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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.

Sun exposure tops spring safety check list

As we emerge from the winter months, overexposure to the sun may not top anyone’s spring safety check list. However, the risk of developing skin cancer from overexposure should always be on the minds of the owner-operators who work in the elements and anyone else who spends a lot of time on the road.

Window glass does not effectively block out the sun’s UV rays. UV Rays can penetrate through glass and cause skin damage, without people realizing it. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, drivers are at an increased risk of developing skin cancer lesions on the left side of their bodies.

You’ve probably heard all of the advice before, but it’s worth repeating – and worth remembering. Here are some tips from the FDA to keep protected inside and outside of your vehicle.

  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, the FDA recommends 30 SPF or higher
  • Wear clothing to protect exposed skin
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck
  • Wear sunglasses to block as much UVA and UVB rays as possible
  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with over 2 million skin cancer diagnoses every year.

A few minutes of sun exposure each day can cause noticeable damage. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these signs of skin damage:

  • Freckles
  • Age Spots
  • Spider veins
  • Rough, leathery skin
  • Fine wrinkles that disappear when stretched
  • Loose skin
  • Blotchy complexion

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Each of these have many different appearances, which is why knowing the early warning signs is so important. If you notice one or more of these severe warning signs, contact your doctor right away:

  • A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black or multi-colored.
  • A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that:
    • Changes in texture or color
    • Increases in size or thickness
    • Is bigger than 6 mm or 1/4″ (the size of a pencil eraser)
    • Appears after the age of 21
  • A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, bleed or does not heal within three weeks.

A map of the United States from the EPA is designed to help people protect themselves from harmful UV light by detailing the high/low UV rays for the current day. It is recommended that people protect themselves when the UV index is at 3 or higher.

Remember even if your skin type doesn’t burn easily, you’re still at risk. Sunscreen not only protects your skin from burning, it reduces damage to your skin. While a sunburn is an immediate reaction to the sun, damage from the sun occurs over a lifetime. Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is a good practice no matter what your skin type.

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.

David Gray Wins Landstar’s Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway Powered by Comdata

While hundreds of Landstar BCOs had great experiences during Landstar’s recent Appreciation

David Gray

David Gray, winner of the 2014 Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway powered by Comdata

Days in Jacksonville, BCO David Gray might have had the best time of all. That’s because he took home a brand new Peterbilt in the Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway powered by Comdata.

Gray is the proud new owner of a 2016 Peterbilt 579, viper blue in color and equipped with a 450-horsepower Cummins ISX-15 engine, 80-inch high rise sleeper and Eaton transmission. He is the latest in a long line of BCOs to win a new truck during Landstar events such as Appreciation Days and BCO All-Star Celebrations. Counting Gray’s prize, Landstar has played a part in giving away 31 trucks in the past 21 years.

Gray, who hails from Chatsworth, Georgia, has been with Landstar since July of 2013. He says leasing on with Landstar was the best decision he’s ever made – and not just because he won the truck.

“Winning this truck is a life-changing event…but even before this, coming to Landstar was a life-changing event,” said Gray. “I should have done it a long time ago.”

Stay tuned for more Gray’s story in the upcoming issue of The Road to Success magazine!

Big Fuel Discounts with LCAPP

by Rocco Davanzo, Exec. Vice President of Capacity Development

It’s the Holiday Season! A time of year synonymous with festivities, gifts and, unfortunately, spending a lot of extra money. But what if as an owner-operator you could actually save money during the holidays and the rest of the year too? Thousands of Landstar BCOs are doing just that by way of amazing fuel discounts through Landstar’s Contractor Advantage Purchasing Program (LCAPP). Just last week, Landstar owner-operators saved over 60 cents a gallon over the regular retail price, with one BCO reporting saving more than $1 per gallon on fuel! How’s that for putting a little extra jingle in your pocket for the holidays?

Landstar’s ability to secure the cheapest fuel prices for its owner-operators would make even Ebenezer Scrooge jealous! In 2013, Landstar BCOs saved over $19 million on fuel purchases through the LCAPP program…and the savings for 2014 are shaping up to be even more impressive, at nearly $24 million in fuel cost savings with a few more weeks to go.

The average savings on fuel purchases through LCAPP for 2014 year-to-date is around 22 cents per gallon. That equates to substantial savings when calculated throughout the entire year.The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has projected the average retail price of on-highway diesel fuel for the second half 2014 to be $3.86 per gallon. At that price, an owner-operator who drove 110,000 miles this year and averaged 6.5 miles per gallon would save approximately $3,800 in 2014 on fuel purchased through LCAPP. Given that you don’t pay taxes on money saved, some financial experts say that additional dollars saved are even more beneficial to your businesses’ bottom line than additional dollars earned.

Spending retail cost on fuel this Holiday Season? Landstar says, “Bah! Humbug!”

