J.B. Hunt Acquires Special Logistics Dedicated for Middle Mile Service

Truck for J.B. Hunt on the highwayIn the latest of many trucking company acquisitions, J.B. Hunt Transport has jumped on the bandwagon with its recent acquisition. This trucking carrier has acquired Special Logistics Dedicated in hopes of boosting its intermodal services. The reason has everything to do with the middle mile. Find out what this middle mile is all about and how J.B. Hunt will increase trucking jobs and routes with intermodal service.

What is the Middle Mile

The middle mile in logistics is the route from a warehouse, port, or manufacturing facility to the distribution center located nearest to customers. Examples of the distribution point may be an e-commerce distribution center, such as those for Amazon or online retailers. It could also be the shipment distribution location for LTL trucking lines. Why is the middle mile becoming so valuable?

E-Commerce Hits Its Stride

One hyphenated word—e-commerce. This segment of the logistics chain is booming with more people shopping online than ever before. According to Fortune, online shopping has increased to the point where more than half of the US population shops online. In a survey done in June 2016, 51 percent of online shoppers made at least two online purchases within a three-month period.

Plus, 44 percent of online shoppers are making purchases using their smartphones. The US Census Bureau also reports that home goods delivery via e-commerce has gone up 15 percent just in the last year to a value of $394.9 billion. That’s no small change, and trucking companies like J.B. Hunt understand the value of finding a way into this niche.

Take a look around you and consider how many people are carrying a smartphone in comparison to five years ago. Those same technophobes who were anti-smartphones will soon be adding to the online shopping trend. All of this shopping at the click of a cell phone button means one thing for trucking—increased demand for middle mile services. These middle mile services will transport freight between cities and localized distribution points so that goods will be one step closer to the customers who want them.

J.B. Hunt’s Acquisition

So where does the middle mile fit in with the acquisition of an intermodal fleet by J.B. Hunt? According to J.B. Hunt President and CEO, John Roberts, “This acquisition will allow our customers to deploy ‘big and bulky’ inventories into key markets, improving order fulfillment times for final-mile deliveries and further enhancing our e-commerce delivery capabilities.”

The acquisition, at a cost of $136 million, will add 14 trucking terminals and distribution fulfillment facilities to the J.B. Hunt line. Additionally, J.B. Hunt is increasing its fleet by 850 units of equipment to help fulfill intermodal freight services. By moving toward middle mile services, J.B. Hunt is also helping to ease another growing pain in the trucking industry.

Third-party logistics teams and freight brokers have previously dominated the middle mile. They have upped the cost of middle mile freight by jacking up the expense of arranging these deliveries between LTL and local trucking companies.

Not anymore.

Long-Haul Trucking Companies Gain Middle Ground

Thanks to trucking companies like J.B. Hunt who are getting into the middle mile market, operating costs for handling this freight will hopefully decrease. Or at least that is the goal, and by reclaiming this middle mile, J.B. Hunt with its expansive service and shipping capabilities are in a good position to do so. For truck drivers hoping to find a trucking job in intermodal, now is the perfect time to apply for a position at J.B. Hunt Transport.

Schneider National Pays Truck Drivers $4,000 for Adoption Assistance

Schneider truck on bridgeIf you are a truck driver hoping to find a trucking employer that will help you meet a healthy work-life balance, Schneider National offers exactly that. When hired by Schneider as a truck driver, you receive all sorts of trucker benefits. For example, did you know that Schneider truck drivers can get four grand to help pay for adopting a child? No other trucking company in the US offers that sort of benefit. Find out more about this benefit offered to Schneider employees, as well as about the other trucking benefits available to drivers.

Family Values at Schneider

According to Schneider National, “We treat all drivers with dignity and respect, and we work with our customers to make sure they do too. Schneider is like a family, and you’ll fit right in.” And to help show the meaning of family, Schneider also provides valuable benefits for your own family, including assistance with adoptions.

