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

SSA Marine said truckers who participate in free flow drayage in West Coast ports such as Oakland (above) consistently achieve turn times of 15 to 20 minutes, compared with an hour or longer in conventional operations.
20 Feb 2020
Terminal operators, truckers, and BCOs agree that expanding free-flow operations for the delivery of containers at West Coast ports is a win-win situation for all participants, but the complexities of pulling it off in an era of big ships and alliances is limiting its potential.
20 Nov 2018
Senior Editor Bill Cassidy and Andy Lynch, president of Zipline Logistics, discuss the 2018 Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulation and its impact on cargo transit times. Lynch, a JOC Inland Distribution Conference panelist, details the findings of two Zipline surveys including fundamental changes to the shipper-carrier relationship.
20 Nov 2018
Sponsored: American Global Logistics' CEO Jon Slangerup on strategies to handle whatever supply chain curve balls 2019 throws.
A truck travels on a US road.
19 Nov 2018
US volumes are still growing, but at a lower rate than a year ago, and shippers are benefiting; smaller trucking companies have lowered rates.
Trucks line up outside the Port of New York and New Jersey.
19 Nov 2018
The dashboard, which went online Monday, is an upgraded and streamlined version of the port’s four-year-old PortTruckPass website that was created by a consortium of the operators of the six terminals in the port to collect and disseminate logistical information.
19 Nov 2018
Sponsored: "Be proactive, not reactive; understand your sourcing options," SMC3 Chief Commercial Officer Brian Thompson empasized
18 Nov 2018
VIDEO: Sanmar's Logistics Director John Janson spoke with JOC Senior Trucking Editor Bill Cassidy at our 2018 Inland Distribution Conference and gave his thoughts on 2019 market challenges, and the value in working with carriers to align the demand you can provide as a shipper with their capacity needs.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
16 Nov 2018
Higher freight volumes and shipper spending reported by the Cass Freight Index show that while the US economy may be expanding more slowly in late 2018, it is not on the verge of a contraction.
Supply chain management.
15 Nov 2018
Collaboration is not just an activity, but a process, and it requires a focus on customer experience, logistics executives told the Traffic Club of Chicago at a Business Development Symposium Wednesday.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
15 Nov 2018
The changes across the US transportation landscape, from a trade war with mainland China to seemingly unstoppable e-commerce growth, require from logistics managers a drill-like precision and agility and closer collaboration with carriers.
A truck travels in Mexico.
15 Nov 2018
Anti-crime experts, in a 2018 advisory and intelligence report, had a specific point of advice for cargo owners, and it’s a change from an anti-theft stance most likely deployed by many owners.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
14 Nov 2018
The terminal operator at the Port of New York and New Jersey is implementing several measures after a month of longer-than-reasonable turn times for truckers.
Port Houston.
14 Nov 2018
In its decision, the port also offered information regarding what it would need to see to resume the program.
UPS Freight.
12 Nov 2018
UPS Freight resumed pickups and began accepting freight shortly after Teamsters employees approved a second and 'last, best, final' contract proposal Sunday.
UPS.
09 Nov 2018
Shippers search for alternate carriers as rank-and-file union members vote on ‘last, best’ offer from LTL carriers.
Digital bill of lading.
09 Nov 2018
Efforts to digitize the bill of lading that must accompany each shipment, whether on an ocean vessel or tractor-trailer, aren’t necessarily new, but they’re gaining ground in an era of e-commerce and tight capacity.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
08 Nov 2018
Among other productivity improvements, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's ship turn times and container dwell times are considerably shorter than a year ago.
A truck being loaded in the United States.
08 Nov 2018
Shippers plagued by capacity shortages need to eliminate inefficiencies and wasted time to effectively create capacity now out of reach.
Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
07 Nov 2018
The terminal, which does not normally process trucks and containers on the weekend, opened the gates Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and plans to do so every Saturday until the end of the year. Furthermore, the first Saturday’s turn time reduction was substantial.