Landstar Gives Thanks

Landstar Gives Thanks

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time of year when people take stop to reflect upon those things they are most grateful for in their lives. We at Landstar are no different. During this holiday season we are thinking about the immense appreciation we have for our agents, capacity providers and customers, without whom Landstar would not be the industry leader it is today.

This year is shaping up to be one of the most successful in company history and that’s a testament to the talent and hard work of Landstar’s agents and capacity providers, as well as the trust and loyalty demonstrated by our customers.

We would like to thank each and every person who has played a role in Landstar’s success this year and in the past and wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Apps for Success

by Joe Beacom, Landstar Vice President and Chief Safety & Operations Officer

The long-awaited agent workflow tool “Shipment Manager” is now operational and in the hands of several agents. A sincere thank you to the many agents who invested their time and energy into defining the functional aspects of the tool, reviewed and tested the various components and were ultimately critical to the project’s success. Feedback from the initial group of agent users has been very positive, confirming the intent which was to improve shipment visibility from tender through invoicing. Shipment Manager allows for key customer-specific milestones to be monitored; creating the opportunity for exception management.

Landstar Connect, an equally impactful tool is being rolled out simultaneously. Landstar Connect is a smartphone app that simplifies the ability for BCOs and carriers to provide shipment visibility and status reporting. The onerous task of telephone calls, voice mail and returned calls can be eliminated with Landstar Connect thanks to the use of the smartphone’s GPS information. Each customer’s status reporting requirements are sent via the app to the phone, allowing the operator to provide only those updates that are required, while providing the agent and/or customer with shipment visibility from origin to destination.

This technology is not new to the industry, however its integration into shipment visibility at Landstar is a nice enhancement that provides an opportunity to provide significant visibility, more efficiently and effectively.  A testament to the ease of use and benefit to productivity is seen in one BCO’s request that we make certain each of the several agents he works with are trained on the app, eliminating the telephone calls back and forth throughout the day or night to provide customer peace of mind.

Increasingly, customers see quality information equal in value to timely and damage free transportation. These tools are intended to allow Landstar agents and BCOs to meet these requirements more effectively and with greater efficiency. If you are interested in learning more about Landstar contact us 1-800-622-0658 or recruiter@landstar.com.

Visit us at Cabela’s – Hoffman Estates, IL 10/15/14

Thinking about Landstar?
Come by and learn more about the Landstar opportunity!

The Landstar recruiting team will be at
Cabela’s
5225 Praire Stone Parkway
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
October 15, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Featuring:
– Live load board demos
– Free lunch provided
– Door prizes
– Talk to a Landstar representative in person

To join us, please RSVP at recruiter@landstar.com or call us at 800-435-4010

 

A Texas-Sized Welcome!

More than 100 people turned out this month for a Texas-sized barbeque lunch and the formal grand opening of Landstar’s newest training and service center. The new facility, near the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, is now providing Landstar Business Capacity Owners a safe and comfortable home away from home.

The $6 million, 10-acre facility provides showers, free laundry equipment, a state-of-the-art truck-driving simulator, classrooms for safety, business and load securement training, as well as onsite staff support for all Landstar BCOs. The new site replaces a now-outgrown property in Grand Prairie which was Landstar’s most-visited field location.

Some specifics about the new location:

• Lounge/breakroom with multiple TVs, tables and chairs

• Free laundry facility with commercial-grade washers and dryers

• Business center with six computers for use by the BCOs, and

• Large, private shower rooms

• Completely paved, fenced and secure parking area

• 140 tractor-trailer parking spaces, plus 150 spaces for cars

• Easy access for trucks from Texas Highway 183, near Highway 360

• Three large classrooms furnished with the latest audio-visual equipment. The classrooms are separated by soundproof partitions that can be folded away to host larger meetings or other company events in a single room.

 

Fred Shell Wins the Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway Powered by Comdata

Fred Shell

Fred Shell winner of the 2014 Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway Powered by Comdata

Congratulations to the Winner of the Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway Powered by Comdata. Fred Shell won a brand new Peterbilt at the 3rd annual All-Star event celebrating Landstar BCOs who have earned the highest safety honors in the Landstar system.
In addition to the newest classes of Landstar Roadstars and Million Mile Safe Drivers, there were other awards as well. The very first Landstar 45-year Safety Award was presented to Scotty Collett, and the Landstar BCO Lifetime Achievement Award this year honored Ray Dillard, who was the company’s third 4 Million Mile Safe Driver.
Look for more on about these road heroes and the special celebration in the fall edition of Landstar’s Road to Success magazine. We’ll put a link on the blog when the magazine is posted and hits truck stops across the country.
Thanks again to all of our BCOs for making our nation’s highways and byways a safer place!
Safe travels and Happy Independence Day!