Category Archives: Owner-Operator

BCOs Maximize Opportunities

Searching through thousands of loads to put together a multileg run takes time that could be better spent on the road, generating more revenue. Now Landstar owner-operators can utilize the Landstar Maximizer™ mobile app to find the best combination of back-to-back loads to meet their needs for a multileg full-week run.

The new Landstar Maximizer search engine is a Landstar-exclusive technology in a convenient mobile app designed to help Landstar’s independent owner-operators spend less time searching for loads and expand their overall revenue opportunities. When owner-operators and drivers use the Landstar Maximizer app they:

  • Reduce time spent finding loads
  • Reduce down time used searching for the next load
  • Reduce deadhead miles
  • Optimize routes
  • Maximize revenue opportunities
  • Maximize home time

With the Landstar Maximizer mobile app, users choose the origin and ultimate destination, the start and end dates for the days of desired travel and the trailer type. Tap the ASK MAX™ button and, within seconds, the user is able to select one of hundreds of multileg combinations generated by the Landstar Maximizer app.

This new mobile app searches available loads from Landstar’s load board, combines that best matches to an owner-operators search criteria, then displays the overall revenue, distance, rate-per-mile and duration of the multileg routes.

The expanded beta version of the Landstar Maximizer app is available for download today from the Google Play Store for Android smartphone users or from Apple’s App Store for iPhone users.

The Landstar Maximizer app is available for Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs), the company’s term for independent owner-operators, with a current LandstarOnline username and password. Owner-operators interested in leasing on with Landstar should contact Landstar’s BCO recruiting department at 1-800-435-4010 or visit www.LeaseToLandstar.com.

Free Holiday Meals for BCOs

The Landstar tradition of offering complimentary holiday meals continues in hopes of making the season a little brighter for BCOs on the road and away from their families over the holidays.

Once again, Landstar has teamed up with TravelCenters of America (TA) and Petro Stopping Centers to offer complimentary meals on Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) and Christmas (Dec. 25).

There are two ways to receive your free holiday meal coupon:

  • Starting Nov. 1, 2017, UltraONE members can follow this link to register for a Thanksgiving meal coupon. The coupon can be printed at a TA/Petro kiosk on Thanksgiving Day. A link to register for your Christmas meal coupons will be available starting Dec. 1, 2017.
  • BCOs who are not UltraOne, RoadKing or Passport cardholders can stop by any Landstar orientation center or contact LCAPP at 800-531-5227 for their holiday meal ticket.

The deadline to log on and register for the meal coupon for Thanksgiving is 4 p.m. Nov. 20, 2017. The deadline to register for the Christmas meal coupon is 4 p.m. Dec. 20, 2017. BCOs can print out their meal tickets on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day at any TA or Petro kiosk.

Coupons are valid for a meal that costs up to $19 for an individual or up to $38 for team drivers and spouses. Meals are available at participating TA and Petro locations with full service restaurants.

The meal includes dinner, dessert, beverage and tax. The coupon is not valid for tips. Photocopies of the coupon will not be accepted. The meal coupons are only valid Nov. 23 and Dec. 25.

Operation Safe Driver Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual “Operation Safe Driver Week” begins this week of October 15-21, 2017.

The goal is to improve the driving behavior of all drivers – whether operating a commercial or passenger vehicle.  As always, avoid the following dangerous driving behaviors: speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seat belt, traveling too closely, improper lane changes and failure to obey traffic lights.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), unsafe driving continues to be the leading cause of crashes: 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes are due to the kind of dangerous driving behaviors targeted during Operation Safe Driver Week.

September Star of Quality Awards

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 represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of September 2017:

Platinum:

Rodney Leon Hall & Craig Helsel

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

Gold:

Alec S. Costerus, Gregory Lee Huggins, Walter Jackson, John Glenn Jones, Laurie Ann Jones, David Allen McManus, Stephen Hugh McFarlane*, James Rowland*

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

Silver:

Linda M. Caffee, Gary R. Deemer, Gregory Lee Huggins, Peter F. Kohl, James Markey, Raymond Nickels, Kevin Todd Sigle, Thuong Van Truong, Martin Walsh.

Bronze:

Douglas James Arend Sr., Deloris Dianne Arend, Tamie Beaton, Yick Yuen Chui, Dale Lawrence Conklin, Patricia Conklin, Anthony W. Cox, George Raymond DeMarino Jr., Adolfo Bernardo Dolgiej, Gary L. Erdmann, Joey Homsey, Howard Waymond Hudson, Larry Ingham, Yvonne Lander, Valentin Lopez, Gregory Elliot McKnight, Nanette Newton, Scott Newton, Sheila Annette Nickels, Kerrick Jacob Rigmaiden, Anthony Burt Rouse, Ruth Rouse, Milton Marty Schlensig, Candice Settle, Derek Settle, Anthony K. Smith, Terence Raynard Thomas, Hill Tucker, Moises Zubiaur.

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

The Roadstar Distinction

The Roadstar distinction is awarded to Landstar owner-operators recognized for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.

Roadstar award winners are considered to be the most elite of the company’s business capacity owners (BCOs) – Landstar’s term for independent owner-operators leased exclusively to Landstar.

Typically, it will take a Landstar BCO 10 years or more to earn the coveted Roadstar award.

Each Roadstar recipient is productive, profitable and exceptional in all aspects of operating his or her own business.

To be eligible for the honor, a Roadstar nominee must:

  • Have earned status as a one or more Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver
  • Provide an example to other truck operators in adherence to DOT regulations and Landstar’s safety-first culture
  • Produce significant revenue
  • Have a positive, cooperative attitude in his or her interactions with employees, agents and customers