SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Following the lead of some other trucking companies of late, Kennesaw Transportation has decided to outfit its trucks with in-cab EpicVue satellite TV systems in what it called a Christmas bonus for all its team and single drivers.
“Providing EpicVue, on top of the service, bonuses and other amenities we already offer, will make a big impact on driver retention and recruitment,” said Kelley Jones, director of recruiting at Kennesaw Transportation. “While we currently have no empty seats and have a low turnover rate of about 40%, the driver shortage impacts us at times. EpicVue is something we can provide that is unique. Based on the level of excitement among our drivers already, we know it will help boost retention, and when our drivers start talking about it on the road we believe EpicVue will become a valuable recruiting tool.”
The satellite services provided by EpicVue does not work in Canada, however, Canadian companies operating in the U.S. can offer the service to their drivers while travelling south of the border.
Based in Rydal, Ga., Kennesaw is a truckload carrier of temperature-controlled freight, boasts 200 late-model tractors and is adding 20 trucks to its fleet this year. Approximately 140 driver teams haul to the southwest, northeast and West Coast, as well as 60 single drivers operating between the Midwest and eastern states.
“With the ability to give off-duty team drivers TV to watch while the truck is moving, and the capability to record a show while the vehicle is in motion so the on-duty driver can enjoy a program later, the interest in EpicVue inMotion for companies with teams and single drivers is not surprising,” said Lance Platt, CEO of EpicVue, a Salt Lake City-based company. “The decision by Kennesaw Transportation to equip its entire fleet with in-cab satellite TV systems also shows how EpicVue can boost driver retention and help recruit new drivers. We are very pleased they have chosen to provide EpicVue as a bonus to all of their drivers.”
EpicVue offers fleets with 20 or more vehicles over 100 DirecTV channels for $49 USD per month under a five-year contract, or $59 USD for a three-year.