ARE SCMs Really Necessary

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

  1. 616jimmy

    616jimmy Well-Known Member

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    Same at XGR except they make the FOS work night and day!
     
  2. 616jimmy

    616jimmy Well-Known Member

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    No but can and has been and is done by a well trained lead FOS our so called SCM cant even help out on dispatching let alone anything else so I respecfuly disagree with you!
     
  3. Canadian Flyer

    Canadian Flyer Speedy Freightshaker #411

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    I never said the SCM is required to do anything except report to management. How good an SCM is, is kind of a "your mileage may vary" experience because it depends on the person and place.

    I, myself, through both FedEx and Day & Ross, have had varying experiences with SCM's. My first terminal at FedEx was a satellite terminal, run by an SCM at another larger terminal who we never saw. One terminal move later, at a newly independent terminal, the SCM sent to run the place was a hardliner who was very involved with day to day operations. The guy who replaced him when he was promoted? Not so much. And that was all at what was otherwise the same place with the same people.
     
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  4. drivin4truthnow

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    From another thread--- "Culture Matters" This guy has hit the proverbial nail on the head! This is exactly what I'm seeing occurring in our region. Now, if a district manager cannot or will not address this, these problems are bigger than we all can imagine. He may be part of the problem. Employee engagement will never be achieved when the workforce feels exploited by their local management. I personally don't believe XPO's philosophy is to make the job harder or less rewarding, it's just that most if not all old management is still operating in the old Con-way model of "Do it or there's the door". Unfortunately many are running for the door. Drivers that are here work very hard and are dedicated but the appreciation is lacking and many local managers are indifferent to this. A manager I observe takes many Fridays off no matter what the personnel shortages are like. It appears to be a four day work week. My message to all SCMs is "Lead by example, jump in and play an active role in your operation, and immediately stop all the mentioned above BS", PLEASE. Let us all succeed and prosper with XPO!
     
  5. vetran peddleman

    vetran peddleman FOR ENTERTAINMENT USE ONLY

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    I've posted it before and I'll reiterate it again... nothing has changed operationally about this outfit since Xpo Logistics took over the helm here almost a year ago. Why do I say that? Allow me to suggest a few reasons why. The only thing that I can see that has changed since 30 October 2015 is the brand name from Conway Freight to XPO Logistics,( actual re-branding of signage, uniforms, and equipment is slow but steadily progressing...that I'll concede).The cost take outs through back office duplicative attrition,(and various other cuts), has helped improve year over year EBITDA. That's all good,( I guess), but bottom line: Operationally this LTL is still being run as if it was still Conway Freight. Why? cause XPO, prior to acquiring CNW, had no experience in owning nor operating a real asset heavy trucking LTL: only running a brokerage business relative to being involved in truck transportation. I agree w/ the above posts concerning management issues w/ running our company better. Well thought out pieces on the subject by the way. My Point? It's definitely a VERY fine line for management to walk in running this ship profitably, and at the same time keeping the troops in the trenches happy. These real or perceived weaknesses between these two entities, I fear, are being exploited by 3rd party forces. Does it have to be that way???
     
  6. icuicp

    icuicp Well-Known Member

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    Be careful what you "ask for" ( not you personally ) but those who want changes - NOW!

    Take Roadway and Yellow. They operated separate until the economic downturn. Then it was kind of a shotgun wedding ( but plenty of change )

    FedEx would be the model that XPO executives would probably follow when it comes to integrating as far as brands and synergies.

    As we go forward I have become more and more convinced that Service Center Managers role will change dramatically ( reduced ) and you will see more and more technology.
     
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  7. highspeeds

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    Couldn't agree more. If they move more towards a FedEx model instead of trying to be OD like Con-way did, we will be much better off. XPO simply has to many offerings to be trying to compete directly with a stand alone LTL, that isn't what we are any more. Use the entire company to leverage the customer away from the competition.
     
  8. drivin4truthnow

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    Given the current environment with TM dismissals, it appears to me that Mr. Jacobs has taken notice of who and who is not actively participating. It's XPO's game now and it seems that the "Good O'le Boys" club has been seriously damaged. Still there though, but damaged. Continue on and clear the deadwood, it benefits everyone!
     
  9. highspeeds

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    I don't think this is about clearing deadwood any more. It's about prettying this pig up and making her ready for sale. Eliminating long tenured management reduces a cost. And if you thought the last two years were full of cutting and slashing, this year is going to be aggressively more so. The bidding war has started. Two big name, very wealthy businesses have already expressed interest. So the likely end result buyer, who ever that ends up being, will be wanting to see even better numbers than the already unrealistic and completely unreachable ones that are currently in place.

    As we get nearer our next exchange of hands I am more and more convinced that this will not be benefiting any one. Or at least, none of us.
     
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  10. icuicp

    icuicp Well-Known Member

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    It's not a coincidence that the LTL hasn't been introduced and/or integrated into the overall company of XPO Logistics.

    Yes , the LTL is a part , but it's quarantined from the rest. The pay and benefits are TOO high to let the rest of XPO Logistics mingle with. You wouldn't want the other portions of your company getting any stupid ideas as far as wanting more pay and benefits.
     
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    Exactly, which leaves us in a situation like what Truckload had. Where you get sold and then the buyer immediately looks to sell you. And if any other LTL buys us up, then we are all done for sure. What LTL is big enough to buy this but small enough to consider these old terminals an upgrade ?
     
  12. icuicp

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    Was driving late last night and heard Tim S. ( former XCO TM ) president of CFI doing a commercial for OTR drivers for his company. He sounded good.
     
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    We have lost a lot of good qualified people in the last couple of years . Maybe it’s a purge . Maybe it people fed up or a combination of both . This year will be a pivotal year to see if Xpo can fill the overwhelming amount of vacancies.
     
  14. ole man

    ole man Active Member

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    I don’t see XPO filling anything. As already mentioned it’s about putting lip stick on this pig for sale.
     
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    That is a guy that knows how to land on his feet.
     
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  16. highspeeds

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    You got this all wrong. More cutting. Even more demands on even more numbers.
     
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  17. sucker666

    sucker666 Well-Known Member

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    I’m trying to be optimistic. Will things to get better .
     
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  18. ROUGHBOY

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    Still best job I've ever had! Pouring concrete,roofing houses,tying rods,buildind scaffolding it AIN'T!
     
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  19. LTLIndentured

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    The fact that xpo has 15% of those jobs unfilled would point to No as the answer to the title of this thread
     
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    I'm trying to be realistic. So that I am prepared for the worst.
     

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