Awarding the Star of Quality

October & November 2018 Star of Quality Awards

Each month deserving business capacity owners (BCOs), operators and agents earn Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. The award, for members of the Landstar family who go above and beyond the call of duty, recognizes those extra efforts and dedication to service.

The outstanding efforts by these professional men and women throughout October and November earned them a Star of Quality Award. Our thanks and praise to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Gold:

Robert Francis Barnard*, Kenneth Boggess*, Jacob Bons, Robert James Brinkman*, Steve Grillo, Richard Hill, Clifton Daniel Parker, David Milton Pearce, Zenoviu O. Sirbu*, John Robert Swangstue*, Todd Taggart, Joseph Tyler*, Michelle Tyler*, Martin Walsh*.

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

David W. Adams, Emilio M. Coe, Jose Cruz, Anthony F. Dodd, Louis Green Jr., E. Victor Hounsell, Dale Joles, Tina Joles, Patrick David McGuire Jr., Jose O. Mejicano, Ivan L. Odom, Alan Franklin Sheain Jr., Juan Manuel Tenorio.

Bronze:

Jon Timothy Adkins, Thomas Beliles, Jaroslaw Bozek, Rick L. Brehm, James R. Brophy, Anthony D. Brunson, Quantez L. Clark, Christopher L. Collins, Richard William Collins, Phylisia P. Compton, James B. Farnham, Almir Ferhatbegovic, Garrett Dwyane Fitzsimmons, David Harold Gilmore, Gary Wade Harr, Timothy Hinton, Keith Allen Holbert Sr., Denary Jones, Frenando Juarez, Kenneth G. Laxton, Denis Lewis, Fatmir Manaj, Nguyen “Win” Nguyen, Paul Nickles, Jorge Abraham Olivera, Anthony T. Pennello III, Cary Peters, Jim Renfro, Shakeeb S. Salamy, Katherine M. Sheets, Lonnie R. Sheets, Dustin Spears, Casey Tierney, Gabe F. Vadasz, Matthew F. Walsh, Chriostopher D. Watkins, Joshua A. Williams, Jasmin F. Zulovic.

If you would like to nominate a Landstar agent or owner-operator for a Star of Quality Award, email: StarQ@Landstar.com

 


LCAPP Fuel Network Discounts

Diesel rack (wholesale) prices have fallen nearly 50 cents/gallon since mid-October, including 20 cents this week, while average pump prices have remained within 15 cents of their October levels.  When this happens, Landstar BCOs will see huge cost-plus discounts within the LCAPP fuel network.

Be sure to take advantage of these discounts when you can, and add some jingle to your year-end profits.


The Landstar Advantage

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


Kevin Rutherford’s Business Advice for Owner-Operators

Kevin Rutherford, radio host of Trucking Business & Beyond on SiriusXM / Road Dog Trucking, explains to independent owner-operators the importance of investing in new equipment.

Your truck is a tool.  A tool that is instrumental for you to run your business and you can’t run a successful business with an inefficient tool. As an owner-operator, investing in a new truck is something that you may have to do a few times in your career in order to stay competitive with large fleets. Large fleets tend to get rid of trucks once they reach 400,000-600,000 miles. Although you may be able to stretch the life span of your truck longer than that if it’s well manufactured and well maintained, you’ll eventually get to a point where you start pouring more money into your truck than what it’s worth.

Costs of an Older Truck vs. Costs of a Newer Truck

There are four major costs that you need to keep in mind as you’re looking at newer trucks – truck payment, truck insurance, fuel and maintenance costs. It’s simple to compare the new payment and insurance costs to what you’re currently paying but fuel and maintenance costs can be a little difficult to calculate. Look for the most reliable sources, do your research and make your best guess. Understand that this isn’t always going to be an absolute numbers game.

Now, think about these costs on a per-mile basis, then compare it to the costs for your current truck. For example, what is your truck payment per mile with your current truck? What would your truck payment per mile be on a newer truck? If you discover that the new costs are similar to the current costs, it doesn’t make sense not to buy a newer truck.

In fact, you may find that purchasing a new truck would be cheaper than maintaining your current truck especially when it comes to fuel costs. Let’s say you have an older truck getting six or seven miles per gallon and see that a newer truck would get you eight or nine miles per gallon. On average, that one or two mile difference could save you $15,000 per year.

Throughout your research, maybe you’ll discover that a new truck is going to financially cost you more but will save you time. Service intervals are longer on new trucks therefore you would spend less time in the shop. Less time in the shop means more time on the road and more money in your pocket.

Purchasing a newer truck is a long-term investment so you need to look long-term before you make a decision. Maybe your purchase won’t save cash today but it could two years from now. The costs of maintaining an older truck will eventually get more expensive and ultimately, you’ll need to invest in a newer truck.

Trucks Made In 2012 and After

It’s hard to forget the years 2004-2011, otherwise known as “the decade of don’t own those engines.” Trucks that were manufactured during this time period were expensive to maintain, had a lot of emission related problems and constantly had to be serviced. Luckily truck manufacturers learned from the mistakes of previous years and implemented newer emission standards in trucks made in 2012 and after. Owning a truck that has these newer emission standards will even get you into California, which could open up a brand new market for you.

