SAIA | Now that I’m retired .... let’s expose the truth!

Old Dominion was founded in 1934 and SAIA was founded in 1924. SAIA had the jump on OD. Why did OD leave SAIA in the dust. Simple. Poor leadership and a lack of vision. TECHNOLOGY is the biggest reason why OD is the best in the business. SAIA failed and is continuing to fail. All you have to do is look at the antiquated handhelds. That’s just one example of being out of touch with technology. When you don’t reinvest in technology you fall behind. Just the way SAIA has done.

I also remember when OD was just a Flybynight, "no pun intended"
The outfit that owned PIE tried to buy OD at one time.
Hope Fly doesn't read this, he and his cronies will be on my case.
 
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Old Dominion was founded in 1934 and SAIA was founded in 1924. SAIA had the jump on OD. Why did OD leave SAIA in the dust. Simple. Poor leadership and a lack of vision. TECHNOLOGY is the biggest reason why OD is the best in the business. SAIA failed and is continuing to fail. All you have to do is look at the antiquated handhelds. That’s just one example of being out of touch with technology. When you don’t reinvest in technology you fall behind. Just the way SAIA has done.
Those hand held units we have are pure junk
 
In your daily interactions with other drivers have you met an unhappy OD driver? I haven’t. They all tell about how well they are treated by management. Happy people work harder and make your customers happy. It’s a simple recipe
 
Bloomington terminal had a supervisor Mike Wadkins. Saia fired him, he moved up to the Milwaukee area and was hired by Old Dominion. Within 2 weeks they walked him out told him don't ever come back. We don't treat our employees this way. When I say walked him out they literally dragged him to his car and escorted him to the street to get him off the property. They told him they never got so many complaints in the two weeks he was there from the employee hot line. So saia Milwaukee hired him back so they wouldn't have to pay him unemployment. Thank God the Grayslake terminal opened up and he went there. The guy made breakfast one day for employees appreciation day. No one would even touch it! No one would talk to him, everyone hates him at Grayslake. Yet we keep stellar like this
 
I remember when Old Dominion was just a scrub line. SAIA has had more time to build a company like OLD Dominion. Why hasn’t that happened? SIMPLE. Old Dominion is better managed at the top. There is simply no other way to look at it.

They don't offer the compensation package SAIA does. No overtime and certainly no free medical after ten years of service. They've even kicked spouses of their insurance plan. The Congdons are a bunch of good ol' boys who would pay their people in scrip if possible. I don't understand the love affair a few on Truckingboards have with that company.
 
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They don't offer the compensation package SAIA does. No overtime and certainly no free medical after ten years of service. They've even kicked spouses of their insurance plan. The Congdons are a bunch of good ol' boys who would pay their people in scrip if possible. I don't understand the love affair a few on Truckingboards have with that company.
I don't see our free insurance sticking around to much longer. We also kicked spouses off the insurance............so?
 
They don't offer the compensation package SAIA does. No overtime and certainly no free medical after ten years of service. They've even kicked spouses of their insurance plan. The Congdons are a bunch of good ol' boys who would pay their people in scrip if possible. I don't understand the love affair a few on Truckingboards have with that company.
Well, first off SAIA did the same thing OD did as far as spouses getting kicked off their healthcare plan and most don’t make it ten years to get it free. SAIA has massive turnover for a reason. It’s a culture much like Southeastern except worse. You would have had to work here to understand that. All LTL companies have issues but as they say the only difference is the color of the tractor. I have many friends at OD and we have shared many stories over the years. The difference is night and day. I don’t expect you to understand. DriveCam is not easy for many men to accept. Would you like a camera in your face?
 
I don't see our free insurance sticking around to much longer. We also kicked spouses off the insurance............so?

You're merely speculating with no facts whatsoever on your free insurance, and you still have a better total compensation package than they do. This isn't that difficult to understand is it?
 
Well, first off SAIA did the same thing OD did as far as spouses getting kicked off their healthcare plan and most don’t make it ten years to get it free. SAIA has massive turnover for a reason. It’s a culture much like Southeastern except worse. You would have had to work here to understand that. All LTL companies have issues but as they say the only difference is the color of the tractor. I have many friends at OD and we have shared many stories over the years. The difference is night and day. I don’t expect you to understand. DriveCam is not easy for many men to accept. Would you like a camera in your face?

Once again, comparing apples to apples (compensation packages) you're still ahead. Morale has no bearing on operating ratios.
 
Then you came back and ripped the Teamsters. Whatever!

Are you angry because you went low and i chopped your legs off? Maybe if you'd have learned to stand on them you wouldn't be so bitter now?

To take a low blow (at least in your mind) at me because I pointed out one positive thing about SAIA shows your fragile state of mind. You been drinkin' tonight RAT?
 
When they reach Old Dominion and XPO levels give me a shout.

You know stocks better then that. It’s not the price per share, it’s the movement and how many shares you have. GE is at 12.00 a share and I know you don’t think their junk compared to Saia or OD. Don’t play to the masses.
As long as the stock keeps rising and hitting levels quarterly nothing will change because they are winning. I bought at 9.00, sold at 30.00, bought again at 20.00 and 18.00, sold off some at 68.00. The 20.00 and 18.00 were less then three or four years ago and I tripled my investment. That’s part of why I retired at a ‘younger’ then ‘normal’ age. I took advantage of the spread, not just Saia’s. It’s not a defense of Saia, it’s a reality check.
My GE stock? Well, it’s stable and I expect it will stay pretty much that way and pay dividends, it won’t swing like other stocks.
There’s your life lesson for the night. Stock stays up, your whining doesn’t matter. Stock drops, well, then it still doesn’t, there’s just less people employed to whine.
 
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