A haulage company so popular it’s on the waiting list – drivers agree it’s worth the wait
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Nowadays, with shipping companies competing for drivers, it’s rare for a shipping company to put drivers on a waiting list, but that’s what shipping company Artur Express, based in St. Louis and the company’s current drivers say it’s worth the wait!
“I have been working for Artur Express for four years,” said company driver Lisa Meeks. “This is the best company I’ve ever worked for. They treat us as if we are part of the family, they take us home when we want to be home, and we run as many kilometers as we want. ”
A company built by truck drivers for truck drivers
Artur Express was established in 1998. The company has 750 trucks, 3,100 trailers and 900 drivers. The company’s large pool of trailers allows drivers to enjoy a high percentage of drop and hook freight. This allows drivers to continue driving, gaining the miles they need and reducing stopping time.
The owners of Artur Express, Artur Wagrodzki and Tom Tokarczyk, grew up in the transport industry. They know that when drivers are not driving, no one makes money. They also know that drivers do not like to sit and wait for loading or unloading, so they have built a freight and customer base that allows drivers to travel miles while getting the home time they need.
“I have been traveling for Artur Express for four years. I drive an average of 3,400 miles a week and come home when I want to. They have great straps and I like the fact that 85% of Artur Express freight is drop and hook. I rarely have to sit and wait for live to load or unload. I’m not going anywhere else, ”said driver Louis Adelman.
Hiring for growth, not for filling seats
Sadie Church, director of recruiting at Artur Express, said the company’s recruiting philosophy differs from other companies. He says that Artur Express is hiring in order to develop, not just fill places. Church says the company wants to hire drivers who are right for the company.
“We hire with intention. We are transparent with our potential drivers. We write everything before the drivers come to the training. All drivers receive written quotes with waybills and home time expectations, and lease drivers can see their rental agreement before they even get in the door, Church said. “There shouldn’t be any unexpected surprises once the driver arrives. We want to make sure that the driver is right for us, but we also want to make sure that we match the driver. ”
Artur Express recruitment practices have proved successful. The company ended 2021 with an astonishingly low turnover rate of 38%, compared to the industry-wide turnover rate of 90%.
“Leadership in Artur Express is supported by; encourage the recruiting team to recruit ethically and transparently. This helps to drastically reduce driver turnover, “said Church. “The recruiting team is not constantly filling up places. They can spend their time really talking to drivers not only about positions available, but also asking drivers questions about their needs. There is no hard sale. If you are a good, safe driver we want you here, but we don’t want you to come here if we don’t suit you. We do not want to hire trading. ”
Church said the lack of pressure to continue dropping out of recruiting has allowed her team to find the most qualified and safest drivers on the roads.
“We receive applications from one of the most qualified drivers in the industry – drivers with 10, 15, 20 years of experience in one company, without accidents and violations. We have the luxury of being very selective, ”said Church.
Lease with Loadboard
In 2020, Artur Express launched a revolutionary rental program. Drivers can choose a percentage or mileage fee as part of the program. Moreover, there are no fixed weekly fees. Thread! Drivers only pay for the miles they drive loaded.
In addition, there is no down payment, no credit check and this is a rental agreement.
Artur Express leasing drivers have access to the company’s loading board and can choose the loads and straps they want to transport.
Shipping company with a waiting list
Artur Express built a company based on his slogan: Trucker company. From the amount of drop and hook freight, freight lanes providing constant kilometers and steady income, the most modern driver-oriented facility, to the surprisingly low turnover of drivers and the subsequent references of drivers and referrals, Artur Express has established itself as a company where drivers want to work.
Artur Express driver Stephen Potts said: “I came to Artur Express after some of my friends started driving here. They told me how great the company is and how much it earns, so I decided to give it a try. I came for an orientation session with one of our other friends. I wish I had found this company 20 years ago. I’ve been here for 10 months. I thought I was making good money in other companies, but never – in my whole career – I have never earned the money I make at Artur Express. ”
For this reason, the company was forced to establish a waiting list for incoming drivers until new trucks were released. The decision to create a waiting list is unheard of in trucking, but due to the availability of trucks due to popularity and low turnover, the company was forced to set up a waiting list.
“Until the new trucks arrive, we will only import as many drivers for whom we have trucks available,” said Artur Express vice president Kristi Randall. “We want incoming drivers to have a good orientation experience. We want our drivers to be able to choose their trucks. We want them to sit in the trucks they want to drive.
“With the arrival of new trucks, we’ll go back to normal recruiting – ethically and intentionally.” she finished.
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