Southeast Regional Trucking Jobs
Are you looking for a regional trucking job in the southeast United States? The major benefits of regional trucking jobs are well documented: More time at home, a dependable schedule, familiar routes and dependable pay. But what other aspects should you look at? What is important to you? For example, what kind of products do you want to haul? Do you want to touch freight or not?
Many truckers are looking for no-touch freight possibilities. No-touch freight tasks are commonly used by businesses because they save time, are safer, and give drivers less accountability.
Although no-touch freight has been around for quite some time, there are still some misconceptions about what it is. No-touch freight indicates that the driver does not touch the cargo in any way. Another person is in charge of loading and unloading the truck.
Even in a no-touch freight situation, a driver may need to rearrange freight to ensure that the weight requirements are met and that the load can be moved through multiple states if necessary. You'll spend all of your time behind the wheel as a no-touch driver, transporting products to company terminals or delivering loads to customers who don't require you to unload the trailer.
Benefits of No Touch Freight to Truck Companies and Drivers
No-touch freight means that drivers do not have to touch the freight that you are hauling. Whether you're picking it up or delivering it, it is loaded and unloaded for you. This is great for truck companies and also drivers for a few reasons.
No-touch freight saves time
The driver can often rest by allowing the shipper or receiver to load and unload the freight. However, depending on the shipper, unloading or loading the truck could take anything from a half hour to several hours. Some drivers use this time to rest, some to check in with their dispatcher for information on their next cargo, and still others to phone their families.
No-touch freight prevents driver injury
Moving and moving freight can cause major injury, especially for someone who has just sat in a truck for a few hours. When drivers are required to assist in the loading and unloading of their vehicles, they significantly increase their risk of back, shoulder, and neck injuries.
In a loading bay, a lot may go wrong with elevated platforms, big cargo, and machinery like forklifts and dock ramps. These loading docks have their own well-experienced personnel that fully understands the correct processes for no-touch freight customers, easing the pressure off our drivers. Freight handling is both physically and mentally demanding. Because you won't be handling freight, you'll have more time to relax before the drive.
Liability is reduced with no-touch freight.
Any driver faces enough risk just driving a truck on the road. On top of that, handling freight on a loading dock adds another layer of risk. A lot may go wrong with elevated platforms, big cargo, and machinery like forklifts and dock ramps.
Because most truck drivers are not certified forklift drivers, the shipper or receiver is responsible for any damages to the trailer or freight. For the carrier, shipper, and recipient, preventing these possible accidents and errors saves time, paperwork, and money. This also helps to avoid lawsuits between businesses as they try to figure out who is responsible for the damages or injured workers.
What Else to Look For in a No Freight Trucking Job
Like any job, you have to look at the total picture. This includes pay and benefits as well. A good trucking company will provide exceptional benefits beyond just solid pay. A comprehensive benefits package will typically include medical, dental, life, disability and retirement benefits. Additional employee benefits from a reputable trucking company will likely include 401k retirement savings plan with a company match, extensive insurance options, educational opportunities, flexible spending accounts, short and long-term disability and an array of wellness options.
Regional, no-touch freight trucking jobs available in the southeast United States
As a truck driver, your job is to get your freight from point A to point B as quickly (and safely) as possible. Epes offers many no-touch freight, regional truck opportunities throughout the southeastern United States and we are committed to enhancing the quality of life for each employee. With a team of over 1,200 drivers, you will love our advanced, late-model trucks and tractors, spec'd with collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and much more.
That's not all - our fleet is maintained by the power of Penske, who acquired Epes in 2018. Safety is one of our top priorities.
This includes a pledge to quality, integrity and continuous improvement. Additional benefits include consistent miles, competitive salary, bonus plans, and direct deposit are all guaranteed. We also offer a range of referral and recognition opportunities.
And if you're just getting started, Epes offers a Career Path Program. This provides recent college graduates with the opportunity to work and contribute in the exciting and growing transportation industry, but in a profession other than an actual truck driver. To obtain a working knowledge of all parts of the organization, trainees will work in various departments such as Accounting, Operations, Safety, and Sales across the organization. After successfully completing the training, the trainee will be assigned to an appropriate division, which may or may not require the trainee to manage other employees.
The necessary skills required to succeed in Epes Career Path Program include:
- Excellent writing, speaking, and listening abilities
- Workload planning and organization
- Detail-oriented with excellent follow-through abilities
- Ability to function under duress and with interruptions
- Capacity to make difficult choices
- Working autonomously; taking initiative; maintaining confidentiality
- Ability to work as needed and flexible hours
- Ability to communicate with staff and customers in a professional manner
- Professionalism, cleanliness, and neatness
- Leadership experience
For the past 90 years, Epes has offered exceptional transportation services to our customers as one of the largest private trucking firms in the Southeast. Each day, we go above and beyond to satisfy the needs of our employees and consumers. We look forward to welcoming you to the Epes Team.
Check out our current job offerings below. You may apply by following the corresponding links for each opportunity and if you have any additional questions, please reach out to an Epes recruiter at 888-572-7711.
View a list of openings in the southeast here