Top 25 Truckload Companies

Top 25 Truckload Companies

In 2017, the 25 largest truckload carriers in the US increased their combined revenue 5.4 percent to nearly $28 billion, as freight demand quickened in the second half of the year. Revenue increased at 20 of the Top 25 Truckload Carriers last year, compared with 10 in 2016, a sign truckload carriers pulled out of the economic mire that slowed them in 2015 and 2016.

Acquisitions helped power growth among the largest truckload carriers, boosting revenue significantly at heavy-haul specialist Daseke and dry van carrier CRST International. If 2018 continues as strong as it began, and they can find and hire qualified truck drivers, the largest truckload carriers are likely to pull even with their faster-growing LTL counterparts.

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News & Analysis

11 Jun 2021
Knight-Swift Transportation, one of the top five US domestic intermodal providers, will be leaving BNSF Railway on Jan. 1, 2022, to partner with Union Pacific Railroad in the western US.
04 Jun 2021
The US for-hire trucking industry has added 25,100 jobs over the past three months, but the US economy appears to be expanding faster than trucking recruiters can hire workers.
02 Jun 2021
The Coyote Curve truckload market forecast calls for a new spot pricing peak in the third quarter, but the pricing cycle may not turn downward until 2022.
01 Jun 2021
The largest US truckload operator, Knight-Swift, acquired non-asset 3PL UTXL to gain access to additional trucks and drivers, as well as new logistics services.
31 May 2021
US produce and food shippers are short on trucks as heightened demand for grocery and restaurant food meets shortages of everything from ketchup to truck drivers to pallets.
25 May 2021
US truckload spot rates are hitting new highs in May as continued strong freight demand, coupled with market disruption, pushes up pricing in the South and Southwest,
19 May 2021
US shippers and truckers are struggling to expand their trailer pools as demand for drop-and-hook trailer service rises and manufacturing backlogs stretch into 2022.
13 May 2021
Shippers moving goods to and from the Southeast may expect further disruptions in service as fuel shortages linger, pushing more freight to the spot market.
06 May 2021
The JOC Intermodal Savings Index hit a new record in Q1, but rising spot intermodal rates and surcharges could reduce savings in Q2.
27 Apr 2021
Extraordinary freight demand and a maxed-out transportation network will keep truck pricing elevated longer than once expected, perhaps into early 2022, Landstar CEO Jim Gattoni and others say.
26 Apr 2021
Despite a sharp overall drop in the number of truck driver speeding violations last year, excessive speeding remains a problem, FMCSA violations data show.
21 Apr 2021
February’s winter storms in the southern and central United States had a large and lingering impact on transportation and supply chains, though freight demand is now in full flow, consuming this spring’s truckload capacity.
20 Apr 2021
Unadjusted US tonnage data from the American Trucking Associations shows freight returned to the highways after a frozen February, propelling truck spot pricing to a new ceiling.
16 Apr 2021
J.B. Hunt will be adding 12,000 new containers in 2021, upping its original order announced in January based on increased shipper demand for intermodal service.
07 Apr 2021
Technology firms driving autonomous trucking forward are seeking the investment and partnerships they need to expand rapidly, anticipating growing demand.
06 Apr 2021
Alabama-based truckload carrier AMX is raising driver pay, but wants to do so in a way that will allow the carrier to maintain increased wages when demand – and rates – recede.
05 Apr 2021
US trucking companies reversed a three-month decline in jobs in March, but they haven’t escaped the employment crater created by the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.
31 Mar 2021
The JOC Truckload Capacity Index rose 2.1 percentage points in the fourth quarter, as some of the largest US truckload carriers expanded dedicated business or replaced older rigs.
30 Mar 2021
Truck driver pay is improving, and that may be keeping more drivers behind the wheel, rather than jumping from job to job.
16 Mar 2021
Tight truck capacity is a prime reason for the growth of dedicated trucking, but not the only one. Shippers are using dedicated as a tool to influence customers and reshape supply chains.
16 Mar 2021
As the market careened downhill in the first half of 2020, many of the largest truckload carriers began reducing their fleets, and many did not begin adding trucks when demand returned and capacity tightened.
11 Mar 2021
US freight demand is “through the roof” after supply chains broke down during February’s winter storms, trucking companies say. More freight may be shifting from spot markets to contractual partners as networks are restored.
11 Mar 2021
Small regional or localized LTL carriers may also be riding the e-commerce wave, providing capacity for local fulfillment and delivery, while their larger competitors carve out middle-mile business.
09 Mar 2021
Greater use of drop trailer pools and e-commerce sales are generating demand for yard drivers — also referred to as hostlers — to handle trailers at warehouses and distribution centers, but those drivers are in short supply.
05 Mar 2021
The transportation and warehousing sector lost fewer jobs than anticipated in February, but trucking companies saw deeper than expected job losses in a storm-wracked month.
04 Mar 2021
The digitization of truck manufacturing will directly benefit shippers by creating more capacity and making more capacity readily available, a study by IBM suggests.
03 Mar 2021
To secure capacity, truck shippers must offer freight that ‘fits’ a carrier’s network of lanes, vehicles, and drivers, speakers at a virtual TPM21 panel said.
02 Mar 2021
Knight Swift CEO Dave Jackson tells JOC’s virtual TPM21 conference that trailer pools, agility, and long-term thinking is the way carriers and shippers can reduce the wild swings seen in trucking rates since 2017.
24 Feb 2021
Truckload carrier Werner Enterprises is expanding its Edge technology platform to brokerage partners and shippers, tightening its focus on landside logistics after offloading its ocean and air forwarding unit.
11 Feb 2021
Increasing US truck freight demand from ports to factories may slow the decline in spot truckload rates seen by DAT, while contract motor carriers take on more business.
08 Feb 2021
The loss of 84,300 trucking and warehousing jobs in January -- actual numbers before seasonal adjustment -- makes prospects for tighter capacity and higher rates for US shippers in the months ahead more certain.
Transplace urges shippers to actively manage routing guides and optimize networks now, rather than attempt to “time the market.” Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.
03 Feb 2021
Fewer trucking companies are responding to shipper bids, as contract truckload pricing rises by high single-digit percentage rates, Transplace executives said Tuesday.
22 Jan 2021
The acquisition of DDI bolsters RoadOne's 53-foot domestic container business and transloading capabilities on the East Coast as import volumes rise.
21 Jan 2021
Companies such as Werner Enterprises, Schneider National, and U.S. Xpress are taking an active role in the development of autonomous trucks, but not, they say, to replace drivers.
19 Jan 2021
US truckload carrier Heartland Express improved revenue and profit in the most recent quarter and is raising driver pay, investing in new equipment, and focusing on improved utilization in 2021.
15 Jan 2021
Rising industrial freight volumes will keep pressure on truckload capacity and pricing in 2021, even if demand for goods peaks, according to FTR Transport Intelligence analysts.

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