September 14, 2000 Jacksonville, Florida - For the second consecutive year, InformationWeek Magazine has recognized Landstar System, Inc. as a leader among the nation's largest and most innovative information technology users. The safety-first transportation and information services leader ranked 208 in the list of InformationWeeks' 500 Leading Innovative Companies.
The announcement follows Landstar and AT&T Wireless' joint announcement yesterday of a first-of-its-kind business-to-business application of wireless Internet phone service for the transportation industry in North America. The project gives Landstar's 7,100 business capacity owners (BCOs) the option to use their wireless Internet-ready phones to access the company's website and conduct business online. Landstar's BCOs, exclusive independent contractors who supply the company with the equipment used to haul freight, use the company's Intranet website to choose freight and make other business decisions.
"Our BCOs work in mobile offices, so it's critical to their success that they have mobile access to information when they are on the go," said Landstar Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Crowe. "We are committed to utilizing technology to support Landstar entrepreneurs across the country, and we appreciate InformationWeek's recognition of our continued efforts to deliver exceptional service to all our customers and business partners. "
Landstar BCOs aren't the only ones to benefit from the company's commitment. More than 1,000 independent sales agents use Landstar's Internet technology to conduct business across the country and around the world.
"IT impacts all aspects of business today, and these companies excel at using it to raise the bar in their industries," said InformationWeek Editor Stephanie Stahl. According to Stahl, the companies profiled in the twelfth annual issue stand out for their innovative use of technology to gain a business advantage, to help build better and more intimate customer relationships, and help drive advances in their industry as a whole. "Companies like Landstar demonstrate a willingness to rip up current business models and create a culture that constantly seeks out new opportunities," said Stahl. "These companies show an overwhelming cooperative spirit among IT and business managers and a heavy investment in intellectual capital."
The magazine's editors based their decisions on extensive mail, phone, and fax surveys in addition to interviews with senior information technology executives at each company about priorities and budgeting plans for the future. This year the categories were upgraded to include technology strategy, e-business strategy, customer-relationship management, and general business practices. Only companies with a minimum $1 billion in annual revenue were considered. The results of the innovators annual survey is published in the magazine's September issue.
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Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Landstar carrier group, comprised of 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 9002 quality management system standards. Landstar System, Inc.'s common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.