JOC Guide to Trucking

JOC Guide to Trucking

In its annual Guide to Trucking, the Journal of Commerce looks at some of the major issues facing the trucking industry and its customers, including the financial health of motor carriers, the driver shortage and trends in trucking capacity. The 2013 guide asks whether a slow recovery has actually been better for shippers and carriers than a more robust expansion. In addition, the guide explores trucking’s past and future through an exclusive interview with J. Harwood Cochrane, the 100-year-old founder of Overnite Transportation, now UPS Freight.

The guide features a comprehensive listing of the largest truckload and less-than-truckload carriers, ranked by revenue, as well as the top refrigerated, tank truck and flatbed operators. Infographics explore truck driver issues, from pay and turnover to driver numbers, and the new hours of service regulations. And the guide includes a directory with information on more than 130 motor carriers in the U.S. and Canada.

JOC Directory of Trucking

Special Coverage

Truck on highway
The U.S. economy marked a milestone in June: the beginning of a fifth straight year of recovery as measured by growth in gross domestic product. Don’t worry, you didn’t miss the ticker-tape parade. With GDP increasing 1.1 percent and 1.7 percent in the first and second quarters of 2013, no one’s in much of a mood to celebrate.

News & Analysis

18 Aug 2014
As trucks travel interstate highways, onboard sensors are collecting, sending and receiving information, with the lion’s share going to and coming from a fleet management system. But as technology advances, the truck is being knit into a broader, more open network.
The JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index shot up to a new high of 96.9 in April
02 May 2014
The JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index shot up to a new high of 96.9 in April, with truckload and less-than-truckload employment surging as winter weather receded.
17 Apr 2014
Ten years after its launch, online shipping marketplace uShip is pursuing both commercial freight and consumer shipments, expanding an innovative LTL spot market and partnering with eBay.
14 Apr 2014
Old Dominion Freight Line is the latest less-than-truckload carrier to raise its tariff rates this year, as trucking costs rise across the board.
14 Apr 2014
Federal investigators are trying to piece together the last days of a FedEx truck driver for clues as to why he crossed a highway median and struck a tour bus, killing 10 people.
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14 Apr 2014
The 50 largest U.S. trucking companies raised their combined revenue 5.5 percent last year to $106.6 billion, but expanded at a slower pace than in 2012.


What will 2014 deliver to the docks of trucking companies and shippers moving freight over the highways?


The second part of a special program on Overnite Transportation founder J. Harwood Cochrane, 100 years old, and the rise of the trucking industry.
JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy meets with Overnite Transportation founder J. Harwood Cochrane and UPS Freight President Jack Holmes to talk about Cochrane’s life in trucking.