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CHICAGO, IL—Sep 18, 2018—LoadDelivered, a leading food and beverage specialized third-party logistics (3PL) firm headquartered in Chicago, spent National Truck Driver Appreciation Week honoring and celebrating the 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, celebrated this year from September 9-15, is an annual weeklong event which formally recognizes professional truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association, “more than 80 percent of U.S. communities rely exclusively on truck drivers to deliver their goods and commodities, including the most remote towns and territories that are unreachable by other modes of transportation” (ATA). These dedicated professionals will often drive overnight, on holidays and weekends, through bad weather conditions to ensure the goods people consume every day are being delivered safely and on-time (Indeed).
To show their appreciation for their valued carrier partners and all professional truck drivers last week, LoadDelivered ran a “Driver of the Day” social media campaign and visited local truck stops throughout the Chicagoland area.
LoadDelivered Team Members Meet Drivers at Local Truck Stops
On Monday and Tuesday of last week, members of the LoadDelivered team traveled to truck stops in the Chicagoland area. While there, they met with trucker drivers to hand out water bottles and gift cards, discuss the hardships of the job, and remind them of how vital a role carriers play in the larger supply chain arena.
“It’s so nice to be appreciated every once in a while,” said Dan Dvorak, a carrier the LoadDelivered team met at the stop. “We don’t get that very often so thank you very much.”
“Drivers are the unsung heroes of this industry,” says Jon Ackerman, VP of Carrier Procurement at LoadDelivered. “We have taken a number of steps over the last few years to be a Broker of Choice – from cutting down our payment speeds to 20 days, to implementing our Preferred Lanes program so drivers get the freight they want. We couldn’t do our jobs without the help of our hard-working carrier partners, so we’re happy to see them getting this much-deserved recognition.”
The “Driver of the Day” Social Media Campaign
In addition to the local truck stop visits, LoadDelivered ran a social media campaign throughout National Truck Driver Appreciation Week honoring a “Driver of the Day” that has gone above and beyond for their carrier representative and customer’s needs.
When asked about the importance of honoring professional drivers, LoadDelivered CEO Robert Nathan said, “Drivers are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. As someone who began their logistics career loading trucks, I know how hard these drivers work and I’m happy to see them getting the recognition they deserve.”
New legislation in the retail and transportation industries, like the Hours of Service laws and On-Time-In-Full requirements, have made it increasingly difficult for professional truck drivers to fulfill all of a load’s requirements. LoadDelivered is committed to working with their carrier partner’s preferences’ and Hours of Service clocks to ensure that drivers’ time is optimized, and shipper expectations are still met.
Food Logistics selected LoadDelivered Logistics as a 2018 Top 3PL & Cold Storage provider in August. Without great carriers, LoadDelivered would be unable to achieve such an honor.
LoadDelivered was recently acquired by Capstone Logistics, a leading provider of outsourced supply chain solutions to distribution centers in the grocery, foodservice, retail, and other industries. The partnership supported strategic growth for both companies and scaled business to the next level.
About National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week was established by the American Trucking Associations to celebrate the 3.5 million truck drivers who move freight for all types of companies every day. Many truck stops, carrier companies, and other logistics companies participate in gifting and thanking carriers across the US.
LoadDelivered is a third-party logistics (3PL) company committed to providing unmatched service for their food chain customers. Founded in 2008, LoadDelivered is one of the fastest-growing 3PLs in North America. Through continuous innovation, hyper-specialized solutions, and an agile team that’s motivated to adapt to their customers’ evolving needs, LoadDelivered has earned the trust of national customers and carriers ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small distribution networks. For more information, visit www.loaddelivered.com.