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.

 

Special Coverage

The strong surge in revenue U.S. less-than-truckload carriers enjoyed in 2014 ran out of gas last year, as weaker demand and lower fuel surcharges dragged down LTL trucking’s top line.

News & Analysis

02 Dec 2016
A stronger-than-expected third quarter for the US economy bolstered trucking employment, but trucking hiring is still knocking against a ceiling.
04 Feb 2016
At a time when LTL shipments and freight volumes in general declined, ODFL increased its fourth-quarter shipment count 8.2 percent, while increasing revenue and profit. Lower fuel surcharges slowed revenue growth, but the carrier outperformed its peers.
04 Feb 2016
Organic and acquisition-fueled growth in 2015 were not enough to offset declining freight volume and falling fuel surcharge revenue in the last three months of the year for Roadrunner Transportation Systems.
04 Feb 2016
ABF Freight, the less-than-truckload arm of ArcBest, laid off more than 200 dock and yard workers as LTL shipments and tonnage dropped in the fourth quarter. ArcBest's asset-light businesses saw volumes rise in the same period.
02 Feb 2016
UPS surmounted peak-season challenges to deliver 692 million packages in its busiest season — a 7 percent increase from the previous year. Big Brown said it expects higher revenue, profits and volumes in 2016, as e-commerce keeps growing.
29 Jan 2016
XPO Logistics is moving rapidly to reorganize the less-than-truckload business acquired from Con-way last fall, cutting back-office and management positions while rolling out new technology for dockworkers and truck drivers.

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.