Landstar Earns 2016 Top 100 Trucker Award from Inbound Logistics

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Landstar is proud to be named one of the 2016 Top 100 Truckers by Inbound Logistics magazine.  According to Inbound Logistics, the Top 100 Truckers list serves as a qualitative assessment of service providers, best equipped to meet and surpass its readers’ evolving motor freight transportation needs.

“Given today’s complex transportation and logistics challenges, the blended transportation solutions offered by Landstar’s s operating companies show true leadership in the trucking sector. For continuously providing the kinds of trucking solutions that readers need, Inbound Logistics is pleased to recognize Landstar as a 2016 Top 100 Trucker,” said Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.

Each year, Inbound Logistics editors select the best transportation providers by carefully evaluating submitted information, conducting personal interviews and online research, and comparing that data to Inbound Logistics’ readers’ burgeoning motor freight and logistics challenges.

This year’s list of 100 truck transportation providers was selected from a pool of more than 200 companies.

“Landstar is proud to be listed among the elite companies offering diverse operational capabilities and experience to meet even the most unique transportation challenges,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni.

 

Safety Thursday: Safe Backing, Get Out And Look

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Even under the best circumstances, backing a commercial motor vehicle is not risk-free because, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, tractor-trailers have limited visibility and large blind spots. Before backing up, Landstar, along with the National Safety Council, urges drivers to practice the G.O.A.L. method – “Get Out And Look.”

“Landstar encourages business capacity owners (BCOs) to practice the G.O.A.L. method before backing up. Get Out And Look is an extra step to ensure the driver has sufficient space to back safely,” explains Landstar Vice President of Loss Prevention Shelly Seaton.

According to the National Safety Council, backing crashes are common with larger vehicles, but can be prevented when drivers get out of their trucks and look for potential obstacles in their paths prior to backing their rigs.

The Safety Council offers these guidelines to help prevent backing collisions:

  • Avoid backing whenever possible by parking in spaces you can pull-through.
  • Know your vehicle’s blind spots and remember mirrors do not show the whole picture.
  • Be aware that steep inclines add to the difficulty of seeing behind vehicles.
  • Use a spotter, someone who can guide you and ward off any pedestrians or other vehicles until you have pulled away.
  • Honk to warn anyone in the area that you are going to begin backing up.
  • Think and plan in advance, try to avoid putting yourself in unnecessary backing situations.

 Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, dial 877-717-5921 at Noon ET on October 20, 2016.

September Star of Quality Awards Announced

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When members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, their extra efforts are recognized with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins recognizing their dedication to the best in transportation services.

Our thanks to the following Landstar owner operators and agents who are among the most elite in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of September 2016

Platinum:

Christopher Lamar Orr

*A platinum star is awarded in exceptional circumstances such as those faced with a life or death situation.

Gold:

Vickie L. Hogue Dodwell*, James Dominguez, Newell Nixon, Ronda Nixon.

*Going beyond the Gold – recipient has received multiple Gold Star Awards.

Silver:

Stanley J. Boss Sr., V. Wayne Crutcher, Dickie G. Penrod, David R. Twigger, Connie L. Twigger.

Bronze:

Anthony J. Battle, Scott C. Beddingfield, Alberto Chavez Chavez, Phung Ky Duong, Charles E. Garrett Jr., James Karl Hopson, Daniel Kepler, Lloyd Edward Lampman, Donald J. Legowsky, Shawn Lemmon, Edwin F. Melvin Jr. Caroline J. Ray, Jason D. Ray, Victoria Lee Sampson, William Keith Sampson, Steven Aulis Santala, James Edward Slinkard Jr., Leona Fay Slinkard, Tim L. Smith, Robert L. Viele Jr., Jack D. Wilder.

If you would like to nominate a Landstar BCO or agent to receive a Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com

Safety Thursday: Speed and Space Management

driveforfiveThe size and weight of large commercial vehicles create challenges that owner-operators can manage using good judgement and defensive driving techniques.  According to the National Safety Council (NSC), safe following distances, proper speeds and yielding the right-of-way are vital to collision avoidance. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) also reminds drivers that managing speed and space not only gives the owner-operator more time to think and take action, it also helps to avoid collisions with other vehicles on the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working on educating the public about how to drive safely around large commercial vehicles that are on the road with its new campaign, “Our Roads, Our Responsibility.” The campaign educates drivers of four wheeled vehicles about sharing the road, reminding the public that trucks and buses are more difficult to maneuver, have massive blind spots and need more time for stopping. The FMCSA also reminds professional truck drivers that smaller vehicles may not know the key ways to share the road with big trucks.

