Trucker Tribune April 2020

Apr 24

Dear Roadrunner Freight Independent Contractors,

I hope this edition of the Trucker Tribune finds you safe and healthy. If you are not feeling well, please contact your IC Coordinator and follow recommendations from your healthcare provider. You are the most important asset to your business, and your wellness should always come first.

We’re heading into another month of facing COVID-19 head on, but the teamwork and dedication we’ve seen from the Roadrunner Freight team and Independent Contractors has proven our SHIP IT LIKE YOU OWN IT commitment. In midst of the challenges we’re facing, we’re proud to see the great accomplishments that our team has achieved recently. Here are a few highlights:

  • 100+ lanes have 93% or higher on time service – Independent Contractors are truly shipping it like they own it!

  • We have introduced eight new shuttle lanes in the southeast – and more to come!

  • We continue to gain partnerships with new Independent Contractors, and our fleet is the largest it’s been in years!

  • Our Corporate sales team has been working hard to bring on new business at this very opportune time, and has secured business with some names you might recognize

We will get through this together. As your partner in business, we are here to address your questions and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, your IC Coordinator, your Fleet Coordinator or anyone else at Roadrunner Freight if you need anything.

Stay safe, and SHIP IT LIKE YOU OWN IT!





Roadrunner Freight

Company Updates

Corporate Sales Team Success

Our Sales Team has been working hard to assist our Operations team daily to contact customers and verify they will be present to accept the delivery of their shipments. They are also making regular video conference calls with our large shipper and 3PL partners. We have also seen some significant growth recently within our Corporate sales team to bring on new business! Check out the companies we scored business with below:

  • Nestle
  • Lund International c/o eShipping
  • Olympus Group c/o Evans Transportation
  • Starbucks c/o Unyson Logistics
  • LKQ Corporation

Financial Opportunity Through ATBS

According to ATBS, our tax and accounting firm for Owner Operator truck drivers, the CARES Act offers most Owner Operators an SBA loan under the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), which can be forgiven and may not need to be paid back if you qualify.
For returning customers, ATBS is now offering to complete loan packages for free (a $200 value). With this offer, you can take this completed loan package to your bank and apply for the PPP loan.

If you register as a new customer of ATBS, you can qualify for free loan package completion when you sign up for one of their recurring Business Services.

To learn more about this offer, click here.

Maintenance Updates

Transition from Rand McNally to Omnitracs

In two weeks, the transition from Rand McNally to Omnitracs will be complete. Please reach out to your IC Coordinator and Jeff Nott ( to get set up with Omnitracs before the end of the month.

Safety Updates


Regional Safety Manager and ICC Alignment

Our Regional Safety Managers are now aligned to the IC Coordinator team, and they are available to serve as a resource to you. This alignment will streamline communication on all safety items and initiatives. 

You will be hearing from your IC Coordinator in regards to who your assigned Regional Safety Manager is. 


Increased Tractor and Trailer Theft Reports

CargoNet and law enforcement agencies are reporting rapidly increasing thefts across the entire trucking industry due to businesses and warehouse closures as a result of shelter in place orders. The latest report of theft occurred in Memphis.

Please be extra vigilant while on the road, and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Click here for more info.

Driver Spotlights


Meet Richard Ceruti, our OTR Driver Spotlight of the month! Richard joined us just a month ago, but his driving experience goes way back. Welcome to the fleet, Richard! See the full post here.


Roadrunner Freight is proud to highlight Dwight Willis as our Local Driver Spotlight! We're very fortunate to work with you, Dwight! See the full post here.

Driver Feature Story


Because of truck drivers, there are goods on store shelves to keep families clothed, fed and their homes clean. Roadrunner Freight IC Todd Wright shares his experience truck driving during COVID-19. Read about it here.


Your feedback from each survey helps the Roadrunner Freight team understand you and your business' needs.

As we enter a new quarter, we would like to request feedback again on how we're doing in the area of safety communication. The feedback from this survey will tell us if we have progressed or have opportunity to improve in how we communicate with our business partners. Please take a few minutes to take the survey here.


Do you know a Roadrunner Freight Independent Contractor who should be featured in next month's Trucker Tribune? Send your nomination to for a chance for them to be featured!

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