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

12 Aug 2022
North American chassis manufacturers expect to fall well short of their production goals this year despite widespread equipment shortages that have exacerbated congestion in key ports and inland hubs.
12 Aug 2022
Declines in the producer price indexes for various sectors of trucking reflect falling fuel surcharge revenue and lower rates in new contracts, but don’t point to a large-scale pricing rollback.
11 Aug 2022
Some of the largest US less-than-truckload carriers, including FedEx Freight, are adding terminals and doors to their networks as LTL freight demand defies the threat of economic recession.
11 Aug 2022
As a new clean truck rule in California looms, replacing older trucks with compliant vehicles is becoming increasingly difficult — and costly — amid shortages of microchips and other parts.
10 Aug 2022
The Harbor Trucking Association says it will provide evidence to the FMC about the burdens that West Coast drayage carriers face in returning empties to Los Angeles–Long Beach marine terminals.
10 Aug 2022
Strong trucking demand beyond the truckload spot market is to keep pressure on truck pricing, and will do so into 2023, speakers at a JOC webcast said Wednesday.
08 Aug 2022
Convoy’s counterpunching approach to being sued by load board provider DAT Freight & Analytics is as much about winning the battle of public opinion as it is about winning in court, a transportation attorney told JOC.com.
04 Aug 2022
Intermodal discounts declined in the second quarter both sequentially and year over year as shippers were able to negotiate lower spot and contract truckload rates with motor carriers.
02 Aug 2022
The US trucking market is reinventing itself after a significant spot market correction, with larger contract carriers expecting steady freight demand through 2022 despite economic fears.
02 Aug 2022
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it will start charging an export container dwell fee in a bid to prod ocean carriers to remove more containers than they drop off.
02 Aug 2022
Drivers are returning to port drayage as long-haul trucking rates slide and operating costs for small, independent motor carriers rise.
01 Aug 2022
Load board provider DAT and freight broker Convoy have sued one another over Convoy’s development of a product that DAT says is competitive with its own, violating a contract Convoy signed with DAT.
28 Jul 2022
End-to-end visibility of the freight flowing across oceans and moving across the US is the goal of the partnership between Flexport and Nolan Transportation Group, giving shippers more control over modal choices and costs.
27 Jul 2022
The gap between truckload and LTL grows wider as LTL carriers maintain pricing discipline and focus on network density to drive revenue and profit growth.
27 Jul 2022
Truckload capacity is reportedly loosening, but carrier executives say it could tighten again quickly for US shippers in a market that remains in flux.
26 Jul 2022
Seasonal trends in over-the-road trucking are re-emerging — but not pre-COVID pricing — as the market realigns, truckload carrier executives say.
21 Jul 2022
Some California trucking companies have already taken the brokerage plunge, enabling them to contract at arm’s length with independent truckers who have set themselves up as single-truck carriers.
20 Jul 2022
Shelley Simpson, who has been behind the development of J.B. Hunt’s shipper portal and overseen double-digit growth in its trucking and intermodal units, will become the company’s president next month.
20 Jul 2022
A shift of freight to contract trucking providers and rising fuel prices boosted shipper spending on trucking across the US in the second quarter, even though volumes fluctuated by region.
20 Jul 2022
J.B. Hunt is in talks with primary rail partners BNSF Railway and Norfolk Southern Railway on how they can improve service in the second half of the year.
19 Jul 2022
Marten Transport increased its driver pool by more than 15 percent year over year in the second quarter, as the truckload carrier and its competitors seek to balance capacity, freight demand, and profitability.
18 Jul 2022
Retailers are beginning to pare back bloated inventories, but manufacturers are adding stock as they search for the elusive ‘golden screw.’
15 Jul 2022
A 2.4 percent drop in the long-haul truckload producer price index for June shows contract truckload rates are softening, but prices shippers pay for LTL and specialized trucking continue to rise.
15 Jul 2022
Tension is rising at the Port of Vancouver, where pending changes to the port’s clean truck program call for 5 percent of vehicles serving the port to be replaced by November.
14 Jul 2022
The Cass Freight Index shows volatility in shipment volumes, rates, and modal mix with the US economy in a “soft patch” in June.
12 Jul 2022
The US economy likely contracted in the second quarter, but analysts see signs of growing freight activity ahead.
08 Jul 2022
For-hire US trucking companies have added more than 62,000 real jobs since April, a record number for the period fueled by continuing strong contract freight demand.
07 Jul 2022
Truckload dry-van spot rates in California are likely to fall below 2020 and 2021 levels in the coming months, but prices on a historical basis will probably be slightly better than the pro-carrier market of 2018.
07 Jul 2022
Small truckload fleets want access to online insurance quotes and coverage, which led low-cost transportation management software provider AscendTMS to partner with trucking insurance specialist CarrierHQ.
06 Jul 2022
Pittsburgh-based Pitt Ohio is filling a gap in its regional map by acquiring Teal’s Express, a New York-based less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier.
06 Jul 2022
Less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation is more than it used to be, and that’s leading to acquisition and expansion in a US trucking sector that is slowly becoming more international in its focus.
06 Jul 2022
CloudTrucks is arming small carriers that struggle to get access to traditional credit lines with a product that facilitates routine operational expenses like fuel and lumper payments.
05 Jul 2022
Older container trucks serving the Port of Vancouver will begin to be phased out from mid-September as the port looks to replenish the fleet with cleaner-running vehicles.
01 Jul 2022
Despite uncertainty over how implementation of AB5 will play out, California trucking executives say truck capacity in the state’s ports will not suddenly dry up with the peak-shipping season at hand.
30 Jun 2022
Union Pacific Railroad will temporarily re-align its domestic intermodal network in Northern California to accommodate a construction project meant to expand container capacity in the region ahead of Schneider National bringing more volume in 2023.
29 Jun 2022
FedEx expects its trucking operating profits to keep rising, despite what could be a rocky economic road in the second half of 2022, executives said at an investor meeting.