Archive for October, 2011

Website provides employers with insight into truck driver jobs

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

A website that provides a screening service for those hiring truckers for truck driver jobs is gaining traction with employers.

4SafeDrivers.com has seen a spike in business following new insights into the Texas trucking industry. According to a new report, trucking companies like Sentinel Transportation, which has locations all over the Lone Star State, are seeking to attract new truck drivers by increasing employee salaries and benefits packages. Along with the increase in benefits comes a raising of standards, however, as most trucking companies are now requiring to see Texas driving records for all new employees. Providing Texas driving records to employers is the primary service offered by 4SafeDrivers.com.
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More businesses hiring means more truck driver jobs

Monday, October 17th, 2011

A recent survey on the state of jobs in several metro areas across the U.S. points to an increasing number of truck driver jobs.

Job search engine Simply Hired released its October Employment Outlook highlighting national and local market outlooks, and industry and employer trends.

Nationwide job openings increased for the third consecutive month, up slightly by 0.7 percent month-over-month and 9.0 percent year-over-year. Openings were previously up 4.5 percent month-over-month and 16.5 percent year-over-year.
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Seasonal hiring sprees could mean more truck driver jobs

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Many companies have announced seasonal hiring plans that could mean more truck driver jobs.

Kohl’s said this week it is recruiting big time for hundreds of seasonal jobs in San Antonio, among other areas.

Kohl’s is bringing on additional associates to provide shoppers with excellent customer service throughout the holiday season. Consistent with 2010 hiring levels, Kohl’s anticipates hiring an average of 35 associates per store at its 1,127 stores in 49 states. In addition, the company anticipates hiring approximately 2,500 seasonal positions at distribution centers and more than 500 seasonal and full time credit operations positions.

“Year-round, Kohl’s provides a convenient shopping experience through our quality brands, great values and excellent customer service delivered by our associates,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. “To continue to deliver on our customer promise to expect great things, we’re pleased to bring on more than 40,000 associates across the country this holiday season, following the thousands of jobs that were created this fall when we opened 30 new stores.”

The move could mean more truck driver jobs as well.
Seasonal associates can work anywhere from a few hours to more than 20 hours per week. Typical store jobs include unloading trucks, freight processing, stocking and cash register duties. Hiring began this month, and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. Holiday positions are also being filled at the company’s distribution centers, where hiring began in August. Associates working at distribution centers ensure Kohl’s products get to the retail stores and eventually into the hands of customers. Associates working in Kohl’s credit operations perform a variety of jobs including assisting customers with Kohls.com orders.
Kohl’s commitment to customers has been recognized by the National Retail Federation* for the past six years on its list of retailers that offer the best customer service. In addition, Kohl’s has ranked among the top retailers in the University of Michigan’s** customer satisfaction survey for nine consecutive years, including ranking number one among mid-tier department stores in 2010.

Cell phone texting ban could affect truck driver jobs

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

A proposed ban on texting could affect truck driver jobs.

Citing distraction from the use of a mobile phone by the driver of an 18-wheel semi truck as the probable cause of a crash that killed 11 people, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended banning the use of mobile phones by commercial drivers except in emergencies.

“Distracted driving is becoming increasingly prevalent, exacerbating the danger we encounter daily on our roadways,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “It can be especially lethal when the distracted driver is at the wheel of a vehicle that weighs 40 tons and travels at highway speeds.”

On March 26, 2010, at about 5:14 a.m. CDT, near Munfordville, Kentucky, a truck-tractor semitrailer combination unit driven by a 45-year-old male departed the left lane of southbound Interstate 65, crossed a 60-foot-wide median, struck and overrode a cable barrier system, entered the northbound travel lanes, and struck a 15-passenger van, driven by a 41-year-old male and occupied by 11 passengers (eight adults, two small children, and an infant). The truck driver and 10 of the 12 occupants of the van were killed.

Investigators determined that the driver used his mobile phone for calls and text messages a total of 69 times while driving in the 24-hour period prior to the accident. The driver made four calls in the minutes leading up to the crash, making the last call at 5:14 a.m. CDT, coinciding with the time that the truck departed the highway.

The Safety Board also determined that the median barrier system, which had recently been installed following another cross-median fatal accident on the same section of I-65, contributed to the severity of the accident because it was not designed to redirect or contain a vehicle of the accident truck’s size. Because median crossover accidents involving large vehicles are so deadly, the NTSB made recommendations regarding the use of appropriately designed median barriers on roadways with high volumes of commercial vehicles.

At the meeting today, the NTSB issued 15 new safety recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), all 50 states, and the District of Columbia. The Safety Board also reiterated two previously issued recommendations to the FMCSA.