Top 50 Trucking Companies

Economic deceleration slammed the brakes on revenue growth at the largest U.S. trucking companies in 2015, sending many companies down the financial equivalent of a runaway truck ramp as inventories piled up, fuel surcharges dropped and freight demand slumped.

Year-over-year revenue fell in 2015 at 26 of the enterprises that made JOC.com list of Top 50 Trucking Companies, a sudden and sharp reversal from strong market growth in 2014, when revenue declined at only two carriers and grew by double-digits at 25 others.

Total Top 50 combined revenue increased only 3.1 percent from 2014, to $122.1 billion, compared with a 9.1 percent increase to $118.4 billion in 2014. That’s the slowest annual growth rate for the Top 50 trucking firms since the end of the recession in 2009, SJ Consulting Group said.

JOC.com and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the 50 largest U.S. trucking companies and track the group’s progress. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 50 carriers.

Key Top Trucking ranking stories:

Top 50 2016 Rankings 

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

News & Analysis

29 Aug 2016
Trucking companies and freight shippers shouldn't expect a "rally" or "retreat" but a very slow rebound.
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.
29 Jan 2016
Landstar System expanded its capacity in the fourth quarter to its highest level yet, 9,500 owner-operated tractor-trailers. A softer freight market meant lower revenue per truckload, however.
29 Jan 2016
Despite a slower-moving U.S. economy, truckload operator Werner Enterprises
27 Jan 2016
Despite an alleged "freight recession," Covenant Transportation Group increased freight revenue 10.8 percent in the fourth quarter, as e-commerce generated a peak-season shipping surge in that benefited the truckload group, which provides capacity to other carriers as well as shippers.
26 Jan 2016
Heartland Express saw profit and revenue drop in the fourth quarter and 2015, but the company remains highly profitable, and is banking on the road ahead by adding new trucks, raising driver pay.

Commentary

The average U.S. diesel pump price dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time since 2005 this week. With prices this low, perhaps its time for shippers and carriers to rethink fuel surcharges.

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.