transportation, Inc. - Springfield, MO
  • Tennant Truck Lines - Orion, Illinois
  • Trimac Transportation - Houston, TX
  • WTI Transport, Inc. - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Yanke Group - Saskatoon, SK

In addition, five companies have been identified as "Fleets to Watch" (honorable mentions) for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:

  • American Central Transport - Liberty, MO
  • Epes Transport System, Inc. - Greensboro, NC
  • Liberty Linehaul, Inc. - Ayr, ON
  • Melton Truck Lines - Tulsa, OK
  • TimeLine Logistic International - Saskatoon, SK

The nomination process for the fourth annual contest began in the fall of 2011, when company drivers and owner operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 trucks or more. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies' desire to participate, CarriersEdge interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as:

  • Total compensation package - including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
  • Health benefits
  • Pension plans
  • Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
  • Career path/advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
  • Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
  • Team building and driver community development activities
  • Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve
  • Fleet safety record

A selection of each fleet's drivers was also surveyed, with their feedback compared to management's and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year's winners and honorable mentions.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said: "For 2012, we saw a heightened level of interest from the nominated fleets. It seems that everybody wants to be named a Best Fleet to Drive For. Some folks even called us before we began interviewing just to double-check that we had their current contact information. It was the virtual equivalent of camping out overnight for concert tickets!"

TCA's leadership is not at all surprised by the fleets' enthusiasm. "We saw a 35 percent increase in the number of fleets that not only agreed to participate, but completed all their interviews and paperwork on time to make it to the final segment of the competition," said Gary Salisbury, TCA's 2011-12 chairman and the president and chief executive officer of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., Hope, Arkansas. "But I have to say it's not easy to become a Best Fleet... it takes serious thinking outside the box and a willingness to do whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for your drivers."

The best practices that surfaced from this year's winning fleet interviews indicate trends that many in the trucking industry will want to note. For example, more fleets seem to be offering drivers profit sharing as part of their compensation packages. Also, fleets appear to be replacing their traditional safety-based bonus systems for more comprehensive programs. Although safety is still a critical component, today's drivers are also being rewarded for their performance in areas like fuel efficiency, on-time deliveries, maintaining current training, etc.

The survey found that company drivers are driving the same number of miles and earning about the same income as last year. For owner operators, miles are also flat, but income has increased by a scant five percent. "One might think that as the economy improves, a driver might earn more, but, surprisingly, these statistics appear to show otherwise," commented Murrell. "Fortunately, the drivers at our winning fleets still have high driver satisfaction levels, as a result of well-balanced program offerings."

When it comes to continuing education, today's drivers seem to have many different and more flexible options than in the past. Nearly half of the fleets surveyed said they are offering tuition reimbursement for drivers who take accounting, management, or similar programs at a college. They are also making a better effort to send drivers to conferences and trade shows and to help them earn various professional accreditations.

Now that the winners have been named, the next phase of the contest is to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh, Inc. These overall winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 4-7, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida.

About Truckload Carriers Association
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

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