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Gary

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Jun 10, 2009
 
Greetings fellow bread men I just wanted to pick your brain on something...speed.

I have been an extra man for almost a year now and I still seem to be going slow. People keep telling me that the regular drivers are done 2 to 3 hours before me. I think I work quickly but time spent waiting to be checked in and trying to figure out where the loaders put something slows me down a bit. What do you guys do to make your day go faster? I am tired of having such long days and I think i am just missing something. What do you do to minimize your time in each store including rotations, stale pulling, unloading, and checking in? I would really appreciate the help!

Gary
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Lehigh Acres, FL

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Jun 12, 2009
 
Gary wrote:
Greetings fellow bread men I just wanted to pick your brain on something...speed.
I have been an extra man for almost a year now and I still seem to be going slow. People keep telling me that the regular drivers are done 2 to 3 hours before me. I think I work quickly but time spent waiting to be checked in and trying to figure out where the loaders put something slows me down a bit. What do you guys do to make your day go faster? I am tired of having such long days and I think i am just missing something. What do you do to minimize your time in each store including rotations, stale pulling, unloading, and checking in? I would really appreciate the help!
Gary
Well Gary no one said this business is gonna be easy. It takes time. Knowing your stores is a perk that most extra men do not have. Since you are an extra man you don't have the oportunity to understand the accounts and what they handle week in an week out. Getting checked in is one of the biggest problems i encounter almost everyday.(it was the manangers) You could be making good time but there is always someone on any given route that just makes you wait and wait. It could be one of your Hess gas stations that sees you come in and runs away when they see you bring your order in. What about Wal_mart, one in one out program. Shit sucks. Since they based my route around one store I take it like a man. What about the Albertsons that makes you get checked in on the order it was on your invoice.It takes time. They are just the problems we encounter and it goes with the job. To find your load easier I suggest give the night packer some goodies and maybe your shit won't get cut off if there is some cuts. Who knows you might be able to find your load faster. Since I got my route under control, cause I been on this one for a while, i break my load down at the depot and load it on the truck stop by stop. It saves my about and 1 or 1hr 1/2. And for the stale pulling and rotation is tough. All stores wont the shelves full front to back without showing any signs of sell off. It sucks. So take advantage of all possible good sales and attack. Let your weekend pull up people work, thats what they are there for. Sorry about the novel. I hope I helped a little if any.
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Cody, WY

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Jun 15, 2009
 
Gary wrote:
Greetings fellow bread men I just wanted to pick your brain on something...speed.
I have been an extra man for almost a year now and I still seem to be going slow. People keep telling me that the regular drivers are done 2 to 3 hours before me. I think I work quickly but time spent waiting to be checked in and trying to figure out where the loaders put something slows me down a bit. What do you guys do to make your day go faster? I am tired of having such long days and I think i am just missing something. What do you do to minimize your time in each store including rotations, stale pulling, unloading, and checking in? I would really appreciate the help!
Gary
what is the position extra man?
Wonder

Lehigh Acres, FL

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Jun 15, 2009
 
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Jaded

Lancaster, SC

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Jun 17, 2009
 
The best advice I ever received when I first started was "don't try to make everything perfect". I was wasting time tucking tails on every loaf, overloading shelves, working too much backstock, etc. A real negative about being an extra is that lots of times the normal route guy will stick it to you while he is out. He may order more than normal or have you building displays so he doesn't have to. Remember this...no matter how good you do, the route guy is gonna complain. I would say the biggest thing is don't tuck your tails on the bread. I know some swear by this practice but its a waste, it damages the first several slices of bread and it serves no purpose. If the stop is ordered correctly, the bread won't be on the shelf long enough to worry about being smashed. Also, I stack bread between the lower units instead of directly on top, it works better. I've spent months stacking bread tucked, untucked, stacked, off-centered just to see which way proved best. Hope some of this helps.
NC Extra Man

Shelby, NC

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Jun 24, 2009
 
I have been a route relief guy for almost two years. My best advice is to spend every free minute you have in the stores that your depot services. I spend a good many Wednesdays just being " in the market " so when I do run a route, whther it is a scheduled time off, or a sudden last minute thing, I have a pretty good feeling for what the store does, where the backstock is, etc. I know we all want our day off to truly be a day off, but in this business, that isn't always the case.

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