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The Next Generation: Millennial Agents and BCOs

For three decades, Landstar agents and business capacity owners (BCOs) have enthusiastically chosen Landstar as the best place to build a career that suits their needs.

Members of Landstar’s family may not share the same DNA. Instead, they share traits that can’t be found in a blood test: entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to their profession and motivation to own and operate a successful independent business.

Following in the footsteps of the men and women who laid the groundwork for Landstar, the next generation of Landstar agents and BCOs encompass the same entrepreneurial spirit as the first. In their 30s, this group of millennial business owners are eager for the future, to grow their businesses and the freedom to succeed with Landstar. Continue reading

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.

BCO Appreciation Days 2017 Truck Giveaway

 

One lucky Landstar business capacity owner 2017-Truck-Giveaway(BCO) will drive home from the 2017 Landstar BCO Appreciation Days in Jacksonville, Florida in a brand new 2017 Peterbilt 579. The pierce candy red Peterbilt 579 features a 455-HP PACCAR MX-13 engine 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission.

According to Peterbilt, the 2017 version of the 579 was built with maximum driver comfort in mind. Compared to previous years’ models, the cab is wider and provides 8 more inches of room between seats and an additional 2.9 inches in depth. Also, a 45 percent increase in glass, provides owner-operators with best-in-class visibility.

The 2017 model truck was designed with a new dash and sleeper. The 579’s spacious titanium colored interior provides an 80 inch high roof sleeper, a premium pocket spring mattress, and a rear wall storage cabinet. According to Peterbilt, the ergonomic dash was crafted for driver efficiency, increased visibility and improved driver comfort. The truck’s new sound abatement technology minimizes outside noise, giving owner-operators a more peaceful ride.

Equipped with an enhanced fuel efficiency package, the 579 takes fuel savings to new levels. Complete with aerodynamic styling, optimized powertrain, low rolling resistance tires and SmartTire Pressure Monitoring System, the 579 increases owner-operators’ bottom line with a 14 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over previous models, according to Peterbilt.

The Landstar Deliver to Win truck giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be held on the first night of the two-day event in Jacksonville this year, January 26-27. Landstar BCO Appreciation Days are held each year to thank BCOs for their service and dedication to safety.

 

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

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.

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!

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.

 

BCO All-Star Celebration

2014All-Star-logo_smallBThe BCO All-Star Celebration is almost upon us. In just days, Landstar Roadstars and Million Mile Safe Drivers will gather for the 3rd annual All-Star event to celebrate the newest class of inductees. This group of elite BCOs and their families will enjoy food, prizes, games, tours of historic Savannah, Georgia, fishing, shopping, and swimming, but even more than all of that, they will enjoy the camaraderie and pride that comes with knowing they have achieved a career milestone.
On average, it takes a truck operator 10 years to travel a million miles. This distance would take the typical driver of a passenger vehicle 67 years – around the time of their 83rd birthday – to complete! And Landstar Roadstars take that career milestone to the next stop. Each Roadstar, previously recognized as a Landstar Million Miler, is chosen for his or her consistently high levels of safety, productivity and excellent customer service.
This All-Star event is our way of acknowledging a highly successful career with Landstar, as well as a way to give back to those who give so much every day. We realize there are a lot of other moments that owner-operators have missed while on the road, and so, this celebration is just for you!