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Landstar Headquarters Closing Due to Hurricane Irma

Landstar’s Jacksonville, Fla. headquarters will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12, due to Hurricane Irma.

Phone lines will be rerouted to the Rockford, Ill. service center for all critical departments. As a result, callers may experience slightly longer wait times. Critical calls will take priority during this time.

Landstar’s departments will continue to function with no interruption in service and business will continue as usual.

Coming Soon: Three Steps to Book a Load

Landstar’s brand new Available Loads app is coming soon to Android and iPhone. The mobile app is designed to give business capacity owners — Landstar’s term for independent truck owner-operators — a better, easier way to find and book loads.

The free mobile app was designed for the needs of BCOs and was first announced during Landstar’s All-Star Celebration in Nashville, Tennessee in July. That same month, the app was put to the test and tweaked to fully support Landstar owner-operators’ needs.

Soon, booking a shipment will easily be done in three steps:

  1. Login using your name and password from LandstarOnline.com
  2. Easily set your load parameters and search loads
  3. Simply tap to call the agent and book your load

“We went through multiple designs and gathered feedback on the app’s functionality from Landstar BCOs throughout the process. Our goal was to refine the app to do what owner-operators expect it to do with ease,” said Landstar Executive Vice President of Capacity Development Rocco Davanzo.

The new Available Loads app is intuitive and has the same features and loads that can be found on LandstarOnline.com. With a simple download, the app will give BCOs an easy-to-navigate load board right on their phones.

“BCOs won’t see fewer loads than they would see on the load board or miss anything when they shift from the web version to the mobile app,” explained Davanzo.

Download the Available Loads app for your Android: http://bit.ly/2wIcqkU

Download the Available Loads app for your iPhone: http://bit.ly/2wI4HTM

If you have questions about the app, email AvailableLoadsApp@Landstar.com

U.S. Cargo Control Prepares Owner-Operators for Roadcheck

To help prepare owner-operators for the upcoming International Roadcheck, U.S. Cargo Control is offering special prices on winch straps, ratchet straps and shoring beams through LCAPP.

The 30th annual International Roadcheck by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will take place June 6-8, 2017. During the 72-hour period, CVSA commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America will conduct random inspections of commercial vehicles and their drivers.

This year, CVSA reports it will place special emphasis on cargo securement safety violations. Inspectors will focus on safe cargo securement regulations while conducting the North American Standard Level I inspection. The 37-step inspection includes examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.

U.S. Cargo Control is offering discounts to Landstar BCOs on certain straps and beams through June 30, 2017.

 

Product Description Normal Price Sale Price  

Case Quantity

 

430FH 4” x 30’ winch strap w/flat hook

 

$12.99 $9.74 10/case
5030FH 2” x 30’ ratchet strap w/flat hook

 

$13.49 $10.12 10/case
SB92 Aluminum shoring beam $45.99 $34.49 2/case

*Offer expires June 30, 2017*
For more information about what CVSA will require during its annual Roadcheck, head to www.CVSA.org

Owner-operators Save on SmartTruck’s Aerodynamic Trailer Systems

 

SmartTruck Precision Aerodynamics, an industry leader in developing solutions to improve fuel efficiency and meet regulatory compliance standards, is offering Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs) a unique rebate program. According to SmartTruck, users of the SmartTruck Aerodynamic Trailer system should see an improvement in fuel mileage ranging from a 5.5 to 10 percent.

Owner-operators choose the system they want and where they want to purchase the system, through the dealer network page on SmartTruck’s website: www.smarttruckaero.com.  Then, owner-operators negotiate their best price for the SmartTruck product and make their purchase.

After purchase, BCOs need to send a copy of the receipt including price paid and system purchased, BCO identifier, name, address and phone number to:

SmartTruck Precision Aerodynamics

Attn: Charlie Nichols

1200 Donaldson Road

Greenville, SC 29605

SmartTruck then sends a check to the BCO for 15 percent of the purchase.

 

 

Yokohama Tire Corporation Offers Fall Tire Promotion

Yokohama Tire Corporation is offering Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs) a variety of ways to save on tires this fall. Owner operators can take advantage of Yokohama’s autumn promotion until December 31, 2016.

BCOs who purchase 8 premium Yokohama drive tires (703ZL & 709ZL) will receive 2 Yokohama steer tires for only $100 each, plus federal excise tax. BCOs, be sure the qualifying purchases include a complete set of 2 steer and 8 drive tires that all appear on the same Yokohama delivery receipt and are in sets of 10.

Please note additional information:

  • Offer valid October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.
  • Taxes and fees are added to the $100 price of Yokohama steer tires.
  • It is the Yokohama dealer’s responsibility to provide proof of sale to receive pricing for the RY617 or 101ZL SPEC 2.
  • Yokohama reserves the right to limit quantities to anyone and may cancel the promotion at any time.
  • Contact LCAPP at 1-800-531-5227 with any additional questions.

Free Holiday Meals for BCOs

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The Landstar tradition of offering complimentary holiday meals continues in hopes of making the season a little brighter for BCOs on the road and away from their families during this special time of year.

Once again, Landstar has teamed up with TravelCenters of America (TA) and Petro Stopping Centers (Petro) to offer complimentary meals on Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.

There are two ways for BCOs to receive a free holiday meal coupon:

  • UltraONE members can head to LandstarOnline.com where a link will be provided starting on November 1, 2016 to register their card for a Thanksgiving meal coupon. The coupon can be printed at a TA/Petro kiosk on Thanksgiving Day. A link to register for your Christmas meal coupons will be available starting December 1, 2016.
  • BCOs who are not an UltraONE, RoadKing or Passport card holder, can stop by any Landstar Orientation Center or contact LCAPP 1-800-531-5227 for their holiday meal ticket.

