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

Special Coverage

An unexpected economic detour 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.

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.
05 Feb 2016
Lower freight volumes drove YRC Freight to a loss in the fourth quarter, but the loss wasn’t enough to erase gains the less-than-truckload carrier made throughout the rest of 2015.
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.
01 Feb 2016
The battle to recruit and keep truck drivers is heating up. As driver turnover at large truckload fleets spikes, more and more carriers are offering targeted pay increases.

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.