Trucking Logistics

Trucking Logistics

Trucking 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

25 Feb 2021
COVID-related dock bans on truck drivers and greater use of digital receipts are leading to more clashes over short or damaged shipments, according to speakers at a T&LC webinar.
A truck travels on a US road.
18 Jun 2018
Brokers and shippers would have the first official checklist to follow when hiring truckers if an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Act reauthorization passes this year. Supporters believe it’s a step towards ensuring freight is safely moving on highways whereas opponents believe it’s a race to the bottom to find the cheapest transportation that would endanger others.
Truck transporting oranges in California, United States.
18 Jun 2018
US truck prices to transport fruits and vegetables from Mexico and California are up 20 to 30 percent compared with a year ago, mirroring the rates in other modes too. Even so, the purchasers of transportation are opening their wallets and riding out the inflation until the macroeconomic environment changes.
Brazil freight train with load containers.
16 Jun 2018
The truckers' strike in Brazil was costly, by several metrics, and no one would like to see a repeat. Still, the strike has prompted shippers, forwarders, and other trade stakeholders to reassess how they allocate transportation, with an eye toward reducing if not eliminating vulnerability.
Trucks travel in Tennessee, United States.
15 Jun 2018
Several factors — expected and unexpected — are increasing US trucking and intermodal costs for shippers in June, and threaten to keep pressure on in July.
U.S. Xpress.
15 Jun 2018
“The market has a long way to run and it’s going to last longer than we’ve seen in the past,” said Eric Fuller, CEO and president, U.S. Xpress Enterprises.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
15 Jun 2018
While terminals have made good strides in improving technology within their four walls, they are poorly connected with the greater supply chain in which they play a critical role as the interface between the water and the land; that connectivity has to occur for the industry to advance. And with International Longshoremen's Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union labor peace, there’s now time to do it.
Port of Oakland.
15 Jun 2018
Demand for US drayage has spiked in the last seven to 14 days, but no one knows exactly why beneficial cargo owners, non-vessel operating common carriers, and freight forwarders are so hungry for truck power.
Legends of LTL event in Pittsburgh, 2018.
14 Jun 2018
The Legends of LTL event in Pittsburgh brought together executives from more than 20 US trucking companies, many of whom fought tooth and nail for freight for decades, but also learned from each other.
The Port of Montreal.
12 Jun 2018
At a June 6 meeting in which 30 port stakeholders reviewed the impact of increasing the hours from beyond the old time of 6 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., to close instead at 7 p.m., the terminals agreed to extend the project, which began May 14 and was due to end on June 22, at least through the summer.
Milestone Chassi Supply
12 Jun 2018
Shippers may find that the cost of operating a new chassis could be lower than that of an ostensibly cheaper refurbished or aging chassis over the long run, once fuel consumption and maintenance are taken into account.
Trucks in Argentina.
12 Jun 2018
By week’s end, truckers are expected to go on strike and blockade Argentina’s main arteries to secure a 27 percent pay increase, which union leaders claim is necessary to cover the nation's inflation rate.
A truck travels in China.
12 Jun 2018
The China head of a global logistics provider said that a number of local less-than-truckload drivers in Anhui and Jiangxi provinces called for a boycott of a trucking platform provider over mismanagement of their capacity.
A UPS truck.
11 Jun 2018
There are many issues on the bargaining table, and no single overriding issue this year, though the Sunday delivery issue comes close. Shippers, coping with tight US surface transportation, are hoping for a constructive outcome. "This isn’t something we need right now,” one shipper said.
Chittagong port with containers.
08 Jun 2018
Inland container depots (ICDs) are responsible for stuffing and unstuffing export and import containers on their premises. If Bangladesh does not add more ICDs, cargo delays and missed shipments are likely to increase at/near Chittagong Port.
JNPT truck backup.
08 Jun 2018
DP World said the longer truck turn times are infrastructure upgrade-based, but truckers argue they are a reoccurring problem.
A container ship in Brazil.
08 Jun 2018
The Temer administration’s deal to end the truckers’ strike included minimum freight rates that some shippers argue favored truckers too much.
Port of Hamburg.
08 Jun 2018
Only a small percentage of Hamburg’s container traffic is transported to and from the hinterland via the network of inland waterways, something the German port wants to change.
