Sandra, Logistics – Sandra, a member of the Walmart Logistics HR team, got the chance to spend the day with a Walmart driver earlier this year. She jumped at the chance to check out the view from up high and shares what she learned here.
I’ve always been intrigued by the lifestyle of a truck driver – the open road, new scenery every day and, maybe most importantly, the horn. Needless to say I was pretty excited to experience a ride along with one of our Walmart drivers recently. I’m talking the first day of school, Christmas morning, cake for breakfast kind of exciting. I’d seen drivers in videos, but I couldn’t wait to hit the pavement with one of them.
Technology Keeps the Trucks Tracking
You might’ve seen Walmart’s latest concept truck, but even the trucks on the road today – which drivers call both home and office during the work week – are tricked out with lots of tech. After climbing into the cab, I watched Ralph enter the data from his paperwork into the computer on the dashboard. He explained that every step of the way, this load and trip were monitored and accounted for by the unit. It measured:
- Truck statistics: Miles, average MPG for the truck by trip or since inception
- Work statistics: Length of time the driver has been working, when a break is needed, trip beginning and end
- Department of Transportation regulation logs
The system and process makes sure the right loads are delivered to the right stores and helps the Walmart Logistics team make adjustments when needed.
Walmart Drivers are Serious about Safety
The same system that monitors truck and work stats also has a system of sensors on the truck and trailer to make sure it’s safe mechanically and that it’s driven responsibly.
Sensors on the truck look at speed and space between the truck and other vehicles. If a driver gets too close, the unit beeps to tell the driver to back off the vehicle. During my ride along, the focus on safety began before Ralph pulled onto the road. He used the pre-trip inspection to check for broken items, dents or holes on the trailer, tire pressure and a lot more. Ralph has logged over four million career safe miles in his 23-years as a professional driver and isn’t about to begin skipping that important step.
It Takes a Team
The team mentality and the belief that everyone’s job is equally important are at the heart of Walmart Logistics. From what I saw, Ralph and the other drivers have an amazing commitment to ensuring stores receive their merchandise safely and on time. He told me during our trip that he believes if he gives everyday 100 percent and does the best he can, at the end of the day, maybe his contributions helps others do their best, too. Not a bad motto.
It was a quick trip to and from store #914, but that was all the time it took for me to realize there’s a lot more to being a driver than spending time on the open road. If you’re a Walmart driver, it means you know (and do) what it takes to be the best. It’s being committed to your job and serving your company, respect for others and a dedication to safety. I’ve always told people that Walmart has the best drivers in the industry, and after my time with Ralph, I couldn’t be more sure.