USA Truck Looks East to West Memphis

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 12:00 am  

Cliff Beckham

John Simone, who was introduced as Beckham’s successor as CEO last week, said improving the company’s driver-retention rate is critical to its long-term success. While Simone didn’t suggest a specific goal, he would certainly like USA Truck to perform better than the national average. Getting turnover below triple digits is a target.

Simone said USA Truck wants “an environment where the drivers are — I’m not suggesting they haven’t had this in the past — but creating an environment where drivers want to stay. Drivers today are like free agents. They can pretty much go anywhere and get employment because there is such a severe shortage in the industry.”

USA Truck has seen its share of drivers come and go. Beckham is hopeful that changes as the company opens the new terminal and transitions into the leadership of Simone.

Beckham points to a number of operational areas where USA Truck struggled in 2012, when it reported a net loss of $17.5 million. Right alongside freight mix, he mentions the management of driver turnover, but he’s hopeful that can improve in 2013.

“I think all of those things can be strengthened,” Beckham said.



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