If you’ve been following the Bison blog, you’ve probably already met Roger, a professional Company Driver with Bison. Outside of driving steady miles with Bison, Roger wanted to improve his health and fitness. That’s where DAHON came in.
Many people still believe professional Drivers are gone for weeks and weeks at a time (think Smokey and the Bandit) but this isn’t the case anymore, at least at Bison. We offer a wide variety of lifestyle options to our Drivers, and work closely to help them find a run and schedule that best fits their needs. Recently, our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul fleet has been experiencing strong growth and the reason is simple: our Drivers are able to make more money while working less so they’re able to spend more time at home with family and friends.
After a successful inaugural campaign the bar was set high for 4DX 2.0, but this time we set our sights on a different goal.
Our initial 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) initiative, launched in 2014, focused on increasing revenue volume, revenue rates and trailer productivity, with the ultimate goal of increasing operational efficiency and profitability. The campaign was a great success, as we met our overall goal, but as we launched 4DX 2.0, we decided to take a different approach and focus on finding efficiencies throughout the business.
Using a fun Star Wars theme, we set out to find opportunities to create efficiencies company-wide, from the fuel department to human resources, with the goal of saving $10 million.
By creating efficiencies in our business, we could reinvest our savings in the professional development of our people and improve our business performance in the process.
This summer, Bison has partnered with DAHON folding bikes to road test and conduct reviews of some of their bikes. You met Bison professional Company Driver Roger in our last post about the DAHON bikes.
Roger is focused on cycling off some extra pounds this summer and recently took the DAHON Speed Uno on the road for a few weeks.
Overall, Roger said the Speed Uno is simple to use, with a single-gear, coaster brakes and 20-second set-up, while also fitting easily into the front of his truck.
“Someone with little-to-no cycling experience could easily take the bike out, set it up and drive around the truck stop parking lot or up and down the street,” Roger says.
As maintenance facilities continue to seek out well-trained team members, heavy duty technicians are in increasingly high demand, putting them in position to be very selective as they make their next career move. With so many facilities to choose from, it's important for technicians to understand what exactly they are looking for in a shop and be very thorough in finding the facility that best suits their needs.
Of course hourly rate and total compensation will always be a priority for technicians, but what about a facility's safety practices or the company's culture? Is there an opportunity to build your career and grow your level of responsibility with the organization? Money matters, but there are several factors that will influence how satisfied a technician is at work.
At Bison, we have six maintenance facilities across Canada, employing over 100 Technicians. Using the feedback we've received from our maintenance team, we've created a list of the eight most important factors to consider when choosing a maintenance facility to work in.
Remember the last road trip you took across the country with your best friend? The endless playlists of old-school sing-alongs, the time to chat and the wonder of seeing the country pass by through the window. Wouldn’t you love it if you could make this experience your day job?
Husband and wife Jocelynn and Viktor Vas have done just that. They enjoy travelling the country and spending time with one another as part of their career as a Company Team with Bison.
Viktor began a team driving job with his father and, after his dad decided to cut back on his driving hours, Jocelynn, who had spent seven years working at a law firm, shifted careers to begin driving team with her husband.
With a wide variety of lifestyle options, Bison works closely with our Drivers to find a run and schedule that best suits their needs. Recently, it has been our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul fleet that is experiencing strong growth, and the reason is simple: our Drivers are making more and working less, so they’re able to spend more time with family and friends at home.
In the first installment of our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul series, we talked to Nick “Tiny” Caleca, who has been driving with Bison since October 2008, about making the move from Open Board to our Canada/US Short Haul Northeast fleet and the increased earning potential and dispelled some of the myths that surround driving along the Eastern seaboard.
In this second installment, Tiny discusses the advantages of joining the Bison family and the strong relationships he's been able to build with his customers.
"At Bison they like to keep us moving so we keep our wheels turning and the income coming into our pockets," Tiny said. "We have a steady base of large clientele that keep us busy so there are plenty miles and lots of work."
With a wide variety of lifestyle options, Bison works closely with our Drivers to find a run and schedule that best suits their needs. Recently, it has been our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet that is experiencing strong growth, and the reason is simple: our Drivers are making more and working less, so they’re able to spend more time at home with family and friends.
Nicolo “Tiny” Caleca, who has been driving with Bison since October 2008, recently made the move from Open Board to our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet and is really enjoying his new lifestyle.
“Before I switched I was running a 70-hour cycle and out for roughly two weeks at a time, so there were never really any set days off to be at home with the family,” Tiny said. “Now I have a steady start date and steady home time, so I get the weekend off and I can still have a social life and a family life.”
In addition to getting time off each week, our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Drivers, who can be based out of Mississauga, Ottawa or Dorval, run round trips into the Northeast United States, meaning they are able to get home between runs every two or three nights.
When forest fires ripped through Northern Alberta and devastated the city of Fort McMurray in early May, the initial reaction was predictable - shock and awe.
But as that astonishment began to subside and reality set in, it was time to take action. While kind thoughts and well wishes were much appreciated, the people of Fort McMurray needed help in rebuilding their community, and lots of it.
As the nation looked for ways to lend their support, the transportation industry did the same, with trucking companies from coast-to-coast getting involved in a variety of ways.
Trucking associations chipped in with donations and coordination efforts, local trucking companies provided immediate assistance and organizations as far east as the Maritimes moved loads of important emergency supplies across the country. It was a great example of the impact our industry can have when we work together for a cause.