JOC Guide to Trucking

JOC Guide to Trucking

In its annual Guide to Trucking, JOC.com 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 2014 guide examines how the truck is becoming a node in an always expanding “Internet of Things.” The vehicle that used to transport freight alone is now delivering data, and lots of it. 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 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. 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

The acquisition of three companies over the past year, the latest being Stagecoach Cartage in El Paso, gives Roadrunner Transportation Systems greater access to freight on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

News & Analysis

01 Sep 2015
Truckers buying diesel fuel in the U.S. must think they've entered a timewarp, with the average U.S. diesel price tumbling by $1.30 per gallon over the past year to $2.51 per gallon, a price not seen since 2009. Oil markets proved volatile this week, but experts say oversupply is likely to keep a cap on crude and fuel prices for some time to come.
31 Aug 2015
National Retail Systems is putting an all-electric truck into drayage service at the Port of Los Angeles for retail shipper IKEA, which has aggressive sustainability goals.
31 Aug 2015
Preliminary highway safety data showing deaths caused by U.S. traffic accidents spiked 9.5 percent year-over-year in the first quarter and rose 30 percent over the course of 2014 could add pressure on Congress to hold firm on or even tighten regulation affecting truck and overall highway safety.
28 Aug 2015
Demand for transportation and warehouse workers remained strong in June, as the economy grew faster than expected. U.S. data show employers kept more of the workers they hired as well.
27 Aug 2015
Mixed economic messages and political uncertainty put shippers and truckers on a bumpy road in the second half of 2015, speakers said during a JOC webinar. Although truck capacity is "relatively abundant" and fuel is cheap, truck rates are still rising, and shippers are eyeing new safety rules that could tighten truck capacity. It all depends on the economy.
26 Aug 2015
Lower fuel prices are putting more trucks on the road, helping to keep a cap on spot market truck rates, DAT Solutions said. Van rates dropped in the last week, while refrigerated and flatbed rates remained the same.

Commentary

There are plenty of factors that contribute to tightening truck capacity and rising transportation costs, but one of the most overlooked is the lack of adequate truck parking. Shippers need to be part of the solution.

Video

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.