Top 50 Trucking Companies

Top 50 Trucking Companies

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A resurgent economy kickstarted growth at the Top 50 U.S. Trucking Companies in 2014, pushing their combined revenue up by 10 percent to $117 billion. Half the companies in the Top 50 rankings, prepared for JOC.com by SJ Consulting Group, now have more than $1 billion in revenue, compared with 12 in 2003. The Top 50 growth rate last year nearly doubled from 5.5 percent in 2013 and 6 percent in 2012 and is the third-best performance for the group, after 2004 and 2011.

JOC.com and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the top 50 trucking companies and track the group’s progress in the economic recovery. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 50 carriers. The 2015 Top 50 trucking rankings will be available April 20.

Key Top Trucking ranking stories:

Top 50 2015 Rankings

Top 25 LTL 2015: Revenue up 9.1 percent for 25 largest LTL carriers

Top 50 2014: Top 50 trucking companies rode their brakes in 2013

Top 50 2013: A first: Top 50 trucking revenue exceeds $100 billion

Top 50 2014 Rankings

Top 50 2013 Rankings

Special Coverage

Swift Transportation last year led the trucking industry in raising driver pay, and that pay raise, however costly, is paying off handsomely for the largest U.S. truckload carrier as driver retention improves and profits rise 27 percent from a year ago.

News & Analysis

28 Jul 2015
Strong cross-border business in Europe and the highest demand for deferred package service in the U.S. in a decade helped UPS increase second quarter profits, despite falling revenue.
12 Dec 2014
Truckload carriers are increasingly optimistic about 2015, with 76 percent expecting freight volumes to increase and 86 percent forecasting higher rates, according to a Transport Capital Partners survey.
12 Dec 2014
Regional LTL carrier Holland commits to hiring 500 veterans, seeking drivers and other workers as the U.S. military reduces its overseas forces.
11 Dec 2014
As large LTL carriers and international shippers begin to develop density-based pricing alternatives, the classification system still dominates LTL costing and, by extension, pricing.
08 Dec 2014
Midsize trucking companies are increasingly bullish on the economic outlook and their ability to hire new employees, including drivers, in 2015, according to GE Capital Transportation Services.
01 Dec 2014
Pricing power and advances in technology are spurring innovation in LTL pricing, encouraging carriers to test out dimensional-weight pricing and other alternatives to class-based tariff rates as they seek more dynamic, flexible pricing models.

Commentary

J.B. Hunt grew its top line revenue by 10.4 percent in 2014 from 2013. While this mark may not be noteworthy by itself, what is unique is that this marks the fifth consecutive year J.B. Hunt increased its revenue by double digits. Only two other companies in SJ Consulting Group’s Top 50 Trucking Companies list have achieved the same feat: Kenan Advantage Group and Roadrunner, although the manner at which they went about this growth is very different.

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.