Landstar

Video: The happiest owner-operator in trucking today?

The title might well apply to Landstar-leased owner-operator Dickie Penrod of Fayetteville, N.C. He walked away from Landstar's All-Stars event the winner of a new 2017 Western Star 5700 XE, the second truck Landstar has given one of its BCOs ("business capacity owners") this year, an annual tradition.

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Dedicated freight — an antidote to chasing rates

After years chasing rates and high miles, over the last decade and more Keith Sampson shifted his thinking. His example is clear evidence that keeping your eye out for dedicated-freight opportunities can deliver the best of both worlds -- income stability and high profitability, without sacrificing your home life in the process.

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Dry bulk for the long haul: Reserves staff sergeant John Moore and his leased operation

Until the last year, John Moore had been leased to Landstar, and his decision to come back to Oakley Transportation to pull a hopper had as much to with where home was as profitability. In this case, the two went hand in hand,

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Landstar’s new Laredo facility

The 31,000-square-foot logistics facility is located on a 50-acre site that accommodates 450 trailers and provides room for future expansion. A heavy/specialized freight area with a custom 120-ton, stand-alone bridge crane, the company says, can transload the largest superloads.

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One owner-operator’s evolution through continual education: A run with Gary Buchs

From the road with Landstar-leased owner-operator Gary Buchs: This podcast, recorded just prior to the July 4 holiday, ranged across Buchs' business evolution as an owner-operator throughout much of the last decade and a half.

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Video: Owner-operator Gary Buchs’ ‘plan for success’

"People complain about the rates," says owner-operator Gary Buchs, but "not everybody's losing money." Buchs suggests too much emphasis is placed on an aspect of the business that owner-operators have only partial degrees of control over. "It's better," he says, "to have your costs in line -- I have total control over that."

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Owner-operator using ELDs finds operational benefit

After some time on ELDs, Gary Buchs doesn't exactly sing the praises of the devices, but he does maintain that utilizing ELDs for hours of service recording has freed him in some ways to better dispatch himself and focus on profitable loads and operation generally.

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One carrier’s work-around for the driver shortage

Landstar’s low turnover rate shows that strong earnings potential for drivers can soften a labor shortage by retaining solid operators.

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Dreams I’ll definitely see

Welcome George to the skateboard division, Wendy says: "I've spent the last three days lounging around in style, while George took his securement classes for flatbed/ step deck."

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Dispatcher on board: Heidi Oestreich

Heidi rides full-time on the road with her owner-operator husband, Chris, but she also realizes the special challenges being a trucker's spouse can present back home. She's proprietor of an online community built for truckers' wives.

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