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

05 Dec 2022
J.B. Hunt, Uber Freight, and Convoy are partnering to develop and drive broad industry adoption of a standard process for truckload appointment scheduling.
28 Jul 2015
Roadrunner Transportation Systems has acquired Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution for $35 million, continuing the buying spree it embarked on in 2013 as merger and acquisition activity dominates the transportation and logistics industries.
28 Jul 2015
Universal Truckload Services’ second quarter profit and revenue slipped amid reduced truckload demand, but the company said volume and pricing strengthened for other businesses, notably intermodal drayage.
28 Jul 2015
Old Dominion Freight Line, the fifth-largest U.S. less-than-truckload carrier, has opened a 24-door terminal at Sidney, Montana, to handle growing traffic from the region’s oil and agriculture businesses.
28 Jul 2015
If U.S. shippers feel less pain when it comes time to pay freight bills this year, they can thank the worldwide oil glut. With the third quarter under way, the very significant impact of the collapse in oil and fuel prices over the past year on U.S. freight transportation is clear.
27 Jul 2015
U.S. freight volume will jump 29 percent in the next 11 years, with growing energy production resulting in pipelines taking a larger slice of total tonnage, and trucking and railroads’ seeing their share shrink, according to report released Monday.
Truck and traffic moving across America on interstate I-10, Arizona
26 Jul 2015
Trucking companies may have eased back on the pricing pedal for a few months as the economy hit a soft patch, but they’re likely to regain some traction and exert more pressure in the coming year as the economy expands and capacity tightens.
25 Jul 2015
New England Motor Freight will open a 44-door terminal in Indianapolis July 27 as the multi-regional carrier builds density in lanes connecting the East Coast and Midwest.
24 Jul 2015
Canadian LTL and parcel operator Dicom is expanding in the U.S., completing its fourth acquisition in less than a year this week with the purchase of Extra Express in Los Angeles. The parcel and freight carrier seeks a bigger share of the final-mile transportation market on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.
24 Jul 2015
A surge in freight demand from new and existing customers pushed Landstar System's second-quarter revenue and freight volumes up, in some cases by double digits. The company's owner-operator fleet is now larger than it was at the end of 2006, before the recession.
23 Jul 2015
DHL Global Forwarding's new less-than-truckload cross-border service isn't just about US-Mexico trade. It's part of growing shipper demand for multimodal, multiregional logistics and transportation services.
23 Jul 2015
PierPass Inc. on its 10th anniversary Thursday was basking in the warmth of comments from political and environmental leaders recognizing the program that was created by the terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach for successfully mitigating daytime port-generated traffic.
22 Jul 2015
Truckload carrier Knight Transportation increased revenue 14 percent in the second quarter to $302 million, despite lower "transactional customer demand." Net profit rose 7.3 percent to $28 million.
22 Jul 2015
UPS reportedly is in talks to acquire fast-growing Coyote Logistics, as round after round of logistics acquisitions this year increase speculation about potential mergers.
21 Jul 2015
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Kentucky-licensed truck driver an imminent hazard to public safety after his involvement in a fatal accident that claimed six lives on I-75 outside Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 25, 2015.
21 Jul 2015
The Teamsters are deploying a bi-coastal strategy to challenge what the union charges is misclassification of drayage truck drivers as independent contractors, an indication of how the issue has expanded far beyond the San Pedro Bay area.
21 Jul 2015
Truck tonnage dropped in June, and didn’t climb as much as previously thought in May, as high inventory levels dampened truck demand, according to the American Trucking Associations.
21 Jul 2015
Strong "but not stellar" freight demand, higher rates and keen management of drivers and equipment helped generate more profit for Werner Enterprises, which is using its profits to expand capacity.
20 Jul 2015
Spot market truckload demand in the U.S.
20 Jul 2015
As cross-border trucking gains traction, DHL Global Forwarding is launching a LTL service connecting shippers and customers in the U.S. and Mexico.
20 Jul 2015
A recently-launched Federal Maritime Commission Section 15 investigation of a terminal operators discussion agreement could have a chilling effect on the mandatory inspection of chassis by International Longshore and Warehouse Union mechanics at West Coast ports.
17 Jul 2015
The loss of fuel surcharge revenue and a slower economy proved a drag on revenue for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, but didn't keep profits from rising at three of its four operating divisions.
17 Jul 2015
TRAC Intermodal, one of the largest chassis-leasing companies on the West Coast, threw a monkey wrench into a controversial clause in the new International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract by refusing to pay for mandatory roadability inspections by the union.
16 Jul 2015
 
16 Jul 2015
Transportation and warehousing businesses and utilities can't hire enough workers to fill available positions, as moderate economic growth in the U.S. generates strong demand for employees ready and willing to move freight.
15 Jul 2015
Contract truckload rates climbed higher in June, while rail intermodal pricing slipped for the sixth straight month, according to pricing indices released by Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.
15 Jul 2015
Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach are accepting the fact that, at least for the moment, turn times are stuck at about 90 minutes, when a little over a year ago average turn times in the largest U.S. port complex were about one hour.
15 Jul 2015
Refrigerated trucking company Marten Transport increased its profit while adding trucks in the second quarter, as dedicated revenue rose more than 60 percent.
14 Jul 2015
The average driver turnover rate dropped suddenly in the first quarter. Have waves of wage increases paid off for carriers, or is the decline a temporary blip?
14 Jul 2015
The Russian trucking industry hauling containers is in crisis with demand plummeting because of Western sanctions on food imports and weak oil prices, but there’s no help from Moscow on the way.
14 Jul 2015
Trucking companies such as C.R. England increasingly are using new, highly sophisticated, fuel-efficient trucks to attract drivers and as incentives for experienced drivers. Their hope is to reduce the cost of turnover and recruitment by keeping drivers behind the wheel.
13 Jul 2015
U.S. spot market truck freight volumes rose 9 percent in June from May, after declining 1.7 percent that month, according to DAT Solutions. That's another sign the U.S. economy is still growing.
13 Jul 2015
Discount retailer Dollar Tree is building a $104.4 million distribution center in 'upstate' South Carolina, near the Greer Inland Port and the I-85 corridor, expanding its Southeastern logistics footprint.
13 Jul 2015
USA Truck is changing CEOs, but not the strategies that helped the truckload carrier return to profit last year after several years of losses.
drayage at Port of Long Beach
10 Jul 2015
Drivers for the Southern California drayage company Eco Flow voted this week to join the Teamsters Union. This development is not a surprise because Eco Flow was formed on the employee-driver model, but it is nevertheless a victory by the union in its attempt to organize drayage companies across the country.
10 Jul 2015
A U.S. district court has ruled that federal law precludes Massachusetts from regulating transportation rates, routes and services by requiring express-delivery drivers to be company employees.