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What is a Sprinter Van?

While the phrase “Sprinter Van” has almost become interchangeable with “Cargo Van,” a Sprinter is actually the brand name for a van exclusively manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. Sprinter Vans have been around since the mid-90s in both cargo and passenger models, but have just recently skyrocketed in popularity. This is thanks to the trend of people downsizing by living in them along with Amazon using them as their go-to delivery vans over the past few years.  But, it’s not just the big box carriers like Amazon who are looking to fill these Sprinter Van Driver Jobs. Delivery companies all over the country are looking for drivers to complete the all-important “Final Mile” in the logistics chain. This gives prospective Sprinter Van Drivers a great amount of leverage in finding the right job for them.  

Like with every driving job, there’s pros and cons, and that’s definitely true with Sprinter Van jobs. If you’re thinking about making the jump into Sprinter Van driving, here’s what you need to know about this line of work. 

Pros 

No CDL Required

Maybe the biggest plus for people considering driving Sprinter Vans is that there’s no CDL requirement. Some states have a few additional requirements for delivery drivers, including proof of a clean driving record and the ability to pass a physical and drug test. Aside from that and passing any company training, there’s nothing stopping you from hitting the road. 

Part-Time Possibilities

You’ve probably heard of people who work on the weekends or during the holidays for Amazon as part-time delivery drivers. In addition to getting experience driving a large vehicle, working as a Sprinter Van Driver is also a great job for someone trying to make a little extra money on the side. 

Easier Path to Owner Operator

Another benefit to driving Sprinter Vans is that there’s a much easier path to becoming an Owner Operator than there is with a traditional semi-truck.  The starting MSRP for a new Sprinter Cargo Van is $36,000. Compare that to the average price for a commercial truck, which is anywhere from $130,000-$200,000 and you can see why so many people are looking to buy Sprinters instead.  

Home Time

While there are a few exceptions, most Sprinter Van Drivers can expect to be home every night. The shifts might be long, but you’ll still make it to your own bed at the end of each day, which can’t be said for all trucking jobs.  

Cons 

Tight Deadlines

You’ve probably heard already, but being a Sprinter Van driver can be a very stressful job. Drivers are expected to deliver close to 300 packages per shift. While some might enjoy this fast-paced environment, it definitely isn’t a role for everyone, especially drivers with physical limitations. 

Customer Service

Another element involved in Sprinter Van driving that may be overlooked is customer service. In addition to driving, you may be dealing with customers who can sometimes prove to be difficult. This won’t be a problem for some, but many drivers got into this line of work to avoid these types of interactions altogether.  

Physically Demanding

With Sprinter Van Driver jobs, it’s almost certain that you’ll be working with touch cargo. This may not be a huge deal for drivers unloading one or two big deliveries a day, but it’s a much different beast when you’re a Sprinter Van Driver. Delivering hundreds of packages and walking up and down driveways for 8+ hours a day makes this one of the most physically intensive jobs you can do in the logistics industry. On the flip side, if you’re looking for a job that will get you fit while you earn some money, look no further.  

If you’re a disciplined worker who doesn’t mindor even enjoysa bit of stress, Sprinter Van driving could be the right career path for you. It’s also a great job for those considering a career in trucking but want to try their hand at something smaller before going through the process of getting their CDL. And with the wide variety of jobs available in Sprinter Van Driving, there’s no doubt that you’ll find the job right for you. 

 

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Final Mile Delivery has always been a part of the logistics chain, but thanks to large retailers like Amazon, it’s become more and more important over the past ten years or so. Now, it’s not just specialty products and large furniture getting delivered to front doors. Customers are relying on Final Mile Drivers to bring everything from fast food to lifesaving medication to their doors.  

With all this emphasis on the Final Mile, companies everywhere are looking to bring in more drivers to help with the influx of online orders that seem to be growing every day. For drivers considering Final Mile, here are the pros and cons of the position, the companies that hire Final Mile drivers, and the different types of Final Mile jobs available right now.   

What is Final Mile Driving?

Final Mile Driving is any time that all-important last step of the logistics chain is completed, when the product finally goes from the warehouse to the customer’s front door. 

