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.
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28 Jun 2022
The less-than-truckload industry is positioned to ride through a rocky soft patch in the economy and even a short recession with higher pricing, carrier executives at the SMC3 Connections conference said.
02 Mar 2022
As container lines pull back on inland point intermodal (IPI), US importers are rethinking their landside delivery plans and containerized freight is moving further inland before being deconsolidated.
08 Feb 2022
With delays and port congestion common, and transload capacity tight, less-than-truckload carriers are playing a bigger role in moving containerized freight inland.
11 Jan 2022
E-commerce demand, inventory restocking, and increased manufacturing output will keep LTL carriers in flux and LTL pricing high in 2022.
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
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.
21 May 2021
Less-than-truckload carriers are becoming a transload option for importers forced to choose between speed and cost of delivery amid port congestion and intermodal delays.
03 May 2021
US LTL pricing continues its climb, as inflationary pressures from driver wages to the cost of purchased transportation accelerate rate hikes. Both carriers and 3PLs report high LTL volumes.
30 Apr 2021
Estes Express Lines is gaining new business near seaports, but the fourth-largest LTL carrier is also investing in infrastructure, technology, and people, propelling its growth ahead of competitors.
01 Apr 2021
US trucking companies already running at full capacity will soon be receiving even more freight as manufacturing activity expands.
05 Aug 2020
The disruption and dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic puts a premium on shipper visibility into LTL networks via digitization, as well as “touchless” pickups and deliveries.
04 Aug 2020
The less-than-truckload (LTL) industry is catching the wave of digitization transforming supply chains, as e-commerce heightens shipper demand for improved service and visibility.
06 Apr 2020
The 50 largest US trucking operators in the United States saw revenue growth throttle back considerably in 2019, but 2020 is shaping up to be even worse.
09 Mar 2020
Compared with the freight boom of 2018, last year was disappointing for US less-than-truckload carriers, but pricing discipline allow the largest operators to maintain — and in some cases increase — their top line revenue.
09 Jan 2020
Two technology firms are taking an ambitious step toward bringing shippers, trucking companies, and logistics providers together on one transportation management platform.
27 Dec 2019
Less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers maintained pricing discipline and focusing on their bottom lines in 2019, but the overall outlook for the sector in 2020 still depends largely on a flagging US manufacturing industry.
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.
05 Jun 2019
Estes Express is one of several US less-than-truckload carriers expanding its non-LTL business as shippers look for more services from carrier partners.
26 Apr 2019
An infusion of trucks and tractors from bankrupt NEMF would help Estes stretch its service offerings further beyond LTL and deeper into flatbed and dedicated truckload markets.
22 Apr 2019
The 50 largest US trucking operators grabbed a larger share of the market, while smaller carriers raised the bar in terms of revenue growth last year thanks to the strongest freight market since the 2009 recession.
26 Feb 2019
Double-digit revenue increases may be more difficult to come by this year than in 2018, but profits and acquisitions are expected to fuel the fastest-growing truckload and LTL companies.
11 Oct 2018
Storm damage reached from Florida into the Carolinas on Thursday and severed the I-10 east-west route. The likely outcome is higher costs and lengthy detours.
01 Aug 2017
A steady increase in freight volumes and e-commerce demand is fueling an expansion of LTL networks, with YRC Freight planning eight distribution centers.
03 Jul 2017
ArcBest subsidiary's "cubic minimum charge" is designed to help LTL carrier capture more costs.
04 Apr 2017
New service aims to smooth cross-border hurdles for shippers and provide greater supply chain visibility.
11 Dec 2016
As 2017 beckons, less-than-truckload trucking companies are traveling an unmapped route through some unfamiliar territory.
29 Nov 2016
Companies such as Old Dominion Freight Line, Estes Express Line, and Saia are adding terminals and doors. Can they add more freight and market share?
19 Jul 2016
New online sales events such as Amazon's Prime Day increase demand for last-mile capacity.
25 May 2016
Freight costing "is a huge challenge," Estes Express Lines' chief operating officer told a technology conference.
24 May 2016
Estes Express will roll out Estes Final Mile by the end of 2016, as e-commerce grows and traditional freight markets stagnate.
12 Apr 2016
The U.S. economy may be crawling along, but Estes Express Lines is moving faster, opening a new less-than-truckload terminal in the Chicago area.
08 Apr 2015
Trucking revenue has become increasingly concentrated, as the number of carriers with more than $1 billion in annual revenue more than doubled over the last decade. That's good for shippers, SJ Consulting Group says.
11 Feb 2015
Last-mile logistics services are rapidly evolving as consumers increasingly by goods online, including bigger, heavier goods. XPO Logistics acquired its fourth last-mile company, UX Specialized Logistics, this week.
27 Oct 2014
Strong industrial production and manufacturing output mean 'Happy Days' for LTL carriers, despite numerous challenges, the CEO of largest privately owned LTL carrier says.
24 Oct 2014
Shippers and their logistics and transportation providers must collaborate, and not simply negotiate, if they hope to resolve a host of supply chain problems, starting with equipment, personnel and capacity shortages.
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