LTL Shipping

News & Analysis

27 Jun 2018
Sponsored: FedEx Trade Networks' Dr. Udo Lange on the art of matching customer needs with freight forwarder capabilities.  
A tandum truck in the US.
19 Jun 2018
US railroads and safety advocates are united in opposition to allowing the new, longer twin 33-foot trailers, while the trucking industry is split. Still, the players pushing for the change are large, well-financed, and politically savvy. The current truck driver shortage lends more credibility to their argument.
Legends of LTL event in Pittsburgh, 2018.
14 Jun 2018
The Legends of LTL event in Pittsburgh brought together executives from more than 20 US trucking companies, many of whom fought tooth and nail for freight for decades, but also learned from each other.
A truck travels on a US highway.
05 Jun 2018
US shippers may be concerned about the impact of trade wars and higher tariffs on their costs, but those jitters haven’t dented how much freight they actually ship. Initial reports from trucking companies such as Old Dominion Freight Line and economic indicators such as the Non-Manufacturing Index and Purchasing Managers' Index show the US economy is still rolling strong.
Saia LTL Freight.
31 May 2018
Less-than-truckload carriers are in expansion mode as freight pours in from traditional and non-traditional sources. But will available industrial real estate limit their growth?
An Old Dominion Freight Line truck.
18 May 2018
Finding capacity for shippers and increasing Old Dominion’s less-than-truckload (LTL) market share to 15 percent are key goals for Greg C. Gantt, the company’s new CEO. The LTL trucking company is undergoing a management transition as it seeks to overtake larger rival, XPO Logistics.
A truck travels on a US highway.
07 May 2018
US shippers turning to LTL to move their freight are paying high spot rates, as the carriers balance these short-term shippers with their core long-term customers' needs. 
A truck on a US highway.
03 May 2018
So how do you know whether a US dedicated contract carriage solution is right for you? Here are nine questions that will shape your review.
A truck travels on a US road.
01 May 2018
Trucking companies at the NASSTRAC Shippers Conference say they aren’t having an easy time finding capacity either, citing rising labor costs and a shrinking labor pool. And there are other sector issues they are dealing with that shippers never see.
FedEx trucks.
01 May 2018
FedEx Corp. has tapped John A. Smith to run its FedEx Freight division as president effective Aug. 16, succeeding the retiring Michael Ducker. Smith, 56, has been with FedEx since 2000 but is unrelated to the company’s founder Fred Smith.
Trucks on a US highway.
27 Apr 2018
With US truckload capacity tight, shippers are investigating any alternative method possible to get their freight off the docks.
An XPO logistics truck.
12 Apr 2018
Higher demand and pricing has shifted the Top 50 US trucking operators to the fast lane, and more growth is ahead.
A truck travels in Miami.
11 Apr 2018
As sure as cherry blossoms are a sign of spring, a widespread bump up in US truck and intermodal pricing indicates stronger economic activity in the second quarter. Those increases also underscore pricing trends that will challenge shippers as the spring retail and produce seasons kick into higher gear.
Infographic: 12 Steps for US shippers
11 Apr 2018
In the electronic logging device era, shippers will have to do more than offer drivers a cup of java and a key to the bathroom if they want access to US truck capacity at reasonable rates. Here is an infographic that provides a quick-reference list to help keep shippers' goods moving.
Truck on a US road.
09 Apr 2018
Full enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate began April 1, but inspectors issued a slew of violations in early 2018, federal data show.
A US truck travels across the desert.
06 Apr 2018
DAT and Truckstop.com report that dry van rates have spiked as the new "spring peak" season picks up pace. Furthermore, truckers expect pricing and volumes to stay on an upward track through autumn.
Information sign to truck drivers.
05 Apr 2018
In the electronic logging device era, shippers will have to do more than offer drivers a cup of java and a key to the bathroom if they want access to truck capacity at reasonable rates.
A truck travels on a US highway.
