Safeway Specialty Flatbed Moves Prized Sculpture Collection

Transporting artwork requires special handling. So, when award-winning artist Dan Ostermiller needed more than 20 valuable bronze sculptures moved 440 miles from his studio in Loveland, Colorado to the Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed got the call.

Ostermiller is well-known for his wildlife-inspired creations. His animal sculptures are currently the focus of the Gardens Gone Wild! exhibit at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, on display until May 2019.

The assignment presented Safeway with a few unique challenges. Because of their large size, the sculptures needed a vehicle that offered side and overhead access so they could be carefully loaded and unloaded by crane. Also, the sculptures featured a highly prized patina (or finish) that needed to be protected from the weather.

A Solid Solution for Transporting Artwork.

A Conestoga-equipped flatbed trailer provided the required loading and unloading access and protection from the elements.

“Each piece is unique and had its own logistical implications,” said Matt Leitz, Safeway’s General Manager. “We relied on one of our highly skilled professional drivers who worked with the artist to understand the intricacies of moving each piece.”

Driver Tim Wendt got the assignment. With more than 35 years’ worth of experience under his belt, he knew exactly what was needed to complete the specialty move on time, claim-free and anxiety-free. “It was excellent,” said Tim. “I enjoy transporting these unusual shipments and working with interesting people. The artist and I are cigar aficionados so after the job was completed, we exchanged our favorite cigars.”

The job was booked by Molly Malone, one of Safeway’s many independent sales agents. “Our sales agents have a diverse clientele with an even more diverse portfolio of shipment types,” said Matt. “We work hard to provide customized solutions and are passionate about what we do.”

Molly has been working with the staff and drivers of Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed for several decades and with many, many artists.

Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed has a long history of safely transporting works of art. “We’ve been providing transportation services to the art community for decades,” noted Matt. “From hauling the Joe Louis “Fist” monument back in the 80’s to the more recent move of a $20 million “Play-Doh” sculpture by Jeff Koons, the Safeway name is synonymous with securely transporting art.”

Want to know more about our Specialty Flatbed Services?

To learn more about this service, and about how we can handle all of your logistics projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7 AM to 6 PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

Managing Load Shift and Load Recovery

You’ve neatly arranged your groceries in the back of your car but, on the drive home, you brake suddenly to avoid a pedestrian who has walked into your path. That’s when you hear it — your grocery bags sliding, jars and cans bumping together. You have just experienced a load shift!

Now consider a 40-ton truck carrying an order of, let’s say, pizza boxes for our example, over 700 miles of road. A tight turn or a sudden brake may send those neatly stacked and banded bundles of pizza boxes sailing around inside of the truck (hello, again, load shift).

When the truck is opened at the final destination, our pizza shop may not have the resources to reorganize those boxes in a way that’s convenient for them to store and use. But the driver has done his or her job beautifully; the shipment has arrived on time and everything can be accounted for.

What now?

Our pizza shop could get their staff to rearrange everything, but then they’re not serving customers, and you didn’t plan on adding hours to everyone’s shifts to cover fixing this problem. Plus, what does your staff know about managing load shift and load recovery projects efficiently?

Another company may offer to drive the load back to the point of origin to manage the load shift and try again requiring 1,400 more miles of driving, equaling 22+ driver hours, and 3+ days so as to abide by Federal Hours of Service Regulations.

Safeway Logistics has a much better option.

Safeway Logistics maintains over 600 warehouses across the United States. Our roots are in residential moving. As a result, we have warehouses and load management teams all over the country. If people are nearby, we have warehouses — with trucks and fresh drivers already on-site — there to serve them.

So where another vendor might only be able to offer you luck fixing a shifted load on your own, Safeway Logistics can offer you a quick-turnaround performed by an experienced team who will:

  1. Take pictures documenting the shifted load.
  2. Assess the situation and design an action plan.
  3. Organize, clean, reband, restack, repalletize and reload your goods.
  4. Provide a new delivery schedule.

We vet our drivers carefully and we are confident that every driver in our talent network follows best practices and does everything in their power to prevent load shifting, but safety is also our number one concern. By driving safely, and in the normal course of over the road travel, shifting sometimes occurs.

Just one of the many ways Safeway Logistics stands apart from others in our space is that we have a service at the ready that ensures these occurrences don’t derail your schedule, and won’t blast your budget. We’ve saved customers, on average, more than $1,000 with these services just by being there locally with a plan in place and a team that knows exactly what to do.

Want to know more about our Load Shift and Load Recovery Services?

To learn more about this service, and about how we can handle all of your logistics projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7 AM to 6 PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

Drive safely!

Quality Safeway Drivers Make the Difference

Safeway Logistics is a top-rated provider of specialized transportation services. We’ve won a number of UniGroup awards, including recognition for Performance and Safety, thanks in part to our quality drivers. “Our drivers are the face of our Company,” says recruiter Heidi Hemmelgarn. “We are consistently looking for experienced tractor trailer drivers that not only want to make a good living but also want to represent our company.”

Safeway Logistics is a top-rated provider of specialized transportation services. We’ve won a number of UniGroup awards, including recognition for Performance and Safety, thanks in part to our quality drivers. “Our drivers are the face of our Company,” says recruiter Heidi Hemmelgarn. “We are consistently looking for experienced tractor trailer drivers that not only want to make a good living but also want to represent our company.”

We look for drivers with a Class A commercial license, a valid medical certificate, and a minimum of two years OTR (over-the-road) experience who are interested in joining our team of specialized transport professionals.

For close to 50 years, the Safeway name has been synonymous with quality service and our drivers have always been an integral part of that. From their safe-driving histories to their ability to interact with clients and their staff to manage the details and trajectory of each job, our drivers are a huge part of our brand. When a Safeway driver arrives on site, you’ll know them immediately by their Safeway-branded shirt and their friendly smile.

The Safeway orientation program helps new drivers establish a firm base of customer service skills and introduces them to our list of specialty services (including White Glove, Special Product and Flatbed services). We also provide opportunities for all of our drivers to expand their skill set through UniGroup University, which offers a range of safety, logistics and operations courses such as Packing Best Practices, Move Management and Defensive Driving.

Becoming a Safeway driver means becoming part of a family. Just ask Robert Edgar, an experienced Dry Van tractor-trailer driver and fairly recent hire — he’s only been with the company for a year. “Safeway is the only company I’ve worked for that truly believes in family first,” he says. “They don’t treat me like I’m just a number.”

Our drivers are definitely more than just numbers. In addition to an excellent benefits package, they can earn a pay-per-mile increase after a 90-day performance review. And, we offer a $500 referral bonus to reward our drivers for helping to fill our ranks.

To help keep our drivers safe, we put our tractors and trailers through a comprehensive maintenance review every 6 months — that’s twice the legal requirement — to minimize the risk of mechanical issues that might cause problems or accidents during transport.

We know that long hours on the road can be tough, so we created an OTR drivers’ lounge at our Indianapolis Headquarters. It features an entertainment room, full bathroom, shower and free laundry facilities, so drivers can clean up and relax during downtime. For those in need of a more spiritual form of replenishment, Safeway’s relationship with the Association of Christian Truckers’ ministry opens up a number of options, including Education, Ordination, Church Services and Bible Study.

Do you know any experienced drivers interested in employment with one of the most respected fleets on the road today? If so, be sure to share Robert’s advice with them: Consider coming to Safeway because Safeway is focused on helping everyone in the company to be successful.”

Interested drivers can apply to Join our Talent Network today!

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

To learn more about Safeway Logistics and how we can handle your specialty projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com. If you are a driver interested in learning more, call 317-545-7533, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or apply online now!