Final Mile Drivers can drive anything as large as a straight truck, down to their own personal vehicles. While we mostly think of Final Mile drivers as just delivering Amazon packages, there’s way more types of Final Mile driving than just that.  

What Do You Need to be a Final Mile Driver?

Final Mile Drivers may or may not need to hold a CDL, depending on what vehicle they drive. Straight Truck drivers will need to hold their Class B CDL. If you’re driving a sprinter van, you won’t need a CDL, but a few states do require you to have a chauffeur license.  

Who Hires Final Mile Drivers?

Big Box Retailers

Amazon, Walmart, and Target are always looking for Final Mile drivers. In recent years, Amazon started contracting smaller delivery companies as DSPs (Delivery Services Partners) to get Prime orders out even faster and create a better delivery experience for the customer.  

Courier Services

Unlike retailers who stock, store and ship their products directly to consumers, courier servicers only transport cargo. While this cargo is usually consumer items, courier services are trusted with transporting VIP cargo, like hardcopy legal documents across town and medical specimens and samples between hospitals. Courier services will usually deliver within 50 miles and their cargo is 150 pounds or less. Think of them as standard parcel delivery.   

Expedited Freight Services

Expedited Freight Servicers specialize in same day or next day LTL solutions for businesses who need to get freight from point A to point B as fast as possible to avoid further delays and disruptions. Businesses typically utilize them when plan A for getting their freight to where it needs to go didn’t work out. Expedited freight drivers travel within an entire region, and their cargo can be much larger than what a courier service will handle. 

Are There Different Types of Final Mile Services?

There are two main types of Final Mile services. The first is Ring & Run, which is exactly what it sounds like. You drop the package off at the customer’s doorstep, give a ring or knock, and then you’re off to the next stop. 

White Glove service, on the other hand, is all about going the extra mile for the customer. This is usually done when delivering large furniture, appliances or other heavy products that could be easily damaged in transit. Instead of ringing and running, the driver (or sometimes a technician) will come into the home or business and install or set up the product.  

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Kevin, Need It Now Delivers

We talked to Kevin, a driver with over 20 years of tractor-trailer experience. He currently works for Need It Now Delivers and shared what a typical day looks like as a Final Mile Driver. 

“A typical day will begin at 6:00 am. The drivers will gather, talk about routes and anything other drivers may need to know. We’ll pre-trip our tractors and trailers and fuel the trucks if necessary. Generally, by 7:00-7:15 we’re beginning our relays. We have anywhere between 2-10 pickups on our individual relay for the day, which may take between 3-10 hours to complete. It’s a strictly no touch, drop and hook operation. Unless you find opening and closing swinging doors strenuous… It’s not physically demanding. At the end of the relay, you return to the terminal, check the trailer in, dock it, post trip it, turn in your paperwork, and park. Then, it’s homeward bound,” shared Kevin. 

What are the Pros?

The biggest benefit to Final Mile driving is the home time and consistent shifts. While Final Mile drivers may work long hours, they’re able to go home and sleep in their beds every night. Most smaller Final Mile companies won’t deliver on Sundays, giving drivers one guaranteed day off a week. Another plus to this line of work is that many companies are looking for part-time drivers, making it ideal for students or people looking to pick up extra cash during the holidays. 

“An important aspect of this job that applicants and employees must realize is the teamwork. It’s been my personal experience that there’s a definite sense of everyone pulling on the same end of the proverbial rope. While there’s a focus on the individual, there’s an overall theme of being ‘in this thing together’ and that’s not always the case at a lot of employers. Especially in the trucking business,” shared Kevin.

For Wilson, who’s been with Need It Now Delivers for over 6 years, the training opportunities the company provided were the biggest benefit. 

 “The opportunity that Need It Now Delivers provided was a big reason I came on board. I was originally a box truck driver, but with the help of the company, I was able to move up to a CDL A Driver. Other perks are the great pay and friendly work environment,” shared Wilson. 

What are the Cons?

A lot is expected of Final Mile drivers, especially those working for retailers like Amazon or Walmart. In addition to being the driver, they’re also the deliverer, unloading the product and bringing it to the door. The deadlines are also very tight. Drivers are expected to deliver close to 300 packages per shift. While some might enjoy this fast-paced environment, it definitely isn’t a role for everyone. 

