Scan in Your Paperwork Directly From Your Cab

by Miranda Brooks 24. June 2021 10:38

Have you tried the scanning feature in your Xpress Mobile App? If not, this is a great time to start using it. Why?  

It’s Convenient.

Have you tried the scanning feature in your Xpress Mobile App? If not, this is a great time to start using it. Why?  

It’s Convenient.

You can scan and view your paperwork from anywhere.

It’s Instant.

The app allows you to skip the lines for scanners so you can get back on the road sooner. 

It’s Easy.

If you already have the Xpress Mobile App, everything you need is already on your phone. 

It helps keep you safe. 

Don’t have the Xpress Mobile App? Go to www.USXpressway.com click on "Xpress Mobile App" to download it today.

Feel free to reach out to your manager if you have any questions.​

Stay safe, drivers. We appreciate all you do!

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Axle Learned Spanish!

by Miranda Brooks 23. June 2021 10:26

Axle, your friendly Xpress Mobile chatbot, is now bilingual. He can give you immediate answers to commonly asked questions about pickup numbers, arrival times, predicted availability, and more – in English and Spanish!



Finding him is easy. He’s right on your Xpress Mobile home screen. Just look for the big orange button to get started.

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Per Diem Advantage

by Miranda Brooks 22. June 2021 12:36

​As you likely know, with the introduction of a 2018 tax law, you may no longer itemize work expenses for tax purposes. But there is good news: the IRS now allows you to keep $66 of your earnings per day tax-free as a professional truck driver.

U.S. Xpress Per Diem Advantage makes sure you get the full advantage of this  IRS benefit, allowing you to potentially take home up to 8% more per pay check.

How does it work? Check out our video for the details and an example of what you could be taking home on Per Diem Advantage.

Don't forget, since the 2018 tax law went into effect, U.S. Xpress Per Diem Advantage is now the only way you can get a tax-free IRS benefit.

You should keep in mind that everyone's tax situation is a little different, and you can visit www.usxjobs.com/per-diem-advantage-pay-calculator/​ to get an estimate that closely matches your individual circumstances. We also recommend that you talk with a tax professional if you're still unsure about whether Per Diem Advantage is right for you.

If you're ready to enroll in Per Diem Advantage, you can sign up in three easy ways:

Enter a Payroll Setup Macro 53 on DriverTech and type "Y" behind "DO YOU ELECT TO PARTICIPATE IN PER DIEM ADVANTAGE".

Call your Fleet Support Manager or Account Supervisor.

Call 1-844-USXPRESS and speak to a Payroll team member by selecting Option #5.​

 

 

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Get a College Degree on Us!

by Miranda Brooks 21. June 2021 10:43

Have you ever thought of earning a college degree or sending a dependent to school? If you’re a U.S. Xpress company driver or technician – this is the time to do it, for free!  

Our Full Ride program offers a 100% paid 4-year college degree from accredited college Ashford University. From liberal arts to business, there are dozens of degrees available so you or your dependents can fulfill any education dreams at no cost to you. We’ll pay for tuition, fees, and books, while you continue earning as a driver with us. There is no requirement to earn a certain grade to continue with the program, and while we hope you stay, there is no obligation for you to remain with us after you or your dependents have earned your degree.

Why offer such a generous program if there’s no catch? CEO and President Eric Fuller said, “We don’t see this as just another benefit. We see it as an investment in our drivers and their families.”

Want to learn more? Visit www.USXFullRide.com usxjobs.com/full-ride to get started.​

 

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Happy Father’s Day: One Dad Joke at a Time

by Miranda Brooks 20. June 2021 10:09

To help us celebrate Father’s Day, we asked you to submit some of your favorite dad jokes. And you didn’t disappoint. Here are a few of our favorites.

Contract Service Specialist Liza Davis:

What do you call a deer with one eye? No eye deer. 

Professional Driver Drek Landes:

What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.

Cybersecurity Analyst Matt Reece:  

What is a pirate’s favorite letter? You’d think it was the ‘Rrrrrr,’ but it’s the ‘C.’

Senior Pricing Analyst Richard Williams:

True story: I go into Food City and grab a basket as I only needed a few things. I get two cartons of eggs.  As I get to the checkout counter, I take out one carton, then the other.  And I say, “Why yes, I did put all my eggs in one basket.

Dedicated Logistics Engineer Bob Gibler

What do you call someone with a nose and no body? Nobody nose!

Transportation Manager Nina Ralston:

When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent.

Professional Driver Alpha Prime:

Where does a king keep his armies? In his sleevies.

Competitive Intel Analyst David Pielmeier:

Where do dads store all of their dad jokes? In a DAD-abase.

Physical Damage Examiner Mike Summerour:

For some odd reason, every June 1st, I feel dismayed.

Freight Analyst Latasha Simpson: 

I just got a horse. I named him Mayo. Sometimes, Mayo neighs.