A truck travels on a US road.
07 Nov 2018
Machine learning tools are often touted as mechanisms to drive next-level benefits in freight movement, but current use cases are more feet-on-the-ground than head-in-the-cloud applications.
A truck travels in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
07 Nov 2018
At the recently completed JOC Inland Distribution Conference 2018 in Illinois, shippers and executives received a clear message concerning the economy and their shipping plan, among other insights.
A Manitoulin truck.
06 Nov 2018
The addition of Express Havre St-Pierre helps 'build out' Manitoulin Transport's truckload and LTL service map in Quebec, especially in the province's rural areas, and complements its westward expansion.
A truck travels in South Dakota, United States.
05 Nov 2018
The number of for-hire US trucking employees skyrocketed in the first 10 months of 2018, fueled by freight demand, but large trucking operators are short truck drivers in a tight labor market.
Trucks parked in Louisiana, United States.
02 Nov 2018
If shippers reorganized efficiently and put an end to procurement teams focused solely on price and transactions instead of supply chain efficiency, we would have more drivers available and motivated to take time to train and become more valuable as well as get paid more.
01 Nov 2018
Less-than-truckload (LTL) shippers must scramble to find alternatives and anticipate higher pricing, as UPS Freight stops taking freight ahead of a Teamster vote on its ‘last, best, final’ contract offer. Freight is unlikely to be stranded, but it will probably move at a premium, as LTL carriers prioritize freight from existing customers.
XPO Logistics.
01 Nov 2018
A dynamic, demand-based pricing system similar to those used by airlines and hotels is one part of a broader plan that would affect how freight is shipped in the US LTL market.
Canadian National Railway.
31 Oct 2018
The acquisition of Canada’s largest privately owned transport operator will help Canadian National “lay down track” into new markets as intermodal revenue increases.
A warehouse in the United States with workers.
31 Oct 2018
Keep this in mind: Every innovation in technology and transportation since the fax machine was invented, that was intended to disrupt or to disintermediate, was adopted and deployed first by 3PLs and carriers. Hence, your action item lies with your 3PLs and their carrier partners.
A truck travels in a city in the United States.
31 Oct 2018
Shippers came to the JOC Inland Distribution Conference on Oct. 22-24 in Oak Brook, Illinois, to connect with carriers and third-party logistics providers, discuss problems, and get a sense of where the market is headed. But if they came hoping to hear that a buyer’s market in US transportation is around the corner, they were sorely disappointed.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
31 Oct 2018
The port said it is working with Maher Terminals and Port Newark Container Terminal, the two terminals in the port that use straddle carriers, to create a vehicle that would be programmed to recharge itself after making a certain number of container moves.
Port of New York and New Jerse.
30 Oct 2018
Ports and regions are devising creative and needs-specific solutions to container shipping's chassis issue — a longtime bottleneck/trouble spot in the supply chain. Here is the Port of New York and New Jersey's progress.
A truck travels on a US highway.
30 Oct 2018
In an era of tight US capacity and rising freight costs, shippers need a more ‘holistic’ approach to supply chain visibility, speakers at the JOC Logistics Technology Conference say.
A trucking loading in the United States.
26 Oct 2018
Being driver-friendly is just the start, not the end goal, of being a shipper of choice, a business development specialist said at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference earlier this week. “It’s table stakes.”
A freight truck travels in Chicago.
26 Oct 2018
Harsh weather and the electronic logging device mandate — requiring truck drivers to record their of hours of service digitally and cease use of paper logs to track drivers' time behind the wheel — have put pressure on Chicago and other US markets.
Trucks travel on a US road.
25 Oct 2018
Sequential volume gains may have slowed, but year-over-year shipment increases are still substantial for two of the largest US trucking companies.
Rail intermodal in the United States.
25 Oct 2018
Money can address some factors, but until several key checkpoints in a container’s journey address operational inefficiencies, bottlenecks will persist, consultants and industry executives said at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference this week.