Trucking News

The Journal of Commerce’s trucking news and analysis encompasses full truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), private fleet trucking, refrigerated trucking, regulation, drayage, and transloading. Reporting centers on pricing, volume demand, capacity, labor, regulation, and service levels in US and Canadian trucking networks. 

The latest Trucking News & Analysis

Ocean delays lengthening already stretched US inland transits

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
A rising tide of late shipments in the trans-Pacific trade is tying knots in US surface transportation networks and increasing the need for safety stock.
DrayageLTLMaritime

Mini-bids becoming permanent truck contract fixture: Transplace

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Short-term, lane-specific mini-bids are becoming a semi-permanent part of the trucking procurement process for many US shippers, as market disruption pushes up contract truck pricing.
Trucking News

LTL carriers turn to trailer tracking as demand spikes

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
As supply chain disruption increases, tracking technology and higher detention charges are two methods LTL carriers are using to combat trailer detention and encourage shippers to speed turns
LTL

Carriers doing best they can with overtaxed US landside: DB Schenker’s Meincke

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
DB Schenker’s Thorsten Meincke says container lines are doing their “best possible to get the supply chain running,” although he warns US landside challenges will continue to challenge efforts.
Container linesTrucking News

LBCT expansion offers capacity boost amid unrelenting trans-Pacific volumes

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Completion of the Long Beach Container Terminal expansion project provides an additional 1 million TEU in annual capacity as new trans-Pacific services and extra-loader vessels search for terminal space amid record import volumes.
Marine terminalsLTL

Shippers rethinking trucking procurement as carrier expectations rise

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Shippers are changing their networks and procurement strategies to secure truck capacity, but street- or yard-level chaos amid supply chain disruption can undo their plans.
Trucking News

Technology partnerships give DAT customers access to small carrier data

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Trucking load board DAT’s partnerships with a range of small carrier software vendors signify the importance of aggregating small carrier demand in a market in which brokers are hungry for capacity.
Logistics Technology NewsTrucking News

SoCal truck demand spiking on record intermodal rates, railyard congestion

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
With ocean carriers pushing importers toward transloading in California amid record-high spot intermodal rates, trucks are becoming a hot commodity in Los Angeles in August.
Truckload

Peak season arrives early for US trucking

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Forget the fall, the peak US truck shipping season is under way now, trucking analysts say, with spot truckload rates elevated and contract rates still climbing.
TruckloadTruck brokersLTL

New last-mile entrant to provide capacity ahead of holiday season

Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC Analyst |
The FRONTdoor Collective will provide franchised last-mile options to providers, logistics providers, and shippers looking to expand or build out last-mile capabilities.
Trucking NewsLast Mile News

US truck rates may soon peak, but they won’t fall far: analysts

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Trucking rates may be nearing their high point, but there’s little sign they will drop anytime soon in a market still dealing with chaos caused by COVID-19 disruption, high demand, and constrained capacity.
Trucking NewsLTL

ODFL accelerates expansion as rising volumes redraw LTL map

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Old Dominion Freight Line, the second-largest US LTL carrier, is accelerating a $275 million expansion plan as surging LTL becomes more central to the consumer economy.
LTL

Leaf Logistics adds another truckload RFP avoidance option

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Leaf Logistics has carved out a niche by enabling shippers to tie up forward truckload contracts, but is now aiming to help them move more volume away from static contract rates.
Logistics Technology NewsTrucking NewsTruck brokers

Rising sales top US inventories, tighten truck capacity chokehold

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
US retail sales, excluding autos, are rising faster than inventories, even where inventories are increasing, and that’s putting more pressure on over-stressed supply chains and trucking capacity.
Truckload

LA-Chicago truck rates soar amid intermodal delays

William B. Cassidy and Ari Ashe, Senior Editors |
Tight intermodal rail capacity and a massive wave of US imports are encouraging transloading to trucks and boosting truckload spot rates from Southern California to inland distribution points.
TruckloadTruck brokers

LA–Chicago truck rates soar amid intermodal delays

William B. Cassidy and Ari Ashe, Senior Editors |
Tight intermodal rail capacity and a massive wave of US imports are encouraging transloading to trucks and boosting truckload spot rates from Southern California to inland distribution points.
Truckload

Ryder, TForce expand last-mile networks as e-commerce boom accelerates

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The last-mile divisions of logistics providers Ryder Systems and TFI International are building new hubs and remodeling existing networks to deliver increased speed-to-market for their retail customers.
Trucking News

Uber Freight to buy Transplace for $2.25 billion

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The acquisition of third-party logistics provider Transplace will transform Uber Freight, providing greater access to shippers, as it builds a “fully-scaled” logistics platform.
Truck brokersLTL

JB Hunt urges faster equipment turns for peak season

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
J.B. Hunt says shippers and railroads must improve how quickly they process containers to prevent a peak season supply chain meltdown.
Truckload