03 Apr 2018
US truck capacity may get worse before it gets better, as electronic logging device enforcement begins this month with anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of drivers not having the required device in their cabs. Even so, shippers can use tips described here to keep their freight moving with minimal disruption.
A truck travels on a US road.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers should be aware that there are anecdotal reports that questionable forms of co-brokering or double brokering are on the rise in 2018, as the supply of US trucks tightens and some brokers look to make a quick buck. During these instances, shippers essentially fund a double commission and could be exposed to financial damages, delays or lawsuits when things go wrong.
A truck travels on a US road.
27 Mar 2018
As the electronic logging device mandate enforcement deadline looms, Trucker Path and Convoy have introduced new features to help truckers and shippers manage driver time in the digital era.
A truck travels in the United States.
26 Mar 2018
Activity-based pay made possible by electronic logging devices and other technology may lead to trucking firms offering drivers more incentives and shippers a more transparent view of costs.
A truck travels on a US secondary road.
22 Mar 2018
Shippers are moving so much freight that there are not enough US trucks to move it, causing them to pay rates and surcharges in February not seen in more than 3.5 years for truckload, container drayage, and intermodal rail.
A truck travels on a US road.
21 Mar 2018
A reporter’s notebook from this week’s Transportation & Logistics Council meeting shows shippers and their suppliers grappling with big trends and fine details, from e-commerce to freight claims.
A truck travels on a US road.
19 Mar 2018
After two years in an economic rut, US trucking accelerated in 2017, led by less-than-truckload carriers before truckload carriers merged into the same fast lane later in the year.
Trucks on a US highway.
15 Mar 2018
The integration of several subsidiaries under Ascent Global Logistics is meant to strengthen domestic and international capabilities, as well as give shippers inroads to capacity.
A travels in the United States.
14 Mar 2018
Agricultural shippers, especially livestock owners, and truckers will get some relief this produce season via an extension of a temporary waiver of the ELD mandate. Other groups are pressing for longer waivers, as the rollout of the ELD mandate throws supply chains out of whack.
12 Mar 2018
A surge in trucking traffic combined with a truck driver shortage is taxing European shippers.
Trucks travel on a road.
08 Mar 2018
For years, North American shippers were warned a truck capacity crunch was coming, but that crunch never materialized. This year, with the accelerating US economy, that crunch finally arrived. That is pushing up inland supply chain costs and transport rates across the board, and shippers should not expect relief soon.
A truck during a delivery in Texas.
28 Feb 2018
Hub Group is levying surcharges on some shippers in Chicago, LA, Seattle, Dallas, and Atlanta on excess freight. Shippers said the fees range from $150 to $600. J.B. Hunt is also limiting the amount of excess freight accepted from shippers in certain markets but has not instituted surcharges.
A small truck travels on a highway.
27 Feb 2018
Smaller less-than-truckload (LTL) players shot past larger competitors in the Top 25 rankings last year, as a stronger US economy and freight volumes benefited all LTL and truckload haulers.
A truck travels on a US highway.
21 Feb 2018
Despite a big surge in net truck orders, shippers should not expect near-term relief from the US truck capacity crunch. Registration numbers have also increased, but have not erased shortages.
A truck travels on a US road.
21 Feb 2018
By adding terminals and building density in areas such as Texas and the Northeast, less-than-truckload trucking company Saia is positioning its assets closer to capacity-hungry customers.
Trucks travel on a US highway during a snows storm.
14 Feb 2018
US shippers will like the additional capacity less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking companies plan to provide this year — but they will not like the LTL price increases that are sure to come. Still, the added revenue will fund much-needed investments in capital and talent.
A truck on a highway in Utah.
13 Feb 2018
US trucking capacity is tightening faster than anticipated in the electronic logging era, and some shippers say that is making it tougher and costlier to move freight as they navigate between higher costs and increasingly constrictive customer demands.
Echo Global Logistics.
08 Feb 2018
As the electronic logging era begins, Echo Global Logistics warns shippers transit times are getting longer and costs are rising in shorter trucking lanes.