You can get up to $4,000 as a one-time payment to reimburse you for adoption expenses. Expenses for an adoption vary from case to case, but could include:

  • Legal representation in court cases
  • Legal aid for processing paperwork
  • Travel to and from the child’s former residence or country
  • Lodging and food when traveling to get the child
  • Funding for documentation including birth certificates, name changes, passports, etc.
  • Financing for adoption agencies

Keep in mind that not all of these adoption expenses may be eligible for reimbursement. The expenses must be approved by Schneider, and the adoption must be for a non-related child. The child will need to be 16 or younger to qualify you for the assistance.

Other Family-Friendly Trucker Benefits

Adoption assistance is just one of the many trucker benefits that Schneider offers to help you and your family thrive. You can also receive:

  • Employee assistance program funding for counseling sessions
  • Free legal and financial advice
  • Financial resources to help with elder or child care
  • Life insurance coverage worth $20,000 paid in full by Schneider National
  • Flexible spending accounts that can be used to pay for health care, dependent care, vision, and dental
  • Retirement account benefits for a 401(k) plan that allows you to contribute up to 50 percent, and you can start contributing the day you start driving for Schneider National
  • Critical illness insurance protection, in case you suffer from a serious illness while on the job
  • Short-term disability insurance that provides you with 60 percent of your standard salary for up to 26 weeks, if you are unable to work due to injury or illness
  • Paid vacation including one-week paid vacation for one year of service and up to four-weeks paid vacation after 15 years of driving
  • Paid time off for jury duty
  • Paid time off up to three days for a funeral
  • Paid time off for required military service and/or training
  • Discounts on auto and home insurance, along with the ability to deduct these premiums through your payroll account
  • Truck driving school tuition reimbursement for students who get their CDL, worth up to $7,000

As you can see, Schneider National certainly understands the value of its truck drivers. You receive top pay rates for hauling freight at Schneider, as well as benefits and financial assistance that helps to increase the amount of money left in your pocket after you get paid.

Trucking Jobs at Schneider National

So, what does it take to drive a truck at Schneider? For starters, you can be a new CDL holder or an experienced truck driver and still get a job at Schneider. All new drivers for this trucking company are put through a trucking orientation program. You will go through a different type of orientation depending on your experience and the haul type you are getting hired for:

  • Tanker orientation is 12 days
  • Intermodal orientation is 5 days
  • Van truckload orientation is 4 days
  • New CDL holder orientation is 3 weeks

Orientation facilities are located in:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin

If you need transportation to an orientation facility, you may receive reimbursement for travel.

If you successfully complete the orientation for your haul type and behind-the-wheel experience, Schneider will provide you with a for hire contract. At this point, you will become part of the Schneider National family, and your benefits will soon follow.

Estenson Logistics Acquired by Hub Group

large hub group truck on the highwayIn the trucking industry, one of the most popular ways to beat economic ups and downs is by joining forces with other carriers. We have seen this happen dozens of times in 2017 alone, including the big deal merger leading to Knight-Swift. Today we have another announcement of an acquisition. This time, Estenson Logistics, out of Mesa, Arizona, is teaming up with Hub Group of Oak Brook, Illinois.

All About the Acquisition

Hub Group recently paid $306 million to acquire the trucking company, Estenson Logistics. This is to acquire the dedicated trucking jobs provided by Estenson. The new title for Estenson Logistics will be Hub Group Dedicated Services. Tim Estenson, founder of Estenson Logistics, will become the leader of Hub Group Dedicated Services. The acquisition is already in the financial works. However, former Estenson truck drivers won’t transition over to Hub Group Dedicated until October 1, 2017.

Regarding the acquisition, Hub Group CEO, David Yeager, said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Estenson’s drivers, employees, and customers into the Hub Group family. We have been searching for an acquisition in the dedicated space for some time and have found an organization with a great fit in terms of culture, management style and business philosophy.”