Chicago with Lake Michigan.
07 Jun 2018
“No one’s coming to save us,” Bobby Harris, president and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, tells shippers. He’s talking about the tight-capacity, high-priced, surface transportation market, which he expects will continue until late 2019. One BlueGrace solution — it is going to Chicago to hire help.
RoadOne IntermodaLogistics.
07 Jun 2018
The transaction completed through RoadOne’s holding company — Bright Light Partners — will increase the company’s overall size to 1,600 drivers in 60 locations throughout the United States.
An Amazon fulfillment center in Washington state, United States.
06 Jun 2018
All key fundamentals point to another strong revenue growth year in 2018 for the third-party logistics provider sector, absent a trade war.
Chassis stacked.
06 Jun 2018
Non-vessel operating common carriers are signing exclusive deals with chassis providers, counting on these deals to offer shippers more reliable service at a lower cost. Truckers are worried that these restrictive contracts will increase chassis splits and shortages, which they consider a colossal waste of time.
A truck travels on a US highway.
05 Jun 2018
US shippers may be concerned about the impact of trade wars and higher tariffs on their costs, but those jitters haven’t dented how much freight they actually ship. Initial reports from trucking companies such as Old Dominion Freight Line and economic indicators such as the Non-Manufacturing Index and Purchasing Managers' Index show the US economy is still rolling strong.
Port of Vancouver, Canada.
05 Jun 2018
Global Container Terminals Canada said its Vancouver pilot project that will test a flat-fee model during the day and night shifts is designed primarily to reduce gate congestion by reducing truck bunching during shift changes and encouraging more dual transactions.
A UPS truck in San Francisco, California, United States.
04 Jun 2018
The largest global transport provider is raising surcharges on oversize packages and air freight, as carriers on land, sea, and air use fees to change shipper behavior.
Uber Freight.
04 Jun 2018
The inclusion of carriers with up to 10 trucks in Uber’s capacity pool will help build density and increase the value of its app-based service to shippers.
Train freight rail car yard Veracruz, Mexico.
01 Jun 2018
Shippers that move goods in Mexico will want to watch the upcoming election and post-election period closely for signs that the country’s incoming leader is prepared to take steps to crack down on the growing rail/truck cargo threat from thieves.
Brazil truckers blockade road.
01 Jun 2018
One person was killed during the strike, which also resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in cargo damages, mainly foodstuffs and meat, along with widespread cargo delays.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
31 May 2018
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Thursday provided guidance on when drivers can use trucks for personal conveyance, among other guidance areas.
XPO Logistics.
31 May 2018
The new tractors will be a combination of replacement and new vehicles that will help the second-largest less-than-truckload operator improve service and utilization — and attract drivers.
Saia LTL Freight.
31 May 2018
Less-than-truckload carriers are in expansion mode as freight pours in from traditional and non-traditional sources. But will available industrial real estate limit their growth?
Port of Long Beach at sunset.
31 May 2018
Via frequent outreach to truckers, beneficial cargo owners, and railroads — including a culture change — Total Terminals International has gone from having the worst truck turn times at the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach to becoming one of the more efficient terminals.
FFE Transportation.
30 May 2018
Shippers could face challenges finding trucks June 5 to 7 as an annual three-day roadside safety blitz tests electronic logging and hours-of-service compliance.
BSF Logistics Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
30 May 2018
Chassis splits — when a trucker is diverted to a second location for a chassis — are not new, but shippers and trucking companies are concerned about how these chassis shortages and splits throw off delivery windows, hours of service, and costs.
Truckers on strike in Brazil.
29 May 2018
Shippers are suffering throughout the logistics chain, with essential supplies not getting through and imports and exports frozen at the country’s main ports. Perishables are rotting away in many trucks or are stuck at the “full to bursting” port facilities.
A crane positions a container on a truck.
29 May 2018
Shippabo’s founder Nina Luu says shippers struggling to find drayage trucks should start their search at sea, with better visibility into inbound containers. That means using technology to better connect importers, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, customs brokers, and trucking operators in flexible networks.