Trucking Logistics

Trucking Logistics

Trucking news and expert analysis of trucking companies across the United States, from trucking industry news about such leading freight carriers as Swift Transportation and Old Dominion Freight Line to smaller regional trucking firms plying various cross-border and domestic routes.

The trucking industry landscape — both for asset and non-asset companies — is being transformed by new customer expectations and an explosion in logistics technology that amounts to a digital revolution. JOC coverage analyzes why and how transportation and logistics providers can either harness that technology or risk falling behind their competitors, unable to meet rising customer demands. For trucking companies and their customers, automating and improving processes also provides greater efficiencies and greater return on their investment.

JOC.com ranks the largest trucking companies each year and also provides rankings of the largest truckload and less-than-truckload carriers.

News & Analysis

11 Aug 2020
With volume returning, less-than-truckload operators are putting more pressure on shippers to raise rates.
28 Aug 2019
The low-cost transportation execution provider AscendTMS is partnering with EDI connectivity platform Kleinschmidt to help its broker, shipper, and carrier users digitize basic processes like load tendering and payment.
27 Aug 2019
US wind energy is growing, but tariffs could slow a booming industry.
26 Aug 2019
US inventory levels are dropping, but not enough yet to boost surface transportation demand.
26 Aug 2019
Heartland Express has acquired truckload carrier Millis Transfer and the Millis driving school for $150 million, the second major acquisition the Iowa carrier has made in two years.
26 Aug 2019
JOC Associate Editor Ari Ashe explains why chassis shortages are such a problem in the international transportation space and why finding a solution is so difficult.
While the number of affordable cloud-based TMSs available to shippers has expanded, many small and medium shippers still rely on spreadsheets to manage freight rates and bookings.
26 Aug 2019
Digital freight broker Loadsmart has built an extension to its platform to allow shippers using shareable spreadsheets to request rates and book truckloads directly within those documents.
23 Aug 2019
After two bills that would have banned the use of double tractor-trailers stalled in the Mexican legislature, a new proposal calls for cutting the allowable weight of the vehicles.
Startup tech-focused operators are luring venture capitalists not just into providing money but into joining their executive ranks to drive change in the freight industry.
23 Aug 2019
Digital freight broker Transfix is banking on a former eBay executive and venture capital investors to differentiate the company among a crowded field of brokers, digital and otherwise.
22 Aug 2019
Coyote Logistics reports its spot market index is down 24.9 percent year over year, but the 3PL believes an inflection point is near when demand will begin to pick up and rates climb again.
21 Aug 2019
The strong quarter for Maersk will strengthen its resolve in making what amounts to an existential bet that the integrator path is the best response to the commodification of ocean shipping.
20 Aug 2019
One of the few positive indicators in trucking is the ATA Tonnage Index, which rose 7.3 percent in July year over year -- a signal that some don’t believe the industry is in turmoil.
WiseTech Global is making a big push into the US with the acquisition of Depot Systems, which runs container yards and handles container bookings.
19 Aug 2019
WiseTech’s purchase of Depot Systems allows it to gain yard container management technology in the US.
19 Aug 2019
A new agreement between the US and Canada will allow the two countries to fully clear cargo before railroads and trucks reach landside ports of entry, reducing congestion and freeing up customs officials.
16 Aug 2019
Despite the "doom-and-gloom" predictions of some industry watchers, there are cities where trucking activity has picked up in August, offering a glimmer of hope for the US freight market.
Directory of Trucking Companies | 2019
16 Aug 2019
The 2019 JOC Directory of Trucking Companies is a one-stop source of information for North American shippers and third-party logistics providers on nearly 180 select trucking companies in the United States and Canada.
15 Aug 2019
After a rise in domestic US trucking rates in June offered a glimmer of hope, the numbers and commentary show a return to sluggish shipping conditions in the previous 45 days.
14 Aug 2019
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed updates to the hours-of-service regulations covering the trucking industry to increase flexibility and safety on US highways.
13 Aug 2019
The largest domestic truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers reported double-digit percentage revenue gains in 2018 thanks to strong US economic growth and the tightest trucking market on record.
13 Aug 2019
The investment adds momentum to the port’s efforts to improve truck fluidity following high single-digit growth last year that has since moderated to mid- single-digit gains.
13 Aug 2019
New funding for freight invoicing startup BasicBlock shows investors are keen to back emerging payment technology and that carriers are struggling with liquidity in a soft rate environment.
Grant Crawford discussed the plans for expanding live data and the direction from which he sees the next wave of innovation coming.
09 Aug 2019
Sponsored: Digital marketplace Emerge launched in late 2018, connecting shippers directly with carriers. At JOC’s TPM conference in March 2019, President Grant Crawford discussed the plans for expanding live data and the direction from which he sees the next wave of innovation coming.
09 Aug 2019
The first use of an electric drayage truck in the Port of New York and New Jersey adds to the portfolio of initiatives in use by the port in a bid to reduce truck pollution without hurting port efficiency.
Profits fuel Saia’s ongoing LTL expansion
08 Aug 2019
Multiregional less-than-truckload carrier Saia is adding terminals in the US Northeast, building “capacity for growth.”
08 Aug 2019
Fleet bankruptcies show some capacity is coming out of the market, but it’s unclear whether that will make any significant dent in the oversupply of trucks available in the spot trade.
07 Aug 2019
Roadrunner Transportation Systems reported revenue and profits were down in the second quarter as it battled weak conditions in the airfreight, truckload, LTL, and intermodal markets.
07 Aug 2019
Tonnage and shipments are falling, but LTL carriers are piling up profits, thanks to a keen focus on the bottom line not noticeable 10 years ago.
06 Aug 2019
Trucking companies are warning shippers that a regulation requiring fleets to switch from automatic on-board recording devices to electronic-logging devices in December could slow productivity more than some realize.
05 Aug 2019
The long-term outlook for truckers, and their shipper customers, is blurred by the fog of trade wars, but 2020 will bring changes.
01 Aug 2019
Schneider National cut its 2019 earnings guidance, citing an uncertain outlook for trucking and intermodal volumes in the second half of the year.
01 Aug 2019
Schneider National has shut its first and final-mile division only three years after the major acquisitions of Watkins & Shepard and Lodeso, exiting a market where it was unable to make inroads amid a crowd of competitors.
29 Jul 2019
Large US truckload carriers are cutting excess capacity, albeit only slightly, pulling the JOC Truckload Capacity Index down for the first time since 2016.
26 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Gulf Intermodal Services’ President Will Connell on the driver shortage, chassis availability, and the resin boom.
26 Jul 2019
A long-term investment in technology is helping Werner generate profits, and capacity for shipper customers.
26 Jul 2019
A new chassis depot is open outside Canadian Pacific's intermodal terminal near Chicago's O'Hare Airport, which will allow truckers to pick up and return equipment to transport containers.
25 Jul 2019
Old Dominion Freight Line demonstrates how trucking companies can prosper even in a “soft demand environment.” The key: Knowing your costs, and pricing accordingly.