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LTL GRI – Tightening Capacity – It’s Still a Market Rules Game

Driver Development Program

Posted by Bill Bettwy - Thursday, April 29th, 2021 at 3:47 PM

The Ward Driver Development Program is designed to grow the careers of our own! Let US train YOU to become a CLASS A driver who has the skills and the knowledge to enjoy a long, successful career with one of the longest family-run trucking companies in the country.


Sound good so far? Great, let’s keep going! Here are several more reasons to give this some serious thought!



We’ve upgraded your pay as you train – We now offer $1200 per week during training.



Lodging and lunches are covered – Even weekend lodging is available for those that don’t travel home on the weekend.  During the training days, lunch will be brought in from local restaurants.



Travel expenses are reimbursed – This will cover your initial trip to the training site and your final trip home.



Our equipment is sweet – Yearly reinvestments are made to add more equipment and to replace the old.  Cruise around the Mid-Atlantic in style and safety as new Mack Anthems and Internationals continue to enter the fleet.  Ward also has top-notch trailers with roll open doors.  Trailer roster includes Great Danes, Vanguards, and Stoughtons.



Our average annual salary is sweeter – Class A drivers have the option of driving P&D or Line Haul. Both provides excellent pay and benefits, but depending on what  working hours you desire, you may prefer on over the other.

P&D Truck Driver Average Annual Salary – $71,000  / average hours 8am-6pm

Line Haul Truck Driver Average Annual Salary – $92,000 / average hours 8pm-8am

wages may vary from one service center to another.



DDP Training Locations:  Charlotte, NC / Altoona, PA / Pittsburgh, PA / Philadelphia, PA / Columbus, OH / Toledo, OH


The length of the class varies on experience:

Permit truck drivers – 5 weeks

Class A truck driver with less than 1 year experience – 3 weeks





Ward joins digital council

Posted by Bill Bettwy - Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 4:17 PM

We support the vision of creating uniformed standards around digital LTL automation. This initiative is gaining some serious momentum and we are proud to be a part of it! The following is a great read if you are interested in learning more about the council and its initiatives.

New Executive Council Establishing Less-Than-Truckload Digitalization Standards

Click here if you’re looking to automate your business with Ward.

LTL GRI – Tightening Capacity – It’s Still a Market Rules Game

Posted by Ward TLC - Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 12:11 AM

money-ratesMost carriers continue to move forward with their mid- year GRI’s, business as usual.  It has been indicated by many industry professionals that tightening capacity and rate discipline are helping to support improved carrier returns.There is still much work to be done to support raising costs and aging fleets and to motivate a seemingly disinterested next generation to join the carrier side of the industry.

Are GRIs still needed?

The fact of the matter is that GRIs are needed to aid in recovery of the continued increasing costs of equipment, health care, insurance, compliance of government guides as well as upgrading what has now become older technology, fleets and facilities. While many still say that tightening capacity is contributing to higher rates, that is debatable. Carrier pricing discipline is contributing to higher rates and each market served remains unique based on competition and “local” strength of the economy.

Carriers still need to find the freight that best suits the needs of their systems to maximize cube, capacities and needed efficiency. While a slow growing and still relatively unsettled economy is better than where we have come from the past 5-6 years the overriding market conditions still drive the pricing. A carrier needs to know their market, tie that to their needs and then search out those customers that can best fit the capacities of their network. While utilizing price to fill needs still has its place, it is the understanding of freight mix, capacity and the ability to negotiate a fair price for service that provides the adequate return that will push the industry to a more stable financial future.That financial stability drives the ability of the carrier to re-invest in its physical assets but a sometimes overlooked yet as important factor is the ability to attract the up and coming work force to want to participate in “all aspects of the business”.

Good people are essential

Yes, there is a definite need to attract new drivers because the freight doesn’t move without them, but there are many other critical jobs that are performed daily on the docks and in the offices of carriers that are equally important to the success of the industry. While many people focus on the technology of the carriers, shippers, and TPL’s as the answer for progress and improvement, all of that technology is useless without a well-run operation which is still driven by people; a point that is often overlooked by many.