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4 Reasons We Love the Drivers Who Keep Our World Moving

4 Reasons We Love the Drivers Who Keep Our World Moving

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This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a time to show our gratitude to the 3.5 million men and women who keep our lives and businesses moving. Last year we shared obscure truck driving facts, this year I wanted to focus on stories from our people.

I reached out to our employees and asked them to tell me their favorite thing about working with truck drivers. I got a variety of great responses, and below are a few of my favorites:

My favorite part of working with truck drivers is how much I get to know them. Especially at the owner/operator level. Even with advancements in technology, I still talk to my guys pretty regularly and learn their business goals and about their family. I like that we have a relationship; it’s not just a transaction for me or for them.
– Bernt ‘Smitty’ Smith, capacity manager, Minneapolis Surface Transportation

You never really think about how much relies on trucking until you’ve been in this industry. Now I know what a big role truck drivers play in getting products to the stores for people like you and me to purchase, whether it’s a delivery of toothpaste, Thanksgiving turkeys, or the trendy new toy that everyone wants for Christmas.
– Ray Kruse, senior carrier account manager, Chicago Central

It’s a pretty humbling experience to work with truck drivers. They are some of the nicest and happiest people I have met. Being able to impact their business by finding them freight to get them home is a perk of working with these professionals.
– Sharon Varner, supervisor, capacity team, Fort Worth, TX

Because I’ve worked with a lot of the same truck drivers for years now, I love the rapport we’ve developed. I know what kinds of loads and lanes they prefer most, and enjoy finding freight I know will be good for their business. I think they appreciate the personal service and I enjoy the challenge of finding the perfect shipments for them.
– Rick Canizzo, supervisor carrier management, Syracuse, NY

These are only a few of the reasons why our people love working with truck drivers. If you’re given the chance this week—or any time of year—show your appreciation for a truck driver. Whether you buy their coffee at the gas station or just smile and wave at a red light, it’s important that we thank truck drivers for all they do.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see more ways we appreciate more drivers. You can also thank them on Twitter by using #DrivingProud and #NTDAW2016.