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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.

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.

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

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/

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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Safety Thursday: Load Securement

soeThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program is designed to improve large truck and bus safety in order to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities associated with commercial motor vehicles.

The CSA program carries severe penalties for cargo securement under the Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). While load securement violations may seem simple to identify, they are not as easy to spot as some drivers expect. soe2

Per the CSA program, proper load securement is critical, not only because law enforcement keeps a close eye on load securement, but also, the public is vulnerable to road hazards from improper securement.

Areas to pay special attention to are:

393.104 (f) (3) Loose/unfastened tiedown

392.9 (a) (2) Failing to secure vehicle equipment

393.110 (b) Insufficient tiedowns; without headerboard/blocking

393.104 (b) Damaged securement system/tiedowns

Operators should fully understand the cargo securement criteria listed in the Federal Motor Safety Regulations.

 

Landstar offers securement training in the classroom and as an online 20160428_102644course. Contact Pete Hitzemann, Laurie Tobias or Lynn Hooper for additional information at 817-685-6253.

Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, Thursday July 21, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST by calling 877-717-5921.