Top 25 Truckload Companies

The 25 largest U.S. truckload carriers increased their combined dropped 2.3 percent to $27.2 billion last year, according to The Journal of Commerce’s 2016 list of the Top 25 TL Carriers, prepared by SJ Consulting Group. That compares with an 8 percent increase in 2014, when those truckers had $27.8 billion in sales. Nineteen of the Top 25 Truckload Carriers saw revenue decline, as lower demand, surging capacity and falling fueling surcharges took a bite out of their business. A truck-buying spree in late 2014 and early 2015 drove up capacity levels, making rate hikes more difficult for carriers. The JOC and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the 25 largest truckload companies by revenue — which account for a small amount of total truckload revenue — and track their progress on this special topic page.

 

 

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News & Analysis

Although as a less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line is somewhat less exposed to the driver shortage than truckload companies, the North Carolina-based trucker is paying close attention to the issue.
24 Aug 2016
The long-anticipated, much-discussed truck driver shortage could surface again as a major problem as early as next year.
21 Aug 2016
The top U.S. and Canadian Trucking Companies, ranked by revenue and market segment, as researched by SJ Consulting Group.  
XPO in the second quarter recorded a profit, the first since CEO Bradley S. Jacobs took control of the company in 2011.
17 Aug 2016
Refinancing saves XPO Logistics money that can be reinvested in "optimizing" its global business.
12 Aug 2016
The controversial mandate requiring electronic logging devices in U.S. trucks by the end of next year will reappear before a federal court next month, jeopardizing the fate of the rule itself, and the so-called “capacity crunch” it was expected to generate.
09 Aug 2016
In its first acquisition in 78 years, Kottke Trucking expanded its business 60 percent, gaining drivers, freight, scale and density.
The U.S. economy created 255,000 jobs in July, a higher number than expected and although trucking employment has declined since 2015, it is still slightly above its pre-recession peak.
05 Aug 2016
Does an uptick in trucking jobs indicate the trucking market is stabilizing?

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.