Yeager adds why Hub Group chose to acquire Estenson over other competitors: “Estenson has a long history of outstanding customer service and is focused on safety and providing its employees with a solid foundation for growth. We believe that cross-selling opportunities are in excess of $100 million in the next five years. We are looking forward to working with the Estenson team.”

About Estenson Logistics

Estenson Logistics of Arizona was established in 1999 by Tim Estenson and Paul Truman. The mission for the company was to become a top-rated dedicated trucking company. Class A truck drivers for Estenson Logistics are dedicated contract truckers and company drivers. The company primarily hauled flatbed freight, temperature-controlled freight, tanker loads, and dry van freight. Estenson previously hired drivers from Washington and California. However, with the acquisition of Hub Group, this service area is bound to expand.

Some of the trucking benefits offered by Estenson Logistics included:

  • Home time every day
  • New equipment for drivers
  • Health insurance, including dental and vision
  • Safety bonus pay
  • Option to pick up additional work days in most areas
  • Paid vacation
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Pay per week

Will these benefits still apply to Hub Group Dedicated Services drivers, formerly of Estenson Logistics? A look at company driver benefits for Hub Group truck drivers indicates all signs point at “yes.” In fact, Hub Group drivers receive even more benefits.

Drive for Hub Group

Trucking benefits at Hub Group include, on top of Estenson Logistics benefits:

  • Paid holidays in addition to vacation pay
  • Flexible spending account benefits
  • Rider policy
  • Comdata daily advances
  • Online pay statements

Truck drivers interested in joining the newly formed Hub Group Dedicated Services fleet may also be eligible for a sign-on bonus of up to $7,500 for experienced drivers. Also, Hub Group hires owner operators, in addition to company drivers.

How do you get started at Hub Group Dedicated? Start by being at least 23 years old and having a Class A CDL. You will also need to have either one year of driving experience in the last two years or two years of experience in the last five. You’ll have to pass a physical by an authorized physician by Hub Group, which is different from your DOT physical exam.

Also, you’ll be required to pass a drug test by the company prior to getting hired as a truck driver for Hub Group Dedicated Services. Finally, while Estenson Logistics primarily served the Pacific Northwest, Hub Group has locations for trucking jobs all over the country from Atlanta to Pittsburgh to Arizona.

Great Changes Come to J.B. Hunt Transport in 2017

jb-hunt-truckThe trucking company giant, J.B. Hunt Transport, has made huge strides in 2017. While other trucking companies are merging or losing out to acquisitions, J.B. Hunt is pushing forward with some of the most innovative techniques and systems in the trucking industry. From collaborating with universities to installing a new CCO, J.B. Hunt has shown great determination in expanding as a trucking carrier. For truck drivers hoping to work for a trucking company that is destined for greatness, J.B. Hunt is a proven success story. Check out what J.B. Hunt has done so far in 2017, keeping in mind we are only halfway through the year.

Collaboration with University of Arkansas

In March, J.B. Hunt announced that it had joined up with the University of Arkansas to establish a supply chain innovation center. Along with this collaboration, J.B. Hunt gave an investment of $2.75 million that will be used to finance the newly named J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence.

According to Jim Coleman, Provost for the University of Arkansas, “This grant will have an incredible impact on the university and further solidify our stature as an innovative leader in supply chain management. Interdisciplinary research projects are a major focus of ours, and this particular collaboration between industry, faculty and students is a great example of the type of research we continue to pursue.”

More impressively, the center will focus on the use of technology for logistics, which is completely on par with the direction that J.B. Hunt has taken in trucking tech for the future.

J.B. Hunt Chief Information Officer, Stuart Scott, added, “The J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence will allow us to pursue revolutionary ideas in supply chain technology that can have a game-changing impact on the industry. The innovative ideas that will shape our industry’s future are with the students of today, and we’re proud to be working with some of the best and brightest business, engineering and computer science students at the University of Arkansas.

