I certainly agree about drivers not being fairly compensated as shown in a letter I wrote to several local, state and federal officials: But the part why the DC was implemented is totally accurate. I have been in this business for 15 years as a driver, Assistant Manager and RGM. I got out of delivering when the price of gas rose past $2/gallon. At that time drivers were paid at least minimum wage and 6% net sales of their deliveries. Raises of $0.10 - $0.25 were expected every 3 months. Drivers were able to make a fairly decent living at this time. Once the price of gas started pushing $3+ per gallon is when delivering as a living went down hill......fast. Liability insurance premiums for the stores nearly doubled overnight. The first thing that happened was the implementation of the DC. Then their compensation rate changed from a percentage of net sales to a per delivery scheme. Drivers started to see their tips and compensation reduced. When the recession hit, the raises stopped. When the minimum wage increased, veteran drivers were able to keep their current wage if it was above MW but new hires were stuck at MW. Within the last 18 months, all drivers were transitioned to a split pay scheme. MW while in store and below MW while on the road. As a RGM, I have very little sway regarding increasing compensation and wages. The Area Supervisors and OP have taken that out of our hands.