Choosing the Final Mile Driver Job That’s Right for You

When considering a job as a Final Mile driver, the most important thing to keep in mind is that there’s a ton of variety in this position. Final Mile drivers are in heavy demand across a lot of industries, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. You have a good chance of finding the perfect job to meet your current pay, schedule, and benefit needs, just like Kevin did. 

“I chose a position with Need It Now Delivers based on my discussions with the recruiters. After several conversations, I felt very comfortable choosing the Final Mile Driver position here over other opportunities I had open. The pay was right. The hours were right. It was the type of driving job I had been seeking. I was confident in my decision, and looking back, I know I made the right choice,” shared Kevin. 

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Today’s job of the day comes from Sunrise Windows and Doors

Founded in 1994, by industry veterans Gary Delman, Larry VanDeVelde, and Elliott Delman, Sunrise Windows and Doors has developed a reputation for design, innovation, craftsmanship, and service. It’s because they listen to customers to continually refine their products and develop new ones. This drive to improve has allowed Sunrise to grow to cover 37 states and parts of Canada.

Currently, Sunrise Windows and Doors is hiring a CDL A Regional Delivery Driver in Temperance, MI. This position is responsible for delivering windows to customer locations and presenting a positive image of the company to all customers, both internal and external. Truck Drivers will safely drive the trucks to each destination as determined by the Traffic Supervisor or the Driver Manifest, unload the windows into the specified locations, and help with answering any questions that the customers may have. Drivers are expected to make independent decisions within specific parameters while receiving some to moderate oversight from the Fleet Supervisor.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Safely drive a commercial truck/trailer or straight truck to multiple customer locations to make deliveries
  • Unload windows by hand (not forklift) that are loaded in the truck and place them in customer warehouses/storage areas
  • Comply with all FMCSA rules and regulations
  • Make every effort to maintain the established delivery schedule for a route
  • Ensure effective & positive communications with both internal and external customers
  • Maintain accurate expense reports and records and handle company funds appropriately and wisely
  • Keep equipment clean and in safe & working order
  • Comply with Truck Driver Expectations as outlined by Sunrise
  • Attend quarterly driver meetings
  • Other duties may be assigned

Compensation

  • Weekly Pay, Salary – Hourly Pay Rate starting at $25 but negotiable based on experience and OT after 40 – 1x 1/2.
  • Overnights in hotels paid by us with meals included.  Yearly average is $60 – $90K/year depending on your route and miles
  • Bonuses: $5000 Sign-on Bonus paid out in 30 and 90 days

Benefits & Perks

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and more
  • Take Truck Home Program
  • Employment Type: Full-time, W2

Home Time, Route, & Schedule

  • Type of Run: Regional but runs approximately 1000 – 1500, 1800 miles at most from terminal
  • Home Weekends
  • Haul Type: Dry Van, Hauling construction materials and windows

Equipment

  • Day Cab Automatic trucks – Penske full service leases – pre pass enabled in truck and tolls paid
  • We provide and pay for a cell phone or reimbursed if you provide your own

Qualifications

  • License: CDL A
  • Minimum Age: 22
  • Minimum Experience: 2 years
  • Endorsements Required: None
  • Must be able to lift and move windows weighing up to 75 lb. unassisted repeatedly when unloading, and sometimes up to 125 lb. with some assistance.
  • Drivers must live within 150 miles of Temperance, MI or be willing to relocate for this position.

Education & Experience Requirements & Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED Certification required
  • Must possess a valid Commercial Driver License (CDL)- Class A required
  • Minimum 2 years experience driving with no violations during that year and must have handled freight or 3 years experience driving tractor/trailer combination with no freight handling, 5 yrs preferred
  • Clean driving record required (4 points or less & zero “Serious Violations” as defined by the DOT) & must be insurable by the company insurance carrier
  • Must pass DOT physical & drug and/or breath alcohol tests as required
  • Demonstrated ability to safely drive in adverse weather conditions.

This position will be employed through All Pro Freight Services as part of the dedicated fleet team that services Sunrise Windows.

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