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.
16 Jan 2018
The acquisition of Direct Right Cartage, which occurs as Canadian demand for intermodal climbs, helps expand Manitoulin Transport's links between Western and Central Canada.
12 Jan 2018
The Port of Oakland is urging truckers to apply for roughly $65 million in state funding to update their trucks.
Deal makes DCLI largest US chassis provider
12 Jan 2018
DCLI now owns, leases, or manages approximately 136,000 marine chassis, as well as approximately 80,000 domestic chassis, for a total of more than 216,000 units.
11 Jan 2018
An unexpected diversion of freight to rails in the wake of last year's hurricanes will cost the trucking company.
11 Jan 2018
From air freight to ocean to trucking, e-commerce is exerting palpable influence on the various transport markets.
10 Jan 2018
In particular, the FMCSA will focus on accelerating tests of autonomous vehicle technologies, believing they have the potential to significantly reduce crashes.
10 Jan 2018
Businesses will be watching spot rates closely in the next few weeks to see if demand and capacity move back toward an equilibrium.
09 Jan 2018
From its roots in the chaotic trucking world of the 1970s, Johnston built the OOIDA into an organization of about 160,000 members operating more than 300,000 trucks.
08 Jan 2018
Thousands of Canadian truckers who cross the US border daily are required to use ELDs, but there are some differences between the US rule and the Canadian proposal.
05 Jan 2018
The hurricanes that struck the United States last year provided a teachable moment for shippers regarding supply chain structure and management.
04 Jan 2018
When it comes to predictive analytics, there are literally countless ways to arrive at predictions, but not all predictions are the same.
04 Jan 2018
The extremely frigid weather will affect everything in the United States from shipping schedules to the availability of truck drivers — and that will have an impact on costs.
04 Jan 2018
The axiom, "Where you stand depends on where you sit," applies regarding the views on how transportation will fare in 2018.
03 Jan 2018
Beneficial cargo owners see the advantage of warehouse space closer to the port, but that locale is not without a downside.
02 Jan 2018
Extended, frigid weather and high freight demand have collided in the US heartland’s freight hub, squeezing an already tight drayage market.
02 Jan 2018
Economic health is driving growth in cargo volumes.
31 Dec 2017
Implementing electronic logging in 2018 will not be easy and may spark a review of truck driver work rules.
30 Dec 2017
Technology that provides real-time cargo location visibility gained much attention in 2017, as did tracking for containers, chassis, and other equipment. That trend is likely to continue in 2018.
29 Dec 2017
The supply-demand forecast is available. So is the historical data, along with the start date and location. So why are terminals and/or ports not implementing a more-efficient, utilitarian chassis system?
28 Dec 2017
In addition to rising consumer goods and freight demand, at least some of the pre-holiday drop in truck capacity that helped push spot rates to new highs may be due to a unique factor.
28 Dec 2017
Tesla is touting with considerable fanfare its new, electric truck — the Semi. But which haul mission will the new truck perform best at?
27 Dec 2017
Capacity, not price, is king once again.
27 Dec 2017
Nearly nine years after ocean carriers began transferring their chassis to lessors, beneficial cargo owners, truckers, and other supply chain participants are still wrestling with issues of cost, control, and choice, amid a fragmented system.
26 Dec 2017
Building predictive analytics into an appointment system that must process up to 60,000 truck moves per day in load center ports is a tentative process that involves trial and error, and, increasingly, further advances in technology.
26 Dec 2017
The prohibition of engines dated 1994 or 1995, replaced a proposal that — until it was pulled two years ago — would have banned more than 4,000 trucks with engines dated 2007 or older.
20 Dec 2017
The venture's partners hope to achieve a gray pool with “interoperability” that improves equipment utilization and allows a trucker to use any chassis between any start and stop location in the port area.
20 Dec 2017
Despite the dip, the freight market is strong, as are the sectors that feed into freight — factory output, construction, and business investment.
20 Dec 2017
With its heavy-duty Semi, Tesla is one of several companies hoping to electrify trucking, and it is attracting orders from shippers as well as carriers.
19 Dec 2017
“The question is how to pay for them.”
18 Dec 2017
This is certain regarding the trucking industry in 2018: it will be the year of time management, as the electronic logging mandate makes supply chains less and less flexible while freight demand rises.
15 Dec 2017
Brazilian fruit and coffee exporters seem to be among those worst hit by the strike.
15 Dec 2017
Spot rates for truckload, intermodal services keep rising, putting pressure on contract rates that may last well into 2018.
14 Dec 2017
James Welch, the executive credited with saving one of the largest less-than-truckload companies, will retire next July, as economic growth buoys the LTL business.
14 Dec 2017
The Teamsters said it hopes the vote will lay the groundwork for other victories in the union’s uphill, decade-long effort to organize US port drayage.
13 Dec 2017
The federal truck safety watchdog agency and its state partners have chosen to “phase in” enforcement of the mandate, with the FMCSA granting several, temporary delays or partial exemptions.