Safe Lane UsageAccording to the NTHSA, there are certain things large commercial vehicles can do to manage speed and space around smaller vehicles:

  • Scan the road ahead
  • Use extra caution during inclement weather
  • Maintain a safe following distance
  • Know how long it will take to stop
  • Yield the right-of-way
  • Use caution when turning and changing lanes

Landstar’s “Drive for Five” campaign designed with information from the NSC and the NTHSA, reminds owner-operators to always protect the zones around your truck and drive for five people: 1) yourself, 2) the vehicle in front of you, 3) behind you, 4) to the right side of you, and 5) to the left side.

BCO Appreciation Days Truck Giveaway

rocktruckOne lucky Landstar Business Capacity Owner (BCO) will drive home from BCO Appreciation Days in Rockford, Illinois as the owner of a brand new 2017 Kenworth T680. The flame red Kenworth T680 features a 455-HP PACCAR MX-13 engine and a 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission.

The Kenworth T680 is designed to change the way owner-operators save money on fuel. Kenworth says the T680 can improve fuel economy by as much as 10 percent. According to the manufacturer, the truck’s real-time reporting technology, tire pressure monitoring system, predictive cruise control and driver performance assistant, help the operator achieve maximum fuel efficiency.

The truck’s spacious cab provides a 76 inch high-roof sleeper and offers modern, elegant interior features that heighten the driving experience. The driver-friendly T680 features a large capacity drawer-style refrigerator/freezer, a large under-wardrobe cabinet, a TV wall mount for flat screen monitors up to 23 inches, as well as a Kenworth radio with AM/FM/WB/CD/USB, Bluetooth and Sirius-XM Satellite speakers. truck2

The Landstar Truck Giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be held on the first day of the two-day event held in Rockford this year, September 13 – 14. Landstar BCO Appreciation Days are held each year as a show of thanks to Landstar BCOs for their service excellence and dedication to safety.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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We appreciate truck drivers 52 weeks a year, but during this year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week from September 11-17, 2016, we’re showing some extra love to the professional drivers who help move America.

Landstar Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) – our term for independent owner-operators – play a huge role in transporting goods safely and on time. So, we ask that everyone join us in saying “thank you” to the men and women professional truck drivers who are on the roads each day.
Attend our online celebration all week by following Landstar on Facebook and Twitter.
We’ll have fun posts to share, prizes to win and photo tributes. Use the hashtag #ThankYouBCOs to participate in this online G - BCO-appreciation-Hipphigh-five with the Landstar family.

Also throughout the week, Landstar BCOs are invited to visit any of Landstar’s Orientation Centers for lunch. The free meal will be served at Noon, Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 16 at our Orientation Centers in: Fort Worth, Texas, Jefferson, Georgia, Indianapolis, Indiana, St. Augustine, Florida, Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Reno, Nevada, Rockford, Illinois and Burlington, Ontario.

rocktruckTo top off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, BCOs are invited to join us at our service center in Rockford, Illinois for Landstar BCO Appreciation Days on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14. The event offers BCOs the chance to connect with Landstar executives, attend education and safety meetings, and network with fellow professional drivers. Also, one lucky BCO will drive off in a 2017 T680 Kenworth – the grand prize in the Landstar Truck Giveaway, powered by Comdata.

From everyone in the Landstar family … Thank You BCOs!

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August Star of Quality Awards Announced

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Every day members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, and deserving BCOs and agents are honored with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award.  Qualified award winners receive a bronze, silver, gold or platinum colored lapel pin that recognizes their extra efforts.

Hats off to our Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Star of Quality winners for August 2016!

Platinum:

Ryan James Stip

The Platinum Award is given only in exceptional circumstances and intended for Landstar’s Heroes of the Highway.

Gold:

Joseph E. Donovan, Jonathan E. Damm*, Richard O. Davis*, Tom Herlston, Christopher W. Patton, Jeanette Simpson*

*Going beyond the Gold – recipient has received multiple Gold Star Awards.