Professional Driver Steve Boda:

I thought I spotted a leopard once. It turns out they're born that way.

Senior HR Service Center Rep Steve Correll:

Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella? Fo’ Drizzle.

Customer Experience Manager Laura Gerdnic:

Why did the golfer wear two pairs of pants? In case he got a hole-in-one.

Recruiter Gerald Naylor:

What do you call a truck that complains a lot? A Freightwhiner.

Customer Experience Support Rep Rothman Driver:

Did I tell you I had a dream I was a muffler? I woke up exhausted. 

Whether you’ll be celebrating on the road or at home with the kids, for all the dads out there, feel free to use these today. As always, your kids will love them – maybe as much as your white tennis shoes. Happy Father’s Day!

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Juneteenth: Celebrating Black Culture

by Miranda Brooks 19. June 2021 10:07

What is Juneteenth? How did it come to be? Why do we celebrate? Not everyone’s familiar with the occasion, so we put together the basics in this quick video. https://vimeo.com/561791563

If you want to learn more, we have you covered with the full history of the commemorative holiday:

On July 4th, 1776, American colonists celebrated their newfound freedom from English rule with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But while some were dancing in the fireworks, about 37,000 Black men, women, and children in the country were enslaved. Over the next 84 years, that number increased to 4 million across 15 states, all watching those “Independence Day” fireworks from plantation fields, hoping to one day spark their own.

Fast forward 85 years to April 12th, 1861. The Civil War breaks out after seven states leave the union to form the Confederate States of America. Eventually, four more states join them, all to maintain their lifestyle centered around slavery.

Two years later, on January 1st, 1863, President Lincoln signed one of the most controversial documents in U.S. History – The Emancipation Proclamation – declaring, “All persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be free.” But at the time, there were only about 2,000 Union soldiers to enforce it.

Now, fast forward one last time, to June 19th, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. In Galveston, TX, Major General Gordon Granger publicly read General Order No. 3, stating, "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free." Slaves in Texas and throughout the entire confederate south were finally free.

That brings us to today, when we commemorate the events of June 19th, now referred to as Juneteenth. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States – a day for Black Americans to honor their history and celebrate today’s Black culture.

To celebrate, try eating at Black-owned restaurants in your community, reading books by Black authors, or simply educating yourself on the history of African Americans and what it means for the Black community today.

 

 

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Need to Weigh a Load? Locate a Scale from your DriverTech.

by Miranda Brooks 18. June 2021 10:01

Easily locate a scale on your route right from your DriverTech navigation. Simply press the blue road sign button on your DriverTech navigation screen, select “Scale”, and your DriverTech unit will then begin searching for options based on your current route. When the search is complete, up to four optimal scale options will display on your screen, and you can select the one that best suits your needs. 

If you have any questions about locating a scale in your DriverTech navigation, reach out to your manager. Thanks for driving with us!​

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It’s Never Too Late to Celebrate These Drivers

by Miranda Brooks 17. June 2021 15:57

On June 15th, we celebrated some of the best drivers on the road – our 2020 Drivers and Trainer of the Year. It wasn’t an easy year, but this talented group of Professional Truck Drivers took it in stride and helped show the world how important drivers are to our country. We’re proud to have them on our team and, again, congratulate them on their achievement. They all certainly deserve the recognition.

If you missed the event, we have you covered. You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/560044804

 

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Keep a Healthy Mind with the Employee Assistance Program

by Miranda Brooks 16. June 2021 08:37

​Now more than ever, our physical health is extremely important. But in difficult times like these, mental health is just as important. 

We have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that gives you the tools and resources you need to help deal with life’s challenges – any time, day or night. 

It provides valuable services focused on a range of concerns, including finding elder or child care, educational information about everyday topics, and ways to improve your emotional health and wellness. 

Through the program, licensed professionals are available to provide confidential support and guidance by phone 

  • Managing stress 
  • Handling relationship issues 
  • Balancing work and life 
  • Quitting tobacco, alcohol or drug use 
  • Caring for children or aging parents 
  • Dealing with conflict or violence 
  • Working through grief and loss issues 
  • Controlling depression and anxiety 

EAP is available to you and your family 24/7 by phone at 1-800-854-1446 or online at unum.com/lifebalance.

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Last Call: Be an Owner with our Employee Stock Purchase Plan!

by Miranda Brooks 15. June 2021 10:14

Today is the last day to enroll in the Employee Stock Purchase Program. We’re excited to offer this benefit and hope you consider participating in the program. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the HR Service Center at hrservices@usxpress.com or 1-844-USXPRESS (Option #7).

Have You Signed Up Previously for the ESPP?

If you plan to keep the same contribution you set during your previous enrollment, you’re good to go. If you would like to increase, decrease, or suspend your contribution, just log into your account by clicking here and make any changes you’d like.

As always, thanks for choosing to drive with us. Keep up the great work, and stay safe out there.

 

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