LTL Trucking Logistics

LTL Trucking Logistics

News pertaining to the transportation and logistics services provided by LTL (Less than truckload shipping or less than load (LTL) carriers, which transport relatively small freight. The alternatives to LTL carriers are parcel carriers or full truckload carriers. Parcel carriers usually handle small packages and freight that can be broken down into units less than 150 pounds (68 kg). Full truckload carriers move freight that is loaded into a semi-trailer. Semi-trailers are typically between 26 and 53 feet (7.92 and 16.15 m) and require a substantial amount of freight to make such transportation economical

Finally, the most commonly referenced LTL are shipments via “common” carriers that handle freight above what would normally ship via FedEx Ground, or UPS or U.S. Mail parcel services (about 150 pounds), to just under what would usually be considered a Truck Load at about 20,000 pounds or more than 14 pallets. LTL common carriers are also more likely to accept loose (non-palletized) cargo than the other two. The biggest of the LTL “Common” Carriers are the Freight divisions of FedEx and UPS, and YRC Freight (Formerly Yellow Freight and Roadway). Other large national carriers include YRC, FedEx Freight, or UPS Freight, such as: Old Dominion Freight Lines, Saia, or Estes-Express to name a few.

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News & Analysis

05 Mar 2019
The second-largest US LTL carrier reported growth in shipments and revenue in the first quarter, albeit at lower rates than in 2018.
05 Mar 2019
With spot and contract rates moving in opposite directions, trucking providers tell TPM 2019 it’s difficult to predict exactly where the market is headed in 2019.
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.
20 Feb 2019
US transportation markets are coming into balance, heading toward slower growth in volume and pricing in 2019, according to economic indicators and reports.
15 Feb 2019
Despite a forecast loss of $600 million in e-commerce revenue, XPO Logistics expects to increase revenue 3-5 percent in 2019, as it enters a more mature phase of growth.
14 Feb 2019
COO and soon-to-be CEO Bob Biesterfeld tells JOC.com US truckload rates are likely to continue to rise in 2019 despite a rebalancing of capacity.
12 Feb 2019
New England Motor Freight will be delivered in "orderly" liquidation blamed on loss of key accounts, driver shortage, "onerous" union contract.
11 Feb 2019
Shevell Group's Chapter 11 filing involves 10 related businesses, including truckload carrier Eastern Freightways, Apex Logistics, and Carrier Industries, a warehousing and dedicated trucking business.
08 Feb 2019
US truck capacity loosened significantly in the first quarter, especially on the spot market, but shippers shouldn't expect a "glut" of excess capacity this year.
06 Feb 2019
Collaboration is still high on the to-do list of US shippers and their transportation and logistics partners in 2019, despite slower economic expansion.
05 Feb 2019
A brave new world of complex supply chains, consumer demands, and urbanization means problems rooted in truck capacity and driver availability are likely to get worse, regardless of the economic cycle.
01 Feb 2019
The US economy won't run off the road this year, but keep an eye on trade, tariffs, and 2020, economists say at SMC3's Jump Start 2019 event.
Norfolk Southern.
29 Jan 2019
Ripples from last year’s ELD mandate are still reverberating down rail tracks.
An Amazon fulfillment center in the United States.
15 Jan 2019
The business model goals of online marketplaces such as Amazon and Walmart involve more than showcasing retailers’ products online.
YRC Worldwide.
11 Jan 2019
For the first time in a decade, LTL operator YRC Worldwide enters contract talks without an existential threat to its survival looming.
A truck travels in the United States.
09 Jan 2019
With the US Securities and Exchange Commission closed, Roadrunner is looking for a run-around to push its rights offering and recovery plan forward.
Trucks travel on a road in the United States.
09 Jan 2019
Widespread labor shortages affect not just trucking but all aspects of transportation and logistics.
A truck travels on a US road.
07 Jan 2019
The solution to the US truck driver problem will require a proactive, engaged performance by shippers.
A truck travels in the United States.
04 Jan 2019
With competition for truck drivers strong, firms are deploying new tactics to recruit talent.
A truck travels on a US road.
02 Jan 2019
More truck drivers are choosing to work for smaller carriers, and that’s not making it easier for shippers to source capacity. This is the second in a series of articles.
A truck travels on a US road.
02 Jan 2019
The battle for truck drivers will determine who gets truck capacity in 2019 and at what price.
A Manitoulin truck.
17 Dec 2018
The Manitoulin Group of Companies acquired the book of business of one company and partnered with its parent company to broaden its coverage in northwest Canada.
YRC Worldwide.
14 Dec 2018
The lawsuit stems from a long-running dispute and investigation into reweighing of military freight.
A truck travels on a US highway.
07 Dec 2018
The FMCSA published 10 decisions rejecting petitions for ELD exemptions Friday, a sign the agency has drawn a sharp line when it comes to pleas for relief from the year-old rule. Instead, expect more focus on the hours of service rules themselves.
A truck travels on a US highway.
07 Dec 2018
Echo Global Logistics CEO Doug Waggoner expects a ‘healthy’ freight market in 2019, but he said shippers should watch inventory levels for a pertinent reason.
Trucks travel in California, United States.
03 Dec 2018
Freight growth may slow in 2019, but shippers should be vigilant in seeking new routes owing to constrained capacity.
A truck travels in South Dakota, United States.
28 Nov 2018
As truck driver turnover rates rise, and more veteran drivers retire, more motor carriers are taking training into their own hands through in-house schools and apprenticeship programs.
19 Nov 2018
Sponsored: "Be proactive, not reactive; understand your sourcing options," SMC3 Chief Commercial Officer Brian Thompson empasized
Trucks travel on a US highway.
16 Nov 2018
Higher freight volumes and shipper spending reported by the Cass Freight Index show that while the US economy may be expanding more slowly in late 2018, it is not on the verge of a contraction.
UPS Freight.
12 Nov 2018
UPS Freight resumed pickups and began accepting freight shortly after Teamsters employees approved a second and 'last, best, final' contract proposal Sunday.
UPS.
09 Nov 2018
Shippers search for alternate carriers as rank-and-file union members vote on ‘last, best’ offer from LTL carriers.
Digital bill of lading.
09 Nov 2018
Efforts to digitize the bill of lading that must accompany each shipment, whether on an ocean vessel or tractor-trailer, aren’t necessarily new, but they’re gaining ground in an era of e-commerce and tight capacity.
A truck being loaded in the United States.
08 Nov 2018
Shippers plagued by capacity shortages need to eliminate inefficiencies and wasted time to effectively create capacity now out of reach.
A Manitoulin truck.
06 Nov 2018
The addition of Express Havre St-Pierre helps 'build out' Manitoulin Transport's truckload and LTL service map in Quebec, especially in the province's rural areas, and complements its westward expansion.
01 Nov 2018
Less-than-truckload (LTL) shippers must scramble to find alternatives and anticipate higher pricing, as UPS Freight stops taking freight ahead of a Teamster vote on its ‘last, best, final’ contract offer. Freight is unlikely to be stranded, but it will probably move at a premium, as LTL carriers prioritize freight from existing customers.