The dreaded decade may make you hesitant to purchase a newer truck but trucks have improved a lot since then and continue to do so each year. Pay attention, look around, talk to other owner-operators and you’ll see that purchasing a truck manufactured in 2012 and after is a good investment.

Upgraded Comfort and Safety Features

Thanks to better manufacturing processes and advancements in technology, newer trucks have safety and comfort features that your older truck probably doesn’t have. Some of the safety features common in newer trucks are lane departure warnings, front looking radars, automatic braking and adaptive cruise control. Having a truck with these features will help you remain competitive with other fleets.

Newer trucks are known for being better designed to support the modern truck driver’s lifestyle. The cab and sleepers are comfier and there’s better electrical outputs to sustain your kitchen appliances, laptops and cell phone chargers. While you’re driving, you can expect better aerodynamics, a smoother ride and a reduction in noise.

Investing In Your Business

We are in the autonomous trucking revolution therefore staying up to speed with other carriers and fleets will be crucial to the future of your business. Old trucks will be phased out before you know it and you’ll eventually have to spend the money on a newer truck. Outdated equipment isn’t going to cut it. If you think it’s time to start shopping around for a new truck, remember to look for one that has overall good value, will help you minimize future costs, is equipped with up-to-date safety features, and will be a smart investment for your business.

Kevin Rutherford is a business trainer, author of national articles on trucking and finance, small fleet owner, tax preparer, and radio host of Trucking Business & Beyond on SiriusXM / Road Dog Trucking. He started his career as an owner-operator 30 years ago, running a one-truck operation. He has authored several books on how to be successful as an owner-operator and has given seminars to thousands of owner-operators, drivers, and fleet executives in the U.S. and Canada. He also has prepared thousands of federal and state tax returns for owner-operators and company drivers. Visit www.letstruck.com for more information on Rutherford’s business and tune into his show, Trucking Business & Beyond, on SiriusXM Channel 146 every weekday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET.

Take P.R.I.D.E. in Landstar Trailing Equipment

Landstar’s Trailer Inspection and Repair Initiative

It’s what people notice first – the Landstar® trailer with the blue star logo on the side. BCOs are proud to haul Landstar trailers, moving freight across North America. The Landstar P.R.I.D.E. initiative is one of the ways Landstar reminds and rewards independent contractor truck owner-operators leased to Landstar (or BCOs) to keep Landstar owned or rented equipment up to date on inspections and in good condition. 

The P.R.I.D.E. initiative was created as a trailer maintenance incentive to encourage BCOs to keep all Landstar owned or rented trailers inspected and repaired.

Each month, BCOs who take Landstar equipment for the required 120-day inspection are automatically entered into a monthly drawing for a set of steer tires. At the end of each year, P.R.I.D.E. participants are entered into a grand prize drawing for a set of drive tires.

Thank you for helping keep Landstar’s fleet at the highest level of safety and performance through the Landstar P.R.I.D.E. initiative. Since the P.R.I.D.E. program’s inception in October 2014, Landstar® has awarded four sets of drive tires and 48 sets of steer tires.

Watch this video, as Landstar Transportation Logistics’ Vice President of Trailer Management Matt Miller explains P.R.I.D.E.


#ThankYouBCOs!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Each year during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW), industry professionals across America take time to honor the country’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers. To thank these professional men and women for their service and commitment, this year’s NTDAW celebration is set for September 9-15.

During NTDAW, Landstar shows business capacity owners (BCOs) – Landstar’s term for independent contractor truck owner-operators with exclusive lease agreements – some extra gratitude by providing free lunches throughout the week and, this year, our BCO Appreciation Days event in Rockford, Illinois.

Landstar BCOs are invited to any of Landstar’s orientation centers for free lunches and a chance to win Landstar prizes Monday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 14. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. local time at each of these Landstar orientation centers:

  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jefferson, Georgia
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Reedsville, Pennsylvania
  • Sparks, Nevada
  • Rockford, Illinois

Landstar’s NTDAW celebration also includes the final BCO Appreciation Days event and truck giveaway of the year. Join us in Rockford, Illinois, Sept. 12-13. The Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway powered by Comdata will be held during the event on Sept. 12.

#ThankYouBCOs

We’ll also be celebrating BCOs on social media throughout the week, as well as posting opportunities to win Landstar prizes. Be sure to follow the Landstar Owner-Operator (BCO) Facebook page, and @LandstarSystem on Twitter. Participate in Landstar’s NTDAW social media conversation by following and using Landstar’s #ThankYouBCOs hashtag in your own posts.


Boss Shops Offer LCAPP Deals

 

Boss Shop has 42 locations in 22 states, LCAPP is pleased to announce special Boss Shop pricing for Landstar owner-operators.

Special LCAPP Pricing includes discounts on these Boss Shop offers:

  • PM Conventional (plus filters) -$159.00
  • PM SemiSyn: (plus filters) – $224.00
  • PM FullSyn: (plus filters) – $384.00
  • Trailer PM (includes DOT and trailer lube) – $49.99
  • Parts discount – 10%
  • In shop labor discount – $10/hour
  • Call out mileage discount – $0.25/mile

To find a Boss Shop near you, click here or download the Boss Shop mobile app from your cell phone’s app store.