Coldliner Express will be attending the Food Shippers of America Conference. The 2023 Food Shippers of America Annual Conference will take place March 5th-7th in Palm Desert, CA at the J.W. Marriott Palm Desert Resort.
This annual conference, now in its 67th year, is a 3-day event that offers an educational and networking opportunity for Coldliner Express, as some of the nation’s largest food producers will be in attendance. This year’s theme for the event is Innovate. Collaborate. Accelerate.
During the event, experts will be discussing industry news, views, company pain points, and challenges. This event helps industry players such as Coldliner Express stay on top of key issues and emerging trends in the transportation industry. Sessions include topics such as traditional vs. digital brokerage, inclusion in the supply chain, autonomous trucking, and several other topics of importance to the industry.
The Food Shippers of America conference is an ideal opportunity for Coldliner to gain customer share and see current and potential customers from all over the country. This year’s event has an impressive lineup of industry speakers and offers the unique opportunity to learn from some of the best. We’re thrilled to once again be a part of this event.
We look forward to networking with others in the industry while we’re at the FSA conference in March!
Being a truck driver is a unique and challenging career; a job choice that isn’t for everyone, but those that choose truck driving as a career love what they do. What exactly is the allure of truck driving for truckers and why would anyone choose it as a career?
One positive outcome of the recent pandemic is that it shone a spotlight on exactly how important truck drivers our to our country. Sure, people understood that truckers move items from point A to point B, but recent events have drastically changed the public’s awareness of how essential trucker drivers are to the economy of our nation. Of course, truck drivers knew this all along, but it’s nice that everyone else knows it now too!
Freedom of the road
Many drivers choose this profession because of the sense of freedom it provides. As a truck driver, you get the opportunity to explore the open roads without being tied to a desk or working the usual 9 to 5 schedule. Truckers can often choose how many hours they take on, where they’re going or how long they’re away from home; that’s not an option for many other jobs out there! Their “office” is their desk, and many truckers get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the country from the luxury of their “desk”!
Bring your pet (or partner) to work options
Many truck drivers out there seldom travel alone. Depending on the company they work for, many trucking companies allow if not encourage truckers to bring their pets along for the ride. Coldliner Express supports our fur baby family and encourages our truckers to take them along on their routes. Several trucking companies also allow trucking teams; spouses or partners that help work the route. Not many jobs out there allow you to take your pet or partner to work every day!
There is always a need for good truck drivers, so truckers know how lucrative the career can be. Reputable companies pay well with impressive benefits such as vacation, health insurance, and much more. What’s more, with the increased demand for truck drivers, compensation continues to increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers’ annual mean wage in 2021 was $52,240 with full-time employment — but depending on the employer and role, truck driver salaries can be higher. The salary a truck driver can expect will vary depending on several factors such as hours worked, experience, miles driven, etc.
Numerous training options are available
The road to becoming a professional truck driver isn’t time or cost prohibitive. Though requirements vary by trucking companies, most require a high school diploma or GED, as well as a CDL, also known as Commercial Driver’s License. To drive a commercial motor vehicle in the United States, the driver must hold a valid Commercial Driver’s License, or “CDL.” To obtain a CDL, a driver must pass several knowledge and skills tests. Getting a CDL varies by state, and some trucking companies may assist in obtaining the proper training while others require a CDL and experience before applying for a trucking job.
Strong trucking community
There is truly a vibrant trucking community throughout the United States. Numerous blogs, podcasts, and publications are aimed specifically at truckers and the unique needs, interests, and challenges that come along with the job. Such resources provide industry news, opportunity, tools, and community for millions of drivers. Truckers support one another, and share tips, advice, road conditions, and the best places to eat! They share pictures and videos of their travels and continuously support one another. The trucking community understands that trucking isn’t for everyone, and the job has several challenges, but as a community, they’re a force to be reckoned with. Many truckers consider fellow truckers their family.
The trucking industry may not be a career choice for everyone, but for those who chose the profession, it’s because they love it! Think a career in trucking might be right for you? Get more information on becoming a trucker with Coldliner Express!
We’re excited to showcase another fantastic driver in our “Driver Spotlight” series: Cassidy Nicholson!
Cassidy has been with us for 7 months. We remember the first day we put her up in a truck. She just wanted to be a good driver and do a good job. We think she totally nailed it! Cassidy has been driving for a total of 1 yr. Her favorite thing about being on the road is seeing how different each part of the country is and trying out the local food in the area. When she takes her home time, she loves spending time with her son Jace and creating special memories with him. One of her favorite things to do is cook with him and do crafting.
Some interesting facts about Cassidy is she played 3 instruments growing up; the trumpet, saxophone, and drums. She played the saxophone in college with the marching band. Impressive, right? Cassidy has been an amazing driver, always on time, pays attention to her surroundings, and is always very professional. She is an asset to our company and has come so far in such a short time. We’re proud to have her on the Coldliner Express team!
We understand that our drivers are not only crucial to our success, but they’re also family! And just like any other family member, we’re invested in keeping our drivers happy and healthy. Driving a truck can include several hours on the road, so we put together some suggestions about how our drivers can stay healthy on the road.
Truck drivers can experience health problems
Because truck driving can be somewhat sedentary if left unchecked, they can experience health problems. As a matter of fact, truck drivers, on average due to their lifestyle, statistically have more health problems and shorter life spans than people in other careers. Contributing factors include lack of exercise, lack of access to nutritional foods, and off-balanced sleep routines. Truck drivers aren’t alone in these challenges; those who work the night shift or travel excessively face similar challenges.
Tips to avoid the path to poor health
The good news is that with a little planning and prioritization, truck driving can be a safe and healthy career. Here are a few tips that Coldliner Express wants to share with our drivers to stay healthy:
These tips are actually good for everyone, but especially important for truck drivers because of the type of job they have. Even making small lifestyle changes can result in a happier and healthier lifestyle.
At Coldliner Express, we’re committed to our truck driving team. We hope that providing these helpful hints for small but doable lifestyle changes will result in healthier truck drivers!
Our drivers are what make Coldliner Express great, so we’re starting a new initiative where we spotlight our fantastic drivers throughout the year. Our first driver spotlight is Jim Bynack.
Jim has been with Coldliner Express for three years. He is an excellent truck driver and always goes with the flow, the epitome of a team player! Anything we asked of him, he will do with no hesitation. He is very professional and takes pride in his job as a truck driver for Coldliner Express.
Because he is such a good and dependable driver, Coldliner rewarded him with a brand-new Long Nose Peterbilt. He loves the truck and says it is one of the smoothest rides he has ever had. His favorite part is the digital dash, and says it’s sharp when it’s lit up!
Jim says Coldliner is one of the best companies he has ever driven for, which we are thrilled to hear! Here are a few more fun facts about Jim: his favorite food is lasagna, but not from any truck stop. Homemade from scratch is the only kind for him! He attended Mt. Everett Regional School. One of his hobbies is photography; those pictures above are a couple that he took!
We’re fortunate to have an employee like Jim on our team and are pleased to showcase him in this month’s driver spotlight!
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