The deadline to log on and register for the meal coupon for Thanksgiving is 4 p.m. on November 22, 2016. The deadline to register for the Christmas meal coupon is 4 p.m. December 23, 2016. BCOs can print out their meal ticket on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day at any TA or Petro kiosk.

Coupons are valid for a meal up to $19 for an individual or up to $38 for team drivers and spouses. Meals are available at participating TA and Petro locations with full service restaurants.

Pilot Flying J Extends 10 Point Offer

The 10 point promotion available for Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs) through Pilot Flying J was so popular that it has decided to extend the offer indefinitely. BCOs simply purchase fuel using their Landstar BCO/Pilot Flying J Professional Driver myRewards card to receive 10 points. The points pilot_flying_j_logo-300x106are an added bonus to the 25 cent discount Landstar BCOs already receive on fuel purchases at Pilot Flying J.

BCOs who are not currently members of Pilot Flying J’s myRewards program can join by requesting a card from a cashier at any Pilot Flying J location. The cashier can register the card on site or you can register by visiting www.pilotflyingj.com, then clicking on the gray box titled “Drivers – Earn myRewards Points.”

pilotTruck drivers instantly redeem points for food, merchandise and other amenities at Pilot Flying J travel centers and restaurants. Among the benefits of the myRewards program is the “Shower Power” program. By fueling over 500 gallons in one month, drivers are rewarded with a free shower each day for the rest of that month and one additional month.

Click here to learn more about the Pilot Flying J myRewards card.

New & Renovated Truck Stops Announced

Landstar BCOs now have more truck stop options on the road, as several companies have opened new truck stops and made improvements to some of their older stops. In the recent months Love’s Travel Stops have opened 6 new locations, Pilot Flying J opened three new locations and TravelCenters of America LLC renovated one of its largest locations.

Love’s new locations:Loves-logo

Belleville, Kansas #647, Highway 81 & 7th Street

Bridgeton, Missouri #612, Highway 30, Exit 9

Enid, Oklahoma #630, North 42nd Street & U.S. Highway 412

Liberal, Kansas #632, Highway 54 & Highway 83

Tolleson, AZ #659, I-10, Exit 135

Van, Texas #651, I-20 & FM 314 (S. Oak Street)

For more information on the amenities offered at each new location head to www.loves.com.

Pilot Flying J new locations:pilot_flying_j_logo-300x106

North Charleston, South Carolina #1082, 5714 North Rhett Avenue

Santa Rosa, New Mexico #1070, I-40 & Highway 84, Exit 277

Stratford, Texas #1083, Highway 287 & 54, Stratford, Texas

For more information on the amenities offered at each new location head to www.pilotflyingj.com

TravelCenters of America LLCTA_PETRO logo

TravelCenters of America completed the renovation of its “Columbia North” facility in Columbia, South Carolina. The truck stop located at I-20, Exit 70 (99 Plumbers Road) has undergone extensive remodeling and changes to make it a full service travel center for owner-operators. Guests can now shop, dine, park and fuel at the South Carolina location. For more information about what the renovated TA has to offer head to www.ta-petro.com

 

Safety Thursday: Speed and Space Management

driveforfiveThe size and weight of large commercial vehicles create challenges that owner-operators can manage using good judgement and defensive driving techniques.  According to the National Safety Council (NSC), safe following distances, proper speeds and yielding the right-of-way are vital to collision avoidance. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) also reminds drivers that managing speed and space not only gives the owner-operator more time to think and take action, it also helps to avoid collisions with other vehicles on the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working on educating the public about how to drive safely around large commercial vehicles that are on the road with its new campaign, “Our Roads, Our Responsibility.” The campaign educates drivers of four wheeled vehicles about sharing the road, reminding the public that trucks and buses are more difficult to maneuver, have massive blind spots and need more time for stopping. The FMCSA also reminds professional truck drivers that smaller vehicles may not know the key ways to share the road with big trucks.

Safe Lane UsageAccording to the NTHSA, there are certain things large commercial vehicles can do to manage speed and space around smaller vehicles:

  • Scan the road ahead
  • Use extra caution during inclement weather
  • Maintain a safe following distance
  • Know how long it will take to stop
  • Yield the right-of-way
  • Use caution when turning and changing lanes

Landstar’s “Drive for Five” campaign designed with information from the NSC and the NTHSA, reminds owner-operators to always protect the zones around your truck and drive for five people: 1) yourself, 2) the vehicle in front of you, 3) behind you, 4) to the right side of you, and 5) to the left side.

BCO Appreciation Days Truck Giveaway

rocktruckOne lucky Landstar Business Capacity Owner (BCO) will drive home from BCO Appreciation Days in Rockford, Illinois as the owner of a brand new 2017 Kenworth T680. The flame red Kenworth T680 features a 455-HP PACCAR MX-13 engine and a 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission.

The Kenworth T680 is designed to change the way owner-operators save money on fuel. Kenworth says the T680 can improve fuel economy by as much as 10 percent. According to the manufacturer, the truck’s real-time reporting technology, tire pressure monitoring system, predictive cruise control and driver performance assistant, help the operator achieve maximum fuel efficiency.

The truck’s spacious cab provides a 76 inch high-roof sleeper and offers modern, elegant interior features that heighten the driving experience. The driver-friendly T680 features a large capacity drawer-style refrigerator/freezer, a large under-wardrobe cabinet, a TV wall mount for flat screen monitors up to 23 inches, as well as a Kenworth radio with AM/FM/WB/CD/USB, Bluetooth and Sirius-XM Satellite truck2speakers.

The Landstar Truck Giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be held on the first day of the two-day event held in Rockford this year, September 13 – 14. Landstar BCO Appreciation Days are held each year as a show of thanks to Landstar BCOs for their service excellence and dedication to safety.