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TRUCKING & FREIGHTING
qualified drivers into the industry," Malone explains. "Most
people that go to Walmart or Kroger to shop don't realize
how difficult it was to get that product on that shelf. The
professional truck driver really makes this country go,
particularly from a retail standpoint. Finding and keeping
qualified drivers is extremely difficult because there are not
enough to meet the demands."
All of Trekker's drivers use ELDs because they give the
company better visibility into each driver's capacity for any
given day. The ELD allows Trekker to effectively match drivers to loads to ensure things are delivered on time and safely.
"We think that the mandate for all trucking companies to be
governed by ELD systems is going to help our industry quite a
bit," Beckham says. "It will get truckers off the road that aren't
safe, and it will rationalize capacity in the industry. That helps
all of us make the investments necessary to serve customer
needs. We think 2017 will be a stronger year in freight volumes. But in the longer term, this industry is pretty dynamic
and there are challenges that come up constantly that we have
to manage through. Oil prices will rise and that will be a big
challenge we'll have to overcome. There'll be lots of things
down the road that we'll have to deal with."
"We've seen some tough times and we've seen victory on
the other side of it," Malone adds. "The challenge we had
here of startups, acquisitions [and] mergers thrown on a
rapidly deteriorating freight market - it's been challenging
but we've been successful despite that. We've seen several
landmarks along the way that are indicators that we're on
the right track. We've added a ton of customers, grown the
fleet and added incredible talent."
launch and the team members who want to be here for a long
time to come. It's all about the people on our team."
Aside from finding more energetic team members and
qualified drivers, Trekker will focus on further establishing
its name in the industry and growing the company. "We've
come a long way from people not knowing us," Malone says.
"Now, it's becoming harder and harder to find prospective
customers who haven't heard of us. The continued growth
is what I'm most excited about for the future, and we're
here to make a dime, so we're excited about that as well."
"I'm also looking forward to seeing it grow and building
the brand," Beckham agrees. "It's exciting to be in a startup
and entrepreneurial environment. I'm most proud of the
way it's gone from zero a year ago to where it is today,
especially considering the challenges we've been through.
We've worked hard; its been stressful at times, but we kept
our head down, kept at it. And now, when we look up a year
later, we see that we're building a business that's meaningful, serves a lot of customers and employs a growing
number of people."
Trekker looks for passionate people who want to plug into
an energized, fun culture. Beckham says it is a "work hard,
play hard" culture. "We want our people to operate day to
day with a lot of energy," he adds. "That energy translates
into saying 'yes' to customers and taking care of their
needs. Building that energy is the culture. But we can't
just work around the clock as hard as we want to without
taking a break and doing something a little less serious.
We have a lot of activities in our office designed to break
up the day."
Some employees play basketball outside every day at
lunch, which allows people to focus on something different
for an hour and come back even more energized for the afternoon. "They get rewarded for that energy, both monetarily
and through a fun culture," Malone says. "I'm most proud of
our team members that stuck through the company's initial
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