National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Thank You BCOs!

We appreciate professional truck drivers all year, but during this year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, from September 10-16, we’d like to show our gratitude to Landstar owner-operators by providing a free lunch.

Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs) – our term for independent truck owner-operators – are invited to visit any of Landstar’s orientation centers Monday, September 11 through Friday, September 15. The free lunch will be served at noon in each of these orientation centers: Fort Worth, TX, Jefferson, GA, Indianapolis, IN, Lewistown, PA, Sparks, NV, Rockford, IL and Burlington, ON.

Due to Hurricane Irma, the St. Augustine, FL orientation center will be closed Monday, September 11 and possibly Tuesday, September 12. To find out Tuesday if the St. Augustine center will be open and serving lunch, please call 800-872-8557 prior to arrival.

Landstar BCOs play an important role in transporting goods safely and on time the whole year through – so we’re spending National Truck Driver Appreciation Week paying tribute to the men and women who haul freight safely day in and day out.

Throughout the week we are featuring Landstar’s finest on Facebook and Twitter.  Follow our pages and stay tuned for some fun posts to share, and prizes to win! Be sure to follow the hashtags #ThankYouBCOs and #NTDAW2017 to be part of the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week conversation.

 

Landstar Headquarters Closing Due to Hurricane Irma

Landstar’s Jacksonville, Fla. headquarters will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12, due to Hurricane Irma.

Phone lines will be rerouted to the Rockford, Ill. service center for all critical departments. As a result, callers may experience slightly longer wait times. Critical calls will take priority during this time.

Landstar’s departments will continue to function with no interruption in service and business will continue as usual.

July Star of Quality Awards Announced

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 July 2017:

Gold:

William E. Almy III*, Lorena Hensley*, Mark D. Lovell, Dennis Musser*, Gregory O. Simmons

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

Robert L. Hail Jr., Jerry Alan Laitinen, Juan Urbina

Bronze:

Neville Dave Anthony Daley, Sandra Kay Hamblin, Cecil Theodore Patterson Jr., Florin Petroj, Joseph Leonard reed, Dennis Jeffrey Self, Donietsky “Donnie” Silveira-Sanchez, Steven Kyle Smith, Edward lee Thurmond, Calvin Turk Jr., Donna Marshall Turk, Robert R. Watson, David B. West

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

Coming Soon: Three Steps to Book a Load

Landstar’s brand new Available Loads app is coming soon to Android and iPhone. The mobile app is designed to give business capacity owners — Landstar’s term for independent truck owner-operators — a better, easier way to find and book loads.

The free mobile app was designed for the needs of BCOs and was first announced during Landstar’s All-Star Celebration in Nashville, Tennessee in July. That same month, the app was put to the test and tweaked to fully support Landstar owner-operators’ needs.

Soon, booking a shipment will easily be done in three steps:

  1. Login using your name and password from LandstarOnline.com
  2. Easily set your load parameters and search loads
  3. Simply tap to call the agent and book your load

“We went through multiple designs and gathered feedback on the app’s functionality from Landstar BCOs throughout the process. Our goal was to refine the app to do what owner-operators expect it to do with ease,” said Landstar Executive Vice President of Capacity Development Rocco Davanzo.

The new Available Loads app is intuitive and has the same features and loads that can be found on LandstarOnline.com. With a simple download, the app will give BCOs an easy-to-navigate load board right on their phones.

“BCOs won’t see fewer loads than they would see on the load board or miss anything when they shift from the web version to the mobile app,” explained Davanzo.

Download the Available Loads app for your Android: http://bit.ly/2wIcqkU

Download the Available Loads app for your iPhone: http://bit.ly/2wI4HTM

If you have questions about the app, email AvailableLoadsApp@Landstar.com

MILLION MILE SAFE DRIVER WINS LANDSTAR ALL-STAR TRUCK GIVEAWAY

Penrod with the keys to his new truck!

The random drawing and giveaway was the highlight of the 6th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration held July 6 – 8 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The giveaway truck, a red pearl 2017 Western Star 5700XE, was exclusively reserved for a Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver or Landstar Roadstar, the company’s highest honor for business capacity owners (BCOs). BCO is Landstar’s term for the independent owner-operators who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements.

Landstar is very proud of the safety-first professionals who make up Landstar’s unique system of independent owner-operators, sales agents and customers,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. “We’re pleased to have the contributing support of companies like Western Star and Comdata as Landstar rewards positive driver behavior with a chance to win such a grand prize.”

Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni congratulating Penrod during the 2017 BCO All-Star Celebration in Nashville, TN.

