EpicVue, provider of in-cab satellite television packaged exclusively for the trucking industry, announced that Interide Transport is reporting a 23% improvement in driver retention and $36,000 in annual savings by equipping its entire fleet with satellite TV systems.
Now installed in all of the carrier’s existing and new vehicles, EpicVue is generating a payback on the investment in lower recruiting costs of about four months per truck.
“Since installing EpicVue in our entire fleet, we’ve seen a 23% improvement in driver retention that we can attribute directly to having in-cab satellite TV systems,” said Sean Snow, founder and chief executive officer of Interide. “That equates to a $92,400 savings in hiring costs per year, and after accounting for the EpicVue monthly subscription fees it means saving about $36,000 annually. The satellite TV systems are one of the major reasons we’re retaining drivers.”
Headquartered in Salt Lake City UT and founded in 2009, Interide operates nearly 100 power units and about 150 refrigerated trailers in nationwide service. The carrier fields customized late-model Peterbilt and Freightliner tractors fitted with a host of driver comfort and convenience items, as well as fuel-saving and safety technologies.
With no upfront costs and spending only $600 per year in monthly subscription fees per tractor, EpicVue is costing Interide $56,640 annually for the 95 tractors currently in its fleet. By using the satellite TV systems as a retention tool, the carrier is eliminating the need to hire about 23 new drivers annually at an average cost of $4,200 to recruit a new driver.
The EpicVue package includes more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming, including premium channels such as HBO/Cinemax, Showtime, and the NFL Sunday Ticket. In-cab satellite TV systems are offered to fleets with 20 or more vehicles for a monthly subscription fee of $49 under a five-year contract or $59 monthly for a three-year contract.
“In a recent survey of 270 over-the-road drivers, we found that 25% of drivers cited incentives and benefits as a lower turnover and retention factor,” said Lance Platt, CEO of EpicVue. “At Interide Transport, EpicVue’s value is clearly seen in the impact it has on retention and on the cost of hiring new drivers.”
For more information, access www.epicvue.com.