Top 25 LTL Trucking Companies

The combined revenue of the 25 largest U.S. less-than-truckload carriers dropped 0.5 percent to $32.1 billion as the pace of the U.S. economic recovery slowed in 2015, the first year of revenue contraction for the carrier group since the recession. The JOC and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the Top 25 LTL trucking companies and track the sector’s progress toward economic recovery. The sudden hard stop in 2015 reflected an economic recovery that seemed to stumble over its 2014 success, but it still leaves the Top 25 LTL carriers just shy of 2014’s record revenue level of $32.3 billion. Overall, the decline in revenue may have had as much to do with falling fuel prices and surcharges as lower industrial demand and higher inventories. Altogether, the Top 25 LTL carriers account for 91.5 percent of total LTL trucking revenue, which SJ Consulting Estimates dropped 1 percent last year to $35.1 billion. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 25 carriers and the LTL trucking sector.

 

News & Analysis

High inventories continue to drag on demand for trucking and transportation services.
19 Jul 2016
Tonnage drops in June despite other improving indicators for trucking.
12 May 2015
U.S. shipment volumes and spending rose in April from March, but were down year-over-year, thanks to tough comparisons with a booming economy in 2014, Cass Information Systems said. The freight payment provider expects more growth ahead.
11 May 2015
The total revenue of U.S. trucking operators, for-hire and private, broke higher than $700 billion for the first time last year, as a stronger economy generated freight and supported higher truck pricing.
01 May 2015
YRC Worldwide is "transitioning to a state of profitability," cutting freight that won't pay its way and raising prices. The LTL operator is willing to accept fewer shipments and less revenue if its bottom line can eventually come out on top.
01 May 2015
Old Dominion Freight Line didn't brake for the general slowdown apparent in first-quarter U.S. GDP. The less-than-truckload carrier reinvested earnings in expansion.
23 Apr 2015
The Teamsters union lost another round in its terminal-by-terminal organizing battle with Con-way Freight, the second-largest U.S. less-than-truckload carrier. To date, the union has three victories and six losses — not counting two terminals where the Teamsters withdrew an election petition.

Commentary

Despite the calm market in early 2016, a storm is forming that is going to hit the trucking industry. New regulations coming into play in the next several months and the increasing influence of a major retailer are prepped to cause significant turbulence in the U.S. trucking market.

Video

Senior Editor Bill Cassidy interviews YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch, who is getting closer to his goal of returning the troubled less-than-truckload operator to profitability.