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.
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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.
23 Jul 2013
New technology helped Estes Express Lines improve productivity and keep its general rate increase to 3.7 percent this year, the company said.
11 Mar 2013
The 10 less-than-truckload carriers with more than $1 billion in annual revenue increased combined sales 4.3 percent in 2012 to $23.2 billion.
08 Oct 2012
The less-than-truckload industry is moving faster, even as the economic engine slows, with the largest industry giants and regional players alike re-engineering networks to deliver freight more quickly for shippers and consignees.
21 Aug 2012
BlueGrace Logistics, Riverview, Fla., increased its revenue 7,368 percent over three years to $63.6 million in 2011, making the Florida-based firm the fastest-growing logistics and transportation comp
30 Apr 2012
Less-than-truckload motor carriers that survived the recession are struggling with challenges, including modal shift and rising costs, that are transforming their industry, a quartet of trucking CEOs
30 Apr 2012
12 Mar 2012
The biggest less-than-truckload carriers got bigger in 2011, with the number of LTL companies with more than $1 billion in annual revenue climbing to 10.
19 Dec 2011
DB Schenker is in talks with less-than-truckload operator Estes Express Lines to turn over management of the forwarder’s U.S.
03 Aug 2011
Estes Express Lines will raise less-than-truckload rates an average 6.9 percent effective Aug. 8, matching rate hikes by many of its LTL competitors.
08 Jul 2010
Canadian trucking giant TransForce is expanding operations in Calgary while strengthening a crossborder corridor linking Western Canada and Texas.
07 Jul 2010
Virginia is trying to attract interstate trucking business -- and registration revenue -- by eliminating what it calls duplicative state safety inspections.
21 Jun 2010
Estes is speeding freight from the U.S. Southwest to Western Canada, launching a three-day service from Texas and Oklahoma to Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
06 Apr 2010
Less-than-truckload carrier Estes is changing its freight routing network to speed shipments moving between its Midwestern terminals and other U.S. markets.