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

28 May 2020
Spot truckload rates are inching up as the reopening of many businesses shifts cargo, and capacity, to the contract market. That’s tightening spot capacity as loads increase.
Rail is critical link in chassis solution
05 Jul 2019
Although chassis discussions usually are focused on marine ports, figuring out a solution to chronic equipment shortages must take into account an equally complex set of railroad operations across the US heartland.
03 Jul 2019
The typical retail-based truck freight rebound came later this year and is likely to be shorter as trade tensions with China and Mexico ease.
Rising US-Mexico trade squeezes Laredo truck capacity
02 Jul 2019
Monterrey-based aluminum manufacturer Riisa wants to increase exports to the US but must deal with local capacity shortages and logistics challenges in Laredo, the largest US truck border crossing.
Technology not enough to fix marine terminal pain points
02 Jul 2019
The technology is available and money can be found to add visibility into the black hole of the marine terminal, but increasing complexity caused by bigger ships and larger container exchanges — and difficulties in getting supply chain partners to share data — are limiting stakeholders’ ability to optimize performance.
01 Jul 2019
TRAC and DCLI have reached an interoperability agreement for the BNSF terminal outside of Dallas, which could lower the likelihood of chassis shortages. Open choice advocates worry this "duopoly" will spread to other Gulf Coast markets and limit trucker choice.
01 Jul 2019
In a disaster-prone era, LTL carrier ODFL finds preparing for any event is better than reacting to one.
27 Jun 2019
Sponsored: Patrick Maher, executive vice president of trucking and logistics company Gulf Winds Internat
26 Jun 2019
The eighth-largest US trucking operator adds an intermodal option in Indianapolis, making service between the US Midwest and Northeast more competitive with trucks.
JOC Mexico Trade Conference 2019
26 Jun 2019
JOC Senior Editor Bill Cassidy on US-Mexico border congestion, a topic to be explored further July 30-31 in Mexico City at the JOC Mexico Trade Conference.
25 Jun 2019
Lower manufacturing activity, high inventories, and trade wars are flattening the US freight economy, speakers at the SMC3 Connections 2019 conference said.
24 Jun 2019
The front-loading of Chinese imports to avoid tariffs is disrupting US less-than-truckload distribution networks, forcing reallocation of resources.
21 Jun 2019
Truckload carriers surveyed by Cowen & Co. are banking on a stronger second half and expect contract rates to rise 2.7 percent on average over the next six months.
20 Jun 2019
A sharp decline in shipper spending and freight volumes causes some to sound the recession alarm, but others still see slower growth, not steep decline, amid tariff threats.
20 Jun 2019
The unique characteristics and low margins of the drayage market mean it has been slower to adopt technologies that have gotten traction in other over-the-road segments, but marketplaces are starting to percolate.
19 Jun 2019
Drayage operators urge agricultural shippers to use their influence as cargo owners to get other port stakeholders on board with efforts to improve truck turn times at marine terminals and rail hubs.
19 Jun 2019
Many of the communications systems knocked out by a ransomware attack against A. Duie Pyle have been restored. But the attack signals a growing cyber threat.
19 Jun 2019
Ike, a developer of automated trucks led by veterans of Uber, Google and Apple, says ATs are entering a new phase, but still many years from widespread use.
18 Jun 2019
Logistics growth is moderating, but shipper of choice programs are surviving because lower rates won't guarantee on-time delivery, speakers at the CSCMP State of Logistics Report launch said.
17 Jun 2019
A ransomware attack temporarily knocked communications offline at one of the largest Northeast less-than-truckload carriers.
14 Jun 2019
Truckload rates out of Atlanta and the West Coast have increased significantly amid the arrival of the spring produce and retail season, and the movement of excess inventory from bonded warehouses.
13 Jun 2019
Trucking companies hauling oversized heavy freight saw revenue jump by double digits last year, but bigger and bigger shipments challenge specialized capacity.
13 Jun 2019
With chassis regimes at many ports and inland rail hubs cracking under pressure during peak periods, or plagued by on-again, off-again shortages and bad-order chassis, K+N executive Bill Rooney proposes an interoperable “utility” model in which an advisory board oversees availability and roadability.
13 Jun 2019
The success of digital freight matching technology will largely rely on the extent to which shippers stop viewing the spot market as a last resort and start viewing it as a strategic tool.
12 Jun 2019
Canadian shippers preparing for the upcoming electronic logging device mandate have a good model in the US experience.
12 Jun 2019
Uber Freight has long been in the public glare, but an executive said the focus now is on long-term change centered around tweaking shipper perspectives on effective metrics.
11 Jun 2019
A roadside truck inspection blitz that typically depresses truck capacity gave US spot market truck rates a boost in early June, as produce and retail seasons heat up.
10 Jun 2019
Transportation consulting firm Trans-Logistics Group is expanding its advisory services for US freight shippers, opening an office in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
07 Jun 2019
Visibility solutions must provide ROI to shippers, but to truly drive the value of such technologies, the benefits need to be dispersed to 3PLs and carriers as well.
06 Jun 2019
Schneider and Landstar this week offered a tepid assessment of the truckload market in 2019 as spot rates continue to be down double digits from last year, while contract rates have turned negative, too. But there are positive signs in the data.
06 Jun 2019
Less-than-truckload volumes continue to decline, but revenue and pricing remain stable, says Old Dominion Freight Line president and CEO Greg C. Gantt.
05 Jun 2019
Estes Express is one of several US less-than-truckload carriers expanding its non-LTL business as shippers look for more services from carrier partners.
05 Jun 2019
Merging FedEx’s Ground and Express networks would allow the company to cut costs while creating billions in shareholder value, SJ Consulting Group president Satish Jindel writes in JOC.com's The Industry Speaks series.
04 Jun 2019
Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway announced a series of changes to cross-country service, which will require a crosstown drayage in Chicago for a number of international loads heading to and from ports.
04 Jun 2019
In an effort to maintain terminal fluidity amid growing cargo volumes, the Port of Charleston’s largest container terminal will open gates to truckers one hour earlier and close them 30 minutes earlier than usual during the week.
04 Jun 2019
US shippers facing a new 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods are expected to rush goods north before a June 10 deadline. That could create more costly congestion.