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

21 Sep 2021
Demand fueled tonnage growth at for-hire contract carriers in August, according to the American Trucking Associations, but supply chain disruption and shortages still constrain overall capacity.
22 Dec 2020
The integration between AscendTMS’s widely-used transportation management software with predictive pricing and historical benchmark trucking data from DAT Solutions is a signal that users of such systems want more value piped directly into the platforms on which they rely.
18 Dec 2020
There’s debate about how much of a knock-on effect COVID-19 vaccine distribution could have on other types of cargoes, but US shippers are cautioned to plan for some disruption.
18 Dec 2020
Parcel carrier FedEx warned surcharges will be a “necessary part” of its pricing strategy after a quarter in which increased efficiencies in its Ground operations led to large gains in operating income.
17 Dec 2020
The truck driver turnover rate is rising at truckload carriers as they compete for employees; that is spurring a new round of pay hikes for drivers.
17 Dec 2020
Convoy is integrating with AscendTMS, another sign of the importance of enabling small truckload carriers with software to manage driver dispatch and scheduling, which helps give shippers electronic access to more capacity.
16 Dec 2020
Momentum for software that helps small carriers manage their businesses keeps growing, with CloudTrucks getting $20.5 million in venture capital to build its “virtual carrier” model and an instant pay product for drivers.
15 Dec 2020
COVID-19 and the wave of imports reaching the US will keep pressure on transportation capacity and pricing, from ports to the last mile, shippers warned Tuesday.
15 Dec 2020
FedEx and UPS are on track to make on-time last-mile delivery of most parcels by Christmas Eve even as promotions such as “free shipping Monday” add additional volumes to delivery networks.
11 Dec 2020
Pandemic-related LTL service issues that include long delays and missed deliveries have not gone away and may be resurfacing as COVID-19 surges and container volumes soar
11 Dec 2020
A technology-based freight broker has spun out its technology as a standalone transportation management system (TMS), signaling the need to better connect small carriers to surface capacity for shippers.
10 Dec 2020
As the US Treasury Secretary defended the $700 billion CARES Act loan that saved one of the largest US trucking firms, a GAO report criticized the Treasury’s handling of the application.
10 Dec 2020
Interest in drop-and-hook programs continues to grow, with the broker Transfix now offering an “asset-like” service that it says it uses technology to find the right capacity for its shipper customers.
08 Dec 2020
Retailers are extending holiday return policies as they look to keep return management costs down and ensure last-mile capacity amid the changed pandemic landscape.
07 Dec 2020
A tighter focus on transportation and technology following a corporate split will improve the service and experience XPO offers to shippers globally, the company and transportation analysts say
07 Dec 2020
Intermodal executives want to address the chronic congestion issues in 2020 with railroads and BCOs, but universally accepted solutions are hard to come by.
04 Dec 2020
Although trucking employment is rising, the year-over-year gap is still large enough to throttle back capacity and keep pricing pressure on shippers.
03 Dec 2020
LTL freight volumes and tonnage are increasing year over year in the fourth quarter, but the pandemic’s latest waves could slow growth until COVID-19 vaccines become available.
02 Dec 2020
XPO Logistics will be spun off into two separate businesses, one solely focused on US transportation and the other focusing on US and European contract logistics.
02 Dec 2020
US shippers’ acute need for truck capacity is driving activity in the dedicated contract carriage market, including Penske Logistics’ acquisition of Black Horse Carriers.
02 Dec 2020
Freight broker Transfix will integrate predictive visibility data from project44 to augment its existing app-based GPS location data as part of a long-term agreement with the multimodal visibility provider.
01 Dec 2020
Flock Freight, which uses software to aggregate less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments into multi-stop truckloads, has received more than $100 million to expand its alternative to the hub-and-spoke model.
27 Nov 2020
The non-seasonally adjusted American Trucking Associations Truck Tonnage Index rose 2.7 percent from September in October, but was down year over year.
27 Nov 2020
Automation, self-invoicing bolster traditional third-party payment audit model
25 Nov 2020
The number of truck drivers at carriers with up to 100 trucks fell by more than 150,000 from July to October, tightening already scarce capacity, according to an analysis of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data.
24 Nov 2020
The holiday season began with strong on-time last-mile delivery rates for FedEx, UPS, and USPS, but consumers are likely to see one- to two-day delays during an unusual 2020 holiday season.
20 Nov 2020
The 95-year-old founder of A-P-A Transport helped define LTL trucking in the regulatory era, before establishing NY Waterway.
20 Nov 2020
Loadsmart more than tripled the amount of capital raised through a $90 million round announced Friday as it seeks to automate the brokerage and optimization of US domestic transport modes.
19 Nov 2020
Convoy has seen considerable volume growth for a program under which loads are pre-staged for drivers, prompting the freight broker to develop more predictive capability to route empty equipment to shippers’ facilities.
17 Nov 2020
Shippers will need to look not just at multiple transportation modes, but across modes, to secure capacity in 2021, digital broker Loadsmart said.
13 Nov 2020
Higher pay is just a starting point for the solution to a resurgent driver shortage, J.B. Hunt’s Shelley Simpson tells the JOC Inland Distribution Webcast. Greater efficiencies, more shipper cooperation are key to improving driver jobs.
12 Nov 2020
As contract freight volumes begin to rise year over year, more pressure will come to bear on contract truckload rates, DAT’s Chris Caplice told the JOC Inland Distribution Webcast.
09 Nov 2020
Small package optimization and analytics firm ShipMatrix is launching a third-party, non-asset package management service to tap US Postal Service capacity for e-commerce shippers.
06 Nov 2020
The number of new operating authorities issued to US trucking companies is surging alongside imports, but that doesn’t necessarily mean truckload capacity is increasing.
06 Nov 2020
With the entire Southern California supply chain overwhelmed by imports, harbor truckers are asking ocean carriers to suspend detention and demurrage charges until the congestion problems are fixed.
05 Nov 2020
An ‘insatiable demand’ for truck capacity and a US loan are helping LTL operator YRC Worldwide expand capacity and intermodal services in the Central-South.