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

03 Dec 2021
Technology systems used to identify first available empty return appointments at Los Angeles and Long Beach container terminals may be a key in unlocking congestion in the key import gateway.
20 Aug 2021
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
20 Aug 2021
Motor carriers say that chassis providers need to step up efforts to replace older, bias ply tires with radial tires as blowouts and repairs increase in the summer months, further crimping tight equipment supply.
18 Aug 2021
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.
17 Aug 2021
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.
16 Aug 2021
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.
13 Aug 2021
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.
12 Aug 2021
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.
12 Aug 2021
The FRONTdoor Collective will provide franchised last-mile options to providers, logistics providers, and shippers looking to expand or build out last-mile capabilities.
11 Aug 2021
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.
10 Aug 2021
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.
05 Aug 2021
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.
03 Aug 2021
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.
30 Jul 2021
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.
23 Jul 2021
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.
22 Jul 2021
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.
20 Jul 2021
J.B. Hunt says shippers and railroads must improve how quickly they process containers to prevent a peak season supply chain meltdown.
20 Jul 2021
Technology provider EDRAY, flush with new funding, has expanded its range of solutions to include a drayage marketplace and visibility tools.
19 Jul 2021
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.
15 Jul 2021
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.
14 Jul 2021
An ‘unprecedented’ number of new motor carriers is hitting US roads, but they represent a shift in capacity, not an expansion, according to experts.
12 Jul 2021
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.
09 Jul 2021
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.
08 Jul 2021
Port officials in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Wilmington, North Carolina, have signed a deal to maintain the South Atlantic Chassis Pool through 2028 on the condition the pool will grow and chassis quality will significantly improve.
08 Jul 2021
Cosmetic measures by the UK government will not help ease the severe shortage of drivers in the country, the road haulage industry has warned.
07 Jul 2021
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.
06 Jul 2021
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.
06 Jul 2021
Culina Group will become the UK's largest privately owned logistics company after acquiring the holding company of haulage specialist Eddie Stobart.
06 Jul 2021
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.
02 Jul 2021
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.
02 Jul 2021
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.
02 Jul 2021
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.
29 Jun 2021
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.
25 Jun 2021
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.
23 Jun 2021
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.
22 Jun 2021
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.