The winner, Dickie Penrod of Fayetteville, North Carolina was one of eight semi-finalists drawn by random computerized name generators. Penrod leased on to Landstar in 1999 and was named a One Million Mile Safe Driver in 2008.

“Landstar is a valued partner of Western Star Trucks and we are excited to support them in their quest of driver safety,” said Western Star Trucks’ On-Highway Marketing Manager Mike Guarino.

“It is an honor to help an owner-operator. Watching his reaction when he won the truck is extra special and rewarding. We love the partnership and ability to continue to bring value-added solutions to Landstar and its BCO and agent base,” said Comdata Chief Operations Officer Randy Morgan.

 

 

About Landstar:

Landstar System, Inc. is a worldwide asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services to a broad range of customers utilizing a network of agents, third-party capacity owners and employees. All Landstar transportation services companies are certified to ISO 9001:2008 quality management system standards and RC14001:2013 environmental, health, safety and security management system standards. Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Its common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.

About Western Star:

Western Star Sales Trucks, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Ore., produces tough custom trucks for highway and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

About Comdata:

Comdata Inc. is a leading provider of innovative payment and operating technology that drives actionable insights from spending data, builds enhanced controls and positively impacts its clients’ bottom lines. Comdata is part of one of the largest payment companies in the world and is the second largest commercial issuer of MasterCard in North America. Our 5,300 employees partner with companies in 53 countries to manage more than 1.9 billion fleet, corporate purchasing, payroll and healthcare transactions annually.

June Star of Quality Awards Announced

 

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 June 2017:

Gold:

Bill E. Ater Jr.*, Dennis Brannon, Denise Anne Gibson, Donald E. Hogan, Lisa Patton*, John Robert Swangstue*

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

Alec S. Costerus, Gerald F. Fiset, Yan Krasnov, Sinisa Lukic, George Clayton Miller, Randall Eugene New, Paul Clayton Stone, Bartholomew Verdino, Terry L. Walter

Bronze:

Edwin Baker, Eugene C. Baker, Michael John Beaver, Roderick Laverne Benjamin, Rickey L. Black Jr., James Arthur Block, Mark Melcombe Chase, Dave Anthony Christian, Riza Ciftdogan, Sarah Cooper, George B. Cooper, Rusty Jay Dalrymple, Anthony R. Davis, Raul Diaz Sr., Antonio Tavories Dobson, Terry E. Ellis, Steffanie Gehl, Jennifer Gibson, William Grange Straw Jr., Richard D. Grim, Robert L. Hail Jr., Sammy Hipp, James Marquis Hollenquest, Gabriell “Gabby” Hudson, Alphaumare Jalloh, Dana R. Jones, Timothy Brice Keeney, Do Hyung Kim, Melanie Klein, Eric Lewis, Liviu Lisneanu, Robert Martin, Jean E. Mitchell, Donna More, Nancy Nicholson, Jeffrey Scott Robinson, Luis Felipe Alvarez Santiago, Mindy Schmitt, Earl D. Spradling, Timothy Lane Sullivan, Dedric Lakeith Sumpter, Darrell Duane Taylor, Eugene “Chip” Warner

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

 

 

 

Landstar to Give Away Another Truck!

For the second time this year, Landstar is giving away a big rig to one of the more than 9,000 independent owner-operators leased to Landstar. Come July, one lucky winner will drive home from the annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration in a brand new 2017 Western Star 5700XE.

The red pearl Western Star features a Detroit DD15, 14.8L engine and a Detroit DT12-DA-1650 Heavy Duty 12-speed direct drive automated manual transmission. The truck’s spacious cab has a 68-inch Stratosphere High Roof, which Western Star touts as a testament to the truck’s versatility and comfort.

According to the truck maker, the interior of the 5700XE is designed with comfort, space and storage to spare. The cab is accented with cherry wood cabinets, closets, two moveable shelves, and features a 35-inch wide, liftable lower bunk and foldable upper bunk. The cab also showcases a top-of-dash navigation prep, Bluetooth and microphone technologies, and an AM/FM/WB/SiriusXM radio with CD player.

The Western Star 5700XE takes efficiency to the extreme, from the standard Western Star sun visor with LED marker lights to the three-piece headlights that cost less to replace. Western Star boasts that every feature and component on the truck is refined for maximum aerodynamics, fuel efficiency and dependability.

The Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway, sponsored by Comdata and Western Star, will be the grand finale of the 2017 BCO All-Star Celebration being held in Nashville, Tennessee, July 7-9, 2017. The annual event honors Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and Landstar Roadstars for their safe driving records and professionalism.

