ARE SCMs Really Necessary

Discussion in 'XPO Logistics' started by drivin4truthnow, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. drivin4truthnow

    drivin4truthnow Member

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    This is exactly my point! A large majority of SCMs are significantly incompetent when it comes to filling in for an FOS, CSR, or FOM. We all learned in elementary school " Lead by Example" , but apparently in LTL this doesn't apply. Salaried wages paid out and company cars for absolute incompetence and indifference to the success of the company.
     
  2. icuicp

    icuicp Well-Known Member

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    With the push to go paperless by next year? , How many people will that free up?
     
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  3. Northern Flash

    Northern Flash Grocery Shopping. The Meat Department. AD-FREE USER

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    Paperless? That's funny. We heard that stuff a decade ago. But most companies audit their audits, and waste more paper than ever. Most companies have so much duplication that is written on paper that it isn't even funny.
     
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  4. Fly-by-night

    Fly-by-night Only when you care to send the very best

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    It's a freaking nightmare when the computer system goes down. This new handhelds were to be better than sliced bread and those dam thing crash all the time. If they want to go paperless they need to fix there outdated system they are still using and also every barn will need a stand by generator for when to power goes out.
     
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  5. upnorth

    upnorth Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Agree 100 percent. For such a large carrier, we have too many "outages" and "updates".
     
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  6. 616jimmy

    616jimmy Well-Known Member

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    We havent had one for about a month everything is fine but Im sure some but kisser thinks they are needed!
     
  7. highspeeds

    highspeeds ENTERTAINMENT USE ONLY

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    A bunch more CSRs. And possibly even city drivers scanning the bills into the system when they return. People used to talk about how they had already tested this idea at some terminals.
     
  8. highspeeds

    highspeeds ENTERTAINMENT USE ONLY

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    This Jacobs is different. He will reduce cost. A bunch have already lost their jobs due to duplication.
     
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  9. highspeeds

    highspeeds ENTERTAINMENT USE ONLY

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    A zero back up resources.
     
  10. highspeeds

    highspeeds ENTERTAINMENT USE ONLY

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    There needs to be a chief at some point. Eventually. Many small terminals do just fine with very little management. Most big ones continue along just fine after one gets fired or promoted. The further you are from the freight.... right ?

    Drivers know their customers and routes. For us, it's Groundhog Day.
     
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  11. PistonRing83

    PistonRing83 Well-Known Member

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    That's how the small terminals do it at Saia. Every city driver scans both his pickups and delivery receipts into the system on the copy machine/scanner when they get back. The scanned bills get sent to the billing office in Boise. Usually only takes about 30 min before it shows up in the system.

    Then again, we aren't anywhere close to being paperless on the docks yet...
     
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  12. drivin4truthnow

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    As I travel around to other locations I'm still seeing inept SCMs not participating in helping with manpower issues. Many service centers have driver pool issues and pull drivers into the office to help dispatch or cover FOS time off when TMs are available to do this. Why don't the powers that be see this? It's company wide and yet XPO continues to pay massive amounts of overtime because of the misappropriation of labor on a daily basis. Why would a terminal bring a driver in to dispatch when it's vacation season and disability/ injury absence is high? A manager can surely fill the dispatch position to relieve the driver shortage to a degree at a specific location. Can someone help me understand why this is or is this just my observation?
     
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  13. vetran peddleman

    vetran peddleman FOR ENTERTAINMENT USE ONLY

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    Not what I'm seeing at my barn. Our SCM always fills in for fos's who are out,( I/b, o/b, and day dispatch). Usually the time that a driver fills these slots is when they are on light duty from an injury, or in the case where we have lost multiple drivers and someone has to be put into the office seat.
     
  14. wltdo

    wltdo Active Member

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    Yea I don't understand that either. Can't afford to let a driver off but,can have drivers fill in for supervisors. Been like that at our barn for years. The highers to be know about this but blows it off
     
  15. dalesr

    dalesr Well-Known Member

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    I've had four tm's in 12 years. Some would fill in for vacations, some would not. Right now, when a fos is out, the others change their shifts to overlap and cover each other. We have not had a driver run a shift in maybe 6 months.
     
  16. Fly-by-night

    Fly-by-night Only when you care to send the very best

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    Well if they are like the one at my barn they, the SCM, don't know how or won't learn how to do it.
     
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  17. highspeeds

    highspeeds ENTERTAINMENT USE ONLY

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    Apathy is common in all the ranks, not just amongst drivers.
     
  18. eBiTDa

    eBiTDa No Beer, No Work

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    Then who will volunteer to go to the customer meeting with the sales guy to get a solid ass chewing for all their damaged freight. Who will pat the customer on their back and say, "everything is going to be ok". Been on the customer side of ltl. Loosing accounts because you don't have the materials needed to complete a contract. To much of this, and sooner than later you find yourself looking for a new gig, on both ends. Who got the big pearly nads?
     
  19. eBiTDa

    eBiTDa No Beer, No Work

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    Wait a minute. Let us just send the most senior P&D guy. By golly, I think that will work.
     
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  20. 616jimmy

    616jimmy Well-Known Member

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    You got a different one than we have, ours does none of that all I can see he does is get paid!
     

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