As our industry evolves, customers need more intelligent supply chain solutions to meet market demand. This collaboration is an investment in the future of J.B. Hunt and our ability to deliver customer value.”

This opens the doors for careers in supply chain and logistics alike, while recruiting students from the U of A for trucking jobs.

JB Hunt 360 Marketplace

In April, J.B. Hunt announced it had created J.B. Hunt 360, which is a marketplace for shippers and truck drivers. This marketplace uses real-time data and AI (artificial intelligence) to pair up drivers and their routes with customers based on load size. The goal is to make trucking hauls more efficient, saving time and fuel while getting shipments delivered on time, every time. Through J.B. Hunt 360, data is gathered by shippers and carriers, and this data is analyzed according to reviews, ratings, and preferences. Just like with an internet dating site, the marketplace plays matchmaker between shippers and truckers, finding the perfect match each and every time.

$500 Million Investment into Trucking Technology

At the same time that J.B. Hunt revealed the marketplace, the company announced it was investing $500 million in trucking tech. This is most likely the largest investment by any trucking company in the US in the past five years. More importantly, it shows the value that J.B. Hunt places in using technology to make its fleets more efficient. When it comes to saving time, reducing driver error, and cutting down on fuel usage, technology offers substantial benefits. J.B. Hunt stands to enjoy those benefits sooner than other trucking companies due to their substantial investment in tech.

New Chief Commercial Officer and Highway Services President

Also in April of this year, J.B. Hunt elected a new Chief Commercial Officer and President of Highway Services, Shelley Simpson. As Chief Commercial Officer, she is responsible for overseeing J.B. Hunt 360 in its infancy. In her new role as President of Highway Services, she takes on the responsibility for a new department that is part of the truckload and integrated capacity solutions departments of J.B. Hunt. Simpson is also the corporate Executive Vice President at J.B. Hunt, as well as the Director of Sales and Marketing.

Clearly Simpson is taking the right step in her leadership roles at J.B. Hunt, for whom she has been employed since 1994. President and CEO of J.B. Hunt, John Roberts, had this to say about the new COO and Highway Services President, “I have great confidence in Shelley’s ability to lead our efforts to provide innovative, technology-based solutions for customers. She has a tremendous wealth of experience as a strategic leader and will be essential in helping J.B. Hunt deliver value to our customers in today’s digitally driven economy.”

Opens New Terminal in Lowell

In the latest news from J.B. Hunt, the trucking company leader has completed the construction of its corporate offices located in Lowell, Arkansas. This new facility features nearly half a million square feet of space. It will house an e-commerce department, sales, the Highway Services department, and other units. Additionally, the Million Mile Wall featuring each of the one million safe mile truck drivers at J.B. Hunt is now located at this brand-new facility.

Some unique features of the corporate building include a 24-hour gym and locker rooms, as well as a walking trail access to the nearby NW AR Razorback Regional Greenway. There is also a food court with indoor, as well as outdoor seating. Truck drivers for J.B. Hunt who are hauling through the Lowell area should stop in and check out this massive complex. Perhaps enjoy a stroll around the new walking trails? It sounds like an amazing workplace and an investment in the future of trucking jobs at J.B. Hunt.

So, what is up for J.B. Hunt for the rest of the year? Keep your ears open as there are sure to be more great things coming from this leader in the trucking industry.

Maverick Transportation Announces New Sign-On Bonus

maverick transportation trucks lined up

Arkansas-based Maverick Transportation LLC, named one of The National Transportation Institute’s Top Pay Carriers last year, recently announced its new $5,000 sign-on bonus for experienced drivers.

“Drivers know that Maverick is a place where they can build or continue a successful and rewarding professional career,” said Kimberly Williams Gary, executive vice president for Maverick Transportation. “By providing drivers new to Maverick with a generous sign-on bonus, we’re able to help make their job change an easier and more profitable one.”

