Top 10 List: What shippers should do for carriers

Updated Jun 8, 2015

The grandmaster of the top 10 list – David Letterman – has signed off of late night television, but, here is a list truckers might enjoy. It was delivered not on CBS’ Late Show, but at this week’s Commercial Carrier Journal’s Spring Symposium in Birmingham, Ala.

Jim Ward, president and CEO of D.M. Bowman, delivered his Top Ten Things Shippers Should Do for Carriers, and it includes:

10. Treat drivers with respect. Speak to them respectfully.

9. Provide large, clear signage for dock numbers.

8. Provide a clearly marked shipping dock.

7. Provide a clearly marked entrance to your facility.

6. Provide adequate lighting at your facility.

5. Provide drivers with access to your facilities, particularly the restrooms.

4. Provide a place to park a truck in or near your facility.

3. Have consideration for hours-of-service regulations.

2. Provide cooperation to drivers getting in and out of your facility.

1. Provide quality directions to your facility.

Ward has held several positions at D. M. Bowman, Inc. including VP of Quality, Director of Human Resources and Safety Manager before being promoted to President & CEO. He has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry with various management positions. A native of Maryland, Ward attended Hagerstown Community College and Frostburg State College. He has been active in industry associations and serves as the American Trucking Associations’ vice president, is on the board of directors for the Truckload Carriers Association, and is a member of the executive committee of the Maryland Motor Truck Association.

(Note: this story is based on Twitter reporting by CCJ’s Jack Roberts.)

ICYMI, here’s the last Top 10 List from Letter’s farewell show last night: