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

15 Nov 2022
The US producer price indexes for long-distance truckload and less-than-truckload took separate routes in October, with LTL pricing essentially unchanged and the truckload index falling.
Trucking hours of service clock
23 Jul 2013
How many hours are there in a “34-hour” restart? This isn’t a trick question.
23 Jul 2013
New technology helped Estes Express Lines improve productivity and keep its general rate increase to 3.7 percent this year, the company said.
23 Jul 2013
UPS today reported its operating profit in the second quarter of 2013 was $1.74 billion, sliding from $1.79 billion in the second quarter of 2012.
Werner Enterprises truck
23 Jul 2013
Werner Enterprises reported net income in the second quarter of 2013 was $25.8 million, dropping 16 percent from $30.7 million in the second quarter of 2012.
U.S. diesel prices through July 22, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
22 Jul 2013
U.S. diesel prices rose 3.6 cents in the week of July 22, the third straight week of increase, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. During the past three weeks, rates jumped 2 percent or 8.6 cents.
22 Jul 2013
Transportation group PTA Holdings plans to acquire a Midwestern intermodal trucking company, the company said July 22.
DAT North American Freight Index. Source: DAT
22 Jul 2013
The DAT North American Freight Index slipped 9.5 percent year-over-year in June 2013, down to 1606, according to the latest release from DAT. This is the fifth straight month of declines.
22 Jul 2013
Central Transport joined other less-than-truckload carriers pushing for higher pricing this summer, raising its tariff rates 5.9 percent on average last week.
22 Jul 2013
FreightWatch International, a logistics security services company, reported a total of 194 cargo thefts in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2013, with 45 thefts in April, 66 in May and 83 in June.
22 Jul 2013
Central Freight Lines will raise tariff rates 5.9 percent on average July 29, joining several less-than-truckload carriers taking general rate increases this summer.
Heartland Express truck
22 Jul 2013
Heartland Express reported net income in the second quarter of 2013 was $19.1 million, increasing 5.0 percent or $0.9 million from $18.2 million in the same period last year.
19 Jul 2013
Members of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, which represents third-party logistics providers in the U.S., outperformed the economy in the first quarter of 2013...
warehouse loading dock
19 Jul 2013
Still pondering the latest twist in the truck driver hours of service rules? Sorry, time’s up. Eighteen months after they were released in late 2011, the oft-revised and, at least among truckers, much-reviled hours of service rules took effect on July 1.
female truck driver
19 Jul 2013
Truck drivers now have a narrow time window to hit if they want to actually use the 34-hour restart provision of new hours of service rules within 34 hours. Unless they go off duty between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. at the end of their week, the restart becomes a much longer layover.
19 Jul 2013
Forward Air reported its net income in the second quarter of 2013 was $13.8 million, falling 2.8 percent from $14.2 million in the second quarter of 2012.
Menzies Distribution's new Iveco trucks from Ryder.
18 Jul 2013
Menzies Distribution is replacing half of its large goods vehicle delivery fleet with 110 new Iveco trucks in a five-year contract hire deal with Ryder Europe, part of Ryder System.
Refrigerated trailers at warehouse/distribution center
18 Jul 2013
Shippers and carriers alike are waiting to see how much new hours of service regulations will affect refrigerated trucking and the timing of food deliveries to restaurants, grocery stores and distribution centers. The new rules apply to all truck drivers, regardless of the type of equipment, but some believe the cold chain might take a bigger hit to productivity than other sectors.
17 Jul 2013
FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for May was basically unchanged from the level of the last few months at a reading of negative 7.5.
17 Jul 2013
Long-haul and local truck drivers at Toll Global Forwarding’s Carteret, N.J., location voted 62-28 for representation by
17 Jul 2013
Con-way Freight has improved its Mexico service offering with the introduction of online tracking, a 24-hour customer resource center and new Web tools...
Oil refinery in the United States
17 Jul 2013
The amount of crude oil delivered by rail and truck to U.S. refineries is soaring, climbing 62.6 percent in 2012 thanks to rising shale oil production output.
Pilot Flying J station in Nephi, Utah, in March 2012. Photo by 5of7. License: CC BY-SA 2.0
17 Jul 2013
Pilot Flying J has reached a settlement with eight trucking firms that filed federal lawsuits against the truck stop operator.
17 Jul 2013
Marten Transport today reported its net income in the second quarter of 2013 was $7.7 million, inching up 1.1 percent from $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2012.
16 Jul 2013
Duff Brothers Capital has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Frozen Food Express Industries, a temperature-controlled truckload and less-than-truckload carrier in the U.S., for $38.2 million.
16 Jul 2013
North American truckload pricing in June increased 1.5 percent year-over-year and 1.0 percent month-over-month, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
diesel fueling
16 Jul 2013
U.S. diesel prices climbed steeply in the week of July 15, the second straight weeks of increases, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Prices rose in all regions of the United States.
15 Jul 2013
Integrated Freight Corp. has reached an agreement with its single largest creditor group, thereby reducing its total outstanding debt.
J.B. Hunt truck.
15 Jul 2013
J.B. Hunt Transport Services reported net earnings in the second quarter of 2013 were $87.70 million, improving 9 percent compared with $80.45 million in the second quarter of 2012.
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.