Pilot Travel Centers and Truckload Management Inc. (TMI) have reached an agreement that will keep TMI's TripPak drop boxes at the truckstops.
The companies said response from drivers and fleets was immediate, overwhelming and indicated that clearly the industry wants to see TripPak and Pilot continue a long-standing relationship.
TripPak and Pilot have agreed to research other initiatives that would expand coverage and add value to mutual customers. Drivers stopping at Pilots will see the yellow drop box at Pilot locations as long as mutual customers want them there.
"We now have a placement agreement with TripPak to address our business issues and TripPak has the guarantee that Pilot will not negatively impact their cost structure," said Mark Hazelwood, Pilot executive vp. "Both companies are working with customers to make sure that there is no interruption in service or any misunderstanding."
TripPak's 1,200 Express boxes are used by truck drivers for dropping off bills, receipts and other paperwork, which TMI then retrieves and forwards to the appropriate trucking company. The box system is designed to speed up both the accounting procedures for carriers and paychecks for drivers, said TMI.