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

16 Aug 2022
Inventory buildup and changing inland distribution routes are setting a fire under construction of new logistics and distribution facilities in markets across the US, despite economic concerns.
15 Jul 2013
GSC Logistics has added super chassis to its U.S. Pacific Northwest fleet to accommodate heavier load, 40-foot containers, according to Scott Taylor, president of the third-party logistics provider.
15 Jul 2013
XPO Logistics has agreed to pay $365 million to acquire all of the common stock of 3PD, a non-asset, third-party provider of heavy goods, last-mile logistics in North America.
12 Jul 2013
The turnover rate at large and small truckload carriers rose as a result of the improving economy and continued competition for well-trained, professional drivers...
12 Jul 2013
UPS has lowered its expectations for revenue and operating profit for the second quarter of 2013 and for the full year of 2013.
12 Jul 2013
TRAC Intermodal has begun providing truckers with premium rentals of marine chassis equipped with radial tires, automatic pneumatic airing systems, LED lighting, ABS braking, GPS tracking and other features.
12 Jul 2013
Just over 50 percent of trucking companies believe they are getting the rates of return needed to justify further investment in new equipment.
11 Jul 2013
Trucking companies may have to hire as many as 60,000 additional drivers in the second half of 2013 to compensate for constraints on productivity from new hours of service rules that took effect July 1, according to FTR Associates.
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, July 10. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
11 Jul 2013
The number of 40-foot containers available for export in Chicago in the week of July 10 was below zero for the fifth consecutive week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report. Carrier data used in the report indicates 1,073 40-foot containers will be needed this week but are not available at this location, the largest deficit since the USDA began reporting container availability exactly one year ago.
11 Jul 2013
FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index for May, published in the July 2013 Trucking Update, was unchanged compared with the previous month...
truck at a warehouse
10 Jul 2013
Cargo interests who ship by truck could face a severe capacity crunch in the near future if the U.S. experiences sustained economic growth, and if government regulations take the toll on motor carrier productivity that the trucking industry fears will happen.
09 Jul 2013
Truck tonnage should remain unusually robust this summer, buoyed by construction and manufacturing activity and resilient consumer confidence, said Mark Montague, industry rate analyst at DAT.
09 Jul 2013
Container terminal officials in the Port of New York and New Jersey said they’re sensitive to port truckers’ problems and are working to eliminate delays and congestion aggravated by volume shifts and seasonal labor shortages at the East Coast’s busiest port.
09 Jul 2013
As temperatures rise, truck drivers hauling livestock will get a 90-day reprieve from a 30-minute rest break provision of the new hours of service rules. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said July 8 it will grant the temporary exemption “to ensure the well-being of the nation’s livestock” during transport.
U.S. diesel prices through July 8, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
09 Jul 2013
U.S. diesel prices rose in the week of July 8, following six straight weeks of declines, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Prices had fallen 2 percent or 7 cents during that time.
08 Jul 2013
Less-than-truckload carriers are battling to grab bigger slices of a small pie: total available LTL revenue. At $32 billion, LTL revenue represents about 5 percent of all trucking sales.
08 Jul 2013
JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy interviews Jack Holmes, president of UPS Freight, and hears his views on consolidation in the less-than-truckload industry.
08 Jul 2013
Although further consolidation might benefit some less-than-truckload motor carriers — YRC Freight, for example — mergers are no panacea for the challenges facing LTL trucking. There may be smarter routes to growth that trucking companies, along with shippers and logistics partners, should explore.
08 Jul 2013
JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy interviews William Logue, president and CEO, FedEx Freight.
08 Jul 2013
JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy interviews David Congdon, president and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line.
08 Jul 2013
JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy interviews James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide, and hears his views on consolidation and pricing in the less-than-truckload industry.
JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index. Source: Journal of Commerce analyses, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data
08 Jul 2013
The Journal of Commerce For-Hire Trucking Employment Index dropped slightly in June, falling to a 95.4 reading as the trucking companies surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shed jobs and hiring slowed following a spring surge in April.
05 Jul 2013
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05 Jul 2013
Shippers and truckers, driven by differing perspectives, may be speeding toward a collision over pricing. Carriers, pinched by rising operating costs and a shrinking driver pool, are pressing for higher rates, while customers, facing lackluster demand for goods they ship, wonder why transportation costs as much as it does.
05 Jul 2013
Retail industry expectations for peak truck and intermodal rail seasons are elevated slightly compared to last year but hardly soaring, thanks to a slowly recovering U.S. economy and better managed supply chains.
03 Jul 2013
Slowdowns by container truck drivers over wage increases threaten to disrupt normal operations at the APM Terminals facility in India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva).
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, July 3. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
03 Jul 2013
The number of 20-foot containers available for export in Kansas City in the week of July 3 totaled 216 containers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, continuing a two-week trend of more than 200-TEU availability.
U.S. diesel prices through July 1, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
02 Jul 2013
U.S. diesel prices slid another 2 cents in the week of July 1, the sixth straight weekly decline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. So far, prices have fallen 2 percent or 7 cents during this time.
truck driver
01 Jul 2013
Starting July 1, truck drivers and motor carriers must comply with new federal regulations that are likely to cut the number of hours many drivers spend behind the wheel each day and week or risk high fines and civil penalties.
U.S. cross-border trade by truck with Canada and Mexico. Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
01 Jul 2013
U.S. cross-border traffic with North American Free Trade Agreement partners Mexico and Canada via truck and rail was up 8.3 percent from $69.17 billion in April 2012 to roughly $75 billion this April, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
29 Jun 2013
UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters extended their existing contract and supplements as they prepare for talks over several supplements rejected by union members.
28 Jun 2013
Direct ChassisLink, an intermodal marine chassis provider in North America, has acquired Hyundai Merchant Marine’s U.S. chassis fleet, comprising more than 23,000 chassis...
ABF Freight System truck and trailer
28 Jun 2013
Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have voted to approve a national master agreement with ABF Freight System, Inc., although some local/area supplemental agreements were rejected.
27 Jun 2013
Rosalyn Wilson, author of the annual State of Logistics Report, discusses the report's findings with the JOC's Joseph Bonney. Wilson is senior business analyst at Delcan Corp.
Schneider truck
27 Jun 2013
Schneider National is installing new tracking technology across its fleet of van trailers and intermodal containers.
27 Jun 2013
Freight volume for all modes is expected to rise more than 20 percent by 2024, with trucking strengthening its position as the leading type, holding 70.8 percent of the share by 2024...