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!

Safeway #TBT: Transporting the Proteus Submarine

In 2015, the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition was held in National Harbor, MD. When the event closed on April 16th, Sean Duprat, of Safeway Logistics, was tasked with safely transporting the Proteus submarine — a next-generation dual-mode submersible vehicle — from the expo site 965 miles South to Panama City, FL.

In 2015, the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition was held in National Harbor, MD. When the event closed on April 16th, Sean Duprat, of Safeway Logistics, was tasked with safely transporting the Proteus submarine — a next-generation dual-mode submersible vehicle — from the expo site 965 miles South to Panama City, FL.

The expo was founded in 1965 as a means to bring the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies, and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime based event located in the heart of Washington, DC.

Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s  mission of maritime policy education and sea service support.

While the Proteus submarine was certainly an unusual project, our proven boat-hauling technique for all boats-on-trailers proved ideal for safe transit. All vessels must be independently secured to a dedicated trailer which is then secured to a flatbed.

Want to know more?

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

You can also download this tear sheet for more information about the Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed Boat Transport Solution.

Learning From Failure

Few want to discuss failure. Yet, failure is part of life—and business. It’s how we manage the tipping point that proves our mettle and helps us grow and improve best practices.

Few want to discuss failure. Yet, failure is part of life—and business. It’s how we manage the tipping point that proves our mettle and helps us grow and improve best practices.

In our 45 years’ experience in logistics, we’ve never lost a priceless piece of art, damaged delicate equipment, or failed on an unusual project. At worst, we’ve encountered delays due to route changes beyond our control, or inclement weather. We still consider those wins because we keep our clients informed every step of the way. Every challenge is an opportunity to refine our tools and processes.

Refining the Process: Boat Hauling

On a recent shipment for a corporate executive, our driver contacted us the day after loading with a dreadful message: the captain’s chair was missing. There were no loose bolts, nor any indicators of transit issues. His best guess was that it had blown out or was stolen overnight while the drive team slept.

We notified the sales agent immediately. She worked to locate a replacement so that we could explain the situation with a solution ready such as “The seat was lost, but we have located a replacement.” But a replacement seat was nowhere to be found.

The agent called the shipper with the bad news and was surprised to hear, “There never was a captain’s chair on this boat.” While we were embarrassed not to have noticed that detail during loading, we were very relieved!

The failure was not having reviewed the photos taken by the driver during his initial inventory. This simple step would have provided clarity and saved unnecessary grief. We now study and log inventory photos from drivers at the start of every assignment so we can easily reference a visual manifest and ensure misunderstandings like the missing captain’s chair do not occur.

Want to know more?

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

You can also download this tear sheet for more information about the Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed Boat Transport Solution.