This post was last updated on July 22nd, 2016
Landstar System, Inc. is a company that was founded in 1988 and has since grown into one of the country’s largest transportation services in the United States with a focus on third-party logistics. The publically traded company boasted revenue of $3.18 billion in 2014 and maintains assets of over $1 billion.
The company’s load board – the Landstar load board – allows you to connect with Landstar loads and make money.
And the company works only with owner-operators. Let’s take a look at the company before diving deeper into the Landstar broker load board and what the board offers truckers.
Working at Landstar
When you chose to work with Landstar as an owner-operator, you’re in the driver’s seat. This is an opportunity to grow your business on your own terms. You choose the loads, directly off the company’s load board, and you choose when and how much you want to work.
The best part is that you’ll work on a percentage pay basis.
You get paid based on a percentage of the load, and as rates continue to go up, you’ll be paid more as a result. This increased pay leads to larger settlements for you – no more standard pay on a load.
Loads are added in the thousands per day meaning the only downtime you’ll face is when you want it.
The company is 100% owner-operator, and everything is offered from flatbed and van routes to heavy haul and expedited options.
Rates vary greatly depending on loads, and you’ll find that the highest loads are off the board quickly. There is also a discrepancy as the prices shown do not include the 35% cut that Landstar takes.
So, a $2 per mile run goes down to $1.3 per mile before expenses. Of course, your expenses will vary and all of the logistics need to be figured out on your end. Deadhead runs are possible especially out of somewhere like El Paso, Texas which eats into profits immensely. Many drivers I’ve talked to will refuse to leave El Paso without a load which may keep them stuck in the area for 2 – 3 days at a time – not fun.
You need to pick and choose your loads and routes to maximize profits on your end.
How Can The Landstar Load Board Help You Earn More?
Once you have your Landstar load board login, you’ll be able to start looking for loads and get the ball rolling. The first step is to sign up and apply to become a lease driver for the company. You’ll need to have a well-maintained rig, and there is everything from heavy haul to expedited shipments and van runs available.
I’ll be the first to say that the board is dated in appearance, but when it comes down to it, who cares about aesthetics when you’re making money? With that said, a better designed interface would be an immense help with finding loads and would make the load board easier to navigate.
Not a major issue by any means, but the design could use some work.
But with the old design, you still get access to:
- All Loads: You gain access to the thousands of loads available. No longer do you have to pick one or two loads. Set your origin and destination and them filter by rate-per-mile to find only the loads you want to run.
- Load Alerts: Never miss a load with load alerts. This option uses your specifications and searches loads in real-time to alert you when a new load meeting your criteria has been posted. This results in a call or email being dispatched based on your preferences.
- Training: Securement training is offered to help boost your owner-operator career.
You’ll also be part of the team with thousands of others on board for the ride.
Requesting a live demo of the load board allows you to get accustomed to the load board and figure out what you’re doing a little faster.
Walking you through the load board, you’ll first log into the site with your credentials. Once you’re logged into the board, you’ll be greeted with news of a bunch of events that may have an impact on your route. Safety issues are the most common news items listed.
Searching for a load allows you to choose a variety of filters:
- Truck type
- Max / min miles
- Number of stops
- Weight restrictions
When you’re shown the results, you’ll be able to view a lot of additional information:
- Contact numbers
- Origin and destination deadlines
- Line haul
- Additional payments
- Rate per mile
- Trailer type
What’s really interesting is the “search loads at destination” option that allows you to choose load after load. For example, you can choose a load in El Paso and click the button to find a load out of El Paso to Charlotte and then Miami or another destination.
All of the results can also be filtered by rate per mile, miles, or any other metric to allow you to better filter the results to your own preference.
What you need to be careful with the origin of the load. Leaving out of Orlando can leave you with 40% – 50% lower rates – it’s a major issue. But I don’t think there are any good rates out of Florida.
Overall, the Landstar load board does an acceptable job at providing loads. An app and redesigned interface would put the load board among the top in the industry.