Trucking Logistics

Trucking Logistics

Up-to-the-minute transportation 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

22 Apr 2019
US containerized imports from Asia dropped 0.5 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2019, after rising 15.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the PIERS data, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit
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.
20 Apr 2019
As ongoing, rolling delays at the US-Mexico border threaten cross-border manufacturing operations that rely on quick, dependable deliveries, some shippers are taking drastic measures to keep their supply chains running smoothly.
18 Apr 2019
Chainalytics sees contract truckload rates turning ‘negative’ year over year as oversupply hits softer US freight demand.
18 Apr 2019
A large number of small and midsize US trucking companies report competitors charging “unsustainably low rates” in a recent Bibby Financial Services survey.
17 Apr 2019
Some Customs agents are returning to US-Mexico border crossings following weeks of cargo congestion, but long delays continue in locations such as Pharr, Texas.
17 Apr 2019
Jeffrey A. Bader, the former president of the largest trucking group in the Port of New York and New Jersey, will be succeeded by Lisa Yakomin, who has held responsibility for communications and government affairs at the association.
17 Apr 2019
The UK freight transport industry will need government support if any real advances are to be made in decarbonizing the supply chain.
16 Apr 2019
Ryder urges shippers to apply for expedited clearance to mitigate disruption from US-Mexico cross-border congestion as it adds equipment and builds out its truck yards and warehousing space near the border.
16 Apr 2019
Bill Cassidy, senior editor, JOC provides his outlook for the US trucking market in 2019. 
12 Apr 2019
A tentative contract would give Teamsters at carrier YRC Worldwide an 18 percent wage increase over five years but would still leave wages lower than at competing carriers.
11 Apr 2019
The shift of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources from cargo to immigration has reduced cargo processing capacity along the border 30-40 percent.
11 Apr 2019
A lackluster truckload spot market is putting more pressure on truck contract rates, as carriers wait for signs of the seasonal spring retail surge.
09 Apr 2019
Rising cargo volumes, growing manufacturing heft, and some new trade agreements are positioning Mexico as a logistics hub, raising questions about whether the country's infrastructure can handle the added stress.
08 Apr 2019
President Trump’s threats to shut down the US-Mexico border grabbed headlines last week, but freight congestion caused by a shift in Customs resources to handle a surge immigration is already costing US importers millions of dollars each day.
08 Apr 2019
Trucking operators and shippers should be keeping a close eye on the implementation of a National Drug and Alcohol Driver Database and other potential regulatory changes that will affect available capacity.
05 Apr 2019
A drop in the number of truckers at the smallest US trucking companies could indicate a market shift toward large carriers as spot truckload rates seek bottom.
04 Apr 2019
Ports leaders say the death of Jeffrey A. Bader, president of the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, who was active on a committee to improve efficiency at the Port of New York and New Jersey, will leave a leadership gap in the port.
04 Apr 2019
With cross-border freight already delayed and logistics costs rising, businesses must plan for a potential closure of the US-Mexico border threatened by President Trump.
04 Apr 2019
Virginia port truck drivers sent a letter last week asking operators to pay higher rates when Norfolk-area terminals are congested, but trucking companies say they already do.
03 Apr 2019
Six months after new government restrictions on hours of service for Mexico’s truck drivers took effect, rates have gone up, capacity has tightened, and it’s tougher to find trucking services to some parts of the country.
03 Apr 2019
Top 10 freight broker GlobalTranz continued its recent acquisition spree at the same time it was acquired by a former equity investor.
03 Apr 2019
With a majority stake in Truckstop.com, ICONIQ Capital will fuel the development of the load-matching firm's technology services to help simplify capacity procurement.
02 Apr 2019
Truck pricing may be falling, but there are plenty of issues to keep US shippers and carriers engaged, including legalized marijuana, tighter driver rules, and automation.
01 Apr 2019
The largest 50 US trucking firms saw their share of for-hire revenue jump by double digits last year compared with pre-recession levels, as shippers give bigger carriers more business.
Bill Cassidy, senior editor, JOC
29 Mar 2019
Bill Cassidy, senior editor, JOC provides his o
28 Mar 2019
Canadian shippers dependent on smaller trucking companies may be at risk of capacity shortages and higher costs as Canada’s ELD mandate draws closer.
27 Mar 2019
After a year of beta testing, Leaf Logistics is on the verge of opening a forward trucking contract market, and the Nodal Exchange on Friday will launch a freight futures market supplied with truckload data from FreightWaves and DAT Solutions.
27 Mar 2019
The capacity crunch of 2018 is history, and US truck shippers are enjoying rate relief, but the memory of last year’s crisis keeps collaboration top of mind.
26 Mar 2019
A proposal to prohibit double trailers from Mexican roads in response to concerns over accidents involving the vehicles has sparked concern among shippers that it will severely reduce trucking capacity in the country.
26 Mar 2019
For trucking companies, third-party logistics providers, and shippers alike, the lack of progress in this area after a year spent stressing the need for greater collaboration is disappointing.
Ari Ashe, associate editor
25 Mar 2019
Ari Ashe, associate editor, JOC
22 Mar 2019
As retailers such as Walmart tighten delivery standards, suppliers should examine whether they should arrange for transportation or outsource this function to their retailer customers.
22 Mar 2019
Terms of the tentative pact between the Teamsters union and the largest unionized LTL operator aren’t final yet, but the extension of the current contract until May 31 should reassure skittish shippers.
22 Mar 2019
The switch from an incentive-based pricing model thus far has had little impact on traffic patterns at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, but truckers are waiting to see how it operates once the ports are congestion free.