US truckload rates approaching ‘plateau’: MSU’s Miller

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Truckload rates should begin to flatten as freight volumes and networks “max out,” but shippers shouldn’t expect pricing to slip very far, Michigan State University’s Jason Miller tells JOC.com.
TruckloadTruck brokers

US truckload rates approaching ‘plateau’: MSU’s Miller

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Truckload rates should begin to flatten as freight volumes and networks “max out,” but shippers shouldn’t expect pricing to slip very far, Michigan State University’s Jason Miller tells JOC.com.
TruckloadTruck brokers

Uber Freight, BlueGrace link up to deliver LTL capacity

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Digital broker Uber Freight is expanding its truckload platform to encompass LTL, as strapped US shippers turn to LTL carriers and 3PLs such as BlueGrace for capacity.
Truck brokersLTL

Record number of new US trucking firms on the books, but not new capacity

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
An ‘unprecedented’ number of new motor carriers is hitting US roads, but they represent a shift in capacity, not an expansion, according to experts.
TruckloadLTLTrucking labor

US surface transport rates jump amid capacity disruption

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Shortages of trailers, containers, chassis, and drivers helped draw down volumes 3 percent in June from May, but the rates measured by the Cass Freight Index shot up 11 percent month to month.
Trucking NewsLTL

Trucking market strain spurs acquisitions

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
More buyouts, big and small, are likely in trucking as carriers battle for assets and especially truck drivers. But they’re also responding to opportunities created by shifts in freight demand.
TruckloadLTL

UK move to extend driver hours slammed by truckers

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Cosmetic measures by the UK government will not help ease the severe shortage of drivers in the country, the road haulage industry has warned.
Trucking News

Truck capacity constraints worsen on US-Mexico border

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
US shippers need to rethink how they move goods across the US-Mexico border, experts say, as supply chain disruption tightens truck capacity and amplifies an imbalance in north-south trade.
LTL

E-commerce draws Knight-Swift to LTL sector with $1.35 billion deal

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The $1.35 billion acquisition of multi-regional LTL carrier AAA Cooper broadens the largest US truckload operator’s service portfolio as more e-commerce freight flows toward the LTL marketplace.
Trucking NewsLTL

UK trucking market consolidating as driver crisis cuts capacity

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Culina Group will become the UK's largest privately owned logistics company after acquiring the holding company of haulage specialist Eddie Stobart.
Trucking News

EU truck makers teaming on long-haul battery-charging stations

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
The viability of operating battery-operated long-haul heavy trucks in Europe depends on the construction of easily accessible, public, and readily available charging stations.
Trucking News

ECM buy gives Werner short cut to short-haul truckload market

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The acquisition of 80 percent of ECM Transport gives long-haul carrier Werner a regional, short-haul presence as e-commerce demand grows and truck drivers remain scarce.
Truckload

June’s hiring gain in trucking the best in seven years: BLS

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The US for-hire trucking sector saw its best one-month gain in hiring in seven years during June and total employment in the sector has moved past pre-pandemic levels.
Trucking labor

Mobile app aims to empower small LA-LB drayage operators

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A new mobile app has launched that's designed to help small drayage carriers and independent drivers manage all aspects of their business, including increasingly complicated detention and demurrage fees, directly from their trucks.
Logistics Technology NewsDrayageTrucking News

LTL capacity ‘fragile’ as carriers realign networks: Yellow CEO

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Waves of freight are flooding the less-than-truckload market from all sides, and shippers will need to be "creative" to get capacity, according to Yellow CEO Darren Hawkins.
LTL

LTL market only getting tighter: FedEx Freight

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The largest US trucking company is more profitable than ever despite the capacity and service challenges posed by waves of e-commerce-generated freight and a resurgent industrial economy.
LTL

US truck freight volumes slip, but not rates or demand

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
A lack of truck drivers and equipment, not a cooler economy, is behind a recent drop in for-hire trucking tonnage and spot market volume, as demand overshoots supply chain capacity.
Trucking NewsLTLTruck brokers

Private equity group acquires broker software maker Trucker Tools

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A software provider that offers visibility and freight matching tools to brokers has been acquired by a private equity firm in a move designed to grow its attractiveness to midsized brokers and small carrier fleets.
Logistics Technology NewsTrucking NewsTruck brokers

Yellow gets one contract for all Teamsters

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Teamsters at Yellow’s western regional carrier Reddaway agreed to drop their standalone contract and join Yellow’s national master agreement, a step that makes integration of Yellow’s brands easier.
LTL

Midwest marine chassis shortage worse than two months ago: TRAC

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Chassis providers are struggling to provide equipment for ocean containers in the US Midwest and Pacific Northwest as shippers hold onto chassis excessively even more frequently than earlier this year, according to importers and TRAC Intermodal.
Truckload

E-commerce growth challenges shipping sustainability goals: DHL

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The e-commerce boom means more vehicles moving more goods, and potentially emitting more pollutants, but DHL also sees opportunities to advance sustainability goals on land, sea, and in the air as e-commerce expands.
Logistics Technology NewsTrucking News