Posted 15 January 2018 - 11:03 AM
You'd certainly get an education if you threw your lot in with JHP, I'll say that. John Prentice is a hard taskmaster, and one of the old school. All their work is 'had to be there two hours ago' for Fowler Welch, whether tramped or chained.
I know he's had trouble getting, and holding on to, drivers: he was even doing a drop at Lidl's in Livi himself the other month, which is saying something, because it's a real short straw on our circuit.
I get the pleasure of working with them on one of my jobs: the couple of guys he sends up to shunt are guid cunts who're happy to chip in and help round the yard. Most of the rest are the type of arsey cunts who give the industry a bad name. I'm glad he sent the shunters up though, it drastically reduced the number of 'get that fucking trailer to fuck out of my fucking way' yelling matches in the middle of the yard. It got toe to toe once or twice...all the fun of the fair.
Shep - I'd look at big corporates who operate large numbers of rigids, if I were you. Bidvest, Booker, Royal Mail (esp them, their terms and rates are pretty good) and the likes. There's a proper driver shortage on, which is only likely to get worse, and it's a driver's market at least in theory*.
Anyhow, I've been better than usual work wise, because of the above, but I've cursed myself not to be driving Mercs any more: I spent a whole £2.99 on a USB adaptor for the accursed Merc stereo...!
Edit: *I've asked on a driver's group on FB, and had Unitruck in Dagenham, Argos at Basildon and Co-op at Thurrock suggested so far. No idea who Unitruck are, but the other two are worth a try.
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