In January, Landstar also gave away a truck during its Landstar BCO Appreciation Days in Jacksonville. At that time, BCO Ralph Hall drove home in a new 2017 Peterbilt 579.

LANDSTAR NAMED AMONG TOP 20 FLEETS TO DRIVE FOR

For the sixth consecutive year, Landstar is among the “Top 20 Fleets to Drive For” according to the latest survey conducted by Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge.

The nomination process began in 2016, with transportation companies evaluated in a variety of categories including professional development opportunities, career path/advancement opportunities, annual turnover rates and fleet safety record.

TCA and CarriersEdge interviewed each nominee’s representatives and executives about their company’s direction, policies and programs. Those comments were compared to a selection of each fleet’s drivers or owner-operators surveyed and then incorporated into the fleet’s final score.

“We are proud that the owner-operators leased to Landstar feel they have freedom, opportunity and the support services they need to successfully run their own businesses,” said Landstar Executive Vice President of Capacity Development Rocco Davanzo. “We appreciate all that Landstar owner-operators do to provide customers with excellence in safety and service, helping to make Landstar an industry leader.”

This is the ninth year of the survey which is open to all U.S. and Canadian fleets that operate 10 or more trucks. To be considered, fleets must be nominated by either a company driver or an owner-operator.

According to the TCA, phase two of the evaluation will divide the highest scoring fleets into small and large categories, from which two overall winners will be selected. The overall winners will be announced during TCA’s Annual Convention, March 26-29, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

For more details, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. Click here to download a PDF of this story.

Landstar’s First Truck Winner of 2017

Landstar BCO Ralph Hall wins brand new Peterbilt 579

Landstar BCO Ralph Hall wins brand new Peterbilt 579

Landstar announces the winner of its Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway, the first of two new trucks to be given away in 2017. Landstar business capacity owners (BCO), the company’s term for independent truck owner-operators, are eligible to earn entries to win throughout the year.

Landstar BCO Ralph Hall is driving a brand new Peterbilt 579 after winning the semi-truck in a random drawing held Jan. 26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The truck giveaway was the highlight of Landstar’s annual BCO Appreciation Days, a two-day event held to thank the independent owner-operators leased to Landstar for providing excellence in safety and customer service.

Hall was one of five finalists randomly selected from the 170,000 entries.

“I drove it home and I’m still in disbelief. Nothing like this has ever happened to me,” said Hall. The Tennessee resident was also surprised that his 5-year-old grandson’s prediction came to pass. “Trenton said he saw ‘Papa Ralph’ winning a big red truck,” Hall says, explaining that neither he nor the child knew the color of the giveaway truck, which is Pierce Red, before the event.

Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni hosted the Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway, along with representatives from sponsor Comdata.

“It is an honor to award BCOs like Ralph Hall with a brand new truck that can significantly and positively impact their lives,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. “These truck owner-operators are hardworking small businesspeople who are committed to our safety-first culture and provide excellent customer service each day.”

The second truck giveaway of 2017 will be in July during Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration, an annual event held exclusively to honor Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and Landstar Roadstars, the company’s highest honor for BCOs.

BCO Appreciation Days 2017 Truck Giveaway

 

One lucky Landstar business capacity owner 2017-Truck-Giveaway(BCO) will drive home from the 2017 Landstar BCO Appreciation Days in Jacksonville, Florida in a brand new 2017 Peterbilt 579. The pierce candy red Peterbilt 579 features a 455-HP PACCAR MX-13 engine 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission.

According to Peterbilt, the 2017 version of the 579 was built with maximum driver comfort in mind. Compared to previous years’ models, the cab is wider and provides 8 more inches of room between seats and an additional 2.9 inches in depth. Also, a 45 percent increase in glass, provides owner-operators with best-in-class visibility.

The 2017 model truck was designed with a new dash and sleeper. The 579’s spacious titanium colored interior provides an 80 inch high roof sleeper, a premium pocket spring mattress, and a rear wall storage cabinet. According to Peterbilt, the ergonomic dash was crafted for driver efficiency, increased visibility and improved driver comfort. The truck’s new sound abatement technology minimizes outside noise, giving owner-operators a more peaceful ride.

Equipped with an enhanced fuel efficiency package, the 579 takes fuel savings to new levels. Complete with aerodynamic styling, optimized powertrain, low rolling resistance tires and SmartTire Pressure Monitoring System, the 579 increases owner-operators’ bottom line with a 14 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over previous models, according to Peterbilt.

The Landstar Deliver to Win truck giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be held on the first night of the two-day event in Jacksonville this year, January 26-27. Landstar BCO Appreciation Days are held each year to thank BCOs for their service and dedication to safety.