August 22, 2002 Jacksonville, Florida (LSTR: NASDAQ) - Landstar System, Inc., a safety-first transportation capacity provider, became the first company to earn the Logistics Provider of The Year Award by The Gift Wrap Company, the world's largest manufacturer of upscale gift bags, tissue, papers, and ribbons.
"We know when we do business with Landstar, we can count on expertise and superior service," says Robert Hoban, The Gift Wrap Company's vice-president of distribution. "It is my great pleasure to award Landstar Logistics and Mike and Idamae Picheco our first Logistics Provider of the Year Award."
"The Gift Wrap Company and Landstar make a great team," said Landstar Logistics Agent Mike Picheco, who along with his partner-wife, Idamae, own and operate the agency that services the international manufacturer. "We handle all inbound and outbound shipments," he said. "As with any business, you can have timing and capacity surprises but, thanks to the Landstar system, we always have the trucks and capacity to do the job."
Safety is another basis for this close business relationship. The Gift Wrap Company maintains a 400,000 square foot facility in Midway, Georgia. Last year, 100 thousand square feet was added to the loading area, the Picheco's provided input to keep truck operators safe in a well-lit loading area and comfortable when they wait, in a clean, well-equipped lounge. Additionally, a representative of the Gift Wrap shipping and receiving department is required to attend the Windermere, Florida agent's monthly Mutual Understanding of Safety Together (MUST) meeting on topics that range from securement to transit times. The effort has paid off. "Last year, we moved 1,400 shipments without a single claim," says Picheco. "This year we expect to handle 1,800."
The Gift Wrap Company's award reiterates what readers of Logistics and Distribution Report also said this year. They honored Landstar Logistics, Landstar Ranger, and Landstar Inway with Quest for Quality Awards in both Intermodal Marketing and Industrial and Heavy Haul provider services.
"We are a company that values service," said Landstar Logistics President Jim Hertwig. "It's a double honor when both our customers and the media recognize us as quality service providers. Agents like Landstar's Quality Agent Award winners Mike and Idamae Picheco keep us on the leading edge of our industry."
"I've been in this business for 35 years," say Picheco, "six years ago I joined Landstar, and it's the best thing that's ever happened to me. Here I'm an entrepreneur - I run my own business and that just makes everyone want to succeed."
Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Landstar carrier group, comprised of Landstar Gemini, Inc., Landstar Inway, Inc., Landstar Ligon, Inc. and Landstar Ranger, Inc., delivers excellence in complete over-the-road transportation services. The Landstar multimodal group, comprised of Landstar Express America, Inc. and Landstar Logistics, Inc., delivers excellence in expedited, contract logistics and intermodal transportation services. All Landstar operating companies are certified to ISO 9001:2000 quality management system standards. Landstar System, Inc.'s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.