To receive the $5,000 sign-on bonus from Maverick, drivers must have at least one year of verifiable OTR experience. It is applicable to driving jobs in all divisions. The sign-on bonus will be paid out in $1,000 increments. The first payment will be paid after the first load is delivered and the subsequent payments will be given at 30 days, 60 days, 90 days and 120 days after emptying the first load.

In addition to this new sign-on bonus, Maverick drivers enjoy competitive pay with the ability to earn increases up to five years, a pay-per-performance bonus and a driver referral bonus program. Maverick also offers drivers excellent home time, weekend guarantee pay, paid orientation and training, 401k plan + match, company-paid life insurance, health and dental insurance options and paid vacation.

For more information about the driving opportunities at Maverick, visit www.maverickdrivers.com or call 800-201-7695.

About Maverick Transportation LLC
Founded in 1980, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and operating over 1,600 units, Maverick provides OTR and dedicated service to the flatbed, glass, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America. To learn more about Maverick Transportation visit the website at www.maverickusa.com.

Machine Tool Company, Bulova Technologies, Acquires Big Red LTL Transport

Semi truck cab and trailer on the roadWhy would a machine and tool distributing company purchase a trucking company? That’s the question to ask Bulova Technologies Group, which recently acquired Big Red LTL Transport. This is a refrigerated trucking company that hauls reefer truck loads throughout the Midwest and Northeast regions. So, while the Bulova Group may not have a stake in the refrigerated market, the company evidently has solid plans to venture into this territory. At the same time, this acquisition could indicate that Bulova is interested in vesting in the trucking industry. Keep an eye on this trucking acquisition and the name Bulova Technologies Group post-acquisition to see what will happen.

Acquiring a Trucking Company

Bulova Technologies is now the owner of a trucking fleet of 27 trucks along with the customers that Big Red LTL brings to the table. As noted, the reason behind this acquisition has not been revealed. What we do know is what the president of Bulova Technologies Group has to say about the acquisition. President and CEO of Bulova Technologies Group, Stephen Gurba, states:

“This acquisition is an important addition to the growth of Bulova Technologies’ family of transportation companies. Our transportation companies will now serve additional regions to complement our strong Florida presence. Big Red should increase our overall sales by $12 million annually. Our transportation business should now increase in our fiscal 2018 to well over $40 million in sales annually. We continue to look for strategic acquisitions in the transportation business.”

It looks like Bulova is hoping to gain that stake in the trucking industry and increase their transportation capabilities. Will this move beyond their business of distributing machines? Considering that Big Red LTL is solely a reefer trucking carrier, there is the possibility that they are considering hauling machines for the food industry or some other industry in need of refrigeration in transport. Right now, however, the Bulova Technologies Group is not focused on that sector.

About Bulova Technologies Group, Inc.

Bulova Technologies Group, Inc. is a machine tool business and seller that is recognized worldwide for its precision, quality, and value with machinery. This is a global corporation that is headquartered in Largo, Florida and encompasses the following business entities:

  • Bulova Technologies Europe LLC
  • Bulova Technologies Machinery LLC
  • Bulova Technologies Finance LLC
  • BT-Twiss Transport LLC

More specifically, Bulova is a machinery company that sells international machines, primarily CNC machines. There is also the Bulova Technologies Machinery brand of equipment available. These include vertical machines and serve the following industries:

  • Consumer electronics
  • Medical
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Energy

About Big Red LTL Transport

Big Red LTL Transport is a trucking company providing refrigerated truck driver jobs and was formerly based in Great Meadows, New Jersey. This company has a fleet of 27 trucks and 38 refrigerated trailers along with 38 contracted customers. Big Red LTL operates in a service area of the Midwest and Northeast with trucking terminals in Chicago, Illinois and Netcong, New Jersey.

If you are looking for trucking jobs in these service areas, and you have experience hauling machinery, then now might be the prime time to start your search for trucking jobs with Bulova Technologies Group, so you are ready as soon as those positions become clear and available.