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 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.

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 providers 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. (www.landstar.com) is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Its common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.

Download the Landstar Connect App Today!

 

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Download Landstar Connect today to experience the app’s new features – less work for app users and more visibility for customers. With the latest enhancements to the shipment tracking app, BCOs and other approved carriers using Landstar Connect no longer have to make check calls. Instead, the app automatically updates a BCO’s arrivals and departures via smart phone, so there’s no lag time for agents and their customers who need to know exactly where their freight is and when it’s been received.

“The auto arrive and departure enhancements save us from having to make multiple calls to get current locations, loaded times and empty times,” says Landstar DUV Agency’s Misty Plata.

Besides the time-saving benefits to agents and capacity providers, the more extensive GPS load-tracking capabilities also help meet customer demand for timely, accurate status updates about their shipments.

“Landstar Connect is a great way for us to quickly provide the customer with detailed, real-time status updates,” said CAN Agency’s Steve Linsalata.

Other recent app enhancements include:

  • GeoFence Lock and Unlock: An owner-operator can activate the GeoFence around his or her trailer while under a load using the app – an alert is sent if the fence is broken.
  • Store and Forward: When the device is in a poor service area, Landstar Connect stores the GPS location and forwards it to the customer when service is regained.
  • Document Scanning Services: Capacity providers can upload paperwork to Landstar using the app.

Download Landstar Connect today from either the Google Play or Apple App Stores. Or, contact the Account Management department about Landstar Connect by emailing connect@landstar.com or calling 866-440-9161.

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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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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Landstar’s All-Star Truck Giveaway

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One lucky Landstar All-Star will drive home from the Annual BCO All-Star Celebration with a brand new 2017 Peterbilt 579. The galaxy silver Peterbilt 579 features a PACCAR MX-13 engine and a 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission, improved aerodynamics and new chevron grille with classic Peterbilt styling. IMG_7879

The truck’s spacious, ergonomic cab and generously sized 80 inch sleeper were designed with operator comfort and productivity in mind.  The interior of the truck features an audio system equipped with satellite radio as well as MP3, USB and iPod options.

The Model 579 is built to last. According to Peterbilt, the cab is solid and durable with high quality fit and finish. The in-mold process Peterbilt uses, is designed to embed color directly on to the dash and give the interior of the truck a long-lasting finish, eliminating fading, scratching and peeling.

IMG_7882The Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway will be the grand finale of the 2016 All-Star Celebration being held at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida July 1st – 3rd. The event is held each year to honor Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and Landstar Roadstars for their safe driving records and professionalism.

A Message from Landstar President & CEO Jim Gattoni

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The June Safety Thursday Conference Call marked Landstar’s 300th call in the last 25 years.  The first ever safety call happened in June of 1991, under then CEO Jeff Crowe, Landstar’s first Chief Executive Officer.

Every year, Landstar prides itself in being one of the safest transportation providers in the industry and thanks to all of Landstar’s BCOs and agents, the focus on safety will continue and will always be a top priority at Landstar.

In 1991, when Landstar held its first ever safety Thursday Conference Call, I wasn’t yet an employee of the company; however, I was part of the team that was responsible for Landstar’s annual financial audit.  Back in 1991, Landstar had revenue of $595 million dollars and, in 2015, Landstar generated $3.3 billion.  In fact, in the first three months of 2016, we generated more revenue than the entire 1991 fiscal year.

We had 6,000 tractors provided by independent truck operators in 1991.  Today, we have more than 9,000 Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) providing truck capacity to the Landstar network.

Landstar’s growth over that 25 year period is exceptional and it is all due to the power of the network, the commitment and the contributions that every BCO contributes to Landstar.

I would like to personally thank all of the BCOs on the call with us today for their commitment to safety and for their contributions to the success of Landstar over the past 25 years.  You are the drivers of our success!  Thank you for all you do every day to make Landstar the best transportation company in the United States.

-Jim

Landstar BCO Greg Moore Saves Life

4536_greg-moore-bco0415Landstar BCO Greg Moore said he didn’t even stop to think when he saw a woman crash her pick-up truck off of Highway 100 in Keystone Heights, Florida. Moore was on his way home to Moultrie, Georgia after a long haul when he saw the accident happen, and quickly pulled his big rig over to the side of the road to help.

“I watched her crash, and I didn’t think twice, I parked my truck and got to her as fast as I could. It was just in time,” said Moore.

Moore got the 74-year-old woman out of her truck just before the truck burst into flames. Witnesses who saw the accident happen said Moore didn’t leave the woman’s side, staying with her until an ambulance arrived at the scene.

“I am just thankful that Jesus put me where I needed to be to help that woman. All I was thinking about was saving her life. Her life was more important than anything at the time,” said Moore.

Moore explained he did what he thinks anyone would do, help save a life.

“I knew there was a life in there, nothing else mattered, but saving her life,” he said.

Moore says the woman he saved, Annie Lee Smith, was hospitalized after the crash with injuries to her arm and ribs. He is in touch with Smith’s family and hopes to visit her as soon as she feels up to it.

The BCO, who leased on to Landstar in 2013, has been in the transportation industry for the last 16 years. Landstar is presenting Moore with a Platinum Star of Quality for his heroic efforts. The Platinum Star is awarded in exceptional circumstances and is intended for Landstar’s Heroes of the Highway who are faced with a life or death situation. Congratulations Greg and thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty!Greg Moore BCO (2)

Action News, a FOX and CBS television station in Jacksonville, Florida, interviewed Moore about his heroic actions. Watch their story here: Landstar BCO Saves Life.

 

24th Annual Romulus Safety Meeting

More than 230 Landstar professionals, owner-operators and agents took part in the 24th annual LSO/BCO Safety Meeting in Romulus, Michigan. The event, held each year in February, is designed to update Landstar BCOs on specific regulatory changes within the transportation industry and provide company safety performance data and discuss overall best safety practices. The meeting is hosted by LAN agency’s Mike and Brandon LePi20160206_090239or, and supported by nearly two dozen additional agents, as well as Landstar.

Guest speakers included Landstar Vice President of Loss Prevention Shelly Seaton, Region 2 Vice President Kendall Rump, Director of Compliance – Operator/Equipment Theresa Broadbent, Field Safety Manager Jeremy Bush and CABS Coordinators Rob Walter. Motivational speaker and transportation industry consultant Dan Baker also spoke to the crowd during the meeting. Baker became a professional speaker in the trucking industry in the 1980s and has since dedicated his life to motivating and mentoring truckers.  Ron Flowers, a regional Intelligence Officer with Canada Border Services Agency delivered specifics related to safe and legal border crossing policy and procedures.  IMG_1291

“Thanks to so many of our agents working together, we had a fantastic turn out this year,” said Landstar Vice President of Loss Prevention Shelly Seaton. “We discussed Landstar’s behavioral campaign focusing on speed and space management.”

In addition to discussion of the “Drive for Five” campaign, BCOs were reminded to communicate any challenges encountered during their loading/unloading process where LSOs might explore a M.U.S.T. customer visit (Mutual Understanding of Safety Together).

“Safety Meetings provide a platform for us to assist BCOs and LSOs in understanding the new rules and regulations they are facing in 2016,” said Seaton.

“Each year this event out-does the year before; we were so pleased with this year’s turnout – 120 Business Capacity Owners joined us for the meeting,” echoed Landstar Agent Brandon LePior.  20160206_090304After the safety meeting, 58 of the BCOs in attendance stayed on for a Continued Awareness of Business & Safety Class (C.A.B.S.). Orientation Coordinator Stephen Chambers taught the class, designed to help owner-operators review Landstar’s business model and safety practices.