Landstar Named 2013 Best Overall Fleet For Owner-operators
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 8, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ-LSTR) Landstar
System, Inc., a non-asset based provider of integrated supply chain solutions
delivering safe, specialized transportation and logistics services, today
announced that it has been named the 2013 Best Overall Fleet for
Owner-Operators, according to the owner-operators who participated in the
fifth annual survey conducted by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and
"We're proud that the freedom, opportunities and support services that we
offer our business capacity owners (BCOs) is serving them in such a way that
they feel Landstar is the best fleet for owner-operators," said Landstar
Chairman, President and CEO Henry Gerkens. "We feel that Landstar's unique
business model affords owner-operators the best chance at success, and that
our requirements to become a Landstar BCO make our fleet the best of the
The nomination process began last year, when owner-operators and company
drivers were asked to nominate carriers operating 10 or more trucks.
"The freight pays excellent. The staff is always there when you need them,
with answers or support," wrote one BCO in his survey. "I've never had a
company set me up for success like Landstar."
Another BCO wrote, "Had I known 10 years ago how and what Landstar had to
offer, I would have leased on then. This has been the best move I've
made.Thank you Landstar."
"I want to personally thank not only those who voted to make us number one in
the Best Fleets survey, but also the BCOs who have always made Landstar the
very best it can be, through consistent excellence in safety and service,"
Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, was impressed by the statements from
Landstar BCOs. "What is really remarkable about Landstar is the level of
engagement from their contractors, and the overall satisfaction level within
the company. Landstar has clearly found a model that works and the results
came through loud and clear," said Murrell.
After months of nominations, interviews and scoring by CarriersEdge and the
TCA, the top companies in two categories were revealed during an awards
ceremony at the TCA Annual Convention, March 5, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Landstar earned Best Overall Fleet for Owner-Operators, while Grand Island
Express was named Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers.
Nominees were evaluated in a variety of categories including professional
development opportunities, commitment to continuous improvement (including
dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in
policymaking), annual turnover rate and fleet safety record. A selection of
each fleet's drivers or owner-operators was also surveyed, with its feedback
compared to management's and incorporated into the final score.
Chris Burruss, TCA's president, said, "Everyone knows the trucking industry
has been dealing with a shortage of professional truck drivers for some time.
If all carriers could get their drivers to feel as passionate about their
companies as Landstar and Grand Island Express, I bet that driver shortage
would disappear pretty quickly."
CarriersEdge reports a 50-percent increase in nominations and participation in
the 2013 survey over 2012. "Clearly, being named a Best Fleet to Drive For is
a prestigious title that is motivating companies to constantly raise the bar
on the offerings they provide their truck drivers," said Murrell.
This is Landstar's second year participating in the survey, second year in the
Top 20 and first year as the number one Best Fleet for owner-operators.
Landstar System, Inc. is a non-asset based provider of integrated supply chain
solutions. Landstar delivers safe, specialized transportation and logistics
services to a broad range of customers worldwide 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 RC14001:2008 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.
SOURCE Landstar System, Inc.
Contact: Jim Gattoni, Landstar System, Inc., +1-904-398-9400, www.landstar.com
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