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TCA Hosts Trucking Workshop With Tips by ‘Best Fleets’

May 19, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge will share tips and best practices from this year’s Best Fleets to Drive For annual survey and contest during a new, one-day workshop. Called “Inspired to Excellence: Making the ‘Best Fleets’ Grade,” the workshop will be July 30 in Chicago.

Best Fleets to Drive For identifies the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for company drivers and owner-operators. Nominated fleets are evaluated on the range and depth of programs being offered, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. Fleets with the best overall scores are named Best Fleets to Drive For.

For those who are familiar with this program, results are shared in a series of free seminars and webinars. TCA and CarriersEdge are presenting the workshop to provide trucking company executives with an opportunity to dig deeper into what is learned through the Best Fleets’ nomination process.

“We see this as an opportunity to take the next step in building our industry’s image by inspiring business excellence across the board,” said Debbie Sparks, TCA’s vice president of development.

“Inspired to Excellence: Making the ‘Best Fleets’ Grade” will present data collected during the nomination process, including current and emerging trends, descriptions of innovative programs, and case studies of winning fleets.

Specific sections will include:

  • New paradigms for compensation and benefits
  • Operational strategies that improve the driver experience
  • Performance management and benchmarking trends
  • Trends that Best Fleets foresee in the future.

In addition, a panel of this year’s winners will share their own stories and discuss what it takes to become a Best Fleet.

“This year’s Best Fleets really surprised us with the different programs they offered their drivers,” said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. “These companies are demonstrating fantastic creativity to address the driver shortage head on, and with three fleets that have now made the list for five consecutive years, we have a lot to talk about.”

“Best Fleets to Drive For has been successful because it continues to capture outstanding information from fleets across the country,” said Keith Tuttle, TCA’s chairman and the founder of Motor Carrier Service, LLC (MCS), of Northwood, Ohio. “The workshop gives attendees a more in-depth look at the survey results so they can take away ideas that help them build stronger businesses. This promises to be a fantastic event!”

“Inspired to Excellence: Making the ‘Best Fleets’ Grade” is open to truckload carriers and will take place from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 30 at the Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel in Chicago.

Registration for TCA’s for-hire and private fleet members is $199, but an “early bird” rate of $179 is available if registered by June 5. Non-TCA members pay $259, with an early bird rate of $249.