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Panther Expedited Services To Reward Drivers

2011-08-08 15:20:53

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SEVILLE, OHIO -- Panther Expedited Services, Inc. has announced the introduction of The Panther Premier Driver Rewards Program, an innovative new campaign designed to reward top-performing drivers with additional benefits like cash rewards, hotel stays and greater priority for getting home.

"Think of it as a frequent flier program for drivers," said Panther President & CEO Andy Clarke. "We wanted a standardized way to reward Drivers and Owner Operators for good performance, not just tenure. This program allows them to earn perks for driving a high number of miles or for delivering a high number of loads, even if they're relatively new with Panther."

Clarke explains that drivers will achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold membership status every six months based on either their miles or number of loads from the previous six-month period. For example, a tractor trailer solo driver would reach Bronze status after driving either 32,000 miles or delivering 70 loads in a six-month period. "The more you drive and arrive on time, or the more loads you deliver on time, the higher level of membership and the greater number of perks you'll receive," said Clarke. To qualify, drivers must first meet Panther's requirement of 99% or better on-time service.

Additional perks include priority 'concierge' phone service, priority for desirable loads, cash rewards, rollover miles, fee waivers and vouchers for meals, hotel stays, and services like satellite radio. For recurrent achievers, an additional rate-per-mile cash bonus will be awarded to anyone who maintains their membership level for two six-month periods in a row. For example, Gold members will have a 1.5 cent-per-mile bonus added to their compensation. "These perks come in addition to the industry-leading compensation we already offer to our contractors," Clarke stated.

"This is just one in a series of programs we've put in place to affirm our commitment to Owner Operators and continue to attract the best contractors in the industry," said Clarke. "We've also instituted a "Fuel Expenses Paid from the Point of Dispatch Program" where we pay for deadhead starting at the first mile with rates that'll cover the cost of fuel. Our Truck Lease Program helps contractors obtain guaranteed financing that gets them in a truck immediately. Plus, we give Owner Operators Sign-on Bonuses of up to $5,000 for straight truck teams and $8,000 for tractor teams. Everything we do is done to provide more opportunities for Owner Operators -- as an investment in their livelihoods."
Panther Expedited Services is the largest independent, non-asset-based provider of premium transportation services in North America, with ground, air, ocean, and logistics capabilities.  Based in Seville, Ohio, the company offers single-source capabilities and rate-optimized transportation services to and from locations anywhere in the world.
 
For additional information on this new rewards program visit www.pantherexpedite.com/careers_driver.htm, see the company website at  www.pantherexpedite.com or contact Jeff Garra at jgarra@pantherexpedite.com or (800) 640-7055.