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

20 Nov 2019
Asset-monitoring technology will help Canadian Pacific and intermodal shippers to locate and better utilize the railroad’s chassis pool.
Trucks travel in the Netherlands.
10 Jul 2018
Above-trend GDP growth is boosting the continent's commerce, and that’s triggered a steady uptrend in trucking rates, amid tighter capacity — and several factors suggest an even more challenging transport market is ahead for logistics planners and transportation managers.
Blockchain and the world.
09 Jul 2018
Many experts argue that blockchain technology is tailor-made for container shipping’s international logistics work. But blockchain faces numerous hurdles — the biggest of which may be cultural.
Chassis at the Port of Long Beach.
09 Jul 2018
Efficient supply chains contain the premise that for every container there is a chassis available. But don't tell shippers that, as the issue has been a thorn in their side and that of other container trade stakeholders for nearly a decade.
06 Jul 2018
The world’s biggest transport operator sees a combination of fuels and technologies as necessary to meet shipper sustainability goals.
Port of Santos.
05 Jul 2018
The suspension decision was implemented after delegates from the National Sindifisco and a politician close to Brazilian President Michel Temer reached an agreement.
Covenant Transportation Group.
05 Jul 2018
The Landair Holdings acquisition underscores strong shipper demand for dedicated services to meet delivery demands.
A truck travels in the state of Washington, United States.
05 Jul 2018
A petition calling for a ‘small business’ exemption to the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has failed, and that means the ELD era has become more entrenched.
A truck travels on a US highway.
03 Jul 2018
It’s a stronger US truck market than even 2004/2005, drivers are aware that they are in short supply, and there is no end in sight — hence there is an obvious reason why both shippers and trucking companies should keep those market conditions in mind.
Chassis photo by Hugh R. Morley.
03 Jul 2018
Although intermodal traffic has increased 26 percent in five years, chassis repair companies can’t hire people fast enough to keep pace, due to the US labor shortage, job hopping in the sector, and candidates simply seeking easier work. Shippers will ultimately see the problem in the form of chassis shortages.
Port Miami.
03 Jul 2018
The logistics provider has found a niche in Miami-area digital drayage by offering an app with a twist: the shipper, not an algorithm, names the price to haul the load.
Trucks travel on a highway in Tennessee, United States.
02 Jul 2018
The trucking company’s reorganization continues, as it registered gains in truckload freight while less-than-truckload losses rose; two former executives have been charged with committing a $245 million securities fraud.
Trucks travel on a highway in Germany.
02 Jul 2018
A shrinking supply of qualified truck drivers, combined with above-trend European GDP growth, is pushing the continent's truck rates higher, and analysts had words to the wise for shippers for the year ahead.
Brazil truckers on strike - May and June 2018.
02 Jul 2018
Although the truck strike has ended, Brazil’s transportation bottlenecks need a bigger government and private sector fix.
An Amazon center in Nevada, United States.
30 Jun 2018
Amazon’s new network could help reduce shipper costs, and even aid other transportation providers, as volumes outstrip capacity. But as one might sense, Amazon’s latest play also will affect resources in an already beyond-tight US trucking sector.
Brazil truckers blockade road.
29 Jun 2018
Energy prices have risen, lowering the margins of a key supply chain performer, and that has implications for the container shipping industry.
DP World Argentina Terminal.
29 Jun 2018
Shippers in Argentina, hit Friday by a one-day customs officers' strike in Buenos Aires, had breathed a momentary sigh of relief this week, after truck drivers accepted a 19 percent pay increase and did not strike.
A truck travels on a US road.
29 Jun 2018
Shared worksheets and manipulatable charts are the standard in trucking logistics, as they are in other sectors, but there is a scenario that would see truckers, shippers, and others abandon them.
Daimler Trucks etruck.
28 Jun 2018
Heavy-duty and medium-duty electric trucks from the largest US truck maker will get a workout in applications such as drayage, as a step toward full production.
Swiss Federal Railways.
28 Jun 2018
Europe’s rail and truck transport systems are at a pivotal moment. The two could complement each other and help meet the likely 30 percent increase in European cargo expected by 2030. However, turf protecting could still rule the day, especially if rail views truck platooning as a threat.
A truck travels on a US road.
28 Jun 2018
The United States is early in the electronic logging device era, but this is clear: 'fudging' is out, and electronics — precise measuring of minutes — is in, and that has affected delivery completion times in several sector segments.
28 Jun 2018
Sponsored: Dunavant Global Logistics Group COO Richard McDuffie on US-China tariffs, Gulf resins, infrastructure, and ELD impact on capacity.
A truck in New Mexico, United States.
27 Jun 2018
US shippers would welcome a break from relentlessly high truck pricing during the dog days of summer this year. But those dogs aren’t barking yet.
A truck hauing cargo at the Port of Los Angeles.
26 Jun 2018
There are still differences of opinion among stakeholders regarding the equity of the proposed system for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
A truck travels on a US highway.
26 Jun 2018
The number of hours truckers may drive is getting more attention from Congress, but do bills calling for reform, or the overturn of the electronic logging device mandate, stand a chance this year?
A truck travels on a US highway.
26 Jun 2018
In this Notebook — Electronic logging devices, the US House of Representative's proposed HOURS act, and more about blockchain.
Two trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.
26 Jun 2018
Beneficial cargo owners and truckers in Southern California have experienced only spot chassis shortages, and given current import projections, this condition should continue through the peak season. However, store-door contracts that designate the use of specific intermodal equipment provider chassis are still an issue, and this condition could worsen if non-vessel operating common carriers expand their use of door contracts with chassis clauses.
Chittagong Port.
25 Jun 2018
Every year, during the April to October period, Chittagong Port experiences severe congestion, which causes a vessel backup at the outer anchorage lasting from several days to more than a week.
Trucks in a cargo line in India.
22 Jun 2018
Unified tax reform in India has led to a roughly 18 to 20 percent improvement in truck turn times, a new study has found.
Chassis at the South Carolina Ports Authority.
22 Jun 2018
The two port authorities believe the pool will solve two chassis problems — eliminate the chassis shortage and provide the highest-quality chassis. But they also warn beneficial cargo owners that this won’t be an overnight fix.
The Port of Rotterdam.
22 Jun 2018
Despite a container consolidation partnership among marine terminals, inland shipping companies, and inland centers, barge operators say there's been little improvement in reducing barge delays during peak times — something one intermodal services provider argued was due to not having enough handling capacity during peak times.
A truck travels in Canada.
21 Jun 2018
Many Canadian businesses were surprised by the breadth and depth of the electronic logging device’s (ELD’s) impact: shippers dependent on cross-border trade with the US experienced significant disruption starting Dec. 18, when the ELD rule took effect.
A chassis stored in the United States.
21 Jun 2018
Chassis restrictions have long been a concern of beneficial cargo owners and truckers ever since the ocean carriers exited the business.
California US truck stop.
20 Jun 2018
A coalition of trade groups wants Congress to advance a controversial plan that would get younger truck drivers on the road. Can they gain traction?
Toronto skyline.
19 Jun 2018
The Canadian economy is “humming,” an economist says, but can it outrun trade disputes with its largest trading partner?
Epes Transport System.
19 Jun 2018
A Penske spokesperson said the acquisition will grow the company by enhancing its portfolio of transportation and logistics solutions to shippers.