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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

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.

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.

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

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.

Hotshot Demand Continues to Grow

CMoore_HOT_SHOT_Blog_4When hotshot BCO Chris Moore leased on with Landstar in 2015, he brought with him 5 years of experience in transporting freight using his Ford F-350 and 40-foot gooseneck trailer. Before that, the 26-year-old owner-operator spent some time behind the wheel of a big rig.

“Operating the big truck was expensive and I couldn’t do it anymore, so I started doing hotshot transports with my truck and found there’s no comparison. The ease of getting in and out of places as a hotshot isn’t possible with a big truck,” explained Moore.

The demand for hotshot trucking in the transportation industry continues to grow and, with that demand, Landstar’s utilization of hotshots is also expanding – giving more agents the option to use hotshot owner-operators to get loads hauled. CMoore_HOT_SHOT_Blog_1

“There’s a niche for hotshots in our industry. Sometimes the customer will even request the smaller trucks because there are some new job sites that bigger trucks just cannot get into,” noted Carla Johnson with the Donna Daniels Agency.

What started as just a handful of hotshot owner-operators has quickly turned into a small, but mighty, hotshot fleet.

“Hotshots increase Landstar’s platform capacity and open more opportunities for our agents who are able to better serve their customers,” said Landstar Vice President of Capacity Development Scott Ray.

For Moore, that means hauling pipe loads and driving on scenic back roads, which allows him to see even more of the United States.

“For me, driving means getting to see places I’ve never seen before like Wyoming.  It’s a beautiful state and because I am a hotshot owner-operator and don’t have a weight restriction, I can take back roads and see even more of what these states have to offer,” said Moore.

Aside from getting into places an 18-wheeler cannot and not being restricted by a weight limit, Moore says, other factors aid in his success as a hotshot.

“Operation costs on the Ford versus a big truck are so much lower. I get 11 miles to the gallon on fuel, and have an additional fuel tank on the truck, so I can keep going and don’t have to stop often to re-fuel,” explained Moore. CMoore_HOT_SHOT_Blog_3

Agents or owner-operators who would like more information on Landstar hotshots should contact BCO Recruiting at 1-800-435-4010.

Summer Holiday Cargo Alert from Landstar

A load at rest is a load at risk!

Cargo thieves do not take holidays off, they use the holiday season to capitalize on poorly coordinated dispatch. Cargo thieves are always on the lookout for unattended equipment loaded with High Risk Cargo (HRC) or other lucrative cargo which is easily marketed for a quick profit. It takes less than 5 minutes for a cargo thief to steal your truck, trailer and load.

With approaching holidays in Canada and the United States, Landstar is reminding all BCOs, Carriers and 3rd Party Logistics providers to be mindful of their trucks, trailers and cargo during this high-risk time.

Businesses will be closed as Canada celebrates Canada Day on Wednesday July 1st and Friday, July 3rd for Independence Day in the U.S.

Here are some tips to keep you secure:

  • Verify your shipper’s and receiver’s holiday schedule.
  • Remember to use your locks!
  • HRC cannot be taken home for any reason.
  • Secure yards available across the country, but they fill up quickly around holidays.

If you need assistance, contact Landstar Security and Cargo Loss Prevention at 800-872-9103.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

April is Distracted Driver Awareness month and to combat distracted driving, the Department of Transportation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is leading an effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel.

The campaign, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” is an effort designed to crack down on distracted driving nationwide. From April 10th through the 15th, state and local law enforcement will aggressively ticket drivers who are found to be texting or using their mobile devices while driving.

The NHTSA campaign is also designed to save lives. NHTSA data shows at least 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013 and that 424,000 Americans were injured in distracted driving accidents.

NHTSA recommends motorists follow these guidelines in order to prevent distracted driving:

  • Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before driving
  • Be good role models for young drivers, talk to teens about distracted driving
  • Speak up if you are a passenger and the driver is using their electronic device while driving
  • Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the biggest defense against unsafe drivers

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a variety of creative campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. You can learn more about the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign on the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving: http://www.distraction.gov/

Follow this link from the NHTSA for more information and statistics on distracted driving: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812132.pdf.