Trucking Logistics

Trucking Logistics

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

16 Oct 2019
Mexico’s fourth-largest port by volume is bucking the trend of slower cargo growth in 2019 with solid growth in cargo volumes that far outpaces the rise in cargo through all Mexican ports combined.
16 Oct 2019
Importers seeking relief amid the ongoing US-China trade war could consider re-classifying their products or seeking tariff exclusions, but the process can be costly and time-consuming.
16 Oct 2019
Industry sources say an approved “SOP” document to regulate logistics costs is expected to be circulated to stakeholders in the coming days as the Indian government proceeds with a sense of urgency to conclude what is seen as a game-changer for the country’s ocean trade.
16 Oct 2019
There is no driver shortage, says the author. Trucking added drivers last year during a time of record-low unemployment, and presumably, the most competitive conditions possible in terms of available career alternatives to life in the driver’s seat. That doesn’t square with a hypothetical chronic shortage.
15 Oct 2019
Shippers are being urged to plan carefully for 2020, as signs begin to indicate the US truck market may swing again next year.
15 Oct 2019
West Coast port managers say sharing cargo information through digital portals and disseminating information on truck turn times is motivating marine terminals to improve performance, but brokers and forwarders remain skeptical.
15 Oct 2019
The first step in dredging the harbor in Norfolk will begin in January 2020, kickstarting a project that will make the Port of Virginia the deepest harbor on the East Coast.
15 Oct 2019
Getting containers to inland factories on time is a crucial part of the production process, and delays can cause costs to mount quickly.
15 Oct 2019
The number of blanked sailings is growing on the Asia-Europe trades as carriers sit becalmed in the slack season with no clear idea of whether to expect a pre-Chinese New Year rush.
15 Oct 2019
Coyote Logistics’ chief strategy officer urges shippers to prepare now for a truckload market in 2020 that could look very different than today’s.
15 Oct 2019
Although Typhoon Hagibis was the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades, carriers are reporting only minor disruptions to schedules and minimal damage to port infrastructure.
14 Oct 2019
Carriers will blank at least 37 individual sailings this month and next and suspend an entire weekly service as they attempt to stop further erosion in freight rates in the eastbound Pacific.
14 Oct 2019
Bangladeshi shippers are relieved after the local customs agent that handles Cosco Shipping’s business in the country had its license reinstated.
14 Oct 2019
While the “phase one” trade agreement reduces tensions between the US and China, the two sides are nowhere near reaching a more comprehensive deal at this time, a US-China business expert says.
14 Oct 2019
Sailing withdrawals and rising utilization levels on the Asia-North Europe route are not translating into spot rate increases, suggesting carriers are again chasing market share.
14 Oct 2019
DP World will invite 10 Indian startup businesses to participate in an interactive technology program as it seeks to leverage the benefits of blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulators, and the internet of things (IoT) for the development of smart trade solutions.
11 Oct 2019
Demand from e-commerce and other companies has pushed up rents and reduced availability of smaller warehouses over the last five years more than for larger spaces, according to a new report.
11 Oct 2019
The tariff war between the US and China has cooled significantly with news the two powers have reached a “very substantial” first phase of a trade deal.
11 Oct 2019
Amazon's purchase last month of a little known digital customs broker signals the growing importance of process automation, of intertwining logistics and trade compliance, and of the need to enable e-commerce sellers.
11 Oct 2019
Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson on the geopolitical factors at play in the looming deadline for the Intern
11 Oct 2019
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11 Oct 2019
Carriers would need complete control of the supply chain in order to successfully offer premium services, including time-definite delivery, an executive from Zim Integrated Shipping Services said.
11 Oct 2019
India’s Ministry of Shipping has met with various stakeholders in recent weeks to review options for streamlining logistics costs, particularly where intermediaries make up a significant burden for cargo interests.
10 Oct 2019
Two refrigerated intermodal carriers, Marten Transport and KLLM Transport, have acquired 53-foot containers as US Class I railroads have been disincentivizing intermodal trailer use.
10 Oct 2019
A bigger footprint in El Paso, Texas, will help the freight forwarding arm of Deutsche Post DHL reach more shippers in the US and Mexico.
10 Oct 2019
With the acquisition of the software maker Crux Systems, Flexport is becoming a provider of third-party visibility data while also eschewing concerns about M&A expressed in the wake of its $1 billion round of funding in February.
10 Oct 2019
The pace of technological growth is exceeding the logistics sector’s ability to come up with ways to use it, leaving the market with “solutions” that do not align with actual shipper needs.
10 Oct 2019
The Reston, Virginia-based software supplier’s new “Book it Now” feature adds an execution element to its existing load-matching capabilities.
10 Oct 2019
Venture capital firms are pouring an unprecedented amount of funding into logistics-focused startups, but a focus on rapid revenue growth over sustainable profitability may not be leading these companies away from products that would provide the most value to shippers.
10 Oct 2019
Seven of the top 10 critical issues facing trucking directly involve truck drivers, with pay and detention joining the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual list.
10 Oct 2019
Global air freight continues to feel the effects of the trade dispute between the US and China, with demand falling for 10 straight months.
09 Oct 2019
Efficiencies gained by bringing together the four Hong Kong terminals into one joint venture will be passed on to the carriers and hopefully halt a long-running decline in the port throughput.
09 Oct 2019
A California Court of Appeals has ruled that the “ABC” test can be applied retroactively, a decision that means truck drivers can calculate damages for past misclassification.
09 Oct 2019
Five years of trucker-terminal collaboration in Los Angeles-Long Beach pays off with the best truck turn time performance since January 2014.
09 Oct 2019
A California-based digital freight marketplace sets a five-year goal to replace its asset-based diesel fleet with alternative power.