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

07 Apr 2020
Regional carrier A. Duie Pyle is cutting wages from the top and asking for volunteers to take temporary furloughs as COVID-19 ravages freight volumes in the Northeast.
Global trade logistics technology.
05 Dec 2018
“By bringing our companies together permanently, we have created the first ever single-pane view into all our customers’ global shipments,” Jett McCandless, CEO and founder of project44, said.
A truck travels on a US road.
04 Dec 2018
The ‘truce’ between the United States and China that delays a new 25 percent US tariff until March 1 may substantially change the first-quarter US transportation landscape.
Chassis near a port.
04 Dec 2018
The port authorities involved believe the current total is good enough for now, but how long that remains the case, and what action they would take moving forward, depends on several factors.
Trucks travel in California, United States.
03 Dec 2018
Freight growth may slow in 2019, but shippers should be vigilant in seeking new routes owing to constrained capacity.
A highway in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
30 Nov 2018
The existing Dhaka-Chittagong highway is a lifeline for Bangladesh’s growing international trade business, but it is outmoded. The new, expanded highway is expected to substantially reduce cargo transport costs and time.
Trucks travel on a highway in China.
30 Nov 2018
Shipper demand for faster China-Europe alternatives to ocean freight is the driving force behind rising rail volume and the rapid development of new services on the intercontinental route, such as trucking.
A truck travels in Montana, United States.
29 Nov 2018
Regionally, the Midwest and Northeast are hot spot truckload markets in late November, as freight moves off coasts and inland to distribution centers, stores, and consumers. Shippers appear to be making more use of contract capacity, however, which is a sign capacity overall is less tight.
A truck with cargo at the Port of Los Angeles.
29 Nov 2018
It’s still too soon to evaluate the flat-fee system, but so far it has not caused a surge in daytime traffic. What’s more, front-loading that’s increased volume, owing to the threat of US tariffs, has maintained night volume, or as one key trucking official put it, “You show up to get the container when you can get the container.”
A chassis field in Savannah, Georgia, United States.
29 Nov 2018
The roadblock to launching a new chassis pool to serve growing volumes at the ports of Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, underscores the challenges of shaking up traditional chassis pricing.
A truck travels in South Dakota, United States.
28 Nov 2018
As truck driver turnover rates rise, and more veteran drivers retire, more motor carriers are taking training into their own hands through in-house schools and apprenticeship programs.
A Texas oil and gas well.
26 Nov 2018
The acquisition of a Houston-based logistics operator helps Manitoulin's forwarding arm link key energy markets in the United States and Canada to better serve international clients.
Trucks travel in Montana, United States.
21 Nov 2018
Capacity is balancing out and it’s not as hard to find a truck as in January or February, according to shippers in the survey. However, one economist argued one should not form a premature conclusion regarding the status of the bullish trucker market.
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.