‘A sack of groceries & a steady salary’ — how one trucking company is solving driver problems

Two of the biggest pain points for truckers are addressed by this company's unique solutions.

Great Plains Transport

A North Dakota-based carrier is changing the game by providing their truck drivers with common sense solutions to some of the most persistent problems that they’ll encounter on the road.

Great Plains Transport, a refrigerated carrier based in Mapleton, North Dakota, is setting itself apart from other trucking companies by offering up two realistic and effective fixes for their drivers — a sack of groceries and a steady salary.

Keeping The Fridge Full For New Drivers

When you’re starting out at a new trucking job, you’ve got a million things to worry about. Company leadership at Great Plains Transport believes that feeding yourself shouldn’t be one of those worries. That’s why they provide drivers with $50 worth of groceries to keep their fridge full when they start out. Drivers get to order what they want online and have their groceries delivered to them — meaning they have access to the meals and snacks they want without having to spend on pricey and often unhealthy truck stop fare. It’s a small gesture that makes a big difference for new drivers who are making a job transition.

Wiping Out Worry With A Weekly Paycheck

Many truck drivers will tell you that an unexpected setback — like a long detention time, a weather delay, or an emergency repair — is one of the most stress-inducing things that can happen. After all, for most drivers, if the wheels aren’t turning, they aren’t getting paid. And not knowing whether your paycheck will be enough to cover your expenses is a huge source of stress for any driver.

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Great Plains Transport is working to eliminate that worry about downtime by offering their drivers a salary-based pay structure. The company offers drivers a salary of $65,000 per year paid out weekly, meaning that drivers don’t have to worry about how they’ll pay bills if they have a slow week or a surprise setback. Great Plains Transport also rewards drivers with mileage-based bonuses of up to $1000 per month which are paid out on a monthly basis, giving company drivers the best of both worlds in terms of pay structure. Other stress-busting driver benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance, paid vacation, and a 401k company match program.

Founded by a truck driver, Great Plains Transport is an attractive career option for experienced drivers looking for a family-friendly atmosphere and a stable and honest work environment. If you’re interested in joining the team as either an OTR driver or an owner-operator in all 48 states, please click here to get started.

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