Silver:

Harlan Brian Boswell, Stephan Lawrence Brown, Gale Edward Choffin, Phillip M. Herlein, Richard Hill, Mark Steven Huff, Anthony T. Mitchell

Bronze:

Foster Okyere Agyepong, Constance Ilene Christy, William Carl Christy, Hussein Hassan Dirshe, Dwight A. Everett, Gerard Matthew Greenhouse, Roderick Eugene Hayden, Jeffrey Alan Hickman, George L. Hinkley, David B. Jackson, Charlotte F. Johnson, Raynold Mahotieres, Rudy T. McFowland, Carl M. Meclean Sr., James Morris, Tom Ndungu, Timothy M. Nezbeth, James Terry Reed, Stanley B. Rice, Jeffrey P. Russell, Charles Savage, Beretania Smith, Sandy Lee Smith, Keith Snyder, Darreyl D. Thomas, Kenneth Ryan Wilkins, Brian Scott Yoder

2016 Great American Trucking Show

GATSThe Great American Trucking Show (GATS) kicks off Thursday, August 25, in Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Known as the nation’s most interactive experience within the trucking community, this year, GATS promises not to disappoint.

Landstar has a lot planned that you don’t want to miss during this year’s three-day trucking show. When you arrive at the convention center, stop by Landstar’s booth (#12055), to learn about the Landstar advantage and how you can become an independent owner-operator leased to Landstar.

Current BCOs and agents in attendance at the show are welcome to join Landstar each morning at 8 a.m. CT for breakfast, and daily safety meetings starting at 10 a.m. in rooms D163 & D165, with lunch and prizes to follow. health and wellness 2016

Truck driver health will be a hot topic again this year, so be sure to visit the Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion, where CDL holders can take advantage of free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and tips from nutritionists, health authors and health bloggers.

Check out the GATS website for a list of all the health screenings to be offered: http://www.truckshow.com/event/health-pavilion/

And all the happenings at the Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion: http://www.truckshow.com/landstar-health-pavilion-stage/

Safety Thursday: Health & Fitness

The challenge for owner-operators to stay healthy is everywhere, from selecting healthy food on the road to getting enough exercise and sleep.

Sleep: The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults 26 to 64 years old get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night and adults 65 years and older get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Too little sleep effects daytime alertness and performance. Sleep apnea also affects performance. The disorder disrupts breathing during sleep and can cause low blood oxygen levels, which can lead to hypertension, heart disease, as well as mood and memory problems, and increases the risk of drowsy driving. Anyone who snores loudly, has a hard time staying awake and is tired even after they think they got a full night’s sleep should consider consulting a doctor. HealthyFood-540x330

Diet: Unhealthy eating habits can impact an owner-operator’s overall health in a negative way. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion eating healthy foods with appropriate calorie levels and maintaining a healthy weight will dramatically reduce risk of chronic disease. Consuming foods that are low in added sugars, saturated fats and sodium helps keep your diet on track and reduce your risk for disease. Because it’s more challenging to make healthy choices on the road, consider planning ahead and cooking healthy meals ahead to take with you on the road or cook in the truck so you’re not be faced with high calorie and high fat choices often found at truck stops.

Exercise: Research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that people who are physically active live longer and have lower risks for a variety of diseases and conditions. Fitting exercise into your schedule regularly is important and can help overall health. The CDC recommends adults between the ages of 18 and 64 get at least 2 and a half hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity every week.12_15_Walking_Blog

According to the CDC, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Learn more about these benefits at: CDC.gov 

*Check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

Health and Fitness are this month’s Safety Thursday topics. Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call: dial 877-717-5921 August 18, 2016. The call starts at 12 p.m. EST.

Sources:

The Sleep Foundation 

The Sleep Foundation: Disorders, problems 

Nutrition.gov

Health.gov 

CDC.gov: Physical Activity 

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Landstar BCO Gary Buchs on Overdrive Online

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Landstar owner-operator Gary Buchs tells Overdrive Online that things really started to come together for him after he formalized his plan for selecting loads and set some financial goals. Overdrive Magazine’s Todd Dills interviewed Buchs about everything from his successful business strategy as an owner-operator to his decision to lease on with Landstar when the reporter rode with him this summer.

You can hear the whole interview on Channel 19 Todd Dills’ podcast: http://www.overdriveonline.com/owner-operator-evolution-through-education/

Read more about Gary Buchs plan for success here: http://www.overdriveonline.com/video-owner-operator-gary-buchs-plan-for-success/

And, find out why Gary says using ELDs is beneficial to his daily operations: http://www.overdriveonline.com/owner-operator-using-elds